John looks at the Blockbuster Trade between the Rays and Royals, and weighs the odds that it brings playoff baseball back to KC.
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By Bob Owens
The Baltimore Orioles wanted a General Manager with experience in the American League East.
But after seeing Tony LaCava reject them, Brain Cashman stay in New York, and Theo Epstein head to Cook Country, it appared they would have to switch directions. But they had a surprise up their sleeve, hiring former Red [...]
Today, Bob Geren was fired from his duties as manager of the Oakland Athletics and replaced by Bob Melvin.
The A’s, predicted by some idiots to win the AL West in 2011, have lost their last nine games, most recently getting swept by their fellow cellar-dwellers, the Baltimore Orioles. Of particular note has been the offense, [...]
There is a striking lack of context here, for those who want to read into the Pirates making profits while losing.
Too often fans want to put too much emphasis on results, which is understandable, particularly in the case of a team that hasn’t won anything since Boyz II Men topped the charts. The point is to win, after all. But, especially in the early going of a new regime taking over a franchise in pitiful shape, we must remember to look more at the philosophical direction of the franchise and what the front office is doing to set the team up for success.
The Pull is the collection of forces that determine the direction a baseball player’s private life will go. These forces range from family to friends, from business acquaintances to fans, from groupies to total strangers. He either survives The Pull or is squashed.
What does history tell us about pitchers who have started their careers like Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez? It’s good news for the Tigers and Mariners.
The Phillies will be good again this year, but did they sacrifice greatness for long-term success?
Did the Diamondbacks handcuff themselves for the future by stretching their budget to the max this year?
Well as of January 6, 2009, that’s Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, John Maine and a fifth starter coming from John Niese, Bobby Parnell or someone else not yet on the roster. That’s not going to get the Mets into the playoffs. No amount of Jason Bays will get the Mets into the playoffs if those are your starters.
An attempt comprehend the reason why the Orioles would trade two young arms for Kevin Millwood.