How did Daniel Murphy become a household name in under a year?

When the 2015 Major League Baseball season began, the name Daniel Murphy was mostly unknown to people who weren’t fans of the New York Mets. In his first 6 seasons, he put up respectable numbers. Mostly hitting in the high .200s to low .300s, hitting a lot of doubles and stealing a few bases. But…

Marlins Should be on NL Radar

Now is the time when early season storylines in the world of baseball are discussed as either contenders or pretenders.  Well, after the action this weekend, the Miami Marlins (41-35) have to be considered contenders. The Marlins took three of four games against the Chicago Cubs (48-26), the presumptive best team in the league for most of the season.  Miami outscored Chicago 23-14 in the series victory. Currently, the…

The Great Shortstop Boom of the 2010s

Elite shortstops have long been one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in baseball. During the mid-90s, the game saw an exciting influx of high quality shortstops. Between 1994 and 1997, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, and Miguel Tejada each made his Major League debut. Today, the only remaining vestige of that spike…

Baseball’s biggest surprise: David Ortiz

At 40 years old, David Ortiz is having one of the best seasons of his career. Back in November, Ortiz announced that the 2016 season would be his last. But nobody could have predicted the season that would follow that announcement. At the time of this article, Ortiz is batting .340, good for third in the…

Commissioner Manfred Leaves Hope for Vegas Expansion

With the NHL officially expanding to Las Vegas, rumors have swirled about other professional leagues following suit. Earlier today (Tuesday, June 21st), during an interview with YES Network’s Michael Kay, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred gave Nevadans hope for a pro-baseball franchise. When asked about the prospect of having a team there, Manfred stated that the…

Pitchers at the Plate – From Arrieta to Zambrano

Recently, some of the best arms in the game have set their sites on the batter’s box. In an effort spearheaded by San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, a number of pitchers have voiced their interest in participating in the homerun derby. In addition to MadBum, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta and Cardinals hurler Adam Wainwright have made…

The Cream Rising to the Top

It is possible that four of the five National League playoff spots are already spoken for.  The Chicago Cubs have an 11.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.  Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals each have  5.5 game leads in the West and East, respectively. Both teams look to be built to withstand the long…

The Unpredictable American League East

The American League East has quietly become the most exciting division in all of baseball. It’s the only division in the entire league where any of the teams can legitimately compete for the division title.  All 5 teams are within 7 games of the  lead and all 5 teams have uniquely different strengths. Let’s start…

Detroit’s Bats Explode for Six Homeruns in KC

Kauffman Stadium just wasn’t big enough for Victor Martinez and the Tigers on Thursday night. In their 10-4 win over the Royals, Detroit connected on a total of six homeruns. V-Mart lead the way, clubbing three solo shots in five at-bats. The offensive outburst is just the latest in a resurgent season for the veteran…

Anderson and Eaton Key for Consistency

Through the first 66 games, the Chicago White Sox season has felt like an amusement park ride full of ups and downs. The White Sox started 23-10, followed by a 10-23 stretch.  There are signs that the roller-coaster ride might be stopping.  The  Sox offense scored 23 runs in a series victory against the Detroit Tigers. The duo of…