AL East

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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Jays defeat O’s, MadBum vs. Thor

This is likely a recap that you already know, if you follow baseball regularly. If you do not that’s ok. Last night’s American League Wild Card Game – while intense – is somewhat easy to condense (not meant to rhyme – sorry).  The AL Wild Card one-game playoff between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night. The weather was nice and for the first time since 1985 (when Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox was the Jays’ skipper) the Blue Jays hosted an open air postseason game.  According to […]

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 […]

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Brad Ziegler

ICYMI: DBacks’ closer Brad Ziegler traded to Boston

Late last night while most of the east coast was probably asleep, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded closer Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox filled a very immediate need by acquiring Ziegler or two minor league prospects, right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe. The team had needed bullpen help for quite sometime with both closer Craig Kimbrel and interim set-up  man Koji Uehara struggling. Kimbrel who was elected to the 2016 All-Star Game next week in San Diego even admitted that he was “a little surprised” at being named to the team due to his […]

A’s, O’s to play doubleheader, Valencia back in lineup

Who else is excited for a doubleheader??  When I heard that the A’s game in Baltimore was postponed yesterday I was seriously bummed … I mean really? After an off-day too? Not fair. I was ready for some baseball, right?! Who wouldn’t be? Well to my surprise, this morning I woke up to see that’s Jane Lee had reported that the game, the one I expected to be rescheduled for a date later in the season, would in fact be played today. The day-night doubleheader was immediately scheduled for Saturday as it is the only trip Oakland will make […]

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Eric Surkamp

Surkamp’s performance could determine fate of Hahn and Manaea

Will the A’s keep Surkamp or bring up Hahn or Manaea? Depending on how left-hander Eric Surkamp does Tuesday night against the New York Yankees and right-hander Michael Pineda, Oakland A’s fans may be seeing the team’s number two prospect lefty Sean Manaea or perhaps,  the more experienced, right-hander Jesse Hahn in the very near future. That’s not to say that Surkamp has pitched poorly for Oakland. He went seven scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game, pitching his way into the starting rotation in the wake of Felix Doubront’s injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery. […]

When A-Rod retires, how will we say farewell?

Saying farewell to A-Rod is going to be some complicated business On Wednesday Alex Rodriguez announced that he will be retiring upon the end of his contract which expires after the 2017 season. He will have played the game for three teams over 23 seasons and will be 42 years old. According to A-Rod, he’s done chasing records and knows it’s time to go home and a be a father to his children.. That’s a great thing for him, to know what his future holds. Yet, it leaves us with two seasons to decide what kind of legacy will he […]

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MLB in Cuba

Mending ties with Cuba begins with baseball

Rays to play exhibition game in Cuba  The Tampa Bay Rays and even President Obama will be in Cuba later this month while the Rays take on the Cuban National team.  Something of this magnitude that has not occurred in almost 20 years, when the Baltimore Orioles played an exciting two-games series there in 1999. And even then President Clinton was not in attendance. We are honored that @POTUS plans to attend the @raysbaseball game in Havana, Cuba, on March 22. — MLB (@MLB) March 2, 2016 President Obama tweeted back expressing his enthusiasm. Play ball! — President […]

Chapman suspended 30 games for domestic violence

Chapman will not appeal suspension for domestic violence allegations The Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of acquiring Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman when a two-month-old story broke. How it had been kept quiet that long is really unfathomable in these days of social media and constant communication.  Apparently in October 2015 Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired off eight gun shots in his Florida home. No charges were brought against Chapman for the incident. Yet the incident was still considered serious by Commissioner Rob Manfred, especially under MLB’s new domestic violence policy as well as the increase […]

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Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi has already named his closer

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.  All three players would be in the conversation if you were say, discussing Major League Baseball’s best relievers. In 2015 each of the three pitchers had 100 or more strikeouts, this is the first time in baseball history that a team has had three relievers who got a least 100 […]