According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the idea of a realignment is being mulled over in which the current six divisions would be eliminated, and instead have simply the two leagues. Olney broke the story on his twitter saying: In the midst of labor talks, possibility of realignment,with two 15-team leagues,has been raised The idea is to pool all the teams together, having two leagues of 15 clubs each, and the top five seeds of each league […]
While we were all fixating on the Mets draft selections for most of this week (rightfully so), something odd happened during the draft that many of you may not have noticed. The Texas Rangers drafted University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor on Wednesday in the 33rd round of the First Year Player Draft. It’s not exactly something that immediately jumps out at you, but let me explain. You see, Johnathan Taylor is partially paralyzed. Two months ago, he suffered a […]
The Marlins’ Scott Cousins collides with Giants catcher Buster Posey in the 12th inning Wednesday. It’s always tough to see a young player with such a promising career getting injured, especially when the injury was avoidable. Masked behind the Reds-Phillies’ 19-inning debacle, a serious injury occurred to promising young player, raising many safety concerns in baseball. The San Francisco Giants were working on defending their World Series championship, when it took a huge left turn […]
Enough is enough. Major League Baseball has long had an umpire problem. There’s never going to be perfection, and missed calls are part of the game and always will be, but it seems they are happening with more regularity. Bad calls are one thing, but couple that with arrogance and it is an untenable situation, such as the one last night at Fenway Park, which figured a meltdown by Red Sox manager Terry Francona clearly […]
There generally tends to be a lot of mystery surrounding an MLB front office. Fans know that they are responsible for signing free agents, making trades, and gathering information, but they do not know how it was done. I was recently able to sit down with Cardinals’ Assistant General Manger Michael Girsch, Baseball Development Analyst Chris Correa, and team Arbitration Lawyer Hal Welford after they gave a presentation on statistical modeling in baseball. The casual […]
In mid-December, when the crosstown rival Yankees signed Mets’ lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano to a two year, $8 million deal, the front office was criticized for letting him walk. Now, roughly four months later, it is looking like quite the smart move by Sandy Alderson who elected to pass on Feliciano. Feliciano had experienced a sore tricep that put him on the DL at the start of the season. However, it wasn’t until Wednesday that an MRI revealed a torn […]
As the Yankees take the field this afternoon and as Austin Jackson steps up to the plate, they will usher in a year that will leave behind the age of Ken Griffey Jr., Andy Pettitte and Trevor Hoffman and continue the new era of Jason Heyward, Buster Posey and Neftali Feliz. Never before has there been such a year of transition so clear that leaves the superstars of the past to the young promising talent of the future as there was […]
Former Mets second baseman, boy, does that feel great to say, Luis Castillo has been released for the second time this winter, this time being cut by the Phillies. Castillo, who was statistically one of the worst starting position players in the MLB last year, is now once again on the open market. Castillo was reportedly going to fill in while Chase Utley recovered from his knee ailment, but it appears another Mets cast off will […]
I should have known that the concussion issue would come up today at the Mets game between Keith and Ron – both daily NY Times readers and crossword puzzlers. Both men were very glad about the new guidelines, having been around the Mets during some strange happenings with concussions. First was Ryan Church who was put on an airplane to the coast with his concussion and was never the same after that. Today, Jason Bay […]
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