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San Francisco Giants History: Pablo Sandoval Hits Three Homers
Only three players had ever hit three home runs in a game during the World Series. On this day in 2012, former San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval joined them. Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Albert Pujols. Those three players either hav...
Philadelphia Phillies: Time to Acquire a Bat?
With the offseason at hand, a veteran hitter for the heart of the order is atop the agenda for the Philadelphia Phillies, and the front office is also hoping to add outfielder Roman Quinn‘s speed to the lineup in April. But while fans hav...
Baltimore Orioles: Top Five Priorities for the Offseason
It was a good season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016. The team returned to the postseason after not making the tournament last season, even though it was a short appearance. But the question still remains, what can the O’s do this winter...
Cleveland Indians: Andrew Miller Might Have Blocked Trade if He Could Have
Andrew Miller has been a key part of the Cleveland Indians postseason success. However, if he had his way, he would have remained in New York. Around the time of this past Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians and...
Chicago Cubs: A Story Of 108 Years And 108 Outs
By now, the whole planet knows that the Chicago Cubs will be in a World Series for the first time in 108 years. But did you know that to win everything, they need to record 108 outs (4 wins X 27 outs = 108 Cute, huh?) But when I realized that dri...
Philadelphia Phillies Legends Jim Bunning Suffers Stroke
Jim Bunning was a major league pitcher for seventeen years in the majors. Although he won only 224 games, he is currently a resident in the Baseball Hall Of Fame (more later). He also pitched a perfect game on Fathers Day and following his retire...
Baltimore Orioles: Major Takeaways from the 2016 Season
After missing out on the postseason in 2015, the Baltimore Orioles made strides and snuck into the playoffs as a wild card this year. However, some questionable managing and an inconsistent offense forced them into an early exit. 2016 Record: 8...
Chicago Cubs v. Cleveland Indians, 2016 World Series Prediction
Each and every living Chicago Cubs fan will never forget where they were on October 22, 2016! For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs won the National League Pennant, advancing to a World Series date with the American League Champion Clev...
Cleveland Indians Largely a Homegrown Success Story
The Cleveland Indians hosting Game 1 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Tuesday night are largely a homegrown success story. Like most teams that enjoy success in Major League Baseball in the 21st century, the Cleveland Indians ...
MLB: Deadline Deals Helping Shape the 2016 Postseason
The annual MLB non-waiver trade deadline has become a baseball holiday of sorts for fans around the league. Regardless of what the current state of you favorite team is, there’s a chance that you could wake up on trade deadline morning to ...
Los Angeles Dodgers Simply Couldn’t Dodge Reality Anymore
When the postmortems are finished, they will show that the Los Angeles Dodgers had no soul. And they’ll point to a team (with a couple or three exceptions) of overachievers in a division where they were unchallenged and therefore underdevel...
Chicago Cubs: Doing the Little Things Right
The difference between the Dodgers and the Cubs in the NLCS was slim. However, the advantage the Cubs had was apparent for anyone looking in the right places. When the Chicago Cubs made Joe Maddon their manager before the 2015 season, the entire ...
Cleveland Indians: Five Reasons Why They’ll Win It All
The Cleveland Indians have literally waltzed through the postseason so far. They’ve done it with a good mix of good pitching and timely hitting. And regardless of whether they face the Cubs or the Dodgers, there are five reasons why they wi...
Chicago Cubs: How Javier Baez Went from Near Castoff to NLCS Co-MVP
Javier Baez was almost an afterthought for the Chicago Cubs. Last night, he was named the co-MVP of the National League Championship Series. On Saturday night, Chicago Cubs super utility player Javier Baez hoisted the National League Championship...
Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein Just Punched Hall of Fame Ticket
For an executive to be considered a no doubt Hall of Famer, they would have to do something truly spectacular. Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has made himself such an executive. If ever there was a way to guarantee ens...
Dodgers Sign Jackie Robinson to Minor League Contract
It had been over 60 years since a black player had appeared in the Major Leagues. However, Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey took the first step to ending the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson on this day in 1945. Although it ...
Chicago Cubs Punch Their Ticket to the World Series!
