W2W4: AL Wild Card Race Finale

For the Indians, Rays and Rangers, it all comes down to game number 162. This is exactly what commissioner Bud Selig had in mind when he and the MLB brain trust expanded the playoffs to add one additional Wild Card Continue reading W2W4: AL Wild Card Race Finale

Into The Sunset

No disrespect to wrestling legend Bret Hart, but in my mind New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Last night was his curtain call. Rivera, Continue reading Into The Sunset

Recent Benches-Clearing Incidents Spotlight Braves Oversensitivity

For the second time in as many weeks, the Atlanta Braves took the way an opponent admired his home run and blew the situation way out of proportion with a benches-clearing fracas. Exhibit A: Braves at Marlins, September 11, Jose Continue reading Recent Benches-Clearing Incidents Spotlight Braves Oversensitivity

Oldest Man To Ever Hit Walkoff Does It Again

It’s hard to believe that 42-year-old Jason Giambi is still on a Major League roster. It’s even harder to believe he’s still making a huge impact. Did he ever last night. The Indians took a one-run lead into the ninth Continue reading Oldest Man To Ever Hit Walkoff Does It Again

T-Minus One Week To Go; How They Stand

For me, this regular season more than any other seems to have just flown by. All 162 games for each team will be in the books by the time the sun sets on Saturday. It seems like it was only Continue reading T-Minus One Week To Go; How They Stand

Mariano Rivera’s Retirment Gifts

I caught part of the Blue-Jays-Yankees pre-game Thursday night, in time to catch members of the Jays presenting Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with what appeared to be an odd gift. Take a look. The sculpture depicts a man in a Continue reading Mariano Rivera’s Retirment Gifts

After A Turnaround Like That, The Dodgers Deserve A Pool Party

Apparently the Diamondbacks had asked the Dodgers not to come back onto Arizona’s home field after they had gone into the clubhouse to celebrate clinching the division crown last night. Technically, the Dodgers complied with the letter of that request. Continue reading After A Turnaround Like That, The Dodgers Deserve A Pool Party

Run Billy Run; It’s Time We All Caught Hamilton Fever

I have tried to temper my enthusiasm about Reds prospect Billy Hamilton. I’m a fan, but at the same time I’m an MLB blogger, so I’ve tried to maintain some semblance of objectivity while I’ve watched him progress through the Continue reading Run Billy Run; It’s Time We All Caught Hamilton Fever

Is This The Most Unfortunate Slide Ever?

Poor, poor Jonathan Villar. If there is a worse way for a head-first slide to end than the way the Astros shortstop’s did last night, I can’t think of one. Villar tried to stretch a single into a double in Continue reading Is This The Most Unfortunate Slide Ever?

Rangers’ Season Slip Slidin’ Away

This is becoming an ugly, old hat for the Texas Rangers. For the second straight September, the team finds itself playing its worst baseball of the season, and its hopes for the playoffs, well, Slip Slidin’ Away. Seven straight losses Continue reading Rangers’ Season Slip Slidin’ Away

We Haven’t Seen The Last Of Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter’s season is over. His career most certainly is not. The long-time Yankees shortstop was placed on the 15-day disabled list today after reaggravating his surgically repaired left ankle. This marks Jeter’s fourth trip to the DL this season. Continue reading We Haven’t Seen The Last Of Derek Jeter

Need Another Reason To Love the Pirates? We’ve Found One

Somehow, Cinderella seems to continue to get more and more attractive each and every day. The Pittsburgh Pirates have become everyone’s darling team this season. They’ve exorcised 20 years worth of demons and are well on pace to make the Continue reading Need Another Reason To Love the Pirates? We’ve Found One

Managerial Dust-Up Highlights O’s-Yanks Series Opener

If you didn’t believe it before, last night shows that, between AL Wild Card contenders, the hunt for October is on. It took less than a full inning until the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees to let the emotions Continue reading Managerial Dust-Up Highlights O’s-Yanks Series Opener

With 20 Days Left In The Regular Season, It’s Time To Start Gearing Up For The Postseason

We’re getting close the end. The regular season finale is set for Sunday, September 29th, barring any necessary regular-season tiebreaker games. That’s just 20 days away, in case you don’t feel like doing the simple math on this Monday morning. Continue reading With 20 Days Left In The Regular Season, It’s Time To Start Gearing Up For The Postseason

Koji Uehara: Boston’s Impromptu Superstar

After my Reds finished off the Cardinals 6-2 last night, I flipped the channel over to the MLB Network and caught the end of the Red Sox-Yankees game. The game was tied 8-8 with Boston batting in the top of Continue reading Koji Uehara: Boston’s Impromptu Superstar

Angels Finally Dropping “of Anaheim” from Team Name

Shakespeare once famously wrote that “brevity is the soul of wit”(see Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 86-92). Arte Moreno must be a fan. The owner of the franchise with Major League Baseball’s most cumbersome team name, Moreno recently renegotiated the Continue reading Angels Finally Dropping “of Anaheim” from Team Name