Monday, June 1, 2020

The struggles of small market teams in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball
Market size impacts every major sport, however Major League Baseball's absence of a hard salary cap makes it especially difficult for small market teams to reach the success of baseball's royalty.

2017 MLB Postseason Picture and Predictions

With the 2017 season in the books, 10 teams have earned their way into the postseason with the chance to win it all. Who is primed for a deep run, and who will fall short? Let's take a look at each of the teams competing to be named 2017 World Series champs. Minnesota Twins (85-77) What a difference a year can...

One month from spring training, Dillon Maples is a notable name among Cubs pitchers

By taking the fast track to the MLB, RHP Dillon Maples is now set up to solidify a spot in the Cubs already deep bullpen in 2018. Maples, a 14th round draft pick in 2011, began his 2017 campaign with the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The West End, North Carolina native made an instant splash in Myrtle Beach by posting...

Major League Baseball needs to do away with fan voting for the All-Star Game

MLB All-Star Game
Fan voting for the MLB All-Star Game has been an off and on tradition since 1933. In the new age of baseball statistics and analytics, it is time that Major League Baseball moves on from a fan-selected starting lineup.

Expansion 42: The only way to fix the rivalries

It would require a lot of change, but expansion to 42 teams fixes everything.

The scariest half-innings in baseball

Close your eyes and imagine you are a pitcher in the major leagues. Now take it a step further, it’s the bottom of the ninth, the game is tied, and it’s YOUR job to keep the game tied. What are the last three names you want to see below “Due Up:”? What is this season’s scariest half-inning? *Note: The...

Who is The Face of Baseball?

Earlier this summer, writers spilled quite a bit of digital ink discussing the possibility that Aaron Judge could be the new Face of Baseball™. It's easy to see why: Judge plays in New York and has a pun-worthy name. He's charismatic, fan-friendly, and he slugs titanic home runs on a regular basis. He's also hitting .188/.347/.368 in the second half...

The Theo Epstein Effect: How a single person can reverse 108 years of misery

There has been a plethora of huge team turnarounds in sports history. The St. Louis Rams went from 4-12 in 1998 to 13-3 in 1999. The Boston Celtics posted a 24-58 record in the 2006-07 season to having a 66-16 record in 2007-08. However, one of the most notable turnarounds can be found in the north-side of Chicago. The...

Cubs Clinch Fifth NL Central Title in 15 Years

It took a lot longer than Cubs fans and baseball experts thought it would, but Chicago finally clinched the National League Central. It was much more of a slog than in 2016, with the World Series hangover (or the loss of Dexter Fowler and a reliable fifth starter, or both) wreaking havoc during the first half of the season. After...

Predicting the MLB Postseason for the 2018 season

With just under three weeks to Opening Day, we attempt to predict how the MLB Postseason will look, and who we have as our World Series champions.
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