You know already that Javier Baez made the All-Star roster, but now he and Cubs buddy Kyle Schwarber are also going to be blasting some taters next Monday: Dingers on deck. Here’s the field for the 2018 @TMobile #HRDerby. pic.twitter.com/bhBnC5k92X — MLB (@MLB) July 12, 2018 I don’t think this Continue reading The Changing Face of Baseball
I was fighting some insomnia late last night when I saw an article about how minor league baseball field staff, players, and executives thought about the new extra-innings rule: “At all levels of Minor League Baseball, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base.” Whatever the motivation, the Continue reading That Extra Innings Rule
Once upon a time, we learned that Major League Baseball was considering rules changes to improve pace of play. While I fundamentally agree with the premise of getting more action and less dead time, I was not too keen on some of the proposed changes. During a recent press appearance, Continue reading A Moratorium on Drastic Rules Changes (UPDATE: Maybe Just One)
You may have noticed the lack of big news items as we sit in the lull between the Super Bowl and baseball spring training. This means that we are mostly grasping at straws to drive content (as are most other outlets), and a lot of that grasping has to do Continue reading Another Round of Discussion Regarding the Appeal of Baseball (UPDATE)
Let us set the stage first by saying that the Chicago Cubs won 3-1 Saturday afternoon, and they have a good record against winning teams like the Texas Rangers, can in fact win close games, and Jason Hammel shouldn’t be banished to the bullpen just yet. I’ll bet that if his Continue reading It COULD have been a shutout!
If you were following the timelines of intrepid Chicago reporters Danny Ecker and Fran Spielman, you’ll know that the city of Chicago’s License Committee just approved the new Wrigley Field plaza ordinance proposed by Rahm Emanuel last week. The Chicago Cubs, despite funding the renovations pretty much all by themselves, Continue reading Wrigley Field Plaza Ordinance Passes — City Council Approves
By now, you’ve heard of the weird saga with Adam LaRoche, his son, and the Chicago White Sox. There are plenty of outlets where you can read up on that, including this one, and opinions vary. Mostly the opinions deal with whether baseball is a “real” job, who is in Continue reading Those Crazy Kids…
Boy, that designated hitter talk sure hit the fan, didn’t it? While none of us have to like it (myself included), there is an air of inevitability to it, particularly with some guy named Dan Vogelbach smashing baseballs down in Tennessee (but where ya gonna play him, eh?). Someone asked Continue reading Imagining a World Where Darwin Barney is Still Useful
Today is January 25, and as such, the long (and mostly successful) reign of former Commissioner Bud Selig is over. He is succeeded by Rob Manfred, who released this statement, which include these excerpts: My top priority is to bring more people into our game — at all levels and Continue reading We have a new Commissioner in MLB!
I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but real life got in the way (no complaints here, I like real life). This actually has a lot to do with real life, however, so maybe a bit of perspective wasn’t a bad thing after all. You may have Continue reading I want to be a Macho man