Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel by Sam Miller

Pittsburgh`s worst fears came true: Bud Selig proposed and implemented a one-game playoff between wild card winners.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Playoff Rooting Guide: Division Series

The baseball grim reaper claimed the Angels over the weekend after the Halos failed to qualify for one of the spots in Bud Selig’s Wild Card Bonanza. Your nights are now free to put up Halloween decorations or get an early start on spooky treats or argue on the internet about the best horror movie (it’s Alien) or rehearse your role for the Rocky Horror interpretation your acting...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Not wasting one victory, the Yankees rival their owner in frugality

Somewhere within the Stygian darkness of the murky 1980s - the era of Human League, Wham and Huey Lewis & the News - the Yankees ended up with Phil Rizzuto in the WPIX booth, clinging to a distant hope that Jesse Barfield would return to his glory days of hitting. And whenever Jesse pounded a massive, sky-high pop-up into the stratosphere, The Scooter would exclaim how Jesse...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A love letter to Bud Selig

Dearest Bud, I just wrote to say I love you. From the bottom of my heart. This may come as a surprise given that I haven’t publicly said anything positive about you since, well, ever. But that was all a front. Privately, I’ve always admired your visionary genius, especially this whole deal where you created a second wild card entrant before making your exit from the commissioner’s...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: October 2nd, 2015

It has been my pleasure to do the Friday night finals this season. This Friday marks the last one for the 2015 season. I love baseball specifically and sports in general because you never know what is going to happen. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the second best record in baseball and will come within an eyelash of winning 100 games. All of that brilliance gets them a one way ticket...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Is This Your (Wild) Card?

I have a confession to make: I cannot stop checking the AL Wild Card standings. In the mornings, at first pitch, immediately after the last out; all I can do is stare at the table while doing math. Sportsclubstats.com has become a trusted friend on whom I can rely as the playoff probability for the Cleveland Indians oscillates. The word “obsession” has a lot of energy behind...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

So who do we want in the one game Wild Card, Houston or Texas? The answer is easy... and it's not the team it looks like we're going to get

This week, the W. Bush Rangers went Toronto on their blood rivals, the Houston Colt 45s, or Rockets, or Oilers - whatever - in a four-game sweep, taking over the mighty (that's a joke) AL West. The Rangers now have a 3-game lead over Houston in the loss column, leaving the Astros as the likely visitor in the upcoming duel for the Bud Selig Maximize Profits One Game Playoff Cup.Of...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Write this down: The Blue Jays are done,,, cooked, kaput, in the ground.

Canadians have no business in the game of baseball. There's no puck. No facial scars. Canadians dream of visiting warm and temperate Minnesota. What are they doing, leading the AL East? If Toronto wants a baseball trophy - usually, they prefer a cup, something to drink from - they should set up a Canadian league and play against Bamffff, or ********* or Walrus Bone Falls.Mark these...
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe Jackson a deeper grave

If there is one thing that Major League Baseball has figured out, it is a respect for deference. For it is rarer than seeing a successful Chicago Cubs team, wire-to-wire. But if this summer is proving anything to be true, that even the accursed North Siders can do some work to reverse their set path, so it should not be beyond comprehension to think that perhaps the new head honcho...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Shoeless Joe to Remain Banned from Baseball

It’s been more than 94 years since “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was banned for life by then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis following his perceived involvement in throwing the 1919 World Series. Monday, current commish Rob Manfred decided to uphold that ban. “I began my interest in Shoeless Joe in 1997 when I worked for the mayor of Greenville (South Carolina),” Arlene Marcley...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Manfred should consider Wild Card Game tweak

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has not made many waves in his first year of replacing Bud Selig, but he should consider a significant tweak to the Wild Card system this offseason. As things currently stand, due to geographical circumstance the top three teams in the National League all reside in the same division — the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs. And the current playoff format...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dear Mr. Sabathia, If you return this year, it must be as a power lefty out of the bullpen

Dear Madam or Sir,Last night, I had this bizarre dream...It's early October, the Bud Selig Memorial One Game Maximization of Profits Wild Card... and the Yankees are playing the Angels - in California, of course. It's the bottom of the seventh. We lead by one, but the Winged Wonders have loaded the bases for Trout and Pujols. Across the Yankiverse, hope has turned to liberal dosages...
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees are having an off-millennium, and - lo and behold! - the 2015 team might be the sorriest yet

