Major League Baseball

BBST is back and ready to talk some Major league Baseball
Hi Everyone! I’m back and I’m ready to write what I want to write about: Major League Baseball and the Oakland Athletics, of course!  As some of you may know, I took a sabbatical from my blog to work as the site expert for FanSided’s White Cleat Beat.  However, it was near impossible to find and recruit: 1. People who wanted to write about the Oakland A’s (LOL!) and 2. People who were even remotely competent when it came to knowing about the team. Ok, I’m somewhat of a hardass when it comes to knowing things about the Athletics, but for […]

BBST is back and ready to talk some Major League ...

Happy Birthday BBST 6
Happy Birthday BBST! Est. May 9, 2013 I’ll keep this short because I doubt anyone will read more than the title. LOL! BBST has been good to me over the past three years and it allows me to see how far I’ve come, after taking  an eight-year hiatus from writing – much of well – anything after college (there were more lucrative jobs out there … it is what it is!).  My first few months of posts are embarrassingly awful. I had no idea how to blog and hadn’t written in so long so they turned out to be pretty […]

Happy 3rd Birthday BBST!!

Josh Hamilton 2
UPDATE: June 1, 2015 4:15 pm PT Josh Hamilton continues to impress On Saturday, Josh Hamilton continued to hit for the Texas Rangers going 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Rangers win over the Boston Red Sox. Sunday, however, he really picked up where he left off on Friday night. Hamilton, not in the original lineup, came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth with two on and two out. He roped a two-run double to left off Koji Uehara and became the Rangers’ hero once again as they completed their three-game sweep of […]

Angels treatment of Josh Hamilton has backfired – Updated!

Back in late April Jarrod Saltalamacchia was on paternity leave as a member of the Miami Marlins. Upon his return, the club designated him for assignment, in favor of using J.T. Realmuto behind the plate with Jeff Mathis as their back-up catcher. Saltalamacchia received the news just 16 months after the club had signed him to a three-year $21 million deal. With no other teams wanting to take on that kind of money, Saltalamacchia signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in early May. He has since been playing with their Triple-A affiliate in Reno. Wednesday was not […]

DBacks’ purchase Saltalamacchia’s contract

Miami Marlins
On Sunday after almost being no-hit by Atlanta Braves starter Shelby Miller who completed the team’s three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins, Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria fired both his team’s skipper Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary. Monday morning Marlins’ general manager Dan Jennings confirmed to ESPN’s Jim Bowden that he will in fact be stepping out of the front office and into the dugout as Redmond’s replacement.  This is a very interesting but not unprecedented move by the team whose leadership had been speculated about all Sunday night, at least online,until CBS Sports broke the news of Jennings’ […]

Miami Marlins GM Dan Jennings to step in as new ...

shelby miller
Could Shelby Miller be this year’s surprise pitching star? Perhaps even steal the Cy Young Award away from Kershaw? So far he’s made quite the name for himself in Atlanta. I talked about how he was emerging as the Braves’ new ace and how, in my opinion, the Braves have gotten the better side of the deal when they traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller. When the trade first went down it didn’t appear that the Braves were getting the ace that they have gotten. Even though he’d played very well in parts of three seasons […]

Could Shelby Miller be this season’s Corey Kluber?

Corey Kluber, gray
Update: May 19, 2015 at 11:45 am PT Corey Kluber made his first start on Monday. Well, it was his first start since his epic 18 strikeout performance. After a very slow start, which you can read about below, the 2014 Cy Young Award winner had everyone wondering if that performance meant that the 2014 Kluber had returned. It turns out that Kluber may have turned the corner from his earlier struggles. He struck out the first five White Sox batters he faced on Monday. He pitched a full nine innings allowing five hits, one run, one walk and struck […]

Update: Which Corey Kluber is the real one?

Justin Masterson
Update: May 13, 3:00 pm PT Well, it didn’t take long for Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell to decide what to do with Justin Masterson. Masterson who, as described in the original text below, struggled mightily against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night has already been scratched from his Sunday start against the Seattle Mariners. The likely candidate to take his place is long-reliever and knuckleballer Steven Wright, who finished the game Tuesday, after Masterson allowed six runs in just 2.1 innings. Although Farrell said that no final decision on the matter would be announced until Thursday.  Farrell hasn’t yet […]

Update: Masterson suffering from “fatigue” according to Farrell

Noah Syndergaard
With starter  Dillon Gee on the disabled list the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs and baseball fans everywhere will get to see the Major League debut of 22-year-old starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Many expected the right-handed phenom to be in the Mets’ rotation in 2014, after he made quite an impression in the Grapefruit League two spring trainings ago. The Mets however made the decision to get the young right-hander a little more seasoned and have kept him at Triple-A Las Vegas, until now. Syndergaard was ranked baseball’s 11th top prospect going into the 2015 season, he was ranked […]

It’s Noah Syndergaard’s day as the Mets take on the ...

Stephen Vogt, first base
Before we get started here my one hope that you get out of this post is …. VOTE FOR VOGT!! Because all of Oakland loves to chant #IBelieveinStephenVogt for a reason! There is also the fact that I was raised an American League fan. My reasoning for picking some of the National League players may be shorter or based on just who I like … too bad, if you don’t like that! LOL! But it is my ballot! So here we go! 😀 Oakland A’s Socks Girl’s 2015 All-Star Game ballot First Base – AL – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – […]

2015 All-Star Game Ballot

shelby miller
Tuesday night Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves shut out the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 9-0. Maybe trading Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals was a good idea after all, a really good idea. Heyward, 25, was by far the biggest name in the trade made this offseason between the Braves and Cardinals. Heyward was traded along with right-hander Jordan Walden to the Braves in exchange for Miller and minor league right-hander Tyrell Jenkins. The immediate reaction was that St. Louis had gotten the better end of the deal, except for the large and looming fact that Heyward will […]

Braves very smart in acquiring Shelby Miller

Alex Cobb
UPDATE: May 8, 2015 6:00 pm PT Alex Cobb‘s injury is, as predicted earlier, – quite serious. He announced today that he will be undergoing Tommy John surgery. Cobb to have Tommy John #rays — Bill Chastain (@wwchastain) May 8, 2015 Cobb said that while initial reports were that he had a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, his UCL is actually completely torn and he has elected to have the procedure effectively ending a season that he never began.  Cobb began the season on the disabled list with forearm tendinitis. The Rays rotation will consist of Drew Smyly, […]

Update: Rays’ Alex Cobb to have Tommy John surgery