“The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is a film every baseball fan should watch

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.

Jeff Samardzija’s winless streak broke records but it’s finally over

Monday, May 26th, 2014. The date will live in Chicago Cubs history as the day the team didn’t suck enough to blow a 8-4 lead against the San Francisco Giants, and gave starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija his first victory in 16 starts.

Wrigley Field turns 100: a dedication to the greatest baseball park

I remember being five years old and sitting in the left-field bleachers of Wrigley Field with my father and his friend, sipping on a pop. With my mitt on my left hand, my Cubs hat on my head, and my Mark Grace t-shirt jersey on, I was ready for any possible ball that would come my way.

Opening Day Brings Hope

Though raised in a southern climate, I’ve now lived nine winters in the Heartland. And I’ve learned nothing begins seasonal life anew like baseball.

2014 MLB Predictions – Records, Division Standings and World Series picks

They tell me not to do this every season. By making baseball win/loss record predictions in March, I open myself up to ridicule by early September.

That’s fine. Feel free to look at all my awful picks from last year, including the Blue Jays winning the American League East and the Red Sox “rebounding” with 83 wins. And there was more, I had the Angels winning the AL West and the St. Louis Cardinals missing the playoffs.

Was the Dodgers-Red Sox series in August a World Series preview?

The Los Angeles Dodgers entered an August 23 Friday night affair with the Boston Red Sox having not lost a series in more than two and a half months. The Dodgers had won 46 out of 58 games coming in to the three-game series.

5 candidates to replace Bud Selig as MLB commissioner

Bud Selig has announced he will retire as the commissioner of Major League baseball following the 2014 season. He’ll be 80 years old when he steps down. He’s getting a lot of complimentary reaction from the baseball world for his 20-plus years at the helm, but I think he is being overrated by that crowd. […]

Wil Myers: How does Tampa Bay Rays outfielder compare to Mike Trout?

With Wil Myers set to make his major-league debut for the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night, there is a natural comparison that arises between him and another outfielder who made his debut with a different American League club just shy of two calendar years ago.

It’s time for baseball to protect its pitchers

It has become increasingly clear that Major League Baseball must protect its pitchers. On May 7, 2013, when Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the base of the skull by a ferocious line drive that rocketed off of the bat of Tampa Bay outfielder Desmond Jennings, we were given a reminder about […]

Early seasons questions in the NL Central

We are not even a quarter of the way through the Major League Baseball season, so there hasn’t been enough time for the perceived “favorites” in each division to create separation between themselves and the rest of the pack. There will likely be tight division and wild card races that go down to game No. 162, […]

Which Call Was Worse?

Which call was worse, the Golden Tate touchdown to beat the Packers on Monday Night Football, or the infield fly rule that wasn’t the infield fly rule that squashed an Atlanta Braves rally against the Cardinals in the Wild Card playoff game?

Andrew McCutchen In Midst of Historic Breakout Season

Andrew McCutchen is in the midst of a remarkable hot streak, and now it’s time to consider just how remarkable it is. So we compare The Cutch’s breakout season to those of some of the best outfielders the game of baseball has ever seen.

Top 8 Current Candidates For NL MVP – Which Could Be a Race For the Ages

With just two and a half months left in the regular season, the race for NL MVP has been narrowed down. As he did for the AL MVP race, Zach ranks ’em from bottom on up.

Mike Trout Has Stolen The Show, But Don’t Forget About Bryce Harper

Mike Trout’s numbers are nearly unheard of from anyone, let alone a rookie. But today I’m here to talk about the other star MLB rookie: Bryce Harper. He’s been the more hyped of the two, and nothing during Harper’s age-19 season suggests he’ll be anything other than a superstar.

MLB All-Star Game Remains The Best All-Star Game in Sports

In 2002, MLB was under fire. The annual All-Star game was called in the 11th inning by Commissioner Bud Selig, ending in a controversial 7-7 tie. Selig’s reaction – making the game count – has been scrutinized, but it is one more reason why the MLB All-Star game is the best sports All-Star game.