2011

Do teams like the Rangers really choke?

Do teams like the Rangers really choke?
October 4, 2012 No Comments »

In some ways the teams that collapse are remembered just as much as the teams that win. The ’51 Brooklyn Dodgers go hand-in-hand with the New York Giants who famously vanquished them. The ’78 Boston Red Sox are forever linked ... Read More »

The Braves long road to .500

The Braves long road to .500
March 11, 2012 No Comments »

On the final day of the 2011 season the Atlanta Braves experienced heartbreak. Their loss, coupled with a victory by the St. Louis Cardinals, cost the Braves the wild card spot that they had held for much of the season. ... Read More »

Gibson's winning attitude rubs off on Diamondbacks

Gibson's winning attitude rubs off on Diamondbacks
September 17, 2011 No Comments »

Kirk Gibson takes competition seriously. In his first spring training with the Dodgers in 1988, Gibson famously erupted when teammate Jesse Orosco painted eye black in the band of his cap. Gibson’s intensity drove the Dodgers to an improbable World ... Read More »

How the ’11 Tigers are like the ’80 Phillies

How the ’11 Tigers are like the ’80 Phillies
September 1, 2011 No Comments »

As the 2011 season begins to wind down, the Detroit Tigers are perched atop the American League Central division, precariously some might say. Despite the fact that the division is one of the weakest in baseball. The team seems to ... Read More »

Should managers make their players available for the All-Star Game?

Should managers make their players available for the All-Star Game?
July 12, 2011 No Comments »

Ever since Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced in 2003 that the winning league of the All-Star Game would gain homefield advantage in the World Series, experts have debated whether he made the right decision. That decision has led ... Read More »

Why the Giants can win the World Series again

Why the Giants can win the World Series again
July 11, 2011 No Comments »

No National League team has repeated as World Series champion since Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine 35 years ago. The only team that has a chance to end that drought is the San Francisco Giants. Here’s why they can do it. ... Read More »

With Avila: Father Knew Best

With Avila: Father Knew Best
June 20, 2011 No Comments »

In the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected a catcher from the University of Alabama with their pick in the 5th round. That news wasn’t all that noteworthy, but the catcher sure is. The catcher was Alex ... Read More »

Five biggest surprises of the 2011 baseball season

Five biggest surprises of the 2011 baseball season
June 16, 2011 No Comments »

Here are the five biggest surprises so far in the 2011 season. 5. Tribe Revival The 2010 Cleveland Indians had their share of problems: they were one of the worst hitting teams in the league, their pitching staff gave up ... Read More »

Manny doesn't belong with baseball's greats

Manny doesn't belong with baseball's greats
April 9, 2011 No Comments »

It’s fitting that on a night when the federal government narrowly averted a shutdown, Manny Ramirez announced his retirement from baseball. The half-assed deal to keep the government going is a cop-out, and much of Manny’s career was also half-assed. ... Read More »

Phillies "Big Four" could be best ever

Phillies "Big Four" could be best ever
December 20, 2010 No Comments »

Lebron, Wade, and Bosh? The Phillies have done one better than the Miami Heat. With the acquisition of free agent left-hander Cliff Lee last week, the Philadelphia Phillies established a foursome of starting pitchers that rival the greatest in the ... Read More »