MLB: The Art of the Basebrawl

Is there anything more ridiculous in sports than watching pitchers attempt to run-in from the bullpen during a bench-clearing brawl?   Watching David Robertson “motor” in from left-center field during one of a seemingly million scrimmages in Detroit on Thursday was one of the everlasting images in my head.  I realize that the real image I should always remember is how Austin Romine vs. Miguel Cabrera turned out to be…

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MLB: The Aaron Judge Mega-Slump

Baseball is a humbling game.  When you watch the Little League World Series, you are watching the best players from the best territories compete for a World championship.   Many of these players don’t run into many players who are as good, if not better, than they are.   The Little League World Series, and the journey to get there, can be a humbling experience for these kids.  It is…

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A Black Eye for the Little League World Series

No, this is not a post that is going to analyze 11-13 year old kids.  I am waiting for the day that a sabermatrician decides to look at the world of Little League Baseball and comes up with metrics on how George Washington Intermediate School in Boston, Massachusetts can attack hitters from the upstart Billings Little League in Montana to secure a spot in the championship game.  I hope that…

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MLB: The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez “Problem”

If you didn’t catch it on Friday night, Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi called out Gary Sanchez for his high number of passed balls this season.   A team that is fumbling its way over the past few months of the season has found its scapegoat:  A young catcher who is allowing, on average, one passed ball per week.  It is important to note that one passed ball per week is…

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MLB: The Career of Adrian Beltre

Mike Schmidt.   No third baseman in the history of baseball can quite compare to what Schmidt did in his career for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He is the only third baseman in history to amass over 100 career WAR.  He led the National League in home runs eight times, runs batted in four times, OPS five times, and OPS+ six times, including five seasons in a row.   Sometimes, we…

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MLB: Trade Deadline Primer

“Why don’t we trade these five prospects that are meaningless to me for Mike Trout?” Through all of my years on the Internet, nothing has ever amused me more than some of the trade proposals that are thrown out there by fans, thinking that 500 pieces of an old Yugo can be traded in for a Rolls Royce. As a fan of the sport, I love to think up many…

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MLB Week in Review: Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, and the NL Central

1.  The Clayton Kershaw Injury Calling Sonny Gray!  Calling Yu Darvish!   Dodgers, Line 1!   The Dodgers, having a season for the ages, had their biggest nightmare occur this afternoon when Clayton Kershaw was lost to a back injury. He was instantly placed on the disabled list. The good news for the Dodgers is that they are very secure in their playoff position, so if they feel that Kershaw…

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MLB: The David Cone Perfect Game Experience

July 18, 1999.   My brother-in-law was able to secure tickets to a game in the Bronx between the Yankees and Expos.  A rather mundane interleague match-up between David Cone and future two-time Yankee Javier Vazquez.    The biggest story leading into the game had nothing to do with a matchup between a veteran star and a youngster coming into his own.  Rather, it was the return of Yogi Berra…

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MLB: Week in Review Focuses on Cubs’ Big Trade and Braves’ Surge

1.  The Home Run Derby To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t watched the Home Run Derby since…..I am not sure.  My best guess was the Mark McGwire–Sammy Sosa derby at Fenway many moons ago.  The All-Star Game and its festivities typically don’t interest me as much now as they used to.   Maybe I will pay attention next year, since the series is now tied (and the two leagues have…

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MLB: Nationals Go “One-Stop Shopping” for Relief Help

The Nationals and Athletics made a fairly significant deal this afternoon, as the Nationals attempt to turn around their bullpen fortune: The particulars: Washington Nationals Receive:   RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics Receive:   RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo, 3B Sheldon Neuse If you follow baseball even casually, you know one of the biggest holes among the contenders was the Nationals’ bullpen.    Entering play on…

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