Sho Far, Sho Good – Ohtani Earns Win in MLB Pitching Debut

Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani made his MLB pitching debut on Sunday for the Los Angeles Angels against the Oakland Athletics. Other than a three-run second inning on a homer by Matt Chapman, Ohtani had a clean outing, showing off his triple-digit fastball and repertoire of breaking pitches, which included a slider, splitter and curveball.…

What Can We Expect from 2018’s MLB Comeback Kids and Extreme Veterans?

As you may be aware, former Giants ace SP Tim Lincecum has signed a one-year deal to make a comeback bid with the Rangers. This got me thinking about what other players are attempting comebacks this year as well as extreme veterans like Bartolo Colón and Ichiro Suzuki who are hoping to continue their big-league…

MLB News Potpourri: Tulowitzki and Stroman Out, Tebow Gets Cut, “Dexter’s Sexters”

A lot of big news hit the MLB this week, including Jake Arrieta signing with Philadelphia, as well as controversial facial expressions during the Houston Astros' visit to the White House. Here are a few items you may have missed: Blue Jays' Injury Woes Continue. As I speculated in a prior post, both SP Marcus Stroman…

On This Day in 1930: Babe Ruth Becomes Highest-Paid MLB Player of His Time

Since I don't have it in me to write up a 2018 Cubs season preview this week, I am inaugurating a series of baseball history posts that are easy for lazy bloggers to research and schedule ahead of time. On March 8, 1930, legendary player Babe Ruth became the highest-paid player up to that point…

Jason Heyward Never Has Been and Never Will Be a Slugger – Get Over It!

Since the Cubs finally won their first championship in over a century in 2016, the mantra of "this will be our year [to win it all]" has been replaced with a new mantra for a new kind of futility - Jason Heyward's offensive production. After signing a US$184 million contract with the Cubs before the…

2018 Blue Jays Season Preview: Good News and Bad News

After two consecutive playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016, the Blue Jays endured a disappointing 76-86 season in 2017, finishing fourth in the AL East. This was mainly due to injuries to star 3B Josh Donaldson, as well as to SS Troy Tulowitzki and SP Aaron Sanchez. The Jays are looking to bounce back this…