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Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:38:24 -0500


Potential Free Agents Often Put Baseball Fans In A Dilemma

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:56:44 -0500

Baseball fans might think it is a little too early to worry about players who are eligible to become free agents after this season, but that very topic often times hovers over a club throughout the year. This is especially true for a team that has several stars who could land huge free agent contracts. Toronto faced that situation just last year, when both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion were to become free agents.

Backyard Baseball Batting Cages: Tips for Buying the Right One

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:39 -0500

Backyard baseball batting cages allow you making practice at home whenever you want. But before buying cage do you know the important points to consider for selecting right type & quality product? Read out here...

Your Guide to Softball and Baseball Turf Mats

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:20 -0500

Turf mats are one of the widely used products, made from artificial material which looks like grass for softball & baseball fields. They help to maintain the beauty & value of school or community & help to reduce the maintenance cost. If you are going to purchase it, read this article for getting the perfect quality turf mats.

Standings One Year Ago Should Worry Baseball Teams Expected To Contend In 2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:22:38 -0500

Fans of teams who have been slow getting out of the gate will rationalize that baseball is a long season, citing that old metaphor about how it is a marathon rather than a sprint. While it is still very early, the waning days of April often serve as a harbinger for how the entire season will play out. Heading in to the fourth week of the 2016 season, Cleveland was the only playoff team below second place in its division.

How to Stop Illegal Bats in Sanctioned Play

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:08:15 -0500

As a bat shaving expert I have an intimate knowledge of bat altering. A local park owner and I had a conversation about illegal bats being used in sanctioned play. He thought the only way to keep doctored bats out of play was by supplying the bats or compression testing every bat each day of play.

The White Sox Become The First Team To Start All Three Outfielders With The Same Last Name

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:45:16 -0500

When the White Sox announced that they were the first team to start three outfielders with the same last name, I was surprised. You could even say it threw me for "Alou", as I recalled as a child seeing brothers Felipe, Matty, and Jesus all playing outfield for the Giants at the same time. A quick check at baseball-reference.

Detroit's Cabrera Is Not The Only Slugging Miguel In The American League

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:56:56 -0500

When a player dominates your team for over ten years, the best advice to heed would be a slightly different version of an old adage. For the Minnesota Twins it has translated to "If you can't beat him, sign him." Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, affectionately known by millions of adoring fans as Miggy, has owned the Twins since he entered the American League back in 2003.

Baseball Uniforms - Things You Must Be Aware Of

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:04:21 -0500

Baseball uniforms play an important role in the game of baseball. Therefore, this article defines all the details regarding baseball uniforms and the ways to choose a good one for your game.

Best Corner Infield Tandems In Baseball

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:45:26 -0500

The Red Sox may have a good chance of repeating as the champions of the American League East this season, but a report from a major sports web site has ranked them the worst in one vital component of a baseball team. The criticism involves two positions in the Boston infield, including that manned by former World Series Most Valuable Player Pablo Sandoval. According to Jonah Keri of cbssports.

First At Bat On Opening Day Often Foretells The Success Or Failure For The New Season

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:21:36 -0500

When the 2017 season draws to an end in October, each team will have batted first in 81 games. The most important of those in determining the fate of each team could very well be the opener, based on what happened on the first at bats of 2016. On April 4 last season in Los Angeles, Dexter Fowler doubled on the first pitch off of right hander Garrett Richards, the ace of Angels staff.

Importance Of Baseball Uniforms

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:42:15 -0500

Like other sports, even in the game of baseball, the uniform plays a major role. This article therefore, discusses about the importance of the uniform of baseball as well as the latest trends of the baseball uniforms.

Active Players Who Could Be In Baseball's Hall Of Fame By 2027

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:54:25 -0500

It will be at least five years before the decisions will be made, but the topic is one to ponder as the new baseball season begins. Which current players have the best odds of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Hame after their playing days are over? A sports web site recently addressed that issue, listing the most likely future Hall of Famer from every team.

Considerations To Make When Buying The Best Baseball Bats

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:08:36 -0500

Baseball is a very popular game in some countries and it combines different skills, including hitting, throwing, speed and even quick decision making skills. A bat is the most important equipment in the game and you must be keen when choosing if at all you are to have a good time in the field of play. A hitter who ends up with the wrong bat is bound to have issues with swing speed and other mechanics of the game. When you have the wrong bat you will have a harder time making solid contact with your ball. It makes it very important to consider all elements that really matter when looking for a baseball bat.

Opening Weekend Features Intriguing Match Ups To Start The 2017 MLB Season

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:09:38 -0500

As if the start of a new baseball season needed any added anticipation after a contentious Presidential election and a long winter, the schedule makers of Major League Baseball have provided fans with several intriguing match ups on the slate of opening series. These games include a battle between two old time rivals that will be broadcast on National television. Though they will certainly be noteworthy games, not one of the match ups will be a historical first like an opening series last year.

