1. Boston Red Sox's Quiet Spring Training a Reason for Optimism Heading into 2014

    We're used to the Boston Red Sox being noisy. Shoot, between their collapse at the end of 2011, the Bobby Valentine Experience, their roster overhaul and their redemptive World ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,720 reads 7 comments

  2. Will Mike Trout Ride White-Hot Spring to MLB's Fifth-Ever 40-40 Season in 2014?

    When Mike Trout exploded onto the scene with 30 homers and 49 stolen bases in only 139 games in 2012, him joining the 40-40 Club in 2013 looked like a likelihood. Maybe even a foregone conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,641 reads 53 comments

  3. Is Red-Hot Speedster Billy Hamilton Primed to Become 2014 Game-Changer?

    The worst part about spring training stats is that we all know they mean bupkis . Always have. Likely always will. Darn...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 6,528 reads 7 comments

  4. Can Bryce Harper Put Up Elite Power Numbers Without Piling Up Strikeouts?

    When Bryce Harper was a prospect, we heard all about how he might one day blossom into one of the elite power hitters in baseball, if not the elite power hitter in baseball. That hasn't happened yet...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,447 reads 6 comments

  5. Should the Yankees Start Panicking About C.C. Sabathia's High-80s Fastball?

    Here's guessing that the New York Yankees were hoping CC Sabathia would flash better velocity in his second spring start than he did in his first spring start. He didn't. And that's bad...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 26,529 reads 56 comments

  6. Spring Tests Proving Expanded Replay Won't Doom MLB to Even Slower Play

    So, one week into MLB 's trial run with expanded replay in spring training, there's good news and bad news. Bad news first: As noted by Anthony Rieber of Newsday , there have been some complications...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,008 reads 5 comments

  7. MLB Team Needs 2014: Los Angeles Angels

    Because the Los Angeles Angels have baseball’s best player in Mike Trout and one of the largest payrolls in the league, you’d think they’d be a powerhouse. But they’re not...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 914 reads 0 comments

  8. What We Learned from Michael Pineda's Long-Anticipated Yankees Return

    There was no television or radio coverage, but we know for certain that New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda made his 2014 debut on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 27,004 reads 49 comments

  9. Albert Pujols Is Wrong to View Mike Trout Comparison as an Insult

    Somebody recently asked Albert Pujols if he was motivated to put up numbers like those of fellow Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout. Pujols didn't take kindly to that and was still stewing about it in a more recent interview this week...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 13,231 reads 34 comments

  10. In Search of the Hardest Thing to Do in Baseball

    Allow me to open with a moderately amusing anecdote. Last month, I was sitting in a room with Oakland A's pitchers Jim Johnson and Sonny Gray and maybe a dozen baseball bloggers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 25,753 reads 21 comments

  11. Breaking Down San Francisco Giants' Key Position Battles

    Some managers will have to make some really tough decisions with really important roster spots this spring. 'Tis a beast, and this is its nature. San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy , however, shouldn't be one of them...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,471 reads 3 comments

  12. Indians Would Be Foolish to Spurn Justin Masterson's Modest Contract Proposal

    Judging from the latest reports, Justin Masterson either has no idea what he's worth or is really intent on doing the Cleveland Indians a kindness. Either way, indications are that the Indians are in a classic Godfather situation right now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,541 reads 12 comments

  13. Why Are MLB Teams so Wary of Top Free-Agent Pitcher Ervin Santana?

    Ervin Santana 's situation isn't unique. He's a big-name free agent who's still looking for work, but he's not the only one. Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales are in the same boat...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,361 reads 16 comments

  14. Will Ian Kinsler's Anger over Rangers Trade Fuel Him into Big 2014 with Tigers?

    I've been referring to the blockbuster that the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers pulled off in November as "the Prince Fielder trade." Beyond having a nice ring to it, it's struck me as appropriate to name the deal after its principal component...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 5,131 reads 10 comments

  15. Top Moments, What We Learned in Expanded MLB Replay's Spring Training Debut

    If you missed it, Major League Baseball took its first step into a brave new world on Monday. Nearly two months after the league announced that expanded replay would be implemented ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 13,447 reads 5 comments

  16. MLB Team Needs 2014: Philadelphia Phillies

    You can take a look at every team in Major League Baseball right now and say, “Well, if A, B and C go right, they’re going to have a shot...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 2,719 reads 4 comments

  17. Can Bryce Harper Ever Get Out from Behind Mike Trout's Shadow?

    Had the first two years of Bryce Harper 's career happened in, say, 2010 and 2011, we undoubtedly would have celebrated the young Washington Nationals slugger as the great young player in MLB ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,567 reads 163 comments

  18. Should MLB Consider Expanding or Shrinking the Strike Zone?

    You know the strike zone, right? That box-like thingamajig where pitchers prefer to throw the ball and hitters prefer to hit the ball? Yeah, you know the one, and you probably ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 12,650 reads 84 comments

  19. Do Professional Asian Pitchers Go Through the Same MLB Learning Curve?

    This Saturday will be bigger than most spring training Saturdays. As reported by Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com , fans are finally going to get a glimpse of Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka on the mound in a New York Yankees uniform...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 5,474 reads 4 comments

  20. Can the Angels Still Contend If Josh Hamilton Can't Stay Healthy in 2014?

    The 2014 baseball calendar isn't even into March yet, and the "Oh no!" sirens are already flashing in Josh Hamilton 's neck of the woods. Or maybe calf of the woods is more appropriate given the circumstances...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,804 reads 26 comments

  21. Are Early Retirement Announcements, Farewell Tours Destined to Be an MLB Trend?

    When Derek Jeter's announcement of his impending retirement after 2014 came through the Facebook pipeline , it signaled that the baseball world was in for a grand farewell tour. Actually, make that another grand farewell tour...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 3,844 reads 19 comments

  22. Ozzie Smith Talks Derek Jeter's Career and Gives His Shortstop Mount Rushmore

    For many, the 2014 Major League Baseball season won't be just another season. It will also be a time to bid farewell to one of the most beloved players baseball has ever known: Derek Jeter ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,615 reads 36 comments

  23. Will MLB Have Time to Work out Instant Replay Kinks in Spring Training?

    When Major League Baseball announced that it would be expanding the use of instant replay in 2014, there was much rejoicing. After years of defending the "human element," baseball had, at long last, joined the 21st century...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 1,674 reads 3 comments

  24. MLB Team Needs 2014: Texas Rangers

    The Texas Rangers have seen each of their last two seasons come down to do-or-die games. Judging from the way they went about their offseason, they would prefer to avoid the same fate in 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 2,538 reads 2 comments

  25. Dissecting MLB's New Home Plate Collision Rules and Potential Impact on the Game

    Major League Baseball decided last December that it wanted to ban collisions at home plate. It just needed the MLB Players Association to sign off, preferably in time for the ban to be in place for 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 20,457 reads 75 comments