American League


Jose Quintana was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs
Over the offseason the Chicago White Sox loaded up on prospects when they traded their star ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Since then, baseball has been waiting for the team to trade their next best starter after Sale, Jose Quintana. It was never a question of “if” but a question of “when, where and for how much.” Thursday morning, those questions were, somewhat shockingly, all answered. The Chicago White Sox made a big trade with their crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs. The trade seems like a fair one, but […]

Crosstown rivals CAN make a trade! Cubs, White Sox make ...


Yonder Alonso shines at 2017 MLB All-Star Game
It is the eighth season for Yonder Alonso in Major League Baseball (really it’s just his sixth full season). He finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, but he hadn’t yet seemed to live up to his potential offensively. And he had definitely never made an appearance in the MLB All-Star Game. Defensively he’s a complete ace as a corner infielder at first base. That was the reason that the Oakland Athletics traded Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres and Jabari Blash for Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the San Diego Padres. Yet he […]

Yonder Alonso shines at 88th MLB All-Star Game


Coco Crisp takes job as high school coach 1
Coco Crisp, yes, that, Coco Crisp –  the one and only – has officially accepted a job as a high school baseball coach at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, California. One would think Coco Crisp should have and could have aimed a little higher, right? There are minor league coaching positions, scouting options, working in a front office somewhere – ya, know, maybe even in Oakland, where we adore him so much! But now Shadow Hills High School is likely to be by far the coolest and luckiest high school in the world! I wonder how many high schools […]

Coco Crisp accepts head coaching job at Shadow Hills High ...



Bartolo Colon signs with Twins
Go forth and rejoice! Everybody’s favorite Big Sexy pitcher is back in the game.  After being designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves on June 29, many people wondered if Bartolo Colon would ever play in the big leagues again and everyone was in mourning — especially me! I always used the hashtag #Team Bartolo during the 2013 season when he should have won the Cy Young at age 40 and ever since!!  The #Braves today designated RHP Bartolo Colón for assignment and selected the contract of LHP Rex Brothers from Triple-A @GwinnettBraves. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 29, 2017 […]

ICYMI: Bartolo is BACK!


Catching up on my articles, New York Yankees
Well, being that I’ve been away from my blog but still writing I thought I would provide some links to some of my latest articles that I think might be interesting for you to read (plus, with The Inquisitr – as explained previously, I could use the extra readers)! Most of the articles are on the A’s or the AL West but lately I’ve ventured into other territory like the American League East and the National League Central. I’ve also written a couple of political and world news articles (even one NASCAR piece … shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone! LOL!) but […]

Catching up on my latest articles!


vacation, white cleat beat, bbst
Change can be a good thing! BBST is taking a vacation! Hey all! I’m sure that you’ve noticed that I have written anything new in the last few weeks, perhaps longer. I’m not sure anyone really cares but I’m putting my blog on vacation indefinitely but I am hoping to have it back up and running by the beginning of spring training 2017. Why would I do such a thing? It’s a good question. In November, to be honest I was just a bit burnt out so I slacked on my blog to keep a little bit of my sanity […]

White Cleat Beat is online & BBST is taking a ...



Bill King
If you’ve ever listened to sports in the East Bay then you likely know the voice of legendary broadcaster, Bill King, who is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. His name is synonymous with Bay Area sports. A rare three sport broadcaster, King called Championships for the Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors and the Oakland A’s. Wednesday his name was finally, and it had been a long time coming, announced as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions” to the game of baseball. King passed away in 2005 and is receiving this award […]

Holy Toledo! Bill King is headed to the Hall!


My favorite day in baseball history: Game 4 of the 1989 World Series This day in baseball history in 1989 was the greatest day of my entire life. I was eight years old and it’s an entire series that I will never forget, the 1989 World Series. I know it’s hard to say it was the best day of my life, given the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake that devastated both San Francisco and Oakland. My heart goes out to every single person who wa injured or lost someone they loved that day but this series meant the world to me. […]

OTD in Baseball History: Athletics SWEEP the Giants in the ...


bartolo colon, homer, colon
A’s may have the chance to fix the mistake they made with Bartolo Colon There are rumors. That’s all they are however, rumors. The rumors are about everyone’s favorite pitcher. Back on May 8th of this year I wrote about this pitcher and the cult following he’s developed. It’s only developed recently, even though he’s played 19 seasons in the big leagues. Of course I am talking about Bartolo Colon. Colon began developing a following during the 2013 season while playing in Oakland. At the age of 40 he put up numbers that were as good or better than the year […]

A’s need to right mistake they made in ’13 & ...



World Series Game Recaps
World Series Game Recaps but first a discussion on how to know who you are really rooting for! Well this may be a little mundane but what kind of baseball person/writer/fan would I be without keeping track of the World Series games, especially this World Series. It is historic.  Two teams, both with long World Series droughts, are fighting it out for the top spot in all of baseball.  I don’t know about you but I find it hard to not root for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs already broke a curse simply making it to the Fall Classic and […]

World Series Game Recaps & the conundrum of who to ...


athletics fan
49 ReAsons it’s greAt to be An Athletics fAn Today, the A’s released a list of 49 reasons why it is HELLA cool to be an Athletics fan. I’m inclined to agree with them and I have reasons I could even add to their list. The team did a fun and thorough job with this list. Of course I had issues with a couple of their “reasons” but there were others that I loved so much that they brought tears to my eyes. This is a good list for a lot of A’s, or perhaps now-former A’s, fans to read. […]

A reaction to “49 Reasons it’s good to be an ...


division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 American League Championship Series Similar to my brief coverage of the ALDS and NLDS, I am going to do updates after each game of both the American League Championship Series and the National League Championship Series. So check back often for quick game recaps with a bit of analysis! There may only be four teams but each game doesn’t need a full-on review or full analysis, however, if you did miss a game I hope these posts about the American League Championship Series will help catch you up enough to be ready for the next game! 🙂 Toronto Blue […]

American League Championship Series: daily updates & analysis: Indians win ...