AL Central


The fascinating AL MVP race of 2016

When the calendar turns to October each year it’s time to begin thinking, not just about football or playoff baseball, but about which two players will take home Major League Baseball’s most prestigious awards the AL and NL Most Valuable Player Awards. While there are other honors awarded to players and managers in each league, the MVP award is the most important. For example, the Cy Young is the highest honor for a pitcher but the Cy Young Award winner can be the MVP as can the Rookie of the Year. In 2001 Ichiro Suzuki won both the AL ROY […]


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Vote here for TKB’s All-Old Friends Teams Bracket!

Today’s Knuckleball’s All-Old Friends’ Teams Bracket Here at Today’s Knuckle (well, actually here being summarized on BBST!) we were each asked to build a team. There were criteria for this team and they are as follows: Each team is made up of a lineup (no DH), 5 starting pitchers and three relief pitchers To be eligible for the team a player must have played at least one game with the organization at any level. Players did not have to have played in a MLB game to be eligible. Players were not eligible for their current teams, but were eligible for an […]


A’s, Royals exchange OF Billy Burns for OF Brett Eibner

In a surprise early-deadline move, the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals swapped a pair of outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent 26-year-old Billy Burns to the Royals for 27-year-old Brett Eibner. It appears to be an odd move for the A’s. Just under a year ago, Burns was in the running for American League Rookie of the Year. He ended the season fifth in the voting but really had a better season than that even implies. With an influx of young talent, such as Houston’s Carlos Correa and the Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, finishing fifth in the voting meant […]

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My favorite baseball moment 2

My favorite baseball moment (written to *hopefully be published as part of an upcoming book, details soon if it is included) The most amazing baseball moment in my life began with a loss. It wasn’t at all your everyday regular season, we can get ‘em tomorrow, kind of loss. The Oakland Athletics were up two games in the 2012 American League Division Series going into Detroit and a couple of days later found themselves back in Oakland for Game 5. Detroit Tigers’ had their star pitcher, the reigning AL MVP AND Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander, on the mound. […]


So much for my dream re-match between Gray & Verlander

What happened to Sonny Gray? Well, so much for my dream re-match of the pitcher’s duel that was Games 2 and 5 of the 2013 American League Division Series. Just a rookie who had been called up in July, Sonny Gray faced Justin Verlander in the postseason twice. He was brilliant in one outing and had a quality start in the other. Gray got a no-decision and a loss. Yet, for those of you who remember – Verlander was today’s Clayton Kershaw. He had won the AL MVP and AL CY Young just two seasons prior and was considered one […]

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Gray and Verlander finally meet again for 2013 ALDS re-match

Gray or Verlander: Who’s got the edge in the re-match? The last time these two pitchers went head to head in a game one was the 2011 Cy Young  Award and 2011 American League MVP  and the other was a rookie who had been called up to the big leagues in July. Oh and it was three years ago in the postseason. The pitching champ was Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tiger. The rookie a kid named Sonny Gray, from the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers had already defeated the Athletics in 2012, taking the ALDS to a full five games. […]


Athletics will need offense and luck to get wins vs. Royals

Can the Athletics stop their struggles against the Royals? The Oakland A’s may have a tough time this weekend. The reigning World Champion Kansas City Royals are heading into town tonight to begin a three-game series. Unfortunately for Oakland they have a terrible track record against Kansas City, at least within the last couple of seasons. Since 2014 the Athletics have played 13 regular season games against the Royals, 14 if you include the Wild Card playoff game in 2014. They have been victorious just three times. Yes, you read that right. They have beaten the Royals just three times […]

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Gordon, Royals reunite and it’s no surprise

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 agreed to a deal Wednesday and is expected to be made official Thursday. The Royals get their left fielder back and Gordon gets the job security he was likely seeking with the team that he began his career with.  Gordon has had his ups and downs but the Royals have […]


Royals are your 2015 World Champions

As I KNOW you’ve already heard the Kansas City Royals are your new World Champions (thank goodness! Even though I wasn’t rooting for them at least it isn’t the gnats anymore! whew! – actually that is part of the reason I wasn’t rooting for them. Couldn’t they have done this last year?? Thanks a lot Royals!). Naw, regardless Congrats to the new World Champion Royals. I am not going to go through the game play-by-play, but I’ll lay it out for you.  The New York Mets held a 1-0 lead through six innings on a lead off home run by […]

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Murphy, Cespedes allow KC to go up 3-1 in the World Series

After Saturday night the New York Mets found a themselves in a place that they had hoped to never be. They found themselves three games to one to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. It’s not an impossible spot to get out of. Teams’ in history have done it before, the last time being the 1985 World Champion KC Royals.  The Mets had the lead until a fifth inning mistake by Yoenis Cespedes but the scoring started on a solo home run by rookie Michael Conforto. It was his first of the night off of Royals’ starter Chris […]