To Replace Gregorius At Shortstop, the Yankees Need To Look At His Former Team

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:18:49 -0500

The Reds suddenly have an opportunity to trade All-Star Zack Cozart, even though it comes at the expense of another former Cincinnati shortstop. Due to an injury in the World Baseball Classic, the New York Yankees need a replacement for Didi Gregorius. While playing for Netherlands in the WBC, Gregorius suffered a shoulder injury that will leave him sidelined until at least May.

Baseball Deals That Have Fans Scratching Their Heads Entering The 2017 Season

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:28:15 -0500

In a few short weeks the new baseball season will start, and fans can begin to assess the effects of the acquisitions made by their teams. Signing free agents always carries a certain risk, as does adding players via trades. Most deals are obviously done in order to fill a hole or improve a weak spot on the roster, like the Cardinals signing free agent Dexter Fowler to fill both the hole in center field as well as to strengthen the lead off spot.

The Minnesota Twins Are Projected To Have The Largest Increase In The Win Column For 2017

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:15:28 -0500

Before the new baseball season gets underway, many fans are wondering what to expect from their favorite teams. The latest issue of Sports Illustrated has listed the over or under win totals for each club, which will either encourage or discourage its followers. The team projected to have the biggest increase in victories is Minnesota which, according to oddsshark.

St Louis Is Not Baseball's Model Franchise In Spite Of Just One Losing Season In Seventeen Years

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:13:48 -0500

During a Spring Training broadcast between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Twins on the MLB network, one of Minnesota's announcers paid the ultimate tribute to the opposing team. He looked at the win-loss records of St.

Pitchers For Opening Day Should Earn The Privilege

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:59:36 -0600

The first game of the baseball season is always special, and every player relishes the opportunity to take part in it. For some reason, however, teams tend to make special announcements when they select the pitcher who will start the game.

Baseball Names Who Would Make A Good Roster For A Team In Las Vegas

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:57:18 -0600

Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, has declared that Las Vegas is a viable market for future expansion. His predecessor, Bud Selig, had during his tenure dismissed placing a team in that city because of its association with gambling. The topic came up during Manfred's February 21 press conference in Arizona, where Cactus League play was scheduled to begin.

Will The Reds One Day Retire The Number Of All-Star Brandon Phillips?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:35:25 -0600

A Cincinnati radio station hosted its last edition of the Reds Hot Stove League this week, since the program will soon give way to the broadcast of Spring Training games from the Cactus League in Arizona. The main issue was not about the present state of the club, but rather about one of its very recent past players. The host of the show suggested that recently-traded second baseman Brandon Phillips, while worthy of induction into the Reds Hall of Fame some day, does not deserve the honor of having his number retired...

Chicago's Lineup Must Have Bryant and Rizzo In the Middle To Repeat As Champs

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:50:05 -0600

Babe Ruth batted clean up for the storied Yankees of the Twenties, but he certainly had help from the player who hit in front of him. That third hole slugger was first baseman and fellow Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who combined with the Sultan of Swat to make the best middle of the order tandem in the history of the game. It would not be until seventy years later that any three and four hitters would come close to those of the New York World Series champions of Ruth and Gehrig.

Games Against Padres And Braves Will Feature Season Highlights For Cincinnati Fans

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:57:08 -0600

Most of my fellow fans, as they circle the Reds games they plan to attend this year, are placing circles around the two contests against the Yankees in May. They are also highlighting many of the nine games the Cubs will play in Great American Ball Park, and the annual interleague battles with the Indians. Because of that geographical rivalry, the Reds are in an unusual, albeit unenviable, position.

Baseball Hall of Famers Who Spent All But One Season With the Same Team

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:51:44 -0600

New Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Bagwell became one of the rare modern day players who spent his entire career with one club, but he came very close to having begun his tenure with a team in the opposite league. Having been drafted by the Red Sox and spending his entire minor league stint in their farm system, Boston dealt their future first baseman on the last day of the trading deadline in 1990. In exchange for Bagwell, Boston received from the Astros pitcher Larry Anderson in an effort to strengthen the Red Sox rotation...

Baseball Portable Mounds Allow Use of Facility for Multiple Games

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:53:13 -0600

Baseball portable mounds can easily transform any playing field into a game or practice area in a few minutes. These portable types come with different heights and taper so that all ages can play. Read More...

After Blocking Three Trades, Phillips Must Yield To Cincinnati's Second Base Prospect

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:01:44 -0600

Throughout the winter off season, the team with the worst record in the league last year did almost nothing to improve, beyond hoping that its young players get enough experience to improve enough to compete by 2019. The few moves the Reds did make all focused on the bullpen, which finished with the third highest earned run average in all of baseball in 2016. What the Cincinnati front office has not addressed, even though there is an easy solution, is the other position in which it ranked twenty-eighth out of the thirty...

