The Offseason: What is it, and what does it mean to baseball fans?

Ah, the beloved offseason. To the simple mind, it's a time to relax, watch other sports such as football (hockey even), and dream of April's warm winds (In Chicago, maybe May's warm winds) and wait. And wait. And wait.But to the baseball minded person, the offseason is just as engrossing in an absolutely different sense as the regular season. Trades, arbitration hearings, Winter...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Comeback: Alex Gordon provides a refreshing dynamic of success in the game of baseball

Much like the enigma that is Kansas City Royals recent run at success in October, their players can present much of a similar enigma to those familiar with the game of baseball. All odds - statistically - are against them, or should I say were against them, in a way. In hindsight, I decided to take a quick look at the Baseball Prospectus' 2014 Guide's write up of the Royals going...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Offense, framing, and more: Breaking down the 5 catchers of the National League Central

As a young baseball fan, I was once told that "Catchers run the game." I was young and naive/new to the sport, so I didn't quite understand what that meant. "The guy crouches for hours at a time which has to be painful, catches a ball and throws it back to the pitcher. What's the big deal?" I thought. As I delved deeper into this game of baseball as the years went by, I learned...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Farewell Adam: The amazing, quirky, and sometimes vapid career of Adam Dunn has come to a close.

This year, we have celebrated some storybook careers in the game of baseball coming to an end. There was Paul Konerko, who may not have been as nationally admired as he was on the South Side of Chicago but none the less was still a celebrated first basemen, and of course a man who will join a list of the greatest Yankees to ever play the game, Derek Jeter.But let's not forget that...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Postseason Push: A closer look into the remainder of the Kansas City Royals schedule

The Kansas City Royals have been branded "bad" since I became a fan of baseball many years ago. Okay, so maybe not that many years ago, but in a once extremely dominate AL Central, the Royals always just floated in the shadows of the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and most recently, the Detroit Tigers.Now all the sudden this past pre-season, everyone had Kansas City winning...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NL Central Race: The Fallout of the Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers were the talk of the baseball world in early April and into May, topping the National League Central night after night, with leads as large as 6.5 games entering July. They were compared to the 1987 Brewers by those who weren't waiting for them to fall off, and they didn't. Until now.The Brewers spent an incredible 150 straight days in first place, longer than...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers trade for Price; What this trade means for the second half, and the Tigers future rotation.

So just a few weeks ago, the Oakland A's kicked off trade season by making what was considered to be the only real blockbuster trade this month with the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade with the Cubs. That is, until yesterday.There's no doubt the Tigers trading to add David Price to their already stellar rotation was the big trade of the day - despite the Red Sox nearly rewiring...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals and Brewers: NL Central race heats up, as Shelby Miller moves to the bullpen.

The NL Central division race is heating up between the Cardinals and the Brewers, the Brew Crew having maintained their hold on first place in the division for most of the first half of the season. The two clubs currently find themselves tied for first place as Milwaukee seems to be losing grip on their once impressive lead in the NL Central, but the Cardinals have recently been...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB All-Star Game: Highlights, Favorite Moments, and Derek Jeter

The annual tradition of the MLB All-Star Game has been an event that baseball fans all over are able to look forward to during a four day long mid-season drought of the sport we all love. Baseball's greats gather on one field to play for home field advantage in the World Series, and to give us baseball geeks something to be giddy about. Watching players like Miguel Cabrera bat in...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Debate: Can The 'New' Oakland Athletics Push Past The Detroit Tigers This Postseason?

So here we have it, we're nearly at the halfway point in the season and the best team in baseball is none other than Billy Beane's 2014 Oakland Athletics. The A's are recently coming off of a blockbuster trade made recently with the Chicago Cubs for Jason Hammel and one of the best starting pitchers in the National League, Jeff Samardzija. With that being said, Samardzija has contributed...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Season Kick-Off: The Oakland Athletics and The Chicago Cubs Both Received Exactly What They Needed

A lot has happened within the last 12 hours on the baseball front, particularly on the North Side of Chicago, and in the Bay Area.The long awaited fate of top Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was finally decided late last night, sending him and fellow Cubs starter Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics. The deal sent the Cubs top shortstop prospect Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox: Leury Garcia Delivers To Avoid Sweep in Chicago, Danks Shines

Leury Garcia was past the point of being "due for a hit" last night as he approached the plate in a pinch-hitting situation in the bottom of the 9th inning, to avoid the White Sox suffering a sweep at home by the Los Angeles Angels - and he delivered. Clutch, situational hitting, whatever you want to call it, at it's finest!Garcia stepped into the box last night to hit for Moises...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cashner/Rizzo Trade: Why The Chicago Cubs Come Out On Top

