Brandon Mattingly’s Season Preview: AL West

Today, we continue Brandon Mattingly’s division-by-division preview with the American League West closing out the American League. The National League previews are set to follow later this week. Let’s get to it… 1. Los Angeles Angels Out the door: Howie Kendrick, Continue reading Brandon Mattingly’s Season Preview: AL West

Podcast Episode 23 – 2015 Season Preview

We are one week away from Opening Day, so it’s time to officially preview the upcoming 2015 season! Matthew is joined by guest co-host Brandon Mattingly, and together they breakdown each of the six MLB divisions, predicting division winners, Wild Continue reading Podcast Episode 23 – 2015 Season Preview

Brandon Mattingly’s Season Preview: AL Central

    Yesterday it was the AL East. Today,Brandon Mattingly’s season preview continues as he breaks down the AL Central, from his predicted top to bottom. Enjoy.  1. Cleveland Indians Out the door: None New faces: Brandon Moss, RF – Continue reading Brandon Mattingly’s Season Preview: AL Central

Brandon Mattingly’s Season Preview: AL East

Guess who’s back?! Brandon Mattingly rejoins the blog to deliver his preview for the 2015 season. Brandon will be giving his predictions for each of the MLB’s six divisions as we gear up for Opening Day. Today, he starts with Continue reading Brandon Mattingly’s Season Preview: AL East

Kris Bryant Won’t Be on the Cubs’ Opening Day Roster, and I Can’t Blame the Cubs

No matter how many home runs he hits this spring, Kris Bryant is not going to be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. It’s time all of us – the fans, the media, Bryant’s agent Scott Boras – came to Continue reading Kris Bryant Won’t Be on the Cubs’ Opening Day Roster, and I Can’t Blame the Cubs

Thanks to Twitter, MLB Investigating Claims Linking Jarred  Cosart to Gambling

One of my favorite sports talk radio hosts often compares Twitter to having a 140-character letter of resignation always at your fingertips. Marlins starter Jared Cosart is learning that lesson now.   The internet blew up last night after a Continue reading Thanks to Twitter, MLB Investigating Claims Linking Jarred  Cosart to Gambling

Dodgers to Sign Prized Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera

Another day, another soon-to-be Cuban sensation. That’s got to be what headlines like this one are beginning to feel like, right? Thankfully, today’s was the last international chip that will fall this offseason. The Dodgers have won the bidding sweepstakes Continue reading Dodgers to Sign Prized Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera

There was a Managerial Major League First in Today’s Grapefruit League Action

Though the game was just an exhibition, Monday marked the first time that two current Hall of Fame players managed a game against each other in Major League History. When the Phillies took the field to take on the Twins, Continue reading There was a Managerial Major League First in Today’s Grapefruit League Action

Final Day Scheduling Tweak to Provide NCAA-Like Drama to Regular Season Finales

   I failed to notice a slight tweak that the MLB offices made to the 2015 schedule. But with the backdrop of the NCAA Tournament that is currently ongoing, the adjustment has surfaced – and it could be spectacular.  Continue reading Final Day Scheduling Tweak to Provide NCAA-Like Drama to Regular Season Finales

Might an International Draft be on the Near Horizon?

 Commissioner Robert Manfred is up to his old tricks again – devising ways to dramatically change the landscape of Major League Baseball. Hopefully for the better.   On Tuesday, Manfred dished on the possibility that he might try to introduce Continue reading Might an International Draft be on the Near Horizon?

Podcast Episode 22 – The Rose Reinstatement

Reds legend Pete Rose has formally petitioned Commissioner Robert Manfred for reinstatement. How might Manfred decide, and what might Rose’s reinstatement look like? Matthew George discusses. He also hits on the most recent in injury news, talks A-Rod’s spring success, Continue reading Podcast Episode 22 – The Rose Reinstatement

Pete Rose has Formally Applied to Commissioner Manfred for Reinstatement

 New commissioner Robert Manfred confirmed today that he has received from Reds legend Pete Rose a formal application for reinstatement. Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 following an MLB investigation into whether he gambled on baseball – Continue reading Pete Rose has Formally Applied to Commissioner Manfred for Reinstatement

No Joke: Comedian Will Ferrell to Play All 10 Positions Over the Course of 5 Spring Training Games Today

