1. Rich Harden Injury Talk: Let's Not Forget About Ben Sheets

    There have been many articles written about the deal that brought Rich Harden to the Cubs. Much of that has centered around Harden's injury history...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 896 reads 14 comments

  2. Cleveland Indians: Who Will Go Next?

    CC Sabathia was the first domino to fall in Cleveland. Who might be moved next? Here are a few candidates: Jamey Carroll He's obviously not a big name, but this guy could land a decent prospect...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 304 reads 8 comments

  3. New Nationals' Stadium Posting Sorry Early Returns

    What happened to the power surge that was supposed to materialize with the Nationals switching ballparks? Through 91 games, the Nationals have the third-lowest homer total with 65, just 28 at home...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 415 reads 2 comments

  4. Joba Chamberlain Prompts Hank Steinbrenner and Co. to Cook Up Something Nice

    *The curtain raises to the scene of a simple kitchen. Hank Steinbrenner, wearing a pin-striped apron, wears a white chef hat and puffs on a filter-less cigarette. Hank's father George sits in a tennis judge's chair in the middle of the stage in the back..

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 313 reads 0 comments

  5. Without Travis Hafner, Indians Still Looking To Fill The Void

    Quick--who's the Indians third place hitter? The line-up spot, usually designated for a team's best hitter, has recently been occupied by Ben Francisco...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 284 reads 4 comments

  6. Texas Rangers: Joining the Ranks of the Cubs and Indians as Lovable Losers

    Josh Hamilton is a lovable guy. David Murphy is too. Fans seem to love it when guys are traded away from one franchise only to blossom under another...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 257 reads 6 comments

  7. Fantasy Baseball: The Bane Of Baseball Traditionalists

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    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 632 reads 6 comments

  8. Carlos Zambrano Update: A Collective Sigh of Relief in the Windy City

    Cubs fans breathed a collective sigh of relief strong enough to flutter the flags above Wrigley Field and make the Windy City even windier on Friday. That's because the MRI on Carlos Zambrano's shoulder came back showing no structural damage...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 422 reads 2 comments

  9. Cristian Guzman--Enjoying Baseball Again And Proving The Pundits Wrong

    Back in 2000, when 22-year old Cristian Guzman legged out 20 triples and 28 stolen bases, it looked like he might become a star shortstop. He was sweet with the glove and had a strong arm to go along with all that speed...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 244 reads 4 comments

  10. Mets Win despite Willie Randolph's Scare

    I'm not usually critical of major league managers. I figure their lifetime of experiences trump the five years I spent working in organized baseball. However, today was my birthday and I was just trying to enjoy it...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 514 reads 2 comments

  11. Detroit Tigers Make a Statement and Restore the Roar

    Riding a seven-game win streak into Detroit, the Chicago White Sox had a chance to make a statement. Instead, the Tigers made a statement of their own...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 250 reads 2 comments

  12. Milton Bradley Journalistic Spin—Two Ways of Looking at the Latest Controversy

    Here's what Rotoworld paraphrased from a Dallas Morning News article about what happened with Milton Bradley after the Royals-Rangers game in which Bradley attempted to speak with Royals broadcaster ...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 300 reads 3 comments

  13. Tampa Bay Rays Fight for Respect Against Boston Red Sox

    During the past decade of Red Sox-Yankee battles for AL East dominance, the Tampa Bay Rays were a joke. Now, the Rays want in on the fight...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 2,598 reads 1 comments

  14. Felix Hernandez: Mariners' "King" Hasn't Earned His Crown

    Let's get one thing straight--Felix Hernandez is a talented pitcher. At just 22 years old, he's already an accomplished big-leaguer with 32 wins...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 461 reads 2 comments

  15. Ode to Mets Fan--"Are The Mets Back?"

    During the early parts of Friday night's game, I could see Mets fans second guessing themselves with every Jose Reyes at-bat...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 403 reads 2 comments

  16. Cubs Should Thank Bobby Hull For Victory

    If you're heading to the doctor for the results of a test, I have a suggestion. If your girlfriend asks you to come over to support her as she takes a pregnancy test or you have to go to court for a bankruptcy hearing, I know what you can do...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 446 reads 2 comments

  17. Jair Jurrjens, Rookie of the Year?

    It's time to put Jair Jurrjens on your Rookie of the Year watch. It's still early, but as the talk begins to swirl, let's not leave this guy behind...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 629 reads 8 comments

  18. Marlins, Phillies, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers—Who Has Top NL Bullpen?

    This is the second installment of a look into the best MLB bullpens. Leave a comment about which team you think has the best bullpen. Let's jump right in and take a look at the pens...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 685 reads 10 comments

  19. Detroit Tigers In Trouble: What Can Mike Ilitch Do?

    Mike Ilitch is widely regarded as one of the better owners in sports. His Detroit Red Wings are in control of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals and have been on top for over a decade. They're the New York Yankees of hockey...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 591 reads 6 comments

  20. Orioles, A's, White Sox, Jays—Top Ranking AL Bullpens

    A third of the way through the season which AL bullpen has been the best? I'll make the case for the top four pens and you help decide. I have my choice, which I'll reveal at the end, but look over the candidates and let me know your vote...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about 6 years ago 551 reads 3 comments

  21. Kaz Matsui, Now Carlos Guillen? Why MLB Needs to Add Fiber to Clubhouse Meals.

    Gone are the days of pre-and post-game meals consisting solely of concession stand leftovers—hot dogs, pizza, cheeseburgers, potato chips, and corn dogs...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about over 6 years ago 721 reads 4 comments

  22. Joba Chamberlain's Switch: Yankee Experiment or Old-School Hardball?

    How soon we forget. New York Yankees announcer Michael Kay more than once during Saturday’s game said Joba Chamberlain's transition to the rotation was "an experiment," and "something the Yankees haven't tried before...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about over 6 years ago 834 reads 14 comments

  23. Maple Bat Threat: Is MLB Waiting too Long to Act?

    In 2005, while pitching for the Nashville Sounds, former big-league pitcher Rick Helling was impaled in his left arm by a piece of broken bat. He was taken to the hospital and his injuries were not life threatening...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about over 6 years ago 892 reads 5 comments

  24. Twins-Rangers: Bobby Korecky Does It All In 11-Inning Win

    For one night at least, Bobby Korecky was a star. In a tie game in the top of the 11th and after Juan Rincon loaded the bases with one out, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called upon the rookie to try and get out of the jam...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about over 6 years ago 510 reads 1 comments

  25. Joe Mauer vs. Mark Prior: Drafting the Position Player, Not the Pitcher

    In 10 years, if his name happens to come up, your kids might ask, "Who's Mark Prior?" That's because recent further setbacks have it looking like Mr. Prior won't ever contribute much to the Major Leagues...

    Michael Pope Written by Michael Pope about over 6 years ago 1,894 reads 6 comments