A Look Back At Last Year's Bold Baseball Predictions

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:13:18 -0600

Predictions for the upcoming baseball season sprout up about this time every year, an exercise that helps create excitement for yet another chapter of America's oldest pastime. It is almost certain that 2017 will be no different, so keep an eye out for those annual baseball magazines and almanacs that appear on shelves at grocery stores beginning in February.

The Best Third Basemen in the History of Baseball

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:34:24 -0600

When discussing this I have to be careful since I like Brooks. Just a couple of years after he retired he came through our area and played a couple of slow pitch softball games with some of us. He is a down to earth guy.

Cooking Fanatic Rick Renteria Would Be Great Manager For This Team Of Kitchen-Related Ballplayers

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:53:30 -0600

Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria made news this winter, although it had less to do with the hot stove than it did with the kitchen stove. He recently visited Chicago's Benito Juarez Community Academy to speak with students enrolled in the culinary program, discussing a passion for cooking that was handed down from his mother. The dish Renteria prepared as the students watched and listened was a favorite Mexican entree, queso fundido.

Minnesota Should Take A Chance With Former Cy Young Winner Tim Lincecum

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:29:48 -0600

The Minnesota Twins have already invited a former San Francisco Giants pitcher to spring training, so why not add another one? After all, few teams are as desperate for pitching as the Twins, who finished with the worst team earned run average in all of baseball last season. Ryan Vogelsong is already set to appear in Spring Training, vying for what would likely be a spot in the bullpen.

Major League Players Expected To Switch Positions In 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:11:24 -0600

As teams pack up in anticipation of heading to either Florida or Arizona for Spring Training in a few weeks, some clubs will be monitoring the progress of players who are switching positions in 2017. Oftentimes the transition proves smooth, as evidenced by the half dozen or so players who were asked to switch diamond spots heading into last season. Among the best-known veterans who made a change in 2016 were several All-Stars.

Baseball Training Aids That You Should Buy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:41:59 -0600

Baseball requires skills. Some people have them since birth, but there are others that can develop the skills through practice. And if you want to make the most out of those practice sessions, you should consider getting baseball training aids. There are different baseball training aids on the market today. The list below will show you training equipment that is useful for both beginners and advanced players alike. They provide a broad training base for players of all levels.

Team Triple Crown Winners During 2017 Baseball Season

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:06:08 -0600

Before the Holidays it appeared a certainty that All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier would be playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but team officials have recently admitted that trade talks with the Minnesota Twins have been tabled. Although a deal could still be made before Opening Day, that news has to be a relief for Twins fans. After all, Minnesota relied almost exclusively last year on the production of Dozier.

Five Things to Know Before Going to a Cubs Game

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:39:14 -0600

Thinking of going to a Chicago Cubs game for the first time? Here are five things to know before you make the trip to Wrigley Field!

Five Baseball Managers Likely To Be On The Hot Seat In 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:35:49 -0600

Three managers will be spending their first Opening Day 2017 with their new teams, and each one is hoping to get off to a good start to relieve some of the pressure that comes with the job. Last year saw two managers take over teams that would eventually reach the playoffs, as Dusty Baker took over the helm of the Washington Nationals and Dave Roberts replaced Don Mattingly as skipper of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the other extreme, some managers may be experiencing in 2017 what will be their last Opening Day with their current...

Develop Player Strength and Extension With Total Control Balls

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:58:31 -0600

Total control balls are used in both baseball & softball and it helps in developing strength of the players. Read here how you can enhance extension of your player through this.

Turf Mats: The Must-Haves for Your Team

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:55:58 -0600

If you are having a baseball team, then you must be aware of the importance of turf mats, isn't it? Here are the list of various turf mats that you must have for your team. Take a look!

In Spite Of Its Early Success, Atlanta Fans Should Be Happy To Leave Turner Field Behind

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:04:53 -0600

One of the many things to look forward to in the 2017 baseball season is the new park opening in Atlanta, which will be called SunTrust Park. Its location is in the suburb of Cobb County, about ten miles northwest of Atlanta, and the Braves hope the new stadium will help them forget the last half decade that they called Turner Field their home. The last postseason game played in Turner Field was back in 2012, and it will help erase any fond feelings for that site as the Braves move into the new ball...

Increase In Popularity For Bonds Recalls Other Players Who Have Grown More Likable After Retirement

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:05:18 -0600

Most of the baseball world is looking forward to not only the start of Spring Training next month, but also the World Baseball Classic. Before those two events, however, fans will be paying close attention to the another annual highlight, the Hall of Fame selections. This year's ballot is loaded with stars, none of which appears to be a shoo in.

