Pressure Could be Off in 2017

The 2017 Major League Baseball  season is officially underway.  One of the biggest questions heading into the season is: can the Cubs repeat in 2017 after ending their 108-year championship drought?   No team has repeated since the Yankees won three straight championships from 1998-2000.  An argument for the Cubs not repeating this year is…

2017 WBC was Perfect Opening Act for Season

With the USA 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, the  two and a half week baseball carnival known as the World Baseball  Classic is over. Admittedly, before the tournament began my excitement level was  not very high.  Once the games actually started and the increased intensity of the games became apparent as compared…

Extra Innings Rule Would be Off Base

Imagine this scenario if you’re a fan of baseball:  it’s the top of the 10th, both pitching staffs have dominated the game, there is no score. Sounds exciting. Well, if  Major League Baseball has its way very soon, the 10th would start with a guy on second base, in an effort to decrease time of…

Trade Quintana Now, Not at Deadline

After the White Sox December trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, it was presumed that Jose Quintana would be next. Despite being linked to at least five teams, Quintana is still on the South Side of Chicago. The newest team to have reported interest is the Texas Rangers, according to a USA…

Bonds and Clemens in HOF in ’22

Yesterday, three new players got the call from the baseball Hall of Fame,  when Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.  The day after, however, all the talk is about two people who didn’t get in: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. These two men were clearly Hall of Fame players during their…

White Sox Future Looks Bright

The Chicago White Sox began  their rebuild this week with the trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton,  respectively. Sale was traded to the Boston Red Sox for four prospects.  The package from Boston included infielder Yoan Moncada and picther Michael Kopech, along with a pair of single-A players.  Moncada is ranked as the best…

Off-Season Should be Busy for Cubs

One week after the Cubs  ended their 108-year-long championship drought, the 2017 season has already begun with this week’s general manager meetings  in Arizona, and December’s winter meetings  to follow. The short off-season doesn’t give the Cubs brain trust much time  to make some very important decisions as they head into the 2017 season. The…

Cubs Depth Lifted Them Over the Top

Now that the 2016 World Series is over and the Chicago Cubs 108-year drought is over, let’s take a deeper look as to why  this year was truly the year. The Chicago Cubs used their whole 25-man roster to help them get over the hump and vanquish the Indians. For instance, in game seven alone,…

First Run Could be Crucial

The first two games of the World Series have shown us that the team that scores first will probably win. Both teams’ bullpens are good enough to shut down the opposing team after they have taken the first lead. In game one, Cleveland scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back behind ace…

Both LCS’s could be Pitching Versus Hitting

We are down to the final four in Major-League Baseball for the 2016 season.  Both League Championship series  appear to be very similar matchups.  In the NL, we have the powerful Chicago Cubs offense facing off  against the pitching of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In order for LA to pull off the upset, Clayton Kershaw…