MLB Managerial Musings

Fellow MSF writer Kurt Allen compiled a list of baseball managers on the hot seat earlier this summer. Let’s take another look here in October, as we roll through an epic postseason and toward the League Championship Series.

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.

Oakland A’s: Anatomy of a Collapse

The Oakland A’s have suffered an incredible collapse since peaking in early August. Here’s a look at what has happened.

Mike Trout: Thrice an AL MVP bridesmaid?

Mike Trout is the best all-around player in Major League Baseball. There are decent arguments he should have won the American League MVP during his first two full big league seasons, which is remarkable, and he’s probably the front-runner in 2014. But my vote this season goes to Victor Martinez.

Video: Yoenis Cespedes does it again with incredible throw

Let me perform a quick public service for all Major League Baseball baserunners out there: Don’t run on Yoenis Cespedes. Ever. Under any circumstances.

What is Albert Pujols thinking now?

Could Albert Pujols have been part of this postseason if he was still playing with the St. Louis Cardinals?

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.

Is Los Angeles currently the “worst” sports city in America?

To be clear and fair, by “worst,” I mean the most disappointing, considering cities like Atlanta, Miami, Tampa and Charlotte have abysmal pro sports fans, and there are many places (New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, et al.) totally uninterested in collegiate sports.  But what city currently has more disappointing sports teams, despite high payrolls and lofty expectations, than […]

Early contenders in the MLB MVP races

Looking across the statistical leaders across Major League Baseball at the 50-game mark, there’s a fair share of usual suspects, some players that are emerging into stars and some players whose level of production seemingly came out of nowhere. It’s still early, but there are some players that have proved enough to be in the […]

Down on the Farm: Loving Little Rock

This serves as the fifth 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.) The Arkansas River, our nation’s sixth longest at nearly 1,500 miles, separates Little Rock from North Little Rock. And whereas […]

Rick Porcello had one of the worst starts in baseball history on Saturday

Rick Porcello made history on Saturday, but not the kind he’ll want to be remembered for. The Detroit Tigers right-hander logged one of the worst starts in Major League Baseball history in a 10-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

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: Deep in the Heartland at ‘The Vet’

AJ Kaufman was recently joined by some MSF colleagues in Middle America for some pure Minor League Baseball. This is his review of Veterans Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

Video: Albert Pujols Angrily Throws Glove at Erick Aybar

Erick Aybar apparently doesn’t understand the famous Albert Pujols Intensity yet. If he did, he clearly would not have participated in such tomfoolery as smacking Pujols in his elbow/foreman rather than his hand during the postgame High 5 line.

Of Monsters and Men…and MLB: 14 Predictions For The 2012 Baseball Season

Here are my 14 predictions for the 2012 baseball season, with each of the 13 songs on Of Monsters and Men’s incredible debut album serving as the inspiration for a prediction.