MLB is open to expansion and so much more

Yesterday, before the All-Star Game, Commissioner Rob Manfred was doing his typical “state of the union” luncheon with the BBWAA. It was pretty much all the standard talking points you’d expect from him: fan safety improvements, progress on the pace of play, making instant replay reviews faster and how the league is open to the idea of […]

ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 09: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno (R) talks with manager Mike Scioscia prior to the start of the home opener against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 9, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball? It seems almost impossible that any franchise could ever step to the Marlins and dare displace them atop the dysfunction power rankings. Yet somehow in the last six months and culminating in the resignation of Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno and company have shown the world that […]

Pablo Sandoval admits to being on Instagram during a game

When things go bad in Boston, they go bad in a weird way. A few years back, the Red Sox had the big “chicken and beer” scandal, now they’ve got a “Panda and Instagram” scandal after a fan appeared to catch Pablo Sandoval liking pictures of women during a Red Sox game. Surely this was a […]

HOUSTON – AUGUST 09: Justin Maxwell #44 of the Houston Astros makes a catch on a deep fly ball to center field off the bat of Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park on August 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros are finally removing Tal’s Hill

The Houston Astros are having a terrific 2015 season, sporting the best record in baseball. Still, many expect them to eventually come back to earth. If that happens, it will be disappointing, but their season will still be an unqualified success if only because of the news today that Tal’s Hill is finally going to be […]

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 18: Allen Craig #5 of the Boston Red Sox strikes out in the sixth to end the inning during inter-league play against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 18, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Can these struggling contenders get back in the playoff picture?

The season is two months old now, a time when we can usually separate the contenders from the pretenders. Well, usually. It turns out that there is a wealth of teams that we thought would be contenders that have fallen short of expectations so far. With so many teams like this, it is hard to […]

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval BOSTON, MA – MAY 4: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the Boston Red Sox heads back to the dugout in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on May 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Rays won the game 5-1. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Are the Boston Red Sox beyond repair or help?

Things aren’t going well for the Boston Red Sox in 2015. They were something of a media darling entering the offseason after spending boatloads of cash in free agency to upgrade their lineup and making some aggressive trades to round out their rotation. Many had them down as the favorites to represent the American League […]

Korean baseball team takes infield shift to an extreme

Some folks around baseball think that the increasing trend of employing the infield shift is hurting the game. They say it kills offense. They say it has gone too far. The proverbial “they” would lose the freaking mind if they saw a MLB team try what this Korean baseball team attempted recently. Yes, that is the third […]

Josh Hamilton ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 15: Owner Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shake hands as Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto (R) smiles in the background during the press conference to introduce Hamilton as the team’s newest member at ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney on December 15, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Will the Angels learn their lesson from Josh Hamilton?

The Angels signed Josh Hamilton for $125 million over two years ago seemingly to spite the Texas Rangers. Yesterday, the Angels traded Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers in order to functionally cut off their nose to spite their faces. All they got from the Hamilton experience was a lot of frustration and embarrassment on and […]

Mets manager Terry Collins ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 19: Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets looks on during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Managers entering the season on the hot seat

The season literally just started, but it is never to early to take a look at some managers entering the season on the hot seat. In a season where it seems that just about every team is hoping to contend, there could be a lot of teams with a hair trigger ready to fire their manager […]

PHILADELPHIA – JULY 24: Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks in for the catcher’s signs in the third inning during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on July 24, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 2-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Last minute trade options

MLB teams are wrapping up the interminable Spring Training schedules this week in which they’ve spent copious amounts of times evaluating their rosters. Despite that, some teams are going to realize that there rosters have some big ol’ holes in them. With Opening Day just around the corner, it is time for some teams to consider some […]

HOUSTON, TX – JULY 26: Jarred Cosart #48 of the Houston Astros sits in th dugout after being removed from the game against the Miami Marlins at Minute Maid Park on July 26, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Jarred Cosart being investigated for gambling

According to the Miami New Times, Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart may be in hot water after a private Twitter exchange was leaked indicating that Cosart is heavily into sports gambling of some sort: Cosart’s troubles started last night with a gambling expert on Twitter alleging he’d direct messaged a colleague asking for betting advice. Cosart later deleted […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 13: Kyle Kendrick #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after being taken out of the game in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The worst Opening Day starters of the 21st century

Last week, the Colorado Rockies announced that their Opening Day starter, a prestigious assignment typically reserved for the best and/or most respected pitcher on the staff, would be Kyle Kendrick. As in Kyle Kendrick, quite possibly the worst starting pitcher in baseball in 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 Colorado Rockies! Get excited! Upon seeing this news, it […]

Royals celebrating KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 15: The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 2 to 1 win over the Baltimore Orioles to sweep the series in Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Kansas City Royals

No, it wasn’t a dream (or nightmare depending on your perspective). The Kansas City Royals are the defending AL pennant winners. Was their 2014 run a Cinderella story or is this team finally ready to be a power in the AL Central? Depth Chart (as of 3/20) C: Salvador Perez 1B: Eric Hosmer 2B: Omar Infante 3B: Mike Moustakas […]

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 16: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The most devastating Spring Training injuries so far

Spring Training injuries are just the worst, right? The games don’t even count and yet every year a few teams have the entire course of their season derailed because a key player suffered a major injury. Sadly, this season is no different as we’ve already seen several major injuries impact the season, and we aren’t […]

Angels outfielder Mike Trout BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels prepares to bat against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park on August 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

After falling short of expectations for years, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finally broke through to win the AL West and give MVP Mike Trout his first taste of the postseason, brief though it might have been. Now with expectations once again sky high, are Trout and company ready to take the next step? Depth […]