KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 07:  Manager Ned Yost #3 of the Kansas City Royals sits between All-Stars Alex Gordon #4 and Salvador Perez #13 during a press conference announcing their selection to the 2013 All-Star game prior to the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on July 7, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2015 All-Star starters announced, featuring four Royals

Well, the all-Royals lineup never happened, but the 2015 All-Star lineup still features a ridiculous about of Royal blue. Four members of the reigning AL champions were announced as All-Star starters on Sunday – Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, and Alex Gordon. But the leading vote getter in all of baseball wasn’t a Royal, […]

:HOUSTON, TX - JULY 01: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros gets hit by a pitch in the fifth inning during their game against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on July 1, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Astros’ first base-DH surplus now helps cover George Springer injury

The Houston Astros have been the surprise of the 2015 season, building the best record in the AL and a five-game lead in their division. As we approach the All-Star break, the big question hovering over this team is whether or not they’re “for real,” can maintain this level of performance and get to their […]

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 […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 8: Aaron Sanchez #41 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the third inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 8, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Blue Jays need continued production from rookies to succeed in 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays (42-39, 1 GB in the AL East) entered this season in a full-blown youth movement. Yes, the team still had important veteran players, but the club opened with six rookies on its 25-man-roster. Three of those rookies didn’t make it very long. Miguel Castro, pegged as the closer early in the season, started […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 29:  Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers follows through on a swing after hitting a fourth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending July 2nd

Let’s all take a moment of silence to reflect on Giancarlo Stanton’s dominance of THE LIST, which may be coming to an end after he fractured his hamate bone. …… OK, now let’s get on with it. Joc Pederson is once again at the top of this week’s list, and he may be the man […]

NEW YORK - JULY 14:  Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers watches a hit during the 2008 MLB All-Star State Farm Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium on July 14, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Outta here: the five best moments in home run derby history

The home run derby is getting some much-needed tweaks this year, with the inclusion of a bracket and timed rounds. The hope is these changes will breathe some life into baseball’s showcase event, which has sadly become a boring slog over the last few years. But it wasn’t always a sad, boring slog! No, the […]

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The best and worst MLB players of June 2015

We’re approaching the midway point of the 2015 season, and before we reflect on the first half, how about we reflect on a wild June? AL Best Hitter of the Month: Albert Pujols Hello my friend, we meet again…June of 2015 was vintage Pujols. He hit .303/.395/.737 for the month with 13 homers, 13 walks, […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 29:  Matt Duffy #5 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball at third base in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park on May 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Matt Duffy is baseball’s biggest surprise

Guys drafted in the 18th round aren’t supposed to amount to much. Every once in a while you get lucky, but for the most part teams are drafting for organizational depth by then: players who might move up a level or two in the minors, but nothing more. It’s where teams draft a light-hitting infielder […]

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Orioles keep finding a way to win

Following a 3-1 loss to the Astros on June 3rd, the Orioles’ record stood at 23-29 and they were five games back in the American League East. A team that has been in the top-10 in the league in runs scored for several years now appeared to have forgotten how to score runs.  They scored a […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 17: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 17, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Feud between Scioscia and Dipoto makes Angels fascinating case study

By virtue of their place in the standings, the Angels were already an intriguing team this season. Going into Tuesday’s play, the team was second in the AL West, four games behind the Astros. The Angels are also 1.5 games out in the wild-card race, with four teams ahead of them in the shuffle. Yet thanks […]

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 21:  Yasmany Tomas #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a second inning single against the Texas Rangers during the MLB game at Chase Field on April 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Standings say Diamondbacks are contenders, but team’s direction is unclear

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a tough read this season. Entering the season, things were looking a bit more positive for the club. The team cemented its management structure, bringing in Chip Hale at manager and Dave Stewart at general manager. The D-Backs also scored in free agency, bringing in the most coveted international free […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 22:  on April 22, 2015 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The White Sox defeated the Indians 6-0. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Should the White Sox and Indians become sellers?

There is no question that the American League Central is one of the toughest divisions in baseball (it is home to 7 of 9 potential All-Star starters) and that has lead to a difficult climb for those teams at the bottom. While the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox appeared to be ready to contend […]

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There’s no obvious AL MVP favorite

As we approach the midway point of the 2015 MLB season, the National League award winners are pretty easy to choose – Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, and Joc Pederson are pretty easy selections for the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards. But over in the American League, things are more interesting. The […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 12: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 12, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 5-1. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 12

Welcome to the twelfth week of our ongoing series highlighting the previous weeks best hitting and pitching performances. BEST HITTER: Nolan Arenando, 3B, Rockies It’s been a while since home runs dominated this space but that’s a big part of why Nolan Arenado is here. He led baseball with an impressive 7 home runs this […]

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