For the first three months of the MLB season, it looked like Troy Tulowitzki was going to run away with the 2014 National League MVP award. The Rockies shortstop was leading the league in batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.432), on-base percentage (.603) and OPS (1.035), in addition to ranking first in WAR (5.6) and third in home runs (21) just a few weeks ago. But a few developments in the last few weeks have paved the way for what could very well be a wide-open NL MVP race as we head towards the stretch run.
I know the name Keith Olbermann is revolting to a segment of the public because of his past involvement in the political talk show world, but anyone who denies is ability as a broadcaster is fooling themselves. And Olbermann is at his best when harnessing his considerable talent towards something sports-related. On Thursday night we got yet another example of what he’s best at.
A few weeks ago I was told that the Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were close to agreeing on a contract extension that would keep him with the team for a long time. Since that time, Nelson’s contract demands have apparently grown a bit and the two sides aren’t as close as they once were.
The first half of the 2014 season has been quite eventful for the Milwaukee Brewers, as they’ve done everything from scoring three runs on a wild pitch to literally hitting the cover off of a baseball. Through it all, they’ve been one of the biggest surprises in the MLB, boasting a 53-43 record and a one-game lead in the NL Central entering the All-Star break.
San Diego prep lefty Brady Aiken made history when the Houston Astros made him the first high school pitcher taken with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft since 1991. It was a huge day for the 17-year-old who had become the consensus top player in the 2014 MLB Draft class. But now with time running out for him to sign a contract with the Astros, issues are popping up in the negotiations.
Every summer a group of my high school friends and I get together on the days where most of us are free from work and play a game or two of baseball at a nearby public baseball park. Most of use have played baseball, organized or not, ever since we were five or six and were strong enough to swing a bat.