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Oakland A’s and Washington Nationals Defy Big Payroll Policies

Posted on 4 Oct, 2012, by in MLB

Is having a big payroll a waste of money in the MLB? I guess it all depends on how you manage that salary expenditure. The New York Yankees, constantly the highest paying team in Baseball, are pretty much a constant fixture in the postseason. The success of the Oakland Athletics and the Washington Nationals is a little bit more surprising. More

Miami Marlins – Worst Season in Over a Decade

Posted on 3 Oct, 2012, by in MLB

New ballpark, Marlins Park, didn’t help. Signing free agents worth more than $200 million didn’t help. Bringing in Ozzie Guillen to be the manager certainly did no good. Nothing seemed to work for the ambitious project that was supposed to make the Miami Marlins into a force to be reckoned with. More

St. Louis Cardinals – Better Than Last Season?

Posted on 23 Aug, 2012, by in MLB

The World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals just might be better this season than they were last year, with Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa, when they went into the postseason as a wildcard team and went on to beat the Texas Rangers in 7 games. This year, all the stats show this team is better in 2012, but the win-loss record tells us different. More

Felix Hernandez & Stephen Strasburg With No Postseason for Different Reasons

Posted on 22 Aug, 2012, by in MLB

No one actually knows if limiting a pitcher to a certain amount of innings each seasons works. Felix Hernandez is throwing 230-240 innings a season and he’s never played less than 30 games excluding his rookie year. Stephen Strasburg is at 139.1 this season after 24 starts, which means he’ll be shut down in 20.9, according to everyone within the Washington Nationals organization. More

Ichiro Suzuki With His First Big Game (Red Sox vs Yankees)

Posted on 20 Aug, 2012, by in MLB

Not that he hasn’t had big games in the past, but for Ichiro Suzuki to hit his first multiple home run game, as a New York Yankee, against the Boston Red Sox, is completely different than anything else he’s done in the past with the Seattle Mariners. Like it or not, it simply means more on a national level. More

Houston Astros – Can’t Get Any Worst

Posted on 19 Aug, 2012, by in MLB

The Houston Astros won’t go down as the worst team in MLB history, already beating four teams on that notorious list with a record of 39-82 deep into August. But while it isn’t exactly surprising that they’re the worst in the league, no one expected it to be this bad, despite all the changes made since Jim Crane took over. More

Boston Red Sox – The End of the Bobby Valentine Era?

Posted on 15 Aug, 2012, by in MLB

How bad is it for the Boston Red Sox in 2012? Well, 57-60 deep into August, 12.5 games behind the division leading New York Yankees and 6.5 games away from the Wild Card spot, occupied by two teams from the AL East. As postseason might have showed, the Bobby Valentine experience isn’t going too well. More

The Usual Problems in Yankee Stadium (Yankees vs Rangers)

Posted on 14 Aug, 2012, by in MLB

It wasn’t about David Phelps pitching through five straight innings for the first time or Derek Lowe making his debut for the New York Yankees with 4 fantastic innings. It was mostly about how the Texas Rangers lost their lead of the AL after another disastrous outing in the new Yankee stadium. More

Ichiro Suzuki – Hard to Believe He’s in Yankees Uniform

Posted on 24 Jul, 2012, by in MLB

How did Ichiro Suzuki do on his first night wearing New York Yankees uniform? 1-4, 1 stolen base. Nothing sensational from a player going through a very sub-par season, showing that age catches up even with him. The surrounding and scenario were the special case this time – Ichiro Suzuki, playing for the New York Yankees, in Seattle, against the Mariners. More

The 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted on 23 Jul, 2012, by in MLB

After five years without a shortstop making it into the hall of fame, Barry Larkin made into the hall of fame on his third year of eligibility. Ron Santo, retired since 1974 and nearly two years since he passed away, was voted in by the Veterans Committee, making up the two-man 2012 Hall of Fame class. More