Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

Dear Doug Melvin

Monday, July 23rd, by JohnBowen

John sends a heartfelt letter to the Brewers’ GM

Saturday, June 9th, by Chuck

I had thought about doing some kind of brief draft review, but figured no one here would care about what the Padres did, and by the time I got around to studying what all thirty teams did, we’d be closer to next year’s draft.
So, I decided why not just review what “we” did here at [...]

Thomas Wayne’s 2012 National League Predictions

Saturday, April 21st, by JohnBowen

Does Thomas like the Cardinals a little bit?

Dugout Central’s 2012 AL East Preview

Sunday, March 11th, by JohnBowen

Boston imploded last season and blew both the division and wild card – will they bounce back in 2012, or is the Yankee crown safe?

Dugout Central’s 2012 National League Central Preview

Saturday, February 25th, by JohnBowen

The Brewers won the division last year, but the Cardinals had the last laugh. What will 2012 bring?

Trade Candidates – NL Central Edition

Monday, January 30th, by JohnBowen

By Bob Owens

Disrespect and Disgrace Apparent in Veteran’s Committee Election of Ron Santo

Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Chuck

It’s finally happened.
Thirty-seven years after playing his last game, Ron Santo is a Hall of Famer.
I’m so disgusted I want to puke.
Not at the result, mind you.
While I’m on record as not being a supporter of Santo’s worthiness, but the process involved, especially the Hall of Fame in general and the Veteran’s Committee in particular.
The [...]

Plenty of Stars Shine at the Rising Stars Game

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 by Chuck

In what has quickly become a haven for Major League scouts and Executives, the prestigious Arizona Fall League held its sixth annual “Rising Stars” game last night in Surprise, AZ.
And there were plenty of stars on hand to see.
The announcement earlier in the week of the opposing pitchers began the game’s anticipation when the top [...]

Phillies Should Consider Kevin Youkilis to Solve Third Base Concerns

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by Chuck

By: Bob Owens

Shortly after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the playoffs, Charlie Manuel said the Phillies need to upgrade at 3rd base.

Despite making just the second All-Star appearance of his fourteen year career, incumbent Placido Polanco suffered through an injury plagued season which saw him appear in just 122 games.

After [...]

AFL Players to Watch and Initial Season Live Blog

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Chuck

The 20th anniversary season of the prestigious Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday with rosters full of top draft picks and 2012 Rookie of the Year candidates.
As has been the norm for most of the past twenty years, I’ll be associated with the league in some capacity and will try and keep you updated [...]

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 by JohnBowen

By Cameron Nelson

Mets Rebuilding Must Begin with the Trading of David Wright

Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Chuck

Authors Note: This article originally appeared at Mike Silva’s
It’s difficult to look at a team who has managed to remain close to .500 all season despite getting nothing from your staff ace and less than 100 games to date from each your three best players, but that’s exactly the situation the New York Mets’ [...]

HOF Writer Tracy Ringolsby: “Movie Continues Moneyball Myth”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by Chuck

In his most recent syndicated column for Baseball America,  Hall of Fame journalist Tracy Ringolsby writes the book “Moneyball” stemmed from author Michael Lewis’ “idol worship” of Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane and who was more “overwhelmed” by Beane’s personality and status than by the story he was trying to portray.
Wow, like that’s never [...]

The Mets Big Coup of 2012???

Sunday, September 4th, 2011 by ThomasWayne

Perhaps they can spring Bernie Madoff and use him as bullpen coach? One thing is for sure – if the Met’s pull off this little deal it will bring back the one thing they haven’t had in a while -RESPECT.

New Logos, Playing Sites, Expanded Schedule Highlight Arizona Fall League’s 20th Anniversary Season

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

“As we complete our second decade of service to Major League Baseball, our league’s re-branding adds a contemporary look to recognize our growth and impact on the baseball industry in addition to capturing the feel of our ideal location in Arizona.”
With that statement, Executive Director Steve Cobb announced changes to the upcoming Arizona Fall League [...]