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…

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…

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…

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman Records First Cycle of 2016

Last night, the baseball world was treated to the first cycle of 2016, and it came from an unlikely source – Freddie Freeman. During last night’s match-up against the Cincinnati Reds, it took him 11 innings but the 6’5”, 225lb Atlanta Braves first baseman completed the fete, going 4-7 with an RBI and two runs…

Phillies’ Zach Eflin Torched by Toronto Blue Jays in Debut

Major League Baseball can be an unforgiving place. Phillies rookie Zach Eflin learned that the hard way. Today, the team opted to give the 22-year-old a crash course in elite MLB offenses, allowing him to make his debut against the vaunted Toronto Blue Jays in the homer-happy Rogers Centre. By the end of his afternoon,…

Cubs Refuse to Allow Base Runners

Look at that picture. What do you see? No, I don’t mean look at how dominant Kershaw has been. No, I don’t mean look at how unsettlingly white John Lackey’s teeth are. I mean, that is 80% of the Cubs’ pitching staff on the leaderboard. All with WHIPs under 1.00. When I first saw that…

The Bottom of the National League Barrel

So-called “tanking” has become a standard practice in today’s game. If you aren’t in a position to contend, flip anyone of value, stock the farm, load up on high draft picks, and prepare to be good in about three years. After the successes experienced by the Cubs, Astros, and others, teams are now looking to…

What to do with Yordano Ventura?

Oftentimes in sports, the most talented players can be the most difficult (looking at you, Barry Bonds, Terrell Owens, Dennis Rodman, etc.). The Royals seem to have found themselves in that situation with young righty Yordano Ventura. Long-regarded as a superstar in the making, Ventura debuted in 2013 then burst onto the scene in 2014,…