As many know, baseballs ALCS is currently being played here in Dallas. The Texas Rangers, once again, have captivated our population as a whole, giving our city a wonderful escape from our everyday lives. We all wait patiently for the first pitch and swing of the bat to begin. We marvel at seeing these superbly conditioned athletes performing at supreme levels, watching in awe at their unique abilities. Like art in motion, their magical actions and reactions on the playing field let us witness what God-given gifts and talents some are truly born with. Our focus on them is sometimes unwavering,... Read More
The Atlanta Braves have made several moves already this off season to strengthen their core and also to add to their ranks. In a bit of a quieter fashion, the Braves have steadily made changes to the team that could be a playoff contender again in 2011.
First, they made a trade for Marlins slugger Dan Uggla. This brings power to the line up and a steady force in the infield. Uggla gives the Braves another potent bat in their lineup with which they can face the NL and contend for another playoff run in 2011. The Braves made this trade with relatively little in the way of loss and... Read More
If reports are to be believed, the Red Sox are looking to power up for next season. Reports have the Red Sox meeting with Carl Crawford and have met with both Crawford and his reps in Houston. Reports also have the Sox meeting the Werth and his agent Scott Boras in a hotel near the airport in Chicago.
From all of the accounts I have read on these subjects, the Red Sox seem more focused on Crawford instead of Werth. Terry Francona has been quoted as saying that Crawford is a "game changer." Dustin Pedroia has stated that Crawford is a "5 tool player." It seems apparent that the Red... Read More
Tuesday night at 11:59 pm ET the first part of free agent arbitration ends. In this section of the arbitration game, teams have to decide whether to offer salary arbitration to those of their free agents ranked in the Elias Sports Bureau rankings. Offering such arbitration is the only way teams can assure 2011 First-Year Player Draft-pick compensation for free agents who leave the team by getting the signing team's first- or second-round choice plus a sandwich pick for Type A's, a sandwich pick for Type B's.
Arbitration offers also bring a great deal of risk for teams depending on... Read More
The Rockies traded middle infielder Clint Barmes to the Houston Astros for Felipe Paulino. It only takes a minute to see that the Rockies are rocking the wrong end of the deal on that trade.
Barmes has played both 2nd base and shortstop for the Rockies. Barmes hit .235 in 133 games in 2010, with 21 doubles, eight home runs and 50 RBIs and appeared in 665 games splitting time between 2nd and short. This past season, he started 69 games at 2nd and 39 games at shortstop filling in on 32 of 33 games at short while Tulowitski was on the 15-day DL, hitting .284 in that span with three home... Read More
Clint Hurdle, the former manager of the Colorado Rockies and the most recent hitting coach for the World Series participant Texas Rangers, will be named today as the new manager of the Pirates. Hurdle, was up for the managing job with the New York Mets and would have gone for a 2nd interview there this week, but instead decided to choose to manage the Pirates instead. His decision is not entirely based on baseball though.
Hurdle has an 8-year-old daughter named Madison who was born with the very rare Prader-Willi syndrome. Hurdle and his family were able to get great treatment for... Read More
On Monday, the award for 2010 Rookie of the Year will be announced. This year's pool is more about quality over quantity.
Neftali Feliz, RHP, Rangers (4-3, 2.73 ERA, 40 saves)
Austin Jackson, CF, Tigers (.293, 4 HR, 41 RBIs, 27 SB)
Wade Davis, RHP, Rays (12-10, 4.07 ERA, 168 IP, 113 Ks)
Also worth consideration: Brennan Boesch, OF, Tigers; Reid Brignac, IF, Rays; Jason Donald, SS, Indians; Brian Matusz, Orioles; Will Rhymes, 2B, Tigers; Chris Sale, LHP, White Sox; Sergio Santos, RHP, White Sox; Carlos Santana, C, Indians;... Read More
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