SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL  25:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, right, is congratulated by Jimmy Rollins #11 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park April 25,  2015 in San Diego, California.   (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Keeping Andre Ethier may have been the Dodgers’ best move this offseason

This winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers were a busy team. Headed by the new braintrust of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi, Los Angeles dumped Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, and Matt Kemp (among others) in trades, bringing back Yasmani Grandal, Howie Kendrick, and Jimmy Rollins in three separate trades. The team also hoarded a plethora of […]

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The Pittsburgh Pirates’ season should turn around soon

Following two straight NL Wild Card berths, expectations were high for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. But thusfar, those expectations haven’t been realized. Through the first month of the season, the Pirates are 12-14, eight games back of the white-hot St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. But because of how top-heavy the National League […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11:  Allen Craig #5 of the Boston Red Sox is out ahead of a throw to Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees in the second inning at Yankee Stadium on April 11, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Attempting to make sense of the AL East pile-up

Going into the 2015 MLB season, the most difficult division to predict seemed to be the AL East. Virtually every division had two, perhaps three teams, that could finish on top. But the AL East was the one in which no club really looked like a favorite. Each of them had a significant flaw, largely […]

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The rise and fall of Chase Utley

In the 2009 World Series, the Phillies were seeking their second straight title and they faced the New York Yankees who won 103 games that season.  The Phillies lost the series in six games and it was only thanks to Cliff Lee that it wasn’t a sweep. Well, Lee and the second baseman, Chase Utley, who […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 22: Gordon Beckham (L) of the Chicago White Sox, Jose Abreu (C) and Geovany Soto (R) celebrate their win against the Cleveland Indians 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)

When should fans of struggling teams panic?

We’re coming up on the 20% mark of the 2015 MLB season (already?), and while it’s still quite early, fans of some teams are losing hope. The Rangers are eight games under .500 and 9.5 games out of first place. The Brewers are 11 under, 11.5 back of the Cardinals, and just fired their manager. The […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 2: Josh Reddick #22 of the Oakland Athletics points to the stands after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 2, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 4

Welcome to week four of our ongoing catalog of the best hitters and pitchers of the week. Last week, the home run continued to reign supreme as it propelled Mark Teixeira to the top offensive spot. On the pitching side, 16 strikeouts across 2 scoreless outings earned Chris Archer the nod. Today we’ll be highlighting two new […]

AT&T Park Has Highest Average Ticket Prices For Any MLB Star Wars Night

Since its initial release in 1977, the Star Wars saga has taken on a life of its own in American culture. The franchise that takes place “far, far away” has infiltrated almost every significant pop culture medium, including sports. With the news that the first of three scheduled installments is being released in December of […]

:HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 30: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros gets mobbed by his teammates after his tenth inning game-winning RBI single to defeat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 at Minute Maid Park on April 30, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Astros are taking off, looking like an early contender

One of the more exciting aspects of the 2015 MLB season was the number of teams that looked capable of becoming new contenders. The Cubs, Mets, White Sox, Marlins and Padres all appeared ready to make significant improvements, due to offseason acquisitions, young players developing into stars — or both, in some cases. Another club […]

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with teammates after scoring in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The best and worst MLB players of April 2015

The first month of the 2015 MLB season is in the books, and it’s time to resurrect one of our favorite features – the best and worst players of the month! These choices are purely subjective, though statistics are obviously taken into account. Agree or disagree with any choices? Good, let us know what you […]

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 28:  David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammate Mark Trumbo #15 after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on April 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending April 30th

There wasn’t much change on our season-long list this week, but there were still some majestic blasts over the past seven days. Let’s take a look. 1. Mark Trumbo vs Kyle Kendrick, 451 feet (April 28th) We have a lot of fun with Mark Trumbo here at TOC, but the man can hit the bejeezus […]

Justin Verlander, not a DH

A totally unbiased and not at all one-sided conversation about the DH

This week, the Cardinals announced they had lost rotation ace Adam Wainwright to a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered during a plate appearance. This launched what has become an annual conversation on whether or not to bring the designated hitter to the National League. Ten years ago, I would have counted myself among the opposition. Now however […]

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What the hell happened to the Braves rotation?

The Atlanta Braves have a well-earned reputation of an organization that consistently churns out solid starting rotations. The names Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz all immediately come to mind, but while those were the biggest names on those dominant 1990s staffs, don’t forget about guys like Steve Avery, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood. The reputation is still […]

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MLB releases archaic All-Star ballot

Major League Baseball released their All-Star ballots yesterday afternoon, for the first season ever an all electronic endeavor, yet the same problems from the analog editions still exist. Back in 1970 when the right to vote for the All-Star game was given back to the fans from the managers, coaches and players who had previously […]

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