Focus on Baseball, Not Identity Politics or Manufactured Issues

September 7, 2014 | By: AJ Kaufman

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.

Brady Aiken advisor criticizes Houston Astros, MLB

July 15, 2014 | By: Ryan Phillips

San Diego prep lefty Brady Aiken made history when the Houston Astros made him the first high school pitcher taken with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft since 1991. It was a huge day for the 17-year-old who had become the consensus top player in the 2014 MLB Draft class. But now with time running out for him to sign a contract with the Astros, issues are popping up in the negotiations.

Top Houston Astros prospect Carlos Correa out for “significant amount of time”

June 23, 2014 | By: Ryan Phillips

The Houston Astros have an absolutely stocked minor league system that should produce a number of impact players over the next few seasons, but the top player in the team’s pipeline could be out for quite some time. Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 MLB Draft, suffered a serious right ankle injury on Saturday and will likely miss significant chunk of time as a result.

Houston Astros, Mark Appel agree to $6.35 million deal

June 16, 2013 | By: Ryan Phillips

The Houston Astros and Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, have reportedly come to terms on a deal. The Astros and the Stanford right-hander have agreed on a bonus of $6.35 million, the most any player has received under baseball’s new draft bonus rules. The preview high was the $6 […]