They Are No Longer The Most Popular Name In Baseball, But Smiths Could Still Boast A Great Roster

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:55:48 -0600

According to, the number of current players named Rodriguez and Gonzales is now higher than the number of Smiths in Major League Baseball. That statistic reflects not only the influx of Latin Americans in the country's pastime, but also in the United States in general.

Tips on Purchasing a Pitcher's Screen

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:42:24 -0600

If you are looking for some tips for purchasing a pitcher's screen, then you should read this article. Take a look and make the best of your investment.

Encarnacion Signs With Cleveland And Joins If You Can't Beat 'Em Join 'Em Club

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:45:39 -0600

The signing announced last week was a bit of a surprise, but free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion finally chose to sign with Cleveland. Earlier predictions had the All-Star power hitter either staying with Toronto or heading to Boston, where he would have been the successor to the now retired David Ortiz. He should provide manager Terry Francona and the Indians with a much needed power bat from the right side in the order, joining a lineup that came up just one win short of its first World Series championship in over half...

Changes In the 2017 Baseball Season That Will Take Some Time For Most Fans To Get Used To

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:06:42 -0600

Pittsburgh has reportedly been trying to acquire Chicago starter Jose Quintana, news that seems to indicate the Pirates hope to compete rather than rebuild in 2017. The White Sox, who in their current rebuild have already traded left hander Chris Sale and lead off hitter Adam Eaton, would demand at least two Pittsburgh prospects in return. The interest in Quintana most likely means that center fielder Andrew McCutcheon will remain in Pittsburgh.

Proposed Trade For Dozier Would Be the Biggest Ever Between the Dodgers and Twins

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:53:24 -0600

The two teams have had little in common since they met in the 1965 World Series, a memorable Fall Classic in which game seven was won by a Hall of Fame pitcher who would in two years retire in the prime of his career. That left hander of course was Sandy Koufax, whose Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Minnesota Twins to become World Champions. More than fifty years later, the two clubs find themselves in the headlines again.

Five Former All-Stars Who Need To Have Comeback Years in 2017

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:13:10 -0600

St. Louis did to Chicago what the Cubs did to the Cardinals during last year's off season, signing a valuable part of their outfield to a free agent contract. In 2015 Jason Heyward went from the Cardinals to the Cubs, where he received a World Series ring.

Blockbuster Trade Makes Chris Sale Just One of a Few Stars That Have Been Both White Sox and Red Sox

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:28:41 -0600

When Chris Sale joined Boston last week, he became one of just a few stars who have ever played for both the White Sox and the Red Sox. The All-Star left hander was traded from Chicago in exchange for four Boston minor league players, including the number one prospect in all of baseball, Yoan Moncada. Now that Sale has officially gone from White to Red Sox, here is an All-Star roster of players who were members of both the pale hose and the Beantown team that once traded Babe Ruth.

Coaching T-Ball And Dealing With Parents & Young Players

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:24:21 -0600

Coaching youth sports is a challenge. Coaching t-ball can be tough for first year coaches. This article will give some relevant tips.

MLB Pitching Decisions Are Based On Suppositions and Definitions - Relievers

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:14:49 -0600

Accepted suppositions are that relief pitchers should only pitch one inning or less per outing and very few can stand the stress of pitching a game's ninth inning. Therefore, only those few relievers able to deal with that stress should be used in all ninth inning situations defined in the Rules as a Save (SV), and be designated as a team's "closer." As with many other aspects of the Game, these conclusions are accepted without confirming evidence of their validity.

MLB Pitching Decisions Are Based On Suppositions and Definitions - Starters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:07:47 -0600

Accepted suppositions are that all pitchers need to be a certain height, with all starters having the same pitch and inning limitations. Plus, the definitions of an accepted number of pitches per inning and a "quality start" are all metrics used throughout the Game, without confirming evidence of their validity.

Unlike Last Season, Early Schedule Will Challenge Cubs In 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:21:18 -0600

The celebration has ended, the 108 year drought is over, and baseball on Chicago's North Side should return to normal. In other words, fans of the Cubs can go back to worrying. Several big concerns face them as they look toward the 2017 season, in addition to the nearly impossible task of topping the World Series Championship they earned in October.

Santa Made Several Visits During The 2016 Baseball Season And Distributed Gifts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:30:09 -0600

Santa Claus made several appearances long before the Holidays, delivering several valuable gifts to various baseball teams in the summer of 2016. They may not exactly have been wrapped in bows and colorful paper, nor were they necessarily found under a tree. Nevertheless, these presents turned out to be especially beneficial to the teams who received them.

