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.

Looking back at Ozzie Smith’s 1985 NLCS Walk-Off Home Run

The MLB playoffs are about to start and eight teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days.

Breaking down Clayton Kershaw’s ridiculous last two months

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?

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?

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.

Use Facts, not Emotion, on Yasiel Puig

Question: Which NL All-Star starter is hitting .253 with just one home run and only 11 RBIs since June 1, seeing his average fall 40 points during that time? He’s also no longer in the MLB Top 10 in any offensive category.

Masahiro Tanaka: Seattle Mariners look like favorites for Japanese hurler

With the sweepstakes to sign Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka underway, it appears a surprise front-runner has emerged out of nowhere. Multiple reports suggest the Seattle Mariners appear to be the favorites for the 25-year-old pitcher and could run away with the competition.

MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers having talks with multiple teams about Matt Kemp

Multiple reports have surfaced on Tuesday that suggest the Los Angeles Dodgers are moving towards trading All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp. Specifically the Dodgers have had talks with the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox in the past week.

Brian Wilson, Los Angeles Dodgers agree to one-year, $10 million deal

The beard will be staying put for at least another season. On Thursday the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a one-year, $10 million contract with reliever Brian Wilson.

Predictions for 2013 MLB postseason awards

The end of Daylight Savings Time, colder weather, and the conclusion of another World Series make early November a sad time for many baseball fans. Thankfully, the sport gives us one last treat by holding recognition for top players during the 11th month.

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.

Clayton Kershaw: Breaking down his brilliant 2013 season

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in the middle of one of the most remarkable seasons in recent memory.

Los Angeles Dodgers activate Brian Wilson from disabled list

We can now officially welcome Brian Wilson and his beard back to Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers activated the 31-year-old right-hander from the disabled list on Monday and added him to their bullpen.

Josh Beckett injury: Dodgers righty to have season-ending surgery

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season just keeps getting worse, and on Saturday the team was dealt another blow. Starting pitcher Josh Beckett will miss the rest of the 2013 season as he will undergo surgery to relieve pressure on the nerves in his neck and shoulder area.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy drops appeal, starts 10-game suspension

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy has dropped his appeal of the 10-game suspension he was given for his role in last Tuesday’s brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kennedy is now eligible to return on June 29.