Did Greinke Get Better?

When Zack Greinke signed his six-year, $147 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2012 season, he became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history in terms of annual salary. Now, after opting out of that deal and inking an even bigger one with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he’s the highest-paid player in baseball history […]

The Emergence and Future of J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez had a career year in 2015. He slammed 38 home runs, surpassed the 100 RBI plateau, and batted a solid .282 with a respectable .344 OBP (on-base percentage). His performance earned him a spot on the American League All-Star team and won him a Silver Slugger award. Martinez first broke out in 2014 […]

The Beauty of Imperfection

The following contribution comes from University of Virginia student, Jake Lighter. You can read more from Jake on Baseball Essential.  As the old and quite well worn platitude goes, “Be careful what you wish for.” I am, of course, referring to Major League Baseball’s replay system. A system that has plagued Baseball games with one […]

Corey Seager: From Prospect to Postseason

The following contribution comes from Bodie Dykstra. You can follow Bodie on Twitter @bodiedykstra. When July turned to August and August to September, it appeared as though the Year of the Rookie may have left Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager behind. Along with Carlos Correa and Addison Russell, Seager was universally regarded as one of […]

Bieber, Beckham, and Baseball

The following contribution comes from Trae Lewis. You can follow Trae on Twitter @traelewis. For years we’ve seen the waning appeal of the great game. The decline is reflected in lower television ratings to shrinking youth involvement in Baseball. Non-measuring, yet still impacting, factors such as lack of household Baseball player names among causal fans to […]

Dating tips for Managers

The following contribution comes from Trae Lewis. You can follow Trae on Twitter @traelewis. Welcome to the Love and Baseball Show. The dating world for some takes a turn for the worst every year during what is called the “break up” season. The time period is conveniently around the start of spring when warm weather is […]

Value over greatness

The following contribution comes from Trae Lewis. You can follow Trae on Twitter @traelewis. The final weeks of the season are here and Baseball writers are finalizing individuals for yearly awards. The yearly award with the most prestige, the most valuable player award, also comes with the most scrutiny. No sport is immune from it; just […]

Abolish Interleague Play

The following contribution comes from University of Virginia student, Jake Lighter. You can read more from Jake on Baseball Essential.  Abolish interleague play. Demolish it. Disfigure it. Then burn it’s decrepit carcass. Interleague play is ruining baseball. Or at the very least partially responsible. Contrary to the thoughts of those younger than 25, regular season […]

Quick, fast, and in a hurry

The following contribution comes from Trae Lewis. You can follow Trae on Twitter @traelewis. People often give me a puzzling look when I state Baseball is my favorite sport. It shouldn’t get a puzzled look, but I understand why. The numbers show back when I was a mere lad in 1986, Black players made up […]

The Curious Case of Mike Zunino

Frank Cesare is an MLB and NBA Editorialist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @frank_world. The 24 year old catcher was drafted third overall in 2012, but Mike Zunino hasn’t been able to replicate his collegiate success at the professional level. In 106 plate appearances, Zunino has only 18 hits—five of which were […]