Toronto Native Votto Is Not Going To The Blue Jays, But His Long Time Former Teammate Might Be

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:17:06 -0600

Toronto, which is going to lose either Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, must attempt to replace the power of those two sluggers. They made a small step in doing that by signing designated hitter Kendrys Morales in November, a switch hitter with a higher career batting average but far less power than either Encarnacion or Bautista. The Blue Jays have often during the past half decade shown interest in Toronto native Joey Votto, who has a long term contract with Cincinnati.

Who Invented T-Ball?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:55:44 -0600

"I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat." Babe Ruth - On May 6, 2001, the Capitol City League Rockies and the Satchel Paige League Memphis Red Sox from the Washington, D.C.

Cleveland Has A Better Chance Than Chicago To Return To The World Series In 2017

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:57:55 -0600

The youth of the Cubs, epitomized by the selection of Kris Bryant as the National League Most Valuable Player, has many people discussing a return to the World Series next year and beyond for the team from Chicago's North Side. In actuality, it seems that their opponents in this past Fall Classic are more likely than the Cubs to reach it again in 2017. Several key members of the Cubs are facing free agency, most notably closer Aroldis Chapman and leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler.

Why Children Like to Play Baseball

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:47:13 -0600

No matter what is going on in your life you can grab your glove and head for field that fills your dreams each night. All of your troubles just melt away and suddenly you can be anyone you want to be. That is how a child feels when they get to the beloved baseball diamond

Rookie of the Year Drought Ends For Dodgers After Twenty Years

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:06:17 -0600

The Dodgers finally nabbed another Rookie of the Year award, ending an ignominious streak of over twenty years without one. Los Angeles Shortstop Corey Seager was the 2016 recipient of the National League Rookie of the Year honor, while Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer was selected in the American League. That Southern California rookie drought, which dates back to 1996, seems even more incredulous when you recall the fact that Los Angeles before that enjoyed a streak of five straight years where a Dodger player earned that very award.

New Minnesota Front Office Executives Have An Unpopular Task To Tackle

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:57:35 -0600

The team which lost the most games last season has a completely different front office now, as Minnesota hired a new chief executive as well as a new general manager. The Twins made the announcement on Monday, November 7, via a news conference on the MLB channel. General Manager Thad Levine will be taking over the Minnesota organization after a tenure working with the Colorado Rockies, and Dave Falvey will serve as the team's chief executive baseball officer.

Live Baseball Games: Truly American Events

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:05:31 -0500

A baseball game is less similar to other sporting events and more of an American tradition. Going to a live game is a family-friendly trip with food, entertainment, and history for all tastes.

Chicago's Answer To The Curse: Steal First, Then Use The Purse

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:44:56 -0500

Forgive me if I refrain from reveling in the lifting of the curse of the Cubs, as they reached the World Series for the first time since 1948. Had the event occurred three or four or five years ago I could share in the celebration, but this team is not the lovable losers America had grown fond of. When you trace how the Cubs acquired this team and their manager, you realize they seem more like the hated Yankees of past decades than the traditionally lovable losers.

The Last Place Baseball Team Most Likely To Move Up In 2017

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:41:57 -0500

It is not all that rare in baseball for a team to suffer back to back seasons in last place in its division, and it happened to two clubs in 2016. What is unusual, however, is the fact that both of those teams actually reached the playoffs just the season before their two consecutive last places finishes. The Cincinnati Reds ended up at the bottom of the National League Central last season, just as they had done the year before.

The Benefits of Portable Backstops for Baseball Teams

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:40:14 -0500

As an owner of team or recreational facility, you must be wondering why to invest in baseball portable backstops, isn't it? This article has got answer for you. Read here the benefits of portable backstops for your team!

Nearly A Third Of All Shortstops Are Eligible For Arbitration For the 2017 Season

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:19:50 -0500

If the teams are unable to offer a contract acceptable to their young players, both sides of course go to arbitration. Few parties ever have to take negotiations that far, but this winter it is likely that players from one position will find themselves in that situation. The arbiters who decide the cases will need to really familiarize themselves with shortstops, since nearly one third of the starters at that position are eligible for arbitration heading into the 2017 season.

Five Players Likely To Switch Positions On the Baseball Diamond Next Season

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:41:58 -0500

At the end of every baseball season, some players are faced with the possibility of switching teams. A small percentage of others must face what can be an even harder adjustment, which is switching positions. Last year Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds had to switch from shortstop to third base, while Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins transitioned from third to right field.

Just As Ortiz Said In July, Encarnacion Should Be His Successor In Boston

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:25:16 -0500

Few people ever think about the All-Star game from the middle of July until October, when the National League champions suddenly remember its significance. Because the American League won 4-2, its pennant winner will have home field advantage for the World Series. Another significance of this past Midsummer Classic had nothing to do with the results, but an interview during the game.

