World Series


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 ...


Schwarber
The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber started off his sophomore season the way no player wants to start any season. In the third game of the season at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field, Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL – both imperative ligaments in the knee – in an outfield collision with centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season and thus far, the Cubs’ entire playoff run to the World Series. You can watch the injury as it happened back in April below: Yes, it most certainly wasn’t pretty and it was a huge […]

Should Kyle Schwarber really be the Cubs’ DH in the ...


curse
This day is an HUGE one in the history of Major League Baseball. It is the day that the Chicago Cubs were officially cursed.  A man named William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Field to watch game four of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Murphy’s stench was bothering the fans surrounding William “Billy Goat” Sianis. They were eventually forced to leave in the fourth inning, even though Sianis had bought two box seats – one for him and one for Murphy. Needless to say, Sianis was not pleased. There are different accounts […]

OTD in Baseball History: Cubs’ Curse!



royals
As I KNOW you’ve already heard the Kansas City Royals are your new World Champions (thank goodness! Even though I wasn’t rooting for them at least it isn’t the gnats anymore! whew! – actually that is part of the reason I wasn’t rooting for them. Couldn’t they have done this last year?? Thanks a lot Royals!). Naw, regardless Congrats to the new World Champion Royals. I am not going to go through the game play-by-play, but I’ll lay it out for you.  The New York Mets held a 1-0 lead through six innings on a lead off home run by […]

Royals are your 2015 World Champions


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 Should potential buyers be weary of signing Yoenis Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes had a couple of unbelievable months in August and September after being traded to the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers. In fact, he’s had a very good year on the whole, batting .291 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI combined between his time with both teams. However, once October hit and Cespedes stepped on to baseball’s biggest stage, he hasn’t been the same player the Mets had during the second half of the regular season. His offense has gone downhill since the National League Division Series, […]

Buyer Beware: Should Cespedes get a big free agent contract?


Murphy, KC
After Saturday night the New York Mets found a themselves in a place that they had hoped to never be. They found themselves three games to one to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. It’s not an impossible spot to get out of. Teams’ in history have done it before, the last time being the 1985 World Champion KC Royals.  The Mets had the lead until a fifth inning mistake by Yoenis Cespedes but the scoring started on a solo home run by rookie Michael Conforto. It was his first of the night off of Royals’ starter Chris […]

Murphy, Cespedes allow KC to go up 3-1 in the ...



Cueto, second tier pitchers 2
Cueto pitches first World Series complete game since 1991 Honestly  this is a game I don’t want to talk about all that much.  Not that I necessarily don’t like the Kansas City Royals but I most certainly like the New York Mets a bit more. Unfortunately for me and a lot of New Yorkers, the game ended 7-1 in favor of the Royals. This game was pretty straight forward. Royals manager Ned Yost made the best decision possible. He started Johnny Cueto at home in Game 2 Wednesday night. Yost made sure that if the series even goes to six […]

Behind Cueto, Royals easily take Game 2


Game One
Royals walk-off in the 14th inning to take Game 1 of the World Series You can’t say that this hasn’t been a strange postseason. From New York Mets’ David Murphy‘s six home runs in six straight games to the insanity that ensued in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Almost every postseason game in 2015 has had something special, different or interesting occur (most of which will be in a series of columns I will soon be running on Today’s Knuckleball – likely at the conclusion of the World Series). Game 1 of […]

Craziness continues in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series


Yogi Berra
You can’t say that New York Yankees legendary catcher Yogi Berra didn’t live a long, uneventful or amazing life. All of those adjectives are true. Yet, what is truly hard to believe is that the legend is truly gone. The Yogi Berra Museum made the announcement at approximately 11:00 pm PT Tuesday night that the three-time American League MVP had in fact passed away. Both the Yankees and Major League Baseball confirmed the report. It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night at the age of 90. #YogiBerrapic.twitter.com/0BSctBzhTb — Yogi Berra […]

In memory of Yankee legend Yogi Berra, dead at 90



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Every team has had a window to win a World Series Championship at some point during their history. By window, I mean having the right collection of great players at the right time. For the most part, a team needs a superstar along with a good collection of supporting players, a solid pitching staff and a bullpen that won’t blow the game in the late innings. This is also most often combined with having a strong farm system in case of an emergency, and young players to bring up to replace aging ones. Windows can stay open for a few […]

Is the Angels’ Championship window closing?


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The Houston Astros are currently sitting comfortably in first place in the AL West and have been all season. However the team is still a young squad and might need a little help at the trade deadline in order to keep on their current path to the postseason, perhaps even to bring Houston it’s first World Series Title. They need a veteran starter to lead their talented but inexperienced starting pitching staff and current ace Dallas Keuchel in the second half.  Find out what they should be looking for and who might be the best candidates to take the Astros […]

Trade Deadline Preview: Houston Astros


missing in action, mia
The idea of the day between the last out of the World Series and the first pitch of spring training being a special day is not a new one to me. I’ve recognized it in recent years but today it was brought to my attention that some refer to it as the Baseball Solistice. Being an athiest who celebrates the Summer/Winter Soltices as holidays I was even more drawn to the idea. Of course the date of the Baseball Solstice moves depending on the length of each playoff series and the day the “schedule makers” (it IS someone’s job to […]

Happy Baseball Solstice!