Fredi Gonzalez and Frank Wren of the Atlanta Baves

Braves use Frank Wren as the fall guy for Fredi Gonzalez’s sins

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves made the move that we all expected for awhile now – they fired general manager Frank Wren, who has put together a team that has fallen out of the playoff race in recent weeks. But Atlanta’s follow-up move was quizzical – they named adviser John Hart as the interim GM, […]

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins

End of season post-mortem: Miami Marlins

All things considered, the 2014 Miami Marlins were a bit of a surprise. Sure, they were never truly a playoff contender — especially after Jose Fernandez tore his UCL in mid-May and needed Tommy John surgery — but they hung around .500 for much of the season. Coming off a year in which they lost […]

Tommy La Stella of the Atlanta Braves

Dugout Digest – say bye bye to the Braves

One of the most disappointing 2014 seasons came to an end on Sunday as the Atlanta Braves were knocked out of playoff contention, less than a week after the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East at Turner Field. Amazingly, the Braves may bring manager Fredi Gonzalez back in 2015 while relieving GM Frank Wren of […]

Ned Yost of the Royals

Dugout Digest – the Royals are fading away

I think it’s a bit misleading to say that the Kansas City Royals are fading, which I did in the subject of this post, but Kansas City has lost two in a row to Detroit in interesting fashion. The Royals got pummeled from pillar to post on Friday, and barely lost on Saturday, thanks in large […]

Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers

Dugout Digest – the Dodgers make it four

We discovered our fourth playoff team on Friday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers joined the three division champions (Baltimore, Anaheim, Washington) in the playoff picture. Now, the Dodgers haven’t clinched the NL West yet, but they’re up 3.5 on the Giants with only eight games to play (including three with San Francisco). For the Giants […]

San Diego Padres

End of season post-mortem: San Diego Padres

The Padres were viewed as a sleeper contender coming into the 2014 season. They probably weren’t capable of hanging with the Dodgers and Giants (or maybe even the Diamondbacks) in the NL West, but if either of the favorites faltered and the Padres’ roster stayed healthy throughout the season, there was a chance that meaningful baseball […]

Brandon Moss of the Oakland Athletics

The longest homers for the week ending September 18th

You guys…we’ve reached the second to last edition of the longest homers of the week this season. We’ll follow up with one more next week, and wrap up the season with a longest homers of the year compendium the following Monday. This week, our list is headed by Brandon Moss of the Oakland Athletics, a team […]

Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers

Dugout Digest – do or die for the Brewers

This is really a last gasp for the Milwaukee Brewers. After a crushing 3-2, 13 inning loss to the Cardinals on Thursday, the Brewers are six games back of St. Louis in the NL Central, and 3.5 games behind the Pirates for the NL’s second Wild Card spot. You can pretty much count out the […]

Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds

End of season post-mortem: Cincinnati Reds

The NL Central was supposed to be a three-team race between the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds this year. St. Louis and Pittsburgh fulfilled their expectations, but Cincinnati fell off in a major way. Coming into the season, the Reds were viewed by some as a better club than the Pirates. The team showed what it was capable […]

Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians

2015′s breakout team: the Cleveland Indians

For whatever reason, Cleveland seems to be the place to be for late 20’s breakouts from starting pitchers. Cliff Lee set the tone for the Indians a few years back, and this year, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have followed in his footsteps. It is unfortunate for the Indians that Carrasco’s dominance, along with Danny […]

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies

End of season post-mortem: Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies just don’t know when to quit. They really should quit. It was another season of the Phillies trying to win with almost the exact same roster that lost 89 games the year before, only older. As you, but not Ruben Amaro Jr., probably guessed, it didn’t go very well. Preseason Prediction: I think third place […]

The Oakland Athletics, not winners of the AL West

Dugout Digest – Athletics finish collapse with a thud

So it’s official then – the Oakland Athletics won’t be winning the AL West, despite their torrid start to the year. I think we all kind of knew deep down that the A’s weren’t going to completely run away with the AL West, after all, they never had a lead of more than six games. […]

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers overcome their Yasiel Puig problem as postseason approaches

For the past six weeks, it looked like the Dodgers would win the NL West and perhaps the league’s top seed despite getting little contribution from Yasiel Puig. In August, the Cuban sensation compiled a slash average of .216/.296/.247. As that slugging percentage indicates, Puig wasn’t hitting for any extra-base power, managing only two doubles […]

Fredi Gonzalez and Frank Wren of the Atlanta Baves

Is it time for the Atlanta Braves to clean house?

To say this was a disappointing season for the Atlanta Braves would be an understatement. After surprising the league, overtaking the Washington Nationals last year, and starting this year as the youngest team in baseball, things were looking up for the Braves despite the national media’s love affair with the Nationals. Most picked the Nationals […]

Neil Walker and Russell Martin of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Dugout Digest – the Pirates want more October baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing some great baseball as of late. Since getting swept in heartbreaking fashion in St. Louis, the Pirates have gone 9-2, with their two losses coming by just a total of three runs. They still have three left with the Brewers and four left with the Braves in Atlanta, meaning that […]