In the wake of Padres general manager Josh Byrnes being fired last week for the second time in his front office career, I was lead to look back and contemplate what are possibly some of the most questionable trades/transactions he's made in his time working in baseball. There's no doubt that the Rizzo for Cashner trade drew most of my attention.I already know what you're thinking...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs and The Jeff Samardzija Debate: Samardzija Declines 5-Year, $85 Million Deal

Among what has become a flourishing Cubs starting rotation (Their rotation's fWAR going into Wednesday was 8.1, and their FIP is the 3rd lowest in the majors), Jeff Samardzija is what most would consider to be their centerpiece.Samardzija may have a losing record, but as I argued in a previous post - wins are not an accurate way of measuring a pitchers independent abilities. Samardzija...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Not Just For Pitchers: Baltimore Orioles Lose Catcher Matt Wieters To Tommy John Surgery

Tommy John surgery. We are all familiar with it, especially this season, having lost so many prominent names (or should I say arms) either just before the season even began, or during the first few weeks. But Tommy John surgery is not just for pitchers. Matt Wieters, the Baltimore Orioles All-Star catcher, was the latest victim of the season ending elbow surgery.Wieters is just the...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman: The Cincinnati Reds Incredibly Dominant Cuban Missile

When Aroldis Chapman first came to the US, he was very unfamiliar with the territory. He needed to be shown the ropes of America via map, and couldn't name all of the 30 teams in the MLB. A Cuban defector, he was not unfamiliar with the game of baseball. Chapman was first introduced to the game at age 15 by a friend in his homeland of Cuba and has been playing ever since. He started...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: The Future Is Now For This Newly Revived Ball, And They're Having The Time Of Their Lives Living It.

The Houston Astros have had their ups and downs in baseball. I always remind people that it was just under 10 years ago that the Astros lost the World Series to the Chicago White Sox... meaning that they actually had to be a quality enough ballclub to get to the World Series, and lose to the White Sox. When people step back and think about that statement, they're kind of left going...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yoenis Cespedes Show: What Made Cespdes' Throws This Weekend So Interesting

Everyone is talking about someone amazing who plays baseball in California. No, it's not Mike Trout and it's not Yasiel Puig. It's Yoenis Cespedes.Cespedes sparkled with some amazing throws from the outfield to prevent a run and an extra base hit during the Athletics's weekend series in Anahiem. On Tuesday night, he launched an absolute rocket from the outfield to get Angel's Howie...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado and The 5-Game Suspension

It seems to me we are seeing more and more aggression in the game of baseball. Younger players, coming to league and bringing their "big personalities" with them. Struggling teams, taking our their frustrations on the field. Though we aren't seeing as many ejections related to umpire arguments and disagreements in rulings on the field of play, we are seeing more and more tension...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Baseball Is Like A Secret Society and Other Notes From The Mind Of A Baseball Fan

I know, did that title scare you? It sounds like I'm writing a book. Don't worry, this post won't be that long. So, let's admit something - we all love baseball. If you don't love baseball, take that as your cue to close this article. Baseball is something that our parents, maybe our grandparents, taught us to love since we were small. Something that's remained unchanged (for the...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Action Around The League: Singleton Homers, Wong's Grand Slam, Cubbies Walk-Off and Abreu Hits More Bombs

Well, it was a great night around the league Tuesday, filled with home runs, grand slams and walk-offs galore.Kolton Wong, the St. Louis Cardinals second basemen had not hit a home run yet this season. That is, until last night. Not only did Wong rack up his first dinger on the year, but he hit a grand slam. How about that for an exciting first home run of your season? The bomb came...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wait Is Over: White Sox Active Jose Abreu From 15-Day DL For Dodgers Series

The words every White Sox fan, including myself, have been waiting to hear were finally said today.#WhiteSox have reinstated Jose Abreu from the 15-day DL. He takes the roster spot of Marcus Semien: #VoteAbreu— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 2, 2014Yes! Sox slugger Jose Abreu will return to the lineup tonight in Los Angeles when his club faces off with...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Walk-Off Wednesday Strikes Again: Blue Jays, Athletics, Phillies and White Sox

So what is one thing that the Blue Jays, Phillies, Athletics and White Sox have in common? They all had walk-off wins on Wednesday, that's what.Everybody loves a good walk-off, and baseball fans got their fair share of them last night. So let's take a look at yesterdays epic walk-offs around the league.Chicago White Sox: The South Siders didn't just score a walk-off run on the Indians...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The Baseball Girl - Episode 3 - The Jeter Farewell Tour, Josh Beckett No-No and Hunter Pence.

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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The Winless ERA Leader: Jeff Samardzija, The Chicago Cubs and The Pitcher Win/Loss System

He is currently leading the MLB (and has been) with a 1.46 ERA. He has started 10 games. He has pitched through 7 innings in 7 of those 10 games. He has allowed 11 earned runs with 54 strikeouts in those 10 starts.He is... 0-4 on the season. He is Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs.Though we have other stats that focus on pitchers talents and flaws that we look at in a group when...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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