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Plot lines Between the Foul Lines: The 2019 Postseason Stories to Watch

September 29, 2019No Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, depending on where you live.  If you’re in Oakland, Los Angeles, Tampa, or New York, you are having a pretty good time right now, and the possibilities are just beginning.  If you’re in Cleveland, Chicago, or Philadelphia, you’re just glad that the painful slog to the end […]

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Even Year Magic: The Three-Peat Giants of the 2010s

September 1, 20192 Comments

It’s not often that you can trace a dynasty back to its starting point, especially in baseball. It’s usually some sort of roster move: a group of young players getting called up, a big free agent acquisition, something in that vein. A moment that slides by the casual fan and can be traced back to […]

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Tear down On Deck: MLB’s Possible Next Wave of “Rebuilders”

June 9, 2019No Comments

It’s no secret, (and I’ve written about it here before) that “Tanking” culture is still a hot button issue in Major League Baseball. The symptoms are clear when you look at the disparity in the standings (in the AL alone, we could see as many as four 100 loss teams this season), in game attendance […]

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2019: The Year I (Might) Predict Something Right.

March 4, 20191 Comment

Ya know, i’ve made some ridiculous predictions through the years, and one of the great joys of the internet, is the irresistible opportunity to immortalize such levels of stupidity and ignorance, in the pursuit of getting people to click on your silly website. So naturally, I’m going to do this again, because i’m a glutton […]

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The Tri-Fecta: Comparing the Three Best Third Basemen of All-Time

December 2, 20181 Comment

They say good thing happens in threes, but also bad things, so ya know… i’m not exactly buying a whole lot of validity to that, except in this case.  The position we affectionately call “the hot corner” has had its share of hero’s (I have talked about them in my “position review” series), but when […]

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Racing to the Bottom Part II: Peeling off the Band-Aid

August 2, 2018No Comments

In Part I of this series on “Tanking”, we discussed the actual steps of a team going through the process.  Now we look at the broader implications, how it affects trade and free agency markets, and how this affects the way the game is played. Ask any White Sox fan right now, and life isn’t […]

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Runs, Hits, and Era’s: A Timeline of Baseball’s most Significant Checkpoints

May 29, 2018No Comments

“Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas.  I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms” – Branch Rickey Change in baseball is like watching the tide roll over the beach.  You can see it happening, but only from above, and while you […]

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Looking at the Crystal (Base) Ball: 2018 Predictions

March 11, 2018No Comments

“You wanna make God laugh?  Have a plan” – Tracy Jordan Ah yes, as Spring Training moves along, and we march towards Opening Day of the 2018 season, Let’s take a look at some headlines this season could bring….   The Brew Crew Rings True:  Brewers win the NL Central Thanks to strong performances from […]

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Racing To the Bottom, Part I: “Tanking” in 4 steps

February 11, 20182 Comments

It was 2014 when Sports Illustrated ran this cover: It was a bold move, to say the least.  The Astros were in the midst of a 70 win season, which would be the best record they would muster since 2010, and had just made the leap to the American League, where they continued to flounder […]

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The Crystal (Base)Ball: Reviewing the 2017 Season

October 2, 2016No Comments

UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2017:  I WAS WRONG ABOUT LITERALLY EVERYTHING Here we are, game 162 (of 2016).  The story of this year is yet to be completed, as we have an intense Wild Card race yet to be resolved, and the entire postseason to play, so we will save that for after the dust has […]

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Brave New World: The Art of the Rebuild in Atlanta

December 7, 2015No Comments

It’s tough to be a Braves fan these days.  Just two years ago, this was a franchise that seemed to have a lot of name-brand, promising young stars that were poised to end Atlanta’s cold streak in October and breathe new life in a team that had been spoiled by a decade of such regular […]

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The Rise To the Throne: Why Kansas City is building the next Baseball Dynasty

August 10, 20153 Comments

“Finding good players is easy.  Makin’ them play like a team is another story” – Casey Stengel Here we are, the proverbial “dog days” of the baseball season.  Where the first brush strokes of the playoff picture start to take shape on the canvas of the season, and the dreaded term “next year” starts to […]

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