The Chicago Cubs clinched their spot in the 2016 World Series on Saturday evening. How did they get there? With a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs headed to the World Series for the first time since 1945 with the hope to...
Chicago Cubs: Like The Beatles Said – “Tomorrow Never Knows”
If there isn’t a sense of urgency in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse right now, maybe there should be. A do or die one game loser goes home seventh game is not on their list of needs at this point. And despite the challenge of Clayton Kershaw fa...
Cleveland Indians: Long Rest Will Help Bullpen Management
The Cleveland Indians have a long break between the American League Championship Series and the World Series, granting them more bullpen management flexibility. This postseason has turned out to be quite the adventure for the Cleveland Indians. A...
Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward Is Overpaid and Playing – Get Over It!
Jason Heyward signed a contract that was mutually agreed upon with the Chicago Cubs. The contract is worth a ridiculous sum of money and Heyward has not come anywhere near living up to it this year. The media is crying for him to take a seat on ...
Chicago Cubs: David Ross’ Storybook Career Drawing to a Close
David Ross, the 39-year-old catcher for the Chicago Cubs, says he is 99.9 percent sure that he will retire at the end of this season. As the “go-to guy” in the clubhouse, he’s one of those players who will be missed more for w...
Chicago Cubs: Is Kyle Schwarber Coming Back This Season?
Could the Chicago Cubs be getting Kyle Schwarber back if they make the World Series? The Chicago Cubs on the precipice of an NL pennant tonight, which would be their first since 1945. 1,700 miles away in Arizona someone who was supposed to be a b...
Detroit Tigers: Five Ways to Improve the Team in 2017
Earlier today, we took a look at the Detroit Tigers’ 2016 season. While they ultimately missed the playoffs, there were still a lot of positive notes to build upon for next year. But what can they improve on this winter? The offseason is a ...
New York Mets Will Pick Up Jose Reyes’ 2017 Option
The New York Mets will reportedly keep Jose Reyes around next year by picking up his 2017 option. Jose Reyes and the New York Mets were eliminated in the National League Wild Card Game after a loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Mets are now l...
Chicago Cubs: Like Alex Rodriguez, Kris Bryant Puts Fear into a Lineup
There are some hitters who just “look” like hitters. And when they step up to the plate, by their very stature they put the fear of God into a pitcher. Alex Rodriguez, even in the twilight of his career, was that kind of a player. And...
MLB Can Teach the NFL How To Handle Domestic Violence by Players
The MLB has been much more consistent and transparent than the NFL when disciplining players for domestic violence. The MLB has had multiple incidents of domestic violence by players this year and has responded in a straightforward manner in ea...
Cleveland Indians: Terry Francona Has Proven His Worth
The Cleveland Indians provided Terry Francona with a solid team to manage this season. That factor further aides his already proven leadership abilities. The Cleveland Indians have a solid manager. His name is Terrence Jon Francona. Whether ̵...
Seattle Mariners Add Scott Brosius to their Major League Coaching Ranks
The Seattle Mariners have elevated Scott Brosius from minor league hitting coach to an assistant coaching position with the big league club. Under the guidance of hitting coach Edgar Martinez, the Seattle Mariners had the fourth-largest increase ...
Detroit Tigers: 2016 Season in Review
Continuing our 2016 season review series, we take a look at how the Detroit Tigers just missed a postseason ticket, despite having one of the highest payrolls in MLB. For the Detroit Tigers, the 2016 season was an improvement over their 2015 last...
New York Mets: Could they target Kenley Jansen in free agency?
As teams focus more on building super-pens than ever before, could the New York Mets build their own by targeting Kenley Jansen in free agency? Sports are copycat leagues. Period. Oh, you won a Super Bowl by unleashing four defensive ends at the ...
Los Angeles Dodgers and the Terrible, Horrble, No Good, Very Bad Plan
The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to take advantage of one of the best pitchers in baseball last night. Their plan was incredibly flawed. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the worst team against left handed pitching this season. They ranked dead last in w...
MLB History: First Boxscore Printed in Newspaper
The boxscore is a staple of any baseball recap, be it a MLB game or from high school level. On this day in 1845, the first ever box core was printed. It is difficult to imagine flipping through a newspaper and reading the recap of a game without ...