The Tortoise and the Hare: NL Central Edition

Yovani Gallardo

You might be familiar with one of Aesop’s Fables, entitled “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

Either way, let’s take a journey, if you will, back to a magical time that Milwaukee Brewers fans called “June.”

Focus on Baseball, Not Identity Politics or Manufactured Issues

Lloyd McClendon

Lloyd McClendon is guiding the Seattle Mariners to their best season since 2007 and perhaps their first playoff visit in 13 years. Yet when Houston’s Bo Porter was fired last week and Texas’ Ron Washington simply quit on his club Friday, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins couldn’t help but distract from Seattle’s success when the Mariners visited Arlington.

After last September’s heroics, where are Cleveland Indians fans?

Progressive Field 1

I wrote a similar piece last year and in 2012, but didn’t think I’d need to opine on the same topic again this season. I was wrong.

Last September, the Cleveland Indians seemingly regained fan confidence when, under the stewardship of veteran skipper Terry Francona, they won their final 10 games to finish 92-70, capturing the top AL Wild Card spot. Not bad for a squad that collapsed the August prior and fell to a 68-94 clip.

Mike Fiers Should Stay In The Brewers’ Rotation

Mike Fiers 2

With Matt Garza slated to return to the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation in the not too distant future, manager Ron Roenicke will have to decide whether to keep Mike Fiers or Jimmy Nelson as a starter for the stretch run in September.

While decisions like these can leave a manager tossing and turning at night, the choice Roenicke must make upon Garza’s return is quite clear: keep Mike Fiers in the starting rotation.

Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals heading for a blue October

Ned Yost

Nearly a month ago I inked a ranking of a dozen Major League Baseball managers whose jobs I considered to be on thin ice. As of now, the axe has not fallen anywhere, though things remain bleak for Walt Weiss in Colorado and Kirk Gibson in Arizona (and I’m not going to cry too hard when Gibson gets his pink slip).

Jonathan Lucroy Becoming the New Face of the Milwaukee Brewers

Lucroy

Thanks to his breakout 2014 season, Jonathan Lucroy is quickly supplanting Ryan Braun as the face of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise.

Rob Manfred elected new commissioner of Major League Baseball

Rob Manfred

The expected happened on Thursday as Rob Manfred was unanimously elected the new commissioner of Major League Baseball. He will succeed current commissioner Bud Selig on January 25 of next year.

Report: Cleveland Indians to remodel ballpark

Progressive Field

The structure now known as Progressive Field has been the home of the Cleveland Indians since it opened 20 years ago, and soon it will be getting a facelift.

Video: Javier Baez hits game-winning home run in debut

Javier Baez

Rookie second baseman Javier Baez was called up by the Chicago Cubs before Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies and went hitless in his first five at bats. Then he stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th inning to face Boone Logan with the score tied 5-5.

Chicago Cubs finally calling up Javier Baez

Javier Baez

The long wait is over for Cubs fans. Finally they will see one of their top prospects arrive at the big league level, as shortstop Javier Baez has been called up by the big club. Baez will officially be called up on Tuesday and we will likely see him immediately become a starter for Cubs.

Breaking down Clayton Kershaw’s ridiculous last two months

Clayton Kershaw

After spinning his second consecutive complete game Thursday night and his third in the month of July, there is no getting around the brilliance of Clayton Kershaw. And the ridiculous two month roll the Los Angeles Dodgers ace on is one of the best in baseball history. Don’t believe me? A breakdown follows.

Who has baseball’s best starting rotation after trade deadline?

David Price

Baseball’s 2014 trade deadline has come and gone and several top-line starting pitchers have swapped uniforms. The MLB arms race has gotten intense and now four teams have what have to be considered far and away the best starting rotations in baseball. The question is: who has the best collection of starting pitchers after the deadline?

Breaking down the wide open NL MVP race

Troy Tulowitzki

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.

MLB execs slam Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik

Jack Zduriencik

Have you ever wondered who the most difficult sports executive to work with was? Well apparently we have our answer, and it’s bad news for Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik.

A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

Don Mattingly

Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.