The Cubs Are Winning - Or Are They?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:55:47 -0500

My husband has been a Chicago Cubs fan since he was nine years old. He has followed them from his childhood home in Danville, Illinois, through college years and our life together in many different cities. And through all those years, the Cubs have always managed to lose just when it looked like they were ready to win. He's convinced a curse has been placed on the Cubs, and even this year, when they might make it to the World Series, he's afraid to be hopeful. The "Curse" will strike again!

Cleveland Ace Would Like To Forget His Worst Outing Against Toronto In 17-1 Rout Back In July

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:22:45 -0500

With all of the fireworks in the park that day, one would have assumed the special event was a Fourth of July celebration. Given that the game actually took place in the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the assumption might have been that it happened on July First, known up North as Canada Day. Instead the day fell in between those two holidays on July third, and the fireworks were ignited by the powerful bats of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Banister's Decision To Start Playoffs With Hammels Doomed Texas Against Toronto

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:24:17 -0500

Baltimore manager Buck Schowalter took a lot of heat, from fans as well as baseball pundits, because he did not use closer Zach Britton in the Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 4 in Toronto's Rogers Centre. The Orioles ended up losing the game 5-2 on an eleventh inning three run walk off homer by Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays. When Texas manager Jeff Banister made a crucial mistake with his pitching rotation before being swept by the Blue Jays, he suffered absolutely no backlash from those same pundits who had...

Five Highlights Of An Otherwise Disappointing 2016 Season For The Minnesota Twins

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:53:01 -0500

Not long after the Chicago Cubs clinched home field advantage for the 2016 playoffs, the Twins were staking a much different claim. Minnesota, because of its Major League worst record of 59 wins and 103 losses, wrapped up the rights to the number one draft pick next year. That bittersweet prize is not the only highlight for an overall disappointing season for the club, which just one year before had been in the playoff race until the last weekend.

Witness a Magical Cubs Game From a Rooftop View

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:55:28 -0500

Wrigley Field is rightly known as one of the best stadiums in all of baseball. A rooftop ticket is a fantastic way to view a Cubs game with all of the amenities and less of the hassle.

The Contending Team Likely To Suffer The Most Changes Entering Next Season

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:43:38 -0500

Many of the teams currently contending in the final week of the Major League Baseball season have an excellent chance of doing so again in 2017, including the overwhelming favorite to win it all. The regular lineup for the Cubs, which should be unaffected by free agency or a salary purge, is likely to be in tact for next season as well. Other first place clubs, too, in the National League will probably have the same starting lineups as this season.

Toronto Poses The Worst Playoff Threat To Texas In 2016

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:48:22 -0500

The Texas bullpen is 39-19 in 2016, by far the best record in baseball. It is an amazing fact considering its earned run average is 4.36, tied with Minnesota for worst in the league.

Current Cubs Could Be Reincarnation of the '98 Yankees

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:55:24 -0500

Earlier in the season, baseball pundits were comparing the 2016 Chicago Cubs to the 2001 Seattle Mariners. The Windy City's National League team was on pace to at least match Seattle's 116 wins that year. A losing streak before the All-Star break stopped such talk of that win total, which actually relieved many Cubs fans.

What's In A First Name? A Lot of Letters For These Current Baseball Players

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:41:57 -0500

For this season All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is making a million dollars for each letter of his first name, and that is the least he will make for the next ten years. According to his current multi-year contract, starting in 2022 the team's Most Valuable Player will be making more than double the number of letters in his first name and last name combined. That is good news for him, especially since he has one of the longest first names in the game.

Baseball's Epidemic Of Strikeouts Continues To Spread

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:38:33 -0500

Since the inception of the American League (AL) in 1901, there has only been one team, with or without the Designated Hitter (DH), that has accumulated 1400+ strikeouts (SO) in a season. This year, based on their current rate per game, at least two, and possibly three or four, will reach that level of futility. In addition, the National League (NL) will have two, maybe three, teams as well. Those are just the worst cases of the growing SO epidemic.

Baseball Needs To Broaden Its Recognition of Its Latin American Past

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:11:57 -0500

Major League Baseball recently celebrated Roberto Clemente Day, honoring the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder by displaying the number 21 at every ball park. A selection for candidates to receive the Roberto Clemente Award was also undertaken by each of the thirty teams. The event was designed as a way to memorialize a great player who gave his life in a humanitarian attempt, as he perished in a plane crash en route to take supplies to a disaster-ravaged Puerto Rico.

My Last Baseball Game and a Quadruple Play

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:45:27 -0500

My baseball career started as a request from the sportsmaster of my high school for a teacher to take responsibility for baseball as a new sport. I decided to give it a go. I had never played the game but I was lucky enough to have the help of a baseball tragic to learn the game. Our author tells how he became involved in school Baseball coaching and going on to play several seasons and finishing his playing career on a "high" being involved in a "quadruple play".

