edgar martinez, designated hitter 4
Is the designated hitter a legitimate position in baseball? As baseball continues to evolve, even purists need to adjust to change. It’s doing so more quickly than it has in the past. Everyone involved with the game needs to learn to agree and keep up, which includes the argument of […]

It's time to accept the designated hitter as a legitimate position

impact, Jesse Hahn
Which now-healthy A’s players will make an impact in 2016? ESPN.com published an article recently identifying the top five injury comebacks to watch for in 2016. Writer Stephania Bell identifies five players who’s returns could make an impact for their respective teams in 2016. Beginning with Giancarlo Stanton of the […]

A’s players whose return in 2016 will make an impact

Could Lucroy headed to Houston? The Milwaukee Brewers are rebuilding. They began cleaning house at last season’s non-waiver trade deadline and haven’t stopped this offseason. They’ve already shipped off quite of few of their veteran players, including first baseman Adam Lind and third baseman Luis Sardinas, for younger players and […]

In Lucroy’s case, Astros and Brewers would be perfect trade ...

jacob nottingham, matt olson
Baseball Prospectus favors Jacob Nottingham, while MLB Pipeline thinks Matt Olson is the better choice When Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline released their lists of the top 100 (or in the case of BP the top 101) prospects in Major League Baseball on Friday, four of the Oakland Athletics’ prospects combined […]

Baseball Prospectus & MLB Pipeline can’t agree: Nottingham or Olson?

top prospects lists, Franklin Barreto
Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline release top prospects lists Every year prior to spring training many institutions, writers, websites, random people – it doesn’t really matter – rank the top 100 prospects in professional baseball or as is the case with Baseball Prospectus, the 101 top prospects. The results of […]

Four from A’s farm system make top 100 prospects lists

Adrian Beltre. Sarah Crabill/Getty Images.
Future Hall of Famer Beltre should remain with Rangers Third baseman Adrian Beltre has spent nearly a third of his 18-year big-league career with the Texas Rangers. He will be eligible for free agency next fall, but he would like to finish his career with the team he has had his best […]

Rangers should extend Beltre’s contract sooner than later

shut up and fish, Maddie and Tae,
Our brand new music video for our single #ShutUpAndFish is live now on @vevo! Go and check it out. A photo posted by Maddie & Tae (@maddieandtae) on Dec 8, 2015 at 5:08pm PST Well, I wanted to know what would happen if I embedded an Instagram pic onto my […]

Fave Video of the Month: Jan ’16 – Maddie & ...

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Cespedes signs for three-years with Mets, includes one-year opt-out Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t looking for a three-year deal and it was rumored that the Washington Nationals were willing to give him the five-year, $100 million deal he was, more or less, looking for. Even more rumors whispered that he was holding […]

Popularity of opt-out clauses and Yoenis Cespedes

Is Gallardo the right choice for Houston? It’s no secret that the Houston Astros have an interest in right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo, the best free agent pitcher left on the market. They need to add some depth and stability to their starting pitching staff. Gallardo could provide the stability that they […]

Gallardo perfect fit for Astros but may come at high ...

Gentry and Nava
How will the Angels fare with a Gentry and Nava platoon in left field? It would seem like the Los Angeles Angels and Yoenis Cespedes would be an almost perfect match. It’s been a well-known fact since the Angels shipped Josh Hamilton off to the Texas Rangers that the Angels […]

Gentry and Nava: the Angels’ dilemma in left field

opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
At FanRag Sports Network‘s Major League Baseball site Today’s Knuckleball we often do a round table where a group of writers from the site all weigh in on certain pertinent questions regarding different events in Major League Baseball. This could be anything from trade deadline moves to the World Series to […]

TKB’s best & worst of the offseason round table discussion

true ace, Garrett Richards
Do the Los Angels Angels have a true ace? The Angels have a long list of starting pitchers from which to choose for their 2016 rotation. Los Angeles has eight capable starters in Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs, but […]

Angels rotation has depth, but no clear ace

sonny gray, Oakland A's, keep Gray
A’s could trade Donaldson but need to keep Gray Remembering the first time Sonny Gray pitched for the A’s is a simple task. It was 2013 and the game was in Pittsburgh. He pitched 2.0 innings in the middle of July, allowing just one hit,no walks and striking out three […]

A’s trade Donaldson but determined to keep Gray

Jessica Mendoza continues to make history If you watch baseball you may remember the name Jessica Mendoza. She became the first female analyst when she took over for Curt Schilling on a Sunday Night Baseball broadcast on ESPN. She made history again when she was in the booth for the New […]

Jessica Mendoza gets a full-time spot on Sunday Night Baseball

Marcus Semien, Jed Lowrie, success, new-look infield
A’s new-look infield: Uprgraded, Defined & Set for 2016 The Oakland Athletic’s infield was not their strongest units last season. Shortstop Marcus Semien led the league in errors with 35. Second baseman Ben Zobrist was traded at the July 31 trade deadline. Brett Lawrie, who started out playing third base, ended […]

A’s new-look infield: Upgraded, defined & set for ’16

winter meetings, aroldis chapman, Joe Girardi
Girardi names Yankees’ closer prior to spring training Monday, New York Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi named his closer. It was going to be interesting to see what the Yankees were going to do with their triple-threat late inning relief crew of Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances and newly acquired Aroldis Chapman.  […]

Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi has already named his closer

New-look A’s bullpen built around, not to replace, Sean Doolittle In a recent article “13 log jams and possible solutions” MLB.com writer Phil Rogers tells us that the Oakland Athletics bullpen is over crowded with the recent additions of John Axford and Ryan Madson, who were both signed to multi-year […]

Would the A’s actually trade Sean Doolittle?

houston astros, dallas keuchel, starting pitching
Can it be? The Astros are short on starting pitching Yes, it’s true the Houston Astros starting rotation contains the reigning Cy Young Award winner in 28-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel. The rest of their rotation pitched well in 2015 too, however, the question is do they have enough pitching depth […]

Astros must add depth to starting pitching rotation

The Case of Halladay v. Clemens on Twitter Just in case you missed it, there were athletes fighting on Twitter – well, kind of – and no it did not have anything to do with Curt Schilling making some asinine statement about “disproving evolution” (do NOT listen to him! Talk […]

Twitter feud: Halladay vs. Clemens (ICYMI)

Alex Gordon, round table
There was no way Alex Gordon was ever going to don another uniform The Kansas City Royals wouldn’t really seem like the same World Champion Kansas City Royals without Alex Gordon, would they? And how would Gordon look in some other team’s uniform? Yeah, I thought so. The two parties […]

Gordon, Royals reunite and it’s no surprise

The Kid, polls, Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. aka  The Kid and Mike Piazza are elected into the Hall of Fame The 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame class, as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of American, will consist of center fielder Ken Griffey Jr and one of the game’s greatest […]

“The Kid” goes into the HOF in record-breaking style

sean doolittle, closer, returns, success
Three keys to A’s success in ’16 Looking at last season, in which the Oakland Athletics finished the season 68-94, you wouldn’t be too hopeful that the A’s could improve all that much in a year. You might think that some of their offseason signings were risky or be mad […]

How can the A’s find success in ’16?

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How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other […]

No one’s committed to Cespedes, For the Angels it should ...

Kenta Maeda, lefty-heavy rotation
Is an eight-year deal simply too much for Kenta Maeda? The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, according to multiple sources. The initial report came from Christopher Meola and was later confirmed by both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! […]

Eight years seems excessive for Kenta Maeda