Pitchers not as Approving of New Protective Caps as MLB

Pitchers have about one-third of a second to react to a line drive hit right at them. I can’t imagine a scarier moment in sports than seeing a baseball rocketing toward your face with literally no time to react to Continue reading Pitchers not as Approving of New Protective Caps as MLB

Arroyo Hasn’t Received a Single Offer Yet, and Neither Bronson nor I Get It

Bronson Arroyo has not received a single offer yet. Not one. Nada. Zilch. Bupkis. Twelve teams have “shown interest in him”; none have been interested enough to make a serious play for the former Red’s services. Let that sink in Continue reading Arroyo Hasn’t Received a Single Offer Yet, and Neither Bronson nor I Get It

The Greatest Home Run Call I’ve Ever Heard

There have been some unbelievable, goose-bump inducing calls in American sports broadcasting. Like Jack Buck calling Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in the 1988 World Series, and telling Cardinals fans to “Go crazy, folks!”. And Al Michael calling Team USA’s Continue reading The Greatest Home Run Call I’ve Ever Heard

A.J. Burnett to Pitch in 2014, Hopefully for the Pirates

It looks like I may have spoken too soon. During last night’s podcast, I tried to predict where free agent pitchers Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Bronson Arroyo would end up. I described the triumvirate as the last three starting Continue reading A.J. Burnett to Pitch in 2014, Hopefully for the Pirates

Podcast Episode 9 – Three SP Dominoes Left to Fall

Matt Garza has signed, which leaves Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Bronson Arroyo as the last three available starting pitchers without a home. Where will they land? I predict their destination AND contract in this edition of the Seeds All Continue reading Podcast Episode 9 – Three SP Dominoes Left to Fall

Brewers and Garza Agree on Contract

A day after Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka signed with the Yankees, it was reported that free agent Matt Garza would be signing a four-year contract worth around $52 million with the Milwaukee Brewers (Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports had the Continue reading Brewers and Garza Agree on Contract

Alvey’s Opinions: The Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry, the Best in All of Sports

I hate the New York Yankees. And trust me, that’s not an emotion I toss around lightly. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has two primary definitions for the word “hate”: (a) intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense Continue reading Alvey’s Opinions: The Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry, the Best in All of Sports

Tanaka Signing Ends Yanks’ Bid to Avoid Luxury Tax

So much for Operation 189. Yesterday, the Yankees announced that they had agreed to sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. The deal effectively makes it impossible for the Yanks to achieve their prior-stated goal of Continue reading Tanaka Signing Ends Yanks’ Bid to Avoid Luxury Tax

Two Ways to Analyze Whether the Kershaw Deal is “Worth It”

Who can blame Clayton Kershaw for feeling a little uncomfortable talking about money after this weekend? On Friday, the left hander finalized a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with the Dodgers. We’ve all imagined what winning the lottery might be Continue reading Two Ways to Analyze Whether the Kershaw Deal is “Worth It”

It’s Officially, Expanded Replay Starts This Season

Upon further review, MLB owners and umpires have agreed there’s utility in taking additional looks at certain tough-to-discern plays within the game of baseball. The owners and umpires unanimously voted yesterday to allow for expanded instant replay, beginning with the Continue reading It’s Officially, Expanded Replay Starts This Season

Don’t Think Baseball Players are Athletes? Mike Trout Begs To Differ

Baseball fans hear it from their buddies all the time: Baseball players aren’t athletes. All they do is throw a ball and swing a bat. Half of them have beer guts. Blah, blah, blah. If this happens to you, don’t Continue reading Don’t Think Baseball Players are Athletes? Mike Trout Begs To Differ

Alvey’s Opinions: Brrr…Bring on Spring!…Training!

As I stare outside my window today watching flurries of snow falling from the sky, I can’t help but look to my calendar. While many of us here in the nation continue to endure the cold weather for a couple Continue reading Alvey’s Opinions: Brrr…Bring on Spring!…Training!

Say Hello to Clark the Cub

Blackhawks and Bears and…Clark? Oh my… Last night, the Cubs introduced Clark the Cub to the world – their new official team mascot and the first in modern history. Aptly named after the street that runs by the third base Continue reading Say Hello to Clark the Cub

Three Takeaways from Last Night’s “60 Minutes” Special on A-Rod

More than 17 million viewers tuned in to “60 Minutes” last night to catch Scott Pelley’s report on the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis saga. I don’t think a single one of them was disappointed. That was a remarkable piece of television journalism. Continue reading Three Takeaways from Last Night’s “60 Minutes” Special on A-Rod

Podcast Episode 8 – The Cincinnati Reds Episode!

Finally! After episodes centered on the Yankees, Red Sox and Braves, it’s time to feature my favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds. My good friend Kevin Graham joins me to look back on the 2013 season and preview 2014. We discuss Continue reading Podcast Episode 8 – The Cincinnati Reds Episode!

Arbitrator Rules A-Rod Suspended for 2014 Season

I’m sorry to anyone who might have been looking forward to Part 2 of my Complete Hall of Fame Vote Reaction, but the second half of that piece is going to have to wait. Since Christmas, reports have repeatedly popped Continue reading Arbitrator Rules A-Rod Suspended for 2014 Season

Complete Hall of Fame Vote Reaction, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two part installment. Check back tomorrow to catch Part 2, where I discuss the lack of support for the “Steroid Guys”, the 10-vote limit and the overcrowding of ballots, the Dan Le Betard/Deadspin saga, Continue reading Complete Hall of Fame Vote Reaction, Part 1

The Most Interesting Team in the MLB: The L.A. Dodgers

As you probably know by now, I am a Boston Red Sox fan. And although they are the 2013 World Series Champions and were very intriguing this past season with their cave man beards and their winning ways, I still Continue reading The Most Interesting Team in the MLB: The L.A. Dodgers

Around the Diamond – January 6, 2014

All is quiet on the free agency front, as the baseball world waits to see what happens with Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. With that being the case, there has been a real slow trickle of MLB news since the beginning Continue reading Around the Diamond – January 6, 2014

Why is Football Struggling with Attendance While Baseball is Flourishing?

Craig Calcaterra of the Hardball Talk blog, a part of the NBA Sports umbrella, proferred an interesting series of questions yesterday: Is football dying? And has baseball become America’s new favorite pastime . . . again? Calcaterra points to playoff Continue reading Why is Football Struggling with Attendance While Baseball is Flourishing?