In the 2016 Baseball Season, Second Is First

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:48:03 -0500

For the first time in the long, storied history of Major League Baseball, second will most likely be first. This does not mean that any second place team will have home field advantage in the playoffs over a division champion, even though there have been second place teams in very recent history who have actually won the World Series. In fact, the last two to win it all, Kansas City and San Francisco, both finished in second place in that season.

Chicago's Most Feared Playoff Opponent Is Also Its Most Familiar

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:17:23 -0500

Instead of relishing the unbelievable season the Cubs have enjoyed in 2016, the devoted Chicago fan in my family has spent the past two months looking at the box scores and standings. The last time he checked the sports page, he had to have seen that his Cubbies had a fourteen game lead as well as the best record by far in the National League. He swears he is justified in his worry, which revolves around the club way behind in the N.

Cincinnati's Ace And Chicago's Jake Arietta Share Rare Offensive Feat in 2016

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:09:44 -0500

Bright spots have been few for the Cincinnati Reds this year, but the team had to enjoy Saturday's game in Arizona on August 27. Not only did they shut out the Diamondbacks 13-0, but starting pitcher Anthony Desclafani achieved something no other pitcher besides Chicago's Jake Arietta had done this entire season. Desclafani, who threw a complete game in the contest, also took five trips to the plate.

Intriguing Matchups Possible For Baseball's 2016 Playoffs

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:53:15 -0500

The two teams that met in the World Series last year are both long shots to even qualify for the playoffs come October, but there could still be some intriguing match ups in Major League Baseball's 2016 postseason. The defending champions, the Kansas City Royals, are currently in third place in the American League central and chasing two other clubs for a Wild Card spot. Their World Series opponents in 2015 are in even worse shape over in the National League, where they trail Miami and Washington in the East division and two other teams in the Wild Card race...

Minnesota's Molitor Not Among Managers Who Are On The Hot Seat

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:41:39 -0500

Minnesota manager Paul Molitor had birthday number sixty on August 22, the day after his players were swept in a four game series against the Kansas City Royals. With his club burdened with the worst record in the American League, Molitor probably felt little like celebrating this year. Still in all, Molitor should take some comfort in the probability that he will keep his job, unlike almost a half a dozen other managers of Major League clubs.

Detroit Could Use Gomez For Pennant Race To Fill Out Injured Roster

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:26:26 -0500

The Tigers have been the most active contender since last month's trade deadline, trying to fill in for the numerous injuries that have sidelined key players. They have lost half of their opening day infield and one third of their regular outfielders, amassing a crowded disabled list. Just two days ago, Detroit engineered a trade with the Braves.

Cubs Have Two Worthy Candidates But the MVP Is In Washington

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:46:32 -0500

When considering candidates to win the Most Valuable Player award for the National League with a month left in the 2016 season, one would certainly have to start with members of the best team. The Chicago Cubs have more wins than any other team in baseball, and with a twelve game lead they are shoe ins to get home field advantage in the playoffs. Two players from the Cubs deserve plenty of consideration for MVP, the team's two corner infielders.

Machado's Three Home Runs In Three Innings Recalls A 1930 Game In Yankee Stadium

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:36:54 -0500

Baltimore's Manny Machado joined an extremely short list in the game on Sunday, August 6, when he hit home runs in each if the first three innings. Before the All-Star infielder performed that rare hat trick against the Chicago White Sox, you have to look back eighty six years to find the only other player to ever accomplish that feat. Perhaps it is appropriate that Machado achieved the feat while playing the White Sox, for it was a member of that very team who first hit three home runs in the first...

The World Series Is Baseball's Only Post Season Games

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:12:54 -0500

Playoff Games are an extension of the 162 game seasons to determine the teams that represent each league in the World Series. The National Football League's (NFL) Super Bowl or the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Championship Series are also the only Post Season games for those sports. The World Series, Super Bowl, and Championship Series are supposed to be entities unto themselves which pit the winners of two leagues against each other to produce a Champion for the year.

Mets Hoping Bruce Can Propel Mets To Pennant Like Cespides Did Last Year

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:50:43 -0500

The Mets acquired Jay Bruce at the trade deadline, just as they did Yoenis Cespides at the same time last year. New York then went on to win the National League pennant, primarily on the strength of Cespides. Bruce will be expected to provide a similar surge for the Mets who, like last year, are trailing in the National League East.

10 Incredibly Easy Mental Hacks for Baseball

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:16:53 -0500

Learn to master the head game of baseball using these 10 incredibly simply mental hacks to help you be mentally tough in the field, at the plate or on the mound. Good ballplayers prepare and they build strong routines around those preparations. Whether in conditioning, stretching, practicing, warming up or playing, most successful players will tell you they have a routine they follow. Start to develop your own routine that allows you feel comfortable and at the top of your game. Consider adding these visualization techniques to build even more control into your game.

