NL West


Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a move with Kershaw out
With Clayton Kershaw out for potentially four to six weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move. Oddly, it’s not necessarily because of the fact that Clayton Kershaw is out that the Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a trade. The offense is good enough to carry the team for now and despite a revolving door of pitchers on the disabled list, it’s possible they could make due without having to give up a top prospect for a pitcher like the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish or the Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray.  Both pitchers will come with a steep price. Darvish […]

The Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move, if not ...


Edwin Encarnacion, thor, white cleat beat
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 […]

Jays defeat O’s, MadBum vs. Thor


Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move ...



old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals
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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Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns When a team is a seller at the non-waiver trade deadline, like the Oakland Athletics were this year, it’s expected for the team to lose a few high-profile players in exchange for young prospects that can help them build for a stronger 2017 season and beyond. The A’s were most definitely sellers, but they didn’t make quite as many trades as experts and fans had speculated about. One of the just two trades that they did make was a big one, but not surprising one. The A’s had been unable to come to […]

Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns, Plus what the ...


steals home
Why am I writing about something other than the Oakland A’s or the AL West? Well, simply because stealing home is rare, it’s cool and it’s just kind of bad ass! You just don’t see it everyday. With the Washington Nationals up 6-1 on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner decided to take it upon himself to make the score 7-1. With shortstop Danny Espinosa in a rundown between first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning after a pickoff attempt to first trying to get Espinosa,  Turner took off. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalezwas in the midst of throwing […]

Nats Trea Turner steals home against Dodgers (video)



Brad Ziegler
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 […]

ICYMI: DBacks’ closer Brad Ziegler traded to Boston


Eckersley and Gibson joking around? NO WAY! You’d think it would have happened before almost 28 years had passed since Kirk Gibson hobbled to the plate and hit a walk-off, pinch-hit home run against Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series , you’d think that the two ballplayers would have talked about it together. They hadn’t, that is until Thursday night in Los Angeles. Kirk Gibson and Dennis Eckersley sat down – together, in a formal setting (Joe Torre‘s charity event benefiting his Safe At Home Foundation) for a round table discussion about that one moment. Well it […]

The Eck & Gibson reminisce for the first time


Mark McGwire
Baseball slowly allowing PED players like McGwire & Bonds back in the game On Tuesday night when the San Diego Padres hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates an unprecedented event occurred in the third inning causing Padres’ manager Andy Green to be ejected from the game. The umpires called a balk on Padres’ right-hander Colin Rae which allowed Andrew McCutchen to walk home from third base making the score  2-0 in favor of the Pirates. The umpires reversed the call, sending McCutchen back to third and then reversed the call again allowing McCutchen to score and charging Rae with a balk. It […]

McGwire first PED-linked player to manage in the big leagues



dbacks, opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
Are the DBacks in real trouble? As you may have guessed, due to the fact they are one of the only teams I talk about on here, that I support the Arizona Diamondbacks (aka the DBacks – I even have a DBacks’ shirt if you can believe that! I’ll post a pic later on this post!). There are a number of reasons for this, none of which are really a big deal but the fact is that I follow the team and would like to see them defeat the evil San Francisco Giants in the National League West. I don’t […]

WIth injuries and a wild Greinke, DBacks may be in ...


Trevor Story, hazelbaker, takeaways 1
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 ...


Pollock
With the loss of Pollock, do the Diamondbacks still have a chance at the division title? Now, the fact that I have a second favorite team may surprise many of you. Sometimes when I really think about it – it’s surprising to me as well. That team would be the Arizona Diamondbacks. Over the years, I’ve had known players traded there, been friends with some and am still friends with others. I’ve watched the team prosper but mostly flounder and this was looking like a year where they could beat those silly San Francisco giants from the dark side of […]

Loss of Pollock isn’t good, but it won’t end DBack’s ...