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…

Shohei Ohtani Fails to Impress in Spring Training Pitching Debut

On Saturday, ballyhooed Japanese two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani made his Spring Training debut as a pitcher for the Angels versus the Milwaukee Brewers. This may have been the most anticipated Spring Training debut for any player this season. However, Ohtani failed to live up to expectations, giving up two hits and two runs, one unearned,…

MLB Pace-of-Play Rule Changes Focus on the Wrong Factors

LONG POST AHEAD! On Monday, MLB announced new pace-of-play rules for the 2018 season. Some baseball purists might not think this is even a problem, but Commissioner Manfred believes otherwise and seems to be concerned about losing viewership and attendance to faster-paced sports like NBA basketball. What he really should be worried about is the…

Baseball Gods, Please Spare Us from Tim Tebow

On Sunday, I read some horrifying news: Mets GM Sandy Anderson thinks washed-up NFL quarterback and current minor-league outfielder Tim Tebow "will play in the major leagues." There's already too much Jesus-humping and flag-waving in pro sports for pinkos like me, so I really don't want to see one of the most aggressive Jesus-humpers make a…

Russell Wilson Traded – to the Yankees?

Famed Seattle Seahawks QB, Super Bowl XLVIII champion and abstinence proponent Russell Wilson is on the move to an unexpected destination - the New York Yankees. If you were not aware, Wilson had previously played second base for two years in the Colorado Rockies' minor-league system after being drafted in 2010. He was then selected by the…

Cleveland to Discontinue Use of “Chief Wahoo” on Uniforms, but Not Merchandise

On Monday, the Cleveland Indians announced they will stop using the widely-derided "Chief Wahoo" logo on uniforms. However, this change will not take effect in the coming season, but in 2019, the year Cleveland is scheduled to host the All-Star Game. My initial cynical thought about this was that Cleveland was doing this in order…

HoF Voting Results In, Steroid Candidates Shut Out

As most avid fans know, the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame voting results came in yesterday, blissfully giving us something to talk about other than Yu Darvish as the clock ticks down toward the beginning of the action in 2018. Your popularity contest winners for this year are: Chipper Jones (3B - Atlanta) Vladimir Guerrero…