How a Limitation on Defensive Shifts Might Look

New commissioner Robert Manfred sent serious shockwaves through the baseball populous when, less than 24 hours on the job, said he would be “open” to the idea of banning extreme defensive shifts in the interest of promoting more offense. Which Continue reading How a Limitation on Defensive Shifts Might Look

Podcast Episode 15 – Changing of the Commissionership Guard

The MLB has a brand new commissioner! In this episode, Matthew George shares his thoughts on the legacy of former commissioner Bud Selig. He also looks ahead to a potential proposal mentioned by new commissioner Robert Manfred, discusses the Yankees’ Continue reading Podcast Episode 15 – Changing of the Commissionership Guard

New Commissioner Rob Manfred’s Letter to Fans

Rob Manfred took the reins of the commissionership of Major League Baseball yesterday. His first order of business was to pen a letter to the fans via MLB.com. Here’s what he wrote: Dear Fans: On the night of August 14, Continue reading New Commissioner Rob Manfred’s Letter to Fans

Ichiro to Sign with the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki in a Miami Marlins uniform. It’s really hard to picture, isn’t it? Ichiro always appears so stoic, serious and expressionless. And now that demeanor will be wrapped up in the cartoonish orange, black and blue uniforms of the Continue reading Ichiro to Sign with the Marlins

Rockies Attempting to Move Wilin Rosario to First Base

A few weeks ago, it was all but certain that the Rockies would be moving catcher Wilin Rosario. The club signed free agent Nick Hundley in the beginning of January, a guy they consider an upgrade at the position. The Continue reading Rockies Attempting to Move Wilin Rosario to First Base

Don’t Read Too Much Into the Report that A-Rod has been Training with Bonds

When reports surfaced this morning that Alex Rodriguez had been working out with Barry Bonds to help prepare for his return to the New York Yankees, it sounded too good and juicy – pun intended – to be true, didn’t Continue reading Don’t Read Too Much Into the Report that A-Rod has been Training with Bonds

MLB Proposes Rule Aimed at Shortening Time Between Innings

Pace of play continues to be an ongoing concern for Major League Baseball. The league has come up with an interesting proposal to try and address it. According to an article by Jayson Stark, sources have told ESPN.com that there Continue reading MLB Proposes Rule Aimed at Shortening Time Between Innings

Podcast Episode 14 – Scherzer to the Nats and all the Fallout

In this episode, Matthew George breaks down Max Scherzer’s new contract with Washington and what it means for him and the Nationals going forward in 2015. He also discusses some of the fallout from the deal. What will the Tigers Continue reading Podcast Episode 14 – Scherzer to the Nats and all the Fallout

Recapping a Fast and Furious Arbitration Deadline Friday

What an exhausting day. Today was deadline day in the world of baseball contract arbitration, and the result was a flurry of last-minute contract settlements and a fast-flowing Twitter feed that I could hardly keep up with. Arbitration is one Continue reading Recapping a Fast and Furious Arbitration Deadline Friday

Padres to Host 2016 All-Star Game

The Winter of San Diego just keeps on rolling along. They Padres have completely revamped their lineup. They’re reportedly in the mix to add another starting pitcher. And now the Padres will be getting the MLB All Star Game. That’s Continue reading Padres to Host 2016 All-Star Game

ESPN’s All-Underrated Team

What is with us baseball fans and our obsession with value? Is there anything that makes us feel smarter; that makes us puff out our chests more than when we can identify and predict the success of a lesser-known player Continue reading ESPN’s All-Underrated Team

Royals Extend Yost Through 2016 Season

Royals manager Ned Yost is finally being rewarded for the amazing job he did a season ago in leading Kansas City to its first playoff appearance in 29 years – and one game away from a World Series title. Earlier Continue reading Royals Extend Yost Through 2016 Season

Podcast Episode 13 – The Winter of San Diego

Man, it’s been a while, and the rust probably shows, but the Podcast is back! This week we discuss San Diego’s wheeling and dealing December, Hall of Fame voting results, the Dan Haren/Miami Marlins Saga, the Kansas City Royals’ improvements, Continue reading Podcast Episode 13 – The Winter of San Diego

Dan Haren is Wrong for Trying to Strong Arm the Marlins

The degree of disconnect and lack of perspective that some professional athletes can have really amazes me sometime. I have been reading about the Dan Haren/Miami Marlins back-and-forth that has been going on for more than a month now, and Continue reading Dan Haren is Wrong for Trying to Strong Arm the Marlins

No Schilling, It Wasn’t Your Politics That Kept You Out Of This Year’s HOF Class

File this one under “extreme paranoia”. Apparently, Curt Schilling believes his political views might have been one of the key reason that he, too, wasn’t included in this year’s Hall of Fame inductee class. In an appearance on the Dennis Continue reading No Schilling, It Wasn’t Your Politics That Kept You Out Of This Year’s HOF Class

Yesterday’s Full News Conferences of our New Hall of Famers

Our four new Hall of Fame inductees held news conferences yesterday to discuss their selection. The complete news conferences for each are below. They average to about a half-hour each. Hopefully you have the time to listen to them all Continue reading Yesterday’s Full News Conferences of our New Hall of Famers

Final 2015 Hall of Fame Voting Results

For the first time since 1955, the Baseball Writers Association of America has elected four members to the Hall of Fame in one round of voting. It’s also the first time since 1955 that at least three members have been Continue reading Final 2015 Hall of Fame Voting Results

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Unveiled

Vegas set the over/under at 3.5 Hall of Fame inductees coming from this year’s balloting. If you took the over, you won. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio have been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Continue reading 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Unveiled

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced Tomorrow

The ballots have been cast, and right now the Baseball Writers Association of America brass are tallying the votes. In less than 24 hours, we will know who will be joining the ranks of baseball’s immortal in Cooperstown. Hall of Continue reading 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced Tomorrow

Durability the Biggest Risk Factor as Shields Sweepstakes Reportedly Reaches $100 Million Range

James Shields is the single biggest free agent left on the market. The veteran right hander went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA last year for Kansas City, helping lead the Royals to one game away from a World Series title Continue reading Durability the Biggest Risk Factor as Shields Sweepstakes Reportedly Reaches $100 Million Range