The Future of Brian McCann

There are a lot of present and veteran Braves who think the club is making a serious mistake by cavalierly allowing Brian McCann go with free agency at the end of the season. One player says, “he is our glue guy,” and David Ross says, “only the people around the team understand what he means […]

The Legality of the Rays / White Sox Deal

“The deal the Rays made isn’t legal if they announce that what the White Sox get back is conditional on how much and how well he pitches and where the Rays finish,” says an NL GM. “The Commissioner’s Office won’tallow it. But if the general managers trust one another, they can make a gentleman’s agreement.” […]

Catchers Interference

An interesting list from my friend Elliott Kalb… Reaching Base On Catcher’s Interference (Active League Leaders) Which begs the question, if the batter is fully in the batter’s box and the catcher is in the catcher’s box, why is it catcher’s interference? Share your thoughts in the comments below… Sponsored by…

Sunday Red Sox Notes – Looking For Pitching

Joel Hanrahan went down when the season was less than a month old, then when Andrew Miller was established as their best reliever, he went down in early July, and when they got back from the All-Star Break Andrew Bailey essentially was done for the season. Clay Buchholz hasn’t pitched since he won and went to 8-0 on June 8. Jon […]

Mariano Stands Alone

The lasting memory of the 2013 All-Star Festival will forever be Mariano Rivera standing alone and its reasoning…his peers respected the fact that, indeed, he has stood alone for nearly two decades, and in that time he has stood for dignity and civility that may be unprecedented. Few in any field have ever been amongst the best […]

Sunday Baseball Notes

Billy Beane has long maintained that the season is played out in three acts:the first two months are spent figuring out what each team has, the next two months are spent trying to get what they need and the last two months are the race to play in October. So while the All-Star Break is a […]

The Closer

Closer is the position so often judged by the word “blown.” Some 29 years ago, as his Blue Jays bullpen decayed down the stretch, Bobby Cox said “a bullpen can infect an entire team,” as in these last two months in Arizona and Boston and Detroit and Los Angeles and places where bullpen fender-benders have occurred at […]

Premium Pitching In The NL East

It has become eminently clear that the National League East is becoming the pitching division. This was the discussion that began among some Padres players, coaches and front office people now after having faced the Met’s Matt Harvey, Miami’s Jose Fernandez and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg. “Those three have the best stuff of any starters in the league,” said one official. And […]

Jose Iglesias – A Profile On Baseball Intelligence

Jose Iglesias has always been Dustin Pedroia’s mentee, from the time the Cuban refugee reported to Red Sox spring training in 2010 and Pedroia had him to his spring training house for dinner two or three times a week. This past winter, when Iglesias flew to Arizona to train with Pedroia and Andre Ethier, Pedroia noticed a change […]

The Annual Summer Inner City Classic

This past weekend we held a fundraiser in Chicago, our summer version of Hot Stove, Cool Music that we have in Boston every January. It is for Paul and Theo Epstein’s Foundation to be Named Later, which benefits several non-profits in Boston, and now with the help of the Chicago Cubs works with the Cubs charities. […]