San Francisco Giants Establish Themselves As Dynasty With Game 7 Win

With their 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants have now won three World Series titles in the last five years and established themselves as the latest dynasty in American sports.

Would World Series Win Make the San Francisco Giants a Dynasty?

The Kansas City Royals tied the World Series 1-1 on Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. While the Royals proved that this year’s Fall Classic won’t be a walkover for the Giants, they are still a long way from knocking off the franchise that has won two of the last four World Series. If Kansas City can’t stop San Francisco, it is indisputable that the current crop of Giants would constitute a dynasty.

Royals-Orioles 2014 ALCS: Good for baseball, good for fans

I am generally a National League guy, as more interesting, strategic baseball is played on the Senior Circuit. But with the NL featuring franchises we’ll see in the World Series for a fourth consecutive October, I’m more excited for the Royals and Orioles to open the ALCS at Camden Yards Friday night.

It’s time for Mike Scioscia to go

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire last week, leaving Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as not just the longest-serving skipper in Major League Baseball, but by a landslide. After a first-round playoff debacle against the wild card Kansas City Royals — his team scored just eight runs in its last 52 innings — it’s long past time for the Angels to relieve Scioscia of his duties.

Resilient Royals Advance to ALDS in Instant Classic

Kansas City Royals fans had to wait 29 agonizing years to see their team in the postseason again, but Tuesday night’s dramatic win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game just may have been worth the wait.

Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals heading for a blue October

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).

A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

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.

Baseball’s second wild card is great, but playoff format needs fixing

While the addition of a second wild card to the Major League Baseball playoffs last season was absolutely another progressive idea, the do-or-die aspect of the one-game wild-card round may rear its ugly head again this October.

The three best MLB stories as we reach the Dog Days

As the news and sports media obsess over an outdated steroid “scandal” that has no effect on our lives, baseball fans I know are focused on 2013. Outside of the National League Central race and perhaps a last push from Arizona, the NL is becoming somewhat anti-climactic, but the American League has very good races. Perhaps the best stories, however, are three overachieving Midwest teams.

Down on the Farm: Pride of a Prospering Region

With nearly a half-million residents, Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing regions in America. And when the Wichita Wranglers chose to move southeast following the 2007 Texas League season, Springdale, Ark., was pleased to be named the Kansas City Royals new Double-A affiliate. Arvest Ballpark responded in its debut season by being chosen Ballpark of the Year.

Down on the Farm: Kansas City’s Other Baseball Option

This serves as the eighth post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.)

Wil Myers: Tampa Bay Rays not ready to promote top prospect

Despite reports to the contrary over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays do not currently have any plans to promote top prospect Wil Myers.

Rays-Royals Trade of James Shields for Wil Meyers, et al, a Win-Win For Both Sides

Much will be written and more will be said about Sunday night’s blockbuster. Like any deal involving highly touted prospects, the answers will not truly be known for years to come. I seem to be one of the few that believe it should benefit both teams.

2012 MLB Win-Loss Predictions Revisited

Kurt compares the final win totals for 2012 MLB regular season to his predictions from March. How many did he get right?

Down on the Farm: Omaha Storm Chasers, Indianapolis Indians Having Success on the Midwest Farm

While my favorite Major League Baseball team has been — and continues to be — an embarrassment the past month, this morning seemed a good time for a quick shout-out to the success of the two Triple-A teams I support.