MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Kris Bryant of the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Manipulating service time has no guarantees

The debate about whether or not Kris Bryant will start the year in the majors with the Cubs appears to be over. Bryant was reassigned to minor league camp on Monday by the team, seemingly ensuring that they’ll get an extra year of control on him. While Bryant’s demotion makes sense from a business standpoint, […]

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner

2015 season preview: San Francisco Giants

You can forgive Giants fans if they got a little jumpy on the first of January, when the euphoria of another World Series championship was pushed aside by the creeping horror of the start to another odd year. Is there such a thing as an odd year curse? Some Giants fans certainly think so, and […]

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius

A return to the defense first shortstop?

The position of shortstop was always dominated by great defenders who cared little about their offensive prowess from the beginning of baseball until the surge in power all around baseball in the mid-1990’s. This is exemplified by players like Ozzie Smith, who managed to play a 19 year, Hall of Fame career despite a .262/.337/.328 […]

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 4:  Justin Upton #10 of the San Diego Padres is seen prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners on March 4, 2015 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona.  The Mariners defeated the Padres 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling […]

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2015 season preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

For two straight seasons, the Dodgers have been the pre-season talk of the National League West. For two straight seasons, the Dodgers ran into the playoff buzzsaw known as the St. Louis Cardinals. In those two playoff series, Clayton Kershaw lost a 1-0 decision in 2013 NLCS and then proceeded to give up 18 runs […]

The center field timer in Goodyear Ballpark. Photo by Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball.com

Killing Time: Do MLB’s Pace of Play Clocks Work?

This spring, some teams are showing off recently improved rosters while others are going the other way. But all teams have made one similar addition: A clock in center field and another behind the plate. These pace of play clocks are among a few new rule enforcements that aim to speed up the game of baseball […]

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Dodgers win Hector Olivera sweepstakes with $62.5 million deal

Signing Cuban infielders hasn’t worked out terribly well for the Dodgers in recent years, as neither Alexander Guerrero nor Erisbel Arruebarrena has developed as hoped. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. The Dodgers are obviously hoping so, banking $62.5 million on infielder Hector Olivera, winning the latest bidding for a Cuban import. According […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Drew Stubbs #13 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park September, 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

2015 season preview: Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies knew changes were needed after their fourth straight losing season, one that saw them drop 96 games and barely avoid a third straight last place finish in the NL West. But rather than trading the high salaries of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and rebuilding, the Rockies instead dumped GM Dan O’Dowd […]

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 26, 2015 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Brandon Phillips is not down with OBP

So I guess this is why Brandon Phillips doesn’t go by “@DatDudeOBP” on Twitter. (That Twitter handle is already taken, as I was informed Monday night.) When asked if he was down with OBP, the Reds second baseman basically said, “No, you know me.” While talking to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, Phillips spoke out against […]

Diamondbacks celebrate

2015 season preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

In 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks won 94 games and the NL West division crown before falling just short in the division series. They looked like a team on the rise with a roster full of young, exciting players set to come into their primes together. Fast forward three seasons later and the D-backs haven’t won […]

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 […]


The best (worst?) new ballpark foods for 2015

Every year, both major and minor league baseball teams think of new, exciting ways to clog our arteries. Forget ballpark giveaways; instead, everyone wants to know about the totally insane food items making their debuts in ballparks around America. The 2015 season is still a few weeks away, but there have already been some amazing […]

Royals celebrating

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 […]

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 06:  Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves swings at a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Five teams we may be underrating this spring

Yesterday, we brought you five teams that seem to be getting too much credit and attention this spring. After a suggestion on Twitter, we thought that maybe it would be a good idea to provide you with the flip side of the coin and look at five teams we may be underrating before the 2015 […]


2015 season preview: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers have experienced a time of prosperity as good as any in the history of the franchise the last few years. World Series appearances, division championships, MVPs, and Cy Young Awards have all been brought to Detroit, but the thing that has unfortunately alluded the team is baseball’s most prized possession: A World Series […]