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One Way to Properly Value Baseball’s Wild Card

November 8, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Major League Baseball said the advent of the Wild Card Game in 2012 would improve competitiveness by giving added value to winning your division and decreasing the value of being the wild-card team that survives the play-in game to reach the division round. The Wild Card Game does this, but it’s also a gimmick, a […]

2013 MLB Playoff Predictions

September 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! While I normally blog about baseball history, since I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately asking me which teams do I think will make the playoffs this year, I decided to do a vlog post of my 2013 MLB playoff predictions. If you’d like to watch it, just click here. If you don’t […]

With Talent and Motivation, Kevin Hooper ‘Without Concern’ As Wichita Powerhouse Readies for Playoffs

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“To be honest, there is no concern.” How often does a manager talk in such confident terms?   Never might be too soon, right? Yet, that was exactly what Wichita (KS) Wingnuts Manager Kevin Hooper said this week when I asked him what his biggest concern was heading into next week’s American Association playoffs. Let me […]

An Interview with MLB Commissioner Selig

August 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Today I have a very special interview for you. One of my biggest ones yet. It’s with a very famous baseball figure and someone who I am very honored to have interviewed via email. He used to be the owner of the Brewers, but he is currently the Commissioner of Major League […]

The Bud Selig/Fox Sports Ultimate Wildcard Play-In System

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

After seeing how crazy of an idea the 2012 Wild-card Play-in game was, I decided that if it was here to stay, then it should be expanded to 15 Play-in games.  This way, MLB teams would play 162 games to determine their opponent in a single elimination Play-in game series with the last two teams […]

Clearing The Bases

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball teams for the most part use the first third of the season (April, May) to evaluate their team, the middle third (June, July) to make acquisitions to help the team, and the last third (August, September) to fight for a playoff run.  Now trading won’t really pick up for another month or […]

What Sunk the Braves

October 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Good teams don’t fold for no apparent reason. Though buried by the publicity piled onto the Boston Red Sox, who also slipped out of the playoff picture in September, the Atlanta Braves should have seen their slide coming. Plagued all season by an inability to score runs, the Braves plodded through the 2011 season by […]

Termino La Regular…Comienza el Juego De Verdad (Finished the Regular Season…Real Game Begins)

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Se termino la temporada regular de las grandes ligas. este mes de septiembre supero con creces la emociones de Agosto. Todo definido. Listos los equipos para la siguiente fase. Al hacer el análisis de este periodo ,tenemos que comentar por obligatorio,por extraordinario , lo ocurrido en los últimos días del campeonato regular. En el Este […]

American Association Playoffs Have a Different Look

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Not one single hint of disrespect is intended toward the four teams in the American Association playoffs because they earned their opportunity during the grind of the 100-game regular season, but there are some unusual sideline observers for the championship run. The playoff field, which was not finalized until the very last day of the […]

St. Louis vs. Cincinnati

May 18, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

How exactly did we get here?  How did we come from St. Louis and Cincinnati having just a passing thought in each other’s minds to a knockdown, dragout rivalry between the two squads and the two fan bases?  And, honestly, why is there such a rivalry, Johnny Cueto notwithstanding? The history of Cardinals and Reds […]

Boston Sweeps Yanks but Playoff Hopes Remain Dim

May 15, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Boston has finally reached .500 this season but now midway through May it’s a likely bet the Red Sox playoff hopes in this overly-hyped season remain iffy at best. Their position in the standings is certainly not bleak, however, for the Red Sox to have any chance of reaching the playoffs, the team would have […]

Postseason Reform Is a Bad Idea

October 26, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

With the upcoming collective bargaining agreement set to occur, Major League Baseball is considering some ground-breaking changes that could change the course of baseball for years to come. ESPN reports that Major League Baseball could make a series of changes to the 2012 regular season and postseason. Changes could include shortening the regular season, making […]

Strasburg-by-the-Sea

September 28, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Strasburg Was Here Part Four: Strasburg-by-the-Sea Saturday, September 25: Atlanta 5, Washington 0 We have reached the last week of the season, and because Major League Baseball has instituted the “Dull Card,” not much is happening. Never mind that the Phillies and the Braves, the Rays and the Yankees might have played out historically exciting […]

Joe Girardi: The Perfect Modern Manager?

September 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In our culture, villains are meticulous and cunning. Heroes jump off buildings and yell “yippee-kay-yay, mother-@#$%er!”

Yankees: Why Losses Today May Mean Wins Tomorrow

September 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Yankee fans were unhappy—to say the least—on Monday night, when the Yankees surrendered first place to the Rays for the first time since August 3. Tuesday night, the Yankees got first place back, and breathed a sigh of relief. Amidst all that anger came an interesting thought: what if, by some chance, the Yankees didn’t win […]

“It Didn’t Look Like They Wanted To Come Out And Beat Us”

September 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

I think the title of this post says it all.  When a player on the opposing team questions the desire, there’s little else to say about the 2010 Cardinals. That was Geoff Blum’s quote to MLB.com after yesterday’s game.  “It didn’t look like they wanted to come out and beat us at all.”  We talked about […]

Cardinals Keep Destroying Hope

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I wonder if any of his old friends in Cincinnati have called Adam Dunn and said thanks for the help. Since his home run on Saturday, the Cards have scored a total of two runs in 31 innings.  Since that moment, this team his hitting .152 against staffs that are on second-division teams.  Since that […]

At Least One Wild Card Likely for Atlantic League Playoffs

August 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It is getting close to “wild card” time.  Some newspapers have been listing the major league wild card data in their standings for weeks now, but this subject also carries importance in the Atlantic League since it seems very real that Southern Maryland and York could capture both first and second half divisional titles. The […]