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You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White and Hazelbaker? I decided I couldn’t be the only writer/blogger/columnist on the internet who just somehow skipped over the “Story” of the season. Being mostly assigned to the A’s and AL West, Trevor Story isn’t exactly within my jurisdiction, so to speak. But for those of you who may not be as obsessed with baseball as I am or else have been living under a rock Trevor Story is the Colorado Rockies’ new young shortstop. We may never have seen the 23-year-old Story become the biggest story of the young […]

You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White ...

Wong wants to spend his career in St. Louis In an offseason where the St. Louis Cardinals tried to sell their city to every free agent out there – including outfielder Jason Heyward.  Heyward spurned the Cardinals, who acquired him before the 2015 season from the Atlanta Braves. The team and its players immediately began talking the team, the city and the fans up to Heyward in hopes that the soon to be free agent would want to re-sign with the team.  In the end Heyward decided to take less money to go to the Chicago Cubs. A lot of […]

Cards happily welcome Kolton Wong’s extension request

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 prospects. In fact, the ballclub completed their eighth trade of the offseason Saturday, trading last season’s starting shortstop, Jean Segura, and RHP Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Chase Anderson, third baseman Aaron Hill and shortstop prospect Isan Diaz. All of these trades have left many […]

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

Heyward chooses Cubs, snubs Cardinals Outfielder Jason Heyward, the most important position player on the free agent market, has been signed by the Chicago Cubs. He chose not to return to the St. Louis Cardinals where he played one-year with the Cardinals after being traded last offseason from the Atlanta Braves. The news was first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and has since been confirmed by MLB insiders like CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports’. Cubs get heyward — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2015 In 2015 Heyward won his third Gold Glove Award in right […]

Free agent OF Jason Heyward chooses the Chicago Cubs

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What really happened with Aroldis Chapman? It was believed Monday that the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers had completed a deal for elite closer Aroldis Chapman. He is the hardest throwing closer in baseball history. Rumor has it he has hit up to 106 mph. Then suddenly there were reports that the deal was being held up. How and why were not immediately known. Then finally it was reported by Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, that Chapman had been involved in a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend back in October. Well, THAT is certainly […]

Domestic violence allegations holding up Chapman deal

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Adam Wainwright to return to Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright fate has been figured out – finally. Today on MLB Network’s show MLB NOW it was announced that Wainwright has been cleared for baseball activities. Wainwright went down in late April after tearing his left Achilles tendon and was rendered out for the season. However, he met with his doctors on Monday and he has been cleared to resume baseball activities. This is excellent news for the Cardinals, they’ve got their ace back. He may not start, however, Wainwright will likely pitch out of the bullpen. Having Wainwright […]

Adam Wainwright likely to pitch out of the bullpen in ...

The Great Roberto Clemente: #Retire21 Today is Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball. The nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award will be honored on this day and the winner announced in October as voted upon by the fans and members of the media. Originally instituted in 1971 and known as the Commissioner’s Award, the award was renamed in 1973, after Clemente’s tragic death on New Year’s Eve 1972. He would have been 81 this year, his birthday being just weeks ago on August 18. He passed at the age of 38. Clemente has his own day in Major League […]

Retire #21: Another Roberto Clemente Story (but better!)

Not all baseball seasons end like the one in the picture. Everyone’s been on the opposite side of that, right? Then there are the season when you have that moment you realize you are just happy that you’re team didn’t get no-hit I had that moment on Friday night (and have had them before) and it went kinda like this: Texas Rangers’ pitcher Colby Lewis pitched a gem on Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. He was pitching a perfect game in the eighth inning when Oakland Athletics’ third baseman Danny Valencia led off the eighth by taking […]

That moment when not getting no-hit feels like a win

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OMG! How shocking! There’s an active gay baseball player! Well, of course there is! There have been more than one or two gay baseball players over the past century and a half, that’s a fact whether people talk about it or not. There are two – well three now – that we know of but everyone must know that there are probably hundreds more who have kept their sexuality in the closet.  Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics in the late 1970’s revealed that he was homosexual in 1982, after he had retired […]

History made, barrier broken: There’s a gay baseball player

Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Ichiro Suzuki each left their own mark on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. While each achievement had its own level of significance each one certainly made a mundane Friday afternoon into something a little more exciting. Prior to the start of play on Friday just two teams out of the 30 in baseball today had never had a player hit for the cycle. By the end of the night that number was whittled down to just one. The San Diego Padres were one of those teams, which does seem odd as one would have thought that […]

Harper, Ichiro, Kemp each make their mark on Friday

Jay Bruce, Reds
Monday the ninth player in the history of the Cincinnati Reds hit his 200th homer run. It came on the first pitch from San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy, an 89 mph four seam fastball. The ball sailed 406 feet into right field, just clearing the wall. Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce had hit his 200th home run. But he said that he doesn’t really think about that kind of stuff, “It’s crazy to think about it, but honestly I don’t think too much about where I stand or where it stands in history just because you’re so consumed by the […]

Jay Bruce joins elite group of Reds with 200th HR

Update: July 26, 2015, 9:00 pm PT While the Kansas City Royals may have proven that they don’t plan on settling for second place this season by acquiring a rental pitcher in Johnny Cueto, by rental I mean that Cueto will be a free agent at season’s end and it’s unlikely the Royals will have the money to re-sign him, the Cincinnati Reds seem to have been the team to “win” in this trade. They received three young premiere left-handers in Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Reds trade Cueto to Royals for LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. […]

Update: Reds’ get solid starting pitching in return for Cueto