1. Alex Rodriguez-Joe Girardi Drama Making Yankees 'Farewell Tour' a Rocky Affair

    Just when the New York Yankees allowed us to think we might be done forever with controversies centered around Alex Rodriguez , manager Joe Girardi pulled us back in...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 173,991 reads 78 comments

  2. Can Red Sox Rookie Andrew Benintendi Be Pennant Race Difference-Maker?

    Nothing fun lasts forever. Not even the Boston Red Sox 's lineup, which has gone from spectacular in the first half to slump-tacular in the second half. It needs a pick-me-up. Enter Andrew Benintendi ? Officially, the answer became yes a week ago...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 24,551 reads 29 comments

  3. Full MLB Award Predictions at the 3-Quarter Mark of the 2016 Season

    Roughly three-quarters of the way through the 2016 Major League Baseball season, plenty of things are coming into focus. That includes awards season, so let's take a fresh look at who's in line for hardware...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 29,959 reads 145 comments

  4. Dodgers' Hyped Rookie Corey Seager Is Even Better Than Advertised

    It can be dangerous to buy into the hype whenever a top baseball prospect begins his major league journey. There's a long list of examples to vouch for how potential doesn't always pan out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 14,363 reads 38 comments

  5. Tim Lincecum's Latest Flop Is End of Once-Great Starting Career

    It's finally time to admit something that's been increasingly apparent for five seasons now: Tim Lincecum is done as a major league starting pitcher. For now, it sure seems like he's started his last game for the Los Angeles Angels ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 30,841 reads 30 comments

  6. Playing 'Contender or Pretender' for MLB Playoff Race with 2 Months Left

    Now that the trade deadline and its accompanying madness have come and gone, it's time for Major League Baseball's stretch run to whittle its playoff races down to 10 final teams. Time will be the final judge on that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 57,807 reads 176 comments

  7. Edwin Encarnacion Positioning Himself as the Prize Slugger of the MLB Offseason

    If you're a fan of star-studded Major League Baseball free-agent classes, I come bearing bad news. There's not going to be one this winter. Sorry. But hey, at least Edwin Encarnacion will be out there...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 17,731 reads 42 comments

  8. Time for Justin Turner to Be Taken Seriously as Dodgers Star

    It's not easy to take Justin Turner seriously as a star player. He used to be an anonymous New York Mets utility guy. He's now a Los Angeles Dodger not named Clayton Kershaw , Adrian Gonzalez or Corey Seager ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 33,651 reads 43 comments

  9. Red-Hot Tigers' Assault on the AL Central Is the Real Deal

    The AL Central race had been feeling like a foregone conclusion. The Cleveland Indians took hold of first place in early June and held a lead of at least five games every day between June 25 and July 26...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 18,997 reads 56 comments

  10. 1 Year Later, Pro Baseball's 1st Openly Gay Player Still Leads by Example

    Sean Conroy's trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last November wasn't his first. His hometown of Clifton Park is roughly 70 miles from Cooperstown, so he'd seen the exhibits about baseball's immortals...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 30,336 reads 33 comments

  11. Rangers Shake Up AL Pennant Chase with Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy Haul

    Major League Baseball's 2016 trade deadline passed with a veritable bang. Deals were being made left and right, and many included big names. In no place, however, was the noise louder than in Texas...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 35,615 reads 87 comments

  12. Jonathan Lucroy Would Give Indians a Major Piece of Championship-Caliber Team

    After more than half a century of nothing, the city of Cleveland is nearing a realistic chance of getting two championships in less than a year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 34,386 reads 44 comments

  13. Jay Bruce's Big-Time Power Would Fill Missing Link in Dodgers Offense

    By the time you finish reading this sentence, Jay Bruce may have already become the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 25,423 reads 46 comments

  14. Full Final 2016 MLB Trade Deadline Predictions

    The clock ticking down to Major League Baseball's August 1 trade deadline doesn't have much time left on it. Meanwhile, plenty of teams still have holes to fill. That makes it easy to predict that the next few days are going to be interesting...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 176,912 reads 212 comments

  15. In a Wide-Open AL Cy Young Race, Why Not Cole Hamels?

    Cole Hamels never really came close to winning a Cy Young Award when he was in the National League . He placed in the voting four times, but never higher than fifth. The competition was just too good...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 32,498 reads 75 comments

  16. Yankees Facing Most Important Trade Deadline of the Brian Cashman Era

    Including this one, the New York Yankees have been winners in each of the last 24 seasons. That's meant 24 years of buying or staying the course at the trade deadline, as one does when one is a winner...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 118,009 reads 100 comments

  17. What's Behind the Decline in MLB Catchers at the Plate?

    Things were looking dicey for a while, but offense has come back to Major League Baseball. Almost everywhere you look, hitters are hitting again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 30,400 reads 50 comments

  18. Bizarre Chris Sale Clubhouse Blowup Further Muddies Complex Trade Talks

    As if trading Chris Sale wasn't going to be complicated enough for the Chicago White Sox , then he had to go and carve up some jerseys. If that second part lost you, boy do you have a story to get caught up on...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 70,797 reads 123 comments

  19. Every MLB Contender's Blueprint to an 'A' Grade at the 2016 Trade Deadline

    Better buckle up. Major League Baseball's August 1 trade deadline is fast approaching, and the market appears to be flooded with buyers. Let's take that as our cue to get into how every team can make out well...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 76,596 reads 129 comments

  20. Could David Ortiz Cap Historic Farewell Season with AL MVP?

    Big Papi's been places. And done things. All-Star Games. Home Run Derbies. World Series. You name it. But about four months into David Ortiz 's final major league season, it's ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 42,614 reads 163 comments

  21. Roster Expansion Would Halt MLB's Attempt to Speed Up the Game

    If you're already a baseball fan, you've long since learned to live with how the sport takes its time. Any given baseball game is a slow burn, and there's a certain charm to that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 22,679 reads 22 comments

  22. It's Time for MLB Star Evan Longoria to Be Shopped to the Highest Bidder

    Evan Longoria signed an extension with the Tampa Bay Rays as soon as he arrived in the majors in 2008. And then another in 2012. Clearly, both sides want this partnership to continue for the long haul...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 49,531 reads 65 comments

  23. Why Is Hyped 2016 Rookie Pitcher Class Struggling So Badly?

    Let's hear it for Michael Fulmer. The Detroit Tigers rookie right-hander entered 2016 with relatively little hype but is now charging toward the American League Rookie of the Year award with a 2...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 40,257 reads 49 comments

  24. Fastest Starter to 500, How Far Can Jose Fernandez Climb MLB's All-Time K List?

    Leave it to Jose Fernandez , whose fastball is barely contained by the fabric of reality, to get somewhere really fast...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 15,022 reads 41 comments

  25. How Much Could Yankees Actually Sell on Summer Trade Market?

    For the New York Yankees , August 1 is looking less like the trade deadline and more like a sell-by date. By now, there's little question that selling on the summer market is what they should do...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 64,920 reads 158 comments