Hyun-Jin Ryu

What are the Dodgers to do without Hyun-Jin Ryu?

The Dodgers were and still are clear favorites to win the NL West division. But the path to that destination just got a lot more difficult. Hyun-Jin Ryu just had shoulder surgery that will side-line him for the remainder of the season. The Dodgers still have a dominating top of the rotation with Clayton Kershaw […]

Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy wouldn’t be a great fit for the Atlanta Braves

In this week’s fantastic Inside Baseball column by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, he revealed an interesting little nugget – the Atlanta Braves had asked the Milwaukee Brewers about catcher Jonathan Lucroy, but were rebuffed. Atlanta inquired about the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy but were told he is unavailable Lucroy, who turns 29 in June, is one […]

MIAMI, FL - MAY 16:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on May 16, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending May 21st

I can sum up this week’s list with one word: Giancarlo. The Marlins slugger dominated this week’s list, added a couple more entries to the season long list, and has claimed the top spot all for himself on THE LIST. Well done, Giancarlo. 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Alex Wood, 475 feet (May 16th) Dead center. […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies gestures to teammate Carlos Ruiz #51 after scoring on Ruiz's single during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Is Ryan Howard actually valuable again?

I know you’ve probably heard this before, but the Philadelphia Phillies are not a good baseball team. Sure, they are only seven games out of the first place Washington Nationals, but when one of your best hitters is Freddy Galvis, you know you’re in trouble. However, there is a player on the Phillies who has […]

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 15: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the second inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 15, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Odd year, don’t care: here come the San Francisco Giants

There’s no such thing as an odd year jinx. That’s what San Francisco Giants fans have tried to convince themselves of over the past few years, anyway. The Giants’ success in even years starting in 2010 has belied their struggles in the odd years that followed, either due to bad injuries, bad baseball, or both. […]

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ESPN releases 30 for 30 Short about the Giants’ Crazy Crab

The latest ESPN 30 for 30 Short has been released, and it’s a ridiculous 12 minute exploration of the San Francisco Giants’ anti-mascot – the Crazy Crab. In response to the mascot craze of the 70s and 80s, the Giants introduced an anti-mascot, the Crazy Crab, and essentially encouraged their fans to abuse it. The Crab […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 9: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits an RBI single in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 9, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Who can save a dire AL rookie crop?

Six weeks into the 2015 season, one thing has become clear to me – the American League class of rookies kind of sucks so far. Every so often, we run across a situation like this in one of the leagues. Wil Myers won the 2013 AL award over Jose Iglesias despite playing in just 88 […]

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper is really good – and good for baseball

What were you doing when you were 22 years old? No matter how cool it was, it was not as cool as what Bryce Harper is doing now at 22 years old.  The young star for the Washington Nationals is becoming a household name and, considering the spotlight that was on him from such a […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 15:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians scores a run against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 15, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jason Kipnis likes to lead off

On Monday (May 19th), Jason Kipnis 0/3 with a sacrifice bunt and officially ended one of the hottest streaks since Barry Bonds was destroying everyone in 2004. This night ended his streak of eight consecutive games where he reached base at least three times, a streak in which he had 20 hits (seven for extra […]

at O.co Coliseum on May 15, 2015 in Oakland, California.

Potential first time All-Stars

Aside from winning a championship, every professional athlete dreams of being recognized as one of the game’s best, of making an appearance in an All-Star game. And unlike in other sports, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game actually matters. The players actually play for something meaningful, for a chance to have their league control home-field advantage […]

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval

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 […]

Daniel Norris

Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris is actually a pretty good photographer

Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris marches to the beat to his own drum. Whether he’s living in his Volkswagen van during the offseason or shaving his beard with a hatchet, he doesn’t care about convention. He’s gathered quite a large following online because of his hipster ways, and he’s a pretty darn good baseball […]

Jeffrey Loria

Jeffrey Loria’s latest managerial farce shows Marlins have no plan

We were probably setting ourselves up for disappointment in the hours following the Miami Marlins firing of manager Mike Redmond on Sunday. It’s difficult not to get caught up in the excitement of a change and something new happening. You’d expect that from fans. But it was a little bit surprising just how much the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hiting a walk-off three-run home run in the tenth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field on May 17, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Mariners 6-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 6

Welcome to week six of our ongoing series covering the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. Today’s iteration is all about the pitchers (and 2/3 Indians!). Two specific pitchers had impressive days, one on the mound and surprisingly one at the plate. BEST HITTER: As usual there were several very good performances but […]

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