Last night, John Sterling watched his home burn to the ground for the second time this year. No hitting, no hope, no nothing: It's Yogi Vu, all over again. When the smoke cleared, The Master droned, "BallgameoverClevelandwins" in a robot voice that sounded like a talking doll left for a month on an Arizona driveway. All he could say was, "Isn't it amazing? It's... amazing... amazing...
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

O's won last night, leaving Yanks five up in Wild Card race

Like the sound of that? Rattle your cage a bit?Sorry to be this way, but today - Aug. 11 - if the Yankees are destined to lose the AL East, I'd just as soon have them miss the post-season entirely - rather than get in via the stupid, one-game Bud Selig Wild Card.Of course, if they make it, why kid ourselves? We'll all get suckered into it.So I post these words as a time capsule:On...
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Arguments for moving the MLB trade deadline

Rob Manfred has been busy in his short tenure as Major League Baseball’s commissioner, trying to speed up the game (and the Home Run Derby) and making wild suggestions such as eliminating shifts (crazy) and starting an international draft (not so crazy). He continued that trend yesterday when he mentioned that he would be open to moving back the trade deadline. The primary motivation...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Double-A All-Star Game Does Home Run Derby ‘Shootout’ To Break Tie (Video)

Just two days after a historic MLB Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, the Double-A All-Star game followed up with one of the coolest endings to a baseball game you’ll ever see. The Eastern and Western divisions were tied 4-4 after nine innings in the Eastern League All-Star game at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, home of the Portland Sea Dogs. But rather than go all Bud Selig on everyone...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

What is the Argument in Favor of the All-Star Game “Counting?”

It has been well over a decade that the outcome of the MLB All-Star Game has determined home field advantage for the World Series.  Babies born in 2003, the first year that the All-Star Game “counted” are almost teenagers.  Those children have lived their whole lives in a world where commercials like this one remind viewers with unbridled intensity that the right to play Game...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB All-Star Game TV Ratings Hold Steady

Television ratings for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, like most sporting events and television shows generally, have seen a viewership decline over the last few decades. This decline is not new. After an embarrassing All-Star Game in 2002 that saw Bud Selig call the game a tie, the powers that be wanted to help […]
Via Fangraphs
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez: interim Yankee Captain

February 2004: then MLB commissioner, Bud Selig signs off on the Yankees’ “mega-merger” of acquiring the then-reigning American League MVP, Alex Rodriguez in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a young, hopeful Joaquin Arias. To Yankee fans, the messiah had finally arrived. Facing an ironclad roster consisting of A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Staggering toward July, and chasing another Wild Card, the Yankees face their annual Cashman culling of the herd

It's easy to over-exaggerate the importance of a Yankee defeat, especially when your psychic existence orbits around the health of - say - Carl Pavano's buttocks. And last night's shutout was as predictable as a sugar hangover on November 1. Watching the Evils coast through the 7th and 8th innings - flailing at first pitches like they had one of A-Rod's private girlie shows to catch...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Selig Experience Message: Seeking Corporate Welfare is Heroic

The multimedia Selig Experience opened at Miller Park on Friday, the latest and most attention-demanding measure to perpetually honor the former Brewers team owner and MLB commissioner.  Putting a statue and a plaque outside the stadium were hardly enough – only a permanent shrine with state-of-the-art 3D hologram technology is a fitting tribute to Selig.  After all, without...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

"Selig also became rich, stupendously rich, as commissioner. Not only did he end up selling the Brewers for more than $200 million thanks to a new stadium and revenue sharing, but he turned the commissioner’s job into a princely position. In 2001, he got

A new book on the great Bud Selig doesn't look as highly upon the great Bud Selig, as the great Bud Selig would have everyone think.Buy it here.
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers go high-tech in latest tribute to Bud Selig

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are giving retired baseball commissioner and former team owner Bud Selig a high-tech tribute. The team unveiled its ''Selig Experience'' attraction at Miller Park to Selig, current Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and other dignitaries at a private function on Thursday night. Hall of Famer slugger Hank Aaron was among those in attendance. The highlight...
Via AP on Fox
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

MILWAUKEE (AP) A new attraction opening this week at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers pays homage to former team owner and retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig. ''The Selig Experience'' at Miller Park is also just as much a celebration of the franchise's history and a symbol of baseball's rock-solid future in Milwaukee. Selig is now MLB commissioner emeritus after a more than...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Has A-Rod finally met the Babadook?

Let the record show that Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez outlasted Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Curt Schilling, Willie Mays and even Derek Jeter. He's still out there - hands down, the greatest ballplayer of his generation - bating third for all to see. And someday - maybe decades from now, after the indignation and anger has settled down - A-Rod will be defined, if not appreciated...
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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