This is not a joke. Actor and funny man Will Ferrell is planning on playing all 10 positions – DH included – while appearing in five different Cactus League games today. Farrell’s trek will take him from Mesa to Tempe Continue reading No Joke: Comedian Will Ferrell to Play All 10 Positions Over the Course of 5 Spring Training Games Today

Watch: A-Rod Homers For First Time in 537 Days

 Alex Rodriguez hasn’t played any baseball in more than 18 months. He hadn’t hit a home run since September 20, 2013 – 537 days.    But today he proved that if you serve him up a fastball on a Continue reading Watch: A-Rod Homers For First Time in 537 Days

Cubs Youngsters Go Back-To-Back-To-Back

 The Cubs’ youth movement was on full display yesterday. Led by the moxie of new manager Joe Maddon, the baby Cubs are believing they can win the NL Central. And for at least one day, Chicago’s youngsters turned some Continue reading Cubs Youngsters Go Back-To-Back-To-Back

Cliff Lee Holding Out Hope That He Can Avoid Surgery

 Cliff Lee has a torn flexor tendon. That much we know to still be true. What the near future holds for him is still up in the air. After a visit with Dr. James Andrews – orthopedist to the Continue reading Cliff Lee Holding Out Hope That He Can Avoid Surgery

Preseason Superlative Awards: Best Starting Rotation

 National League – Washington Nationals Projected Rotation Max Scherzer Jordan Zimmerman Stephen Strasburg Gio Gonzalez Doug Fister   No surprise here. This selection is the slam dunkingest slam dunk that ever slam dunked. The Nationals boast three legitimate aces Continue reading Preseason Superlative Awards: Best Starting Rotation

Podcast Episode 21 – Should the Rangers Blow it Up?

Bad news broke in Texas, as we learned that ace Yu Darvish has a UCL sprain that will likely require Tommy John surgery. Matthew evaluates the current state of the organization and gives his answer as to whether the Rangers Continue reading Podcast Episode 21 – Should the Rangers Blow it Up?

24 Scouts Show Up To See Hamels Dazzle In Spring Debut

 If you were in attendance for the Yankees-Phillies Grapefruit League game yesterday, chances are you had to clamber over at least one Major League scout on the way to your seat. With trade speculation swirling around Cole Hamels with Continue reading 24 Scouts Show Up To See Hamels Dazzle In Spring Debut

Hopefully Pence Injury Isn’t a Continuation of the Curse of the Odd Year in San Francisco

The Giants could be the most bipolar franchise in the history of baseball. Anymore, if it’s an even year, you can basically lock it up that the city of San Francisco is going to be celebrating a fantastic season. The Continue reading Hopefully Pence Injury Isn’t a Continuation of the Curse of the Odd Year in San Francisco

Billy Bean and the Mets Diffused What Could Have Been an Ugly Situation for Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy certainly “stepped in it” on Tuesday. So much so that the New York Mets are having to work a little damage control in this the first full week of Spring Training. It was Tuesday that MLB Ambassador for Continue reading Billy Bean and the Mets Diffused What Could Have Been an Ugly Situation for Daniel Murphy

Tyler Syndergaard, No Lunch for You!

Don’t you dare try to sneak away to eat lunch during the middle of an intrasquad scrimmage. At least not in David Wright’s clubhouse. Rookie Noah Syndergaard learned that tough lesson yesterday. Syndegaard was not scheduled to pitch, and was Continue reading Tyler Syndergaard, No Lunch for You!

Jung-Ho Kang Goes Deep in Exhibition Debut for Bucs

Talk about a successful Spring debut. Today was new Pirates shortstop Jung-Ho Kang’s first Major League exhibition, and he was not intimidated in the least, mashing a monster, opposite-field home run in his second at-bat of the afternoon. Watch as Continue reading Jung-Ho Kang Goes Deep in Exhibition Debut for Bucs

Podcast Episode 20 – Farewell to Minnie Minoso

Matthew takes some time to tip his cap and remember the legendary “Mr. White Sox”, Minnie Minoso in this week’s episode. He also hands out the Preseason Superlative Awards for Least Improved Teams in the NL and AL. Other topics Continue reading Podcast Episode 20 – Farewell to Minnie Minoso