Miami Marlins


Giancarlo Stanton on pace to hit 63 home runs
Now that the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton has hit an (obviously) Major League Baseball Leading 53 home runs, it’s impossible not to think about 60 or more and even more difficult not to constantly be talking about him and rooting for him. It’s really no surprise. Anyone who watches baseball is knows that Stanton probably could have hit this many home runs in seasons past. Injuries have derailed the six foot six inch, 245 pound slugger almost each year of his career.  In his eight years in the big leagues the most games Stanton has ever played in in a […]

How can we not want to root for Giancarlo Stanton?


Zach Neal
Zach Neal made, what has so far been, the most important start of his seven year professional career on Monday. It wasn’t a playoff start or an all-star game start, it wasn’t even his first start in the big leagues and it definitely wasn’t a start for a 2016 contender. This start may change the course of his career, if the Oakland A’s decide to give him another start this season. After Monday’s night’s performance against an extremely potent and highly charged AL East leading Baltimore Orioles’ lineup, he’s earned one. Well, the Orioles were tied atop the AL East […]

A’s should give Zach Neal a real shot at starting


Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
As the trade deadline approaches, the consensus among most baseball insiders and experts is that the options for contenders who need starting pitching are slim-pickings. Two of the main potential candidates are from the Oakland Athletics in Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Hill being the most likely to be traded to a team that needs a great starter in order to play deep into October. But what if the A’s were to hold onto both pitchers? It certainly wouldn’t make the many, many teams interested in Hill very happy. But who says that the A’s may not surprise everyone? Usually, […]

Should the A’s really trade Rich Hill?



Ichiro
Even though Major League Baseball doesn’t count combined hits between Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan and its records here in America, Ichiro Suzuki has still officially entered territory only occupied by one person – MLB’s Hit King Pete Rose! It’s really pretty amazing when you think about it – he played nine years in Japan and since the 2001 season – in which he won both the AL MVP and AL ROY Awards while with the Seattle Mariners – here, which is 24 career seasons … right? Crazy as it might be that’s how many seasons it took Pete Rose […]

Ichiro gets hit no. 4,256, ties Pete Rose (sorta) – ...


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


Henderson Alvarez
Alvarez has had his share of injuries but he could easily return to form in 2016 The Oakland Athletics announced Monday that the deal between the team and 25-year-old starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez had officially been completed. Despite being an All-Star in 2014 and throwing a no-hitter on the final day of the 2013 regular season, he was non-tendered by his former team the Miami Marlins on December 2. The Marlins it seems didn’t want to tender Alvarez a contract due to the fact that he had missed the majority of the 2015 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. It’s true […]

A’s remember how good a healthy Henderson Alvarez could be



dodgers
What’s next for the Dodgers? My last post was part of my column that was published today and this is another perspective on the same situation. You can read my original column from Today’s Knuckleball by clicking HERE. *(it will be available at 6pm PT time, sorry!) So to continue,  as you know (if you read my previous post or if you have seen the news) Seattle Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto came out of nowhere and swept starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma  right out from under the Los Angeles Dodgers. Does it have an effect on the teams’ 2016 outlook? Absolutely. Things certainly look worse […]

Dodgers lose out on Iwakuma, what’s their next step?


Iwakuma, dodgers
Dipoto swipes Iwakuma right out from under Dodgers Just earlier this week I wrote that the Seattle Mariners’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto had been busy this offseason and while some of his moves seemed questionable, overall he’d done a good job remaking the Mariners with what he was given to work with. Now, it’s quite obvious that despite a questionable move here and there, Dipoto is very good at his job. Late Thursday night Dipoto and the Mariners announced that they had re-signed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. Yes, you heard that correctly and yes, may seem confusing. The 34-year-old […]

Dipoto moves swiftly, swipes Iwakuma away from Dodgers


puerto rico 1
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins are now scheduled to play a two game series in Puerto Rico on a day that is very dear to my heart, Roberto Clemente Day. I grew up hearing about the legend that was Clemente, my mother having grown up a baseball fan in Pittsburgh in the 1950-60’s. Needless to say he was her favorite player. I’ve got some funny stories about a little girl at the ballpark about that but those can be told another time. She remembers school shutting down for game seven of the 1960 World Series when Bill Mazeroski […]

Pirates, Marlins to play in Puerto Rico on Clemente’s Day



managers
It appears that all but one vacant manager positions were filled within the last week, most within the last couple of days. The San Diego Padres fired former manager Bud Black in June and the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond in May and made the bizarre choice to put general manager Dan Jennings in his place. That did not work out as the Marlins went 71-91 (55-69 with Jennings as manager) in 2015. Now Jennings is out of a managerial job as well as his general manager job.  News of the end of Jennings’ tenure with the Marlins was reported […]

The managers and executives shuffle


Mattingly, Nationals, manager
Mattingly would fit well with Nationals As you all already must know, the Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have parted ways. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report the split and the mutual decision was later made official Thursday afternoon on the Dodgers’ official Twitter account. The Dodgers and Don Mattingly have mutually agreed that Mattingly will not return to manage the club in 2016. pic.twitter.com/60xujjrob6 — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 22, 2015 Both reports stated that the decision was mutual; however, speculation about Mattingly’s job security has run rampant for months, if not the entire five years […]

Nationals managerial search should turn towards Mattingly


Raul Ibanez, skipper, manager
 *Just a few tidbits out of my column on why any team would be lucky to have Raul Ibanez as their manager for 2016 for the full story head over to Today’s Knuckleball.   Raul Ibanez almost got the managerial job for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the start of the 2015 season. He has no managerial experience but he has a way with working with younger players, something he proved last season serving as a mentor to a young Kansas City Royals team throughout the playoffs and into the World Series ………  Just last year, he was let […]

Raul Ibanez should be a skipper somewhere