Focus on Baseball, Not Identity Politics or Manufactured Issues

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.

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.

Yu Darvish to miss Opening Day start for Rangers

Texas Rangers starting pitchers continue dropping like Spinal Tap’s drummers. On Tuesday it was announced that ace Yu Darvish will not start for the team on Opening Day thanks to a stiff neck.

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.

Detroit Tigers agree to trade Prince Fielder to Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler

On Wednesday night the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers agreed to a blockbuster deal that will sent first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder has a limited no-trade clause that includes the Rangers but it is believed he is willing to accept the deal.

Texas Rangers: Nelson Cruz will be on roster for tie-breaker

On Sunday Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that outfielder Nelson Cruz will be activated for Monday’s tie-breaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cruz completed his 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Sunday’s season finale.

Pittsburgh Pirates clinch first winning season since 1992

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done it. They have clinched their first winning season since 1992.

The Pirates edged the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Monday night after a phenomenal pitcher’s duel between rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole and Yu Darvish. Entering the game, the Pirates had lost a season-high four consecutive contests since earning their 81st win last Tuesday.

Texas Rangers acquire Alex Rios from Chicago White Sox

On Friday afternoon the Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. A deal between the two teams for Rios was considered unlikely after Texas claimed the 32-year-old on waivers earlier this week.

Winners and losers of the 2013 MLB trade deadline

While it might be too early to tell where some of this year’s deals rank all-time, some of the transactions that went down over the course of the past week are certainly going to pay dividends, one way or another, over the remainder of the regular season. Here are our winners and losers of the 2013 MLB trade deadline.

MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs talking Matt Garza trade

The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs are deep into talks for one of the top players on the trade market this summer. The way things look right now, the Rangers could land Matt Garza some time this weekend.

Video: Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis blasts 34th home run

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued his breakout season on Thursday as he blasted his his 34th home run during a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. The home run set a career-high for Davis and his 86 RBIs are also a career-high.

Down on the Farm: May Day on the Bay

This serves as the second 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.) It’s hard to fathom that the beautiful city of Corpus Christi, Texas didn’t have professional baseball until the past decade. But […]

Why Josh Hamilton May Be a Downgrade For The Angels

You probably think I’m crazy don’t you? How on Earth can Josh Hamilton – the man with talent seemingly on loan from God – be a downgrade for the Angels? Because I’m evaluating this from a purely logical standpoint.

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?

MLB’s Parity Amazes … And Other Random Musings and Tidbits

A few nights ago it was so warm I couldn’t sleep, so my mind drifted to Octobers past. I came up with these nuggets, which I believe are all factual with seven weeks to play in another splendid MLB season.