Joey Votto Receives Social Media Flogging for Controversial Remarks

While most MLB fans were busily tweeting about the Robinson Canó PED-related suspension (update to this post now live!), Cincinnati Reds INF Joey Votto caused a social media tempest in his home country of Canada with some controversial remarks about Canadian baseball. While sitting for a Yahoo podcast interview with Tim Brown, Votto was asked whether…

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 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…

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…

Thoughts on MLB Network’s “25 Greatest Teams of the Expansion Era”

MLB Network has pulled a Rogers SportsNet move and aired a countdown special. The purpose of this special: list the 25 greatest teams of the MLB expansion era. I'm sure the other purpose was to do what all list specials do best: get fans arguing about why the list is wrong. I didn't watch it on…

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…