Opinion & Editorial
The show can’t go on
After a week, it’s clear MLB can’t adhere to the health and safety plan.
How to end service time manipulation
There are a lot of options each with their own advantages and drawbacks. None are worse than what’s currently in place.
The emptiness of Rob Manfred
Rob Manfred is the Commissioner of Baseball, but other than being a willing lapdog for ownership he presents an entirely empty personality.
The bonds that fans makes with their team are often indelible and MLB exploits that.
The shortened draft will have lasting harm
The five-round draft will create fewer opportunities and a weaker talent pool.
The tune may change but the song never ends
Now that there are losses to be had, they must go around to all parties?
What we lose in losing the World Baseball Classic
Baseball may be America’s pastime, but other countries have way more fun with it.
The 2020 season should kick off with the All-Star Game (if it’s safe to do so)
And IF there is a season, of course.
The legacy of Ryan Braun
Fans outside of Milwaukee hate Ryan Braun but Milwaukee fans love him. Braun’s legacy is complicated no matter how you look at it.
Odrisamer Despaigne: Opening Day starter
Odrisamer Despaigne’s fascinating journey takes him to South Korea.
The greatness of Mike Trout
Mike Trout is one of the greatest to ever play the game of baseball. We get to see him play and that is something we need to better appreciate.
By serving only the interests of billionaire owners, Rob Manfred is killing baseball
It’s time for a truly neutral Commissioner of Major League Baseball, which means Rob Manfred has to go
Red Sox escape punishment for sign stealing
Two of the last three World Series champions have been caught cheating, and the punishments do nothing to deter it.
Future Value provides an interesting, comprehensive look into the worlds of scouting and baseball operations
Longenhagen and McDaniel put together what is a must-read for anyone who wants to get into scouting, while also being useful for those who want to work in baseball in other capacities.
Could baseball benefit from adding catch-up mechanics?
Blowouts are boring to the impartial observer, so let’s ruin baseball to keep these games close.
There’s no loyalty in baseball
It’s abundantly clear that MLB teams no longer feel beholden to reward their fans’ loyalty
Clayton Kershaw took the brunt of the Astros sign-stealing
Clayton Kershaw had a chance to change his playoff narrative, but the Astros sign-stealing stood in his way
The Yankees should rightfully be worried about Giancarlo Stanton’s health
Stanton’s tenure with the Yankees could end up being a complicated situation.
The Astros continue to skirt responsibility
In many different ways the Houston Astros continue to refuse to own up to their cheating ways
The Astros alienated a minor league superfan
The Corpus Christi Hooks are taking short term actions to hurt their team in the long run
The Yankees’ loss of Luis Severino is more important than one would think
Another season without Severino would effectively put the now-bolstered rotation in a holding pattern.
The Athletics are making it harder to listen to their games
A’s games won’t be broadcast locally on the radio in 2020, and the alternative leaves low-income fans behind.
No one believes a word Rob Manfred is saying
Each successive statement suspends disbelief.
Rob Manfred’s sign-stealing report pits the union against itself
Rob Manfred used nine pages to lay all the blame for the Astros’ sign-stealing at the feet of the players
Who wants to steal White Sox tickets?
A Chicago trio spent four years stealing White Sox tickets, but the Sox are stealing more than that
Max Muncy’s extension helps the argument for new service time rules
With incredible production at such a late age, it shows how an age-based service time could make more sense.
Even for teams with money, the strategy is to act like the Rays
For a team in a unique circumstance financially, other teams actually find the simplicity enviable.
The Pirates will never win if they never spend
Bob Nutting’s efforts to keep payroll low have helped no one but him and the rest of ownership.
BREAKING: Per source, 3B Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 15, 2020
Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, sources tell @MarlyRiveraESPN and me.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 13, 2019
For the first time in 95 years, the #WorldSeries champions are from Washington, DC.#STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/wxYc9XbQYo— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 31, 2019