Deal For Lucroy Would Have Given Cleveland Best Backup Catcher In Baseball

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:58:08 -0500

The Indians should not grieve too long about their inability to acquire All-star Jonathan Lucroy, who refused to waive his no-trade clause to leave Milwaukee and join first place Cleveland. After all, his presence would have eventually led to a controversy as to the number one catcher, the distinction held by currently injured Yan Gomes. The return of Gomes, who landed on the disabled list on July 17 with a separated shoulder, is yet to be determined.

Baseball's Common Sense, Like Elvis, Has Left The Building

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:24:54 -0500

The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game is the latest example of the fan's disapproval of the way the players are selected and the game played, by again registering the lowest TV viewership since records have been kept. This despite the pending retirement of All-Star favorite, David "Big Papi" Ortiz, plus continuing to reward a World Series home-field advantage to the winner.

Reds May Have Chance To Trade For Future Star From Cincinnati

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:41:00 -0500

Baseball fans in Cincinnati had a bittersweet reaction as Ken Griffey, Jr. was inducted in the Hall of Fame last weekend. The hometown hero went into Cooperstown as a Seattle Mariner, the team for which he spent the prime years of his career.

Five Trends That Need To Stop At Ball Parks

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:34:27 -0500

Perhaps it was because the temperature was over ninety degrees that day, and maybe it was the fact that the home town team has the worst record in the league. Whatever the reason for my displeasure, I sat in the bleachers at the Reds game on July 19 and noticed certain trends that bug me as a spectator. The walk up songs used to perturb me, since I recognized few of them.

Texas Names Recall Famous Abbott and Costello Baseball Routine

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:44:53 -0500

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello began using their "Who's On First?" routine at this time exactly eighty years ago, a few months before they joined the cast of The Kate Smith Hour. Since then, the routine is brought up at some point during every baseball season.

Successful Clubs Need Coaching Staffs With Former Major League Players

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:56:24 -0500

The fact that Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy have led their teams to the most recent World Series championships is proof that a team does not have to hire a skipper who was a star in the big leagues. Yost took the Kansas City Royals to the title in spite of having a career .212 batting average, and Bochy has won three titles with the San Francisco Giants without ever having appeared in more than a third of his team's games during his playing career.

Baseball Tips and Tricks

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:48:26 -0500

Baseball is a great game. You either learn from the field, from your favorite player or from the internet. All of this sources are a great way to learn playing baseball. With that in mind. I have created some great tips and tricks when playing football

All-Star Game In San Diego Brings Back Memories Of The 1992 Classic At Jack Murphy Stadium

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:43:17 -0500

When San Diego fans last had the opportunity to watch Major League Baseball's All-Star game in their home city, there was a Clinton serving as President of the United States. The year was 1992, the park was Jack Murphy Stadium, and the President was Bill Clinton. Now, as the Midsummer Classic returns to San Diego twenty four years later, a few changes have occurred.

6 Ways to Relieve Elbow Pain From Baseball and What Causes It

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:20:28 -0500

Baseball is fun, but sometimes we don't know if we will be injured or not. Elbow pain is common when playing baseball. Fortunately, elbow pain can be treated easily and in this article, you will know some of its symptoms and ways to treat it.

The Halfway Point of the Baseball Season Is The Fourth Of July, Not The All-Star Break

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:44:46 -0500

The All-Star break has always been considered the halfway point of the baseball season, but the fact is that every team has played more than half of its games a week before that. A more accurate marker of the halfway point of the Major League Baseball season would be the Fourth of July. Just here in 2016, every team has played at least 83 games, and most will reach ninety by the All-Star break.

Chicago's Staff ERA Best In Baseball Since the Hall of Fame Packed 1981 Astros

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:12:52 -0500

The 2016 Cubs are visiting territory that no baseball club has inhabited in the last thirty five years. That span obviously pales when compared to the length of time since Chicago's last World Series Championship, an ignominious streak of over a hundred years which is likely to end this fall. If they do go on to win it all, the biggest reason will be because of their pitching staff.

David Ortiz Leads A Pack of Aging Stars Who Are Dominating Baseball

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:12:19 -0500

At forty years of age, Boston's David Ortiz is outslugging even the players almost half his age. The designated hitter for the first place Red Sox leads the Major Leagues in slugging percentage at .695, almost one hundred points higher than any other player.

3 Important Features That Make Best Baseball Gloves

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:33:23 -0500

Baseball gloves are supposed to fit the player's hand, abilities and even position to ensure that better play is achieved with every game. The grab really matters in a baseball game and you therefore cannot be a complete player without the best baseball gloves. When looking at the gloves available in the market, you will find different sizes, fast pitch softball gloves, slow pitch softball gloves and even left handed gloves. The glove design will determine whether they are suitable for infielders, outfielders, catchers or pitchers.