1. Alex Rodriguez's Return to Field Signals Time to Judge Ability, Not Past

    At long last, we have an excuse to stop talking about Alex Rodriguez the lightning rod and to start talking about Alex Rodriguez the baseball player. In our defense, there hasn't been much else to talk about in the last two years...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,403 reads 21 comments

  2. Star-Studded Myers-Kemp-Upton Outfield Could Actually Be Padres' Downfall

    Here's guessing the average baseball fan probably wouldn't have been able to name even one San Diego Padres outfielder last season, much less all three. But things ought to be different now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 34,011 reads 76 comments

  3. What Big Spring from Kris Bryant Would Mean to Cubs' 2015 Playoff Hopes

    One way or another, Kris Bryant figures to be part of a promising 2015 season for the Chicago Cubs . But given the kind of talent the third base super prospect possesses, you ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 14,946 reads 46 comments

  4. Vintage Justin Verlander Is Vital for Tigers to Continue AL Central Dominance

    There weren't many reasons to be optimistic about Justin Verlander in 2014. He spent the season producing like a below-average pitcher and all too often looked the part...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 5,780 reads 20 comments

  5. Ranking the Biggest Distractions of Spring Training

    Most spring training storylines you hear of will be about baseball. The whole idea is to mark the return of baseball, after all, so that makes sense. But then there are the other storylines...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 10,949 reads 14 comments

  6. Updating the Hottest Questions of 2015 MLB Spring Training, Week 2

    Last week, it was time for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training. This week, it was everyone else's turn. In other words: It's on, people...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 48,253 reads 48 comments

  7. Top Cuban Prospect Jorge Soler Is Key Cog in Cubs Realizing 2015 Hype

    You wouldn't expect a team with five straight seasons of at least 87 losses to be all the rage heading into a new season. The Chicago Cubs , however, have worked hard to be an exception...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 18,720 reads 29 comments

  8. MLB 'Sidekicks' Who Need to Step Up Most in 2015

    Every Major League Baseball team needs stars. Their talents include being really good at baseball, and really good baseball players help baseball teams win a lot of games. Stars can't do everything, though...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,359 reads 6 comments

  9. Aaron Judge Will Finally Give Yankees Fans Big Prospect to Believe In

    Right now, everyone's focused on what the New York Yankees farm system doesn't have: Cuban super-prospect Yoan Moncada . The Yankees were favored to land Moncada but were surprisingly outbid by the rival Boston Red Sox ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 63,560 reads 81 comments

  10. Mookie Betts Poised to Become One of MLB's Big 2015 Breakout Stars

    If it feels like you've heard Mookie Betts' name a lot this offseason, you can thank the Cole Hamels trade rumors for that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 11,007 reads 16 comments

  11. Is Mike Trout Ready to Handle the Label of 'The New Face of Baseball'?

    There are things we know Mike Trout can handle. Most notably, being a national superstar and the face of the Los Angeles Angels. Those aren't easy tasks...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 11,336 reads 60 comments

  12. Yoan Moncada Signing Sets Red Sox Up for Blockbuster Trade for Needed Ace

    With their latest signing, the Boston Red Sox have undoubtedly upgraded their future. But as a bonus, it might also lead them to upgrade their present. Meet Yoan Moncada , and then prepare to meet Boston's new ace...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 54,787 reads 118 comments

  13. MLB Teams That Have Already Surpassed the Reigning Champion Giants

    When we last saw the San Francisco Giants, they were winning their third World Series in five seasons. The top of the baseball world was all theirs. But nowadays? Eh, not as much...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 49,583 reads 205 comments

  14. Significant Questions Each of MLB's Many 2015 Contenders Must Answer

    So, who's up for a game of 20 Questions? Well, there's actually going to be a lot more than that. We're here to talk about questions facing Major League Baseball's prospective contenders...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 53,317 reads 234 comments

  15. Final Takeaways and Fallout of the Wild 2014-15 MLB Offseason

    As we say hello to spring training, we say goodbye to something else: the Major League Baseball offseason. As fun as it always is to welcome the start of a new season, I suspect we're going to miss this particular winter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,603 reads 9 comments

  16. Bleacher Report's 2015 MLB Award Predictions at Start of Spring Training

    With the arrival of spring training also meaning the arrival of prediction season, you might even say it's our duty to take a whack at predicting who will win some hardware when it's time for 2015 MLB awards ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 52,886 reads 170 comments

  17. Jurickson Profar's Once Bright Future in Flux After Failed Comeback

    It wasn't long ago that Jurickson Profar looked like the future of the Texas Rangers . But now, you suddenly have to wonder if he even has a future with the Rangers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 4,643 reads 8 comments

  18. How MLB's Current Superstars Compare to Legends of the Past

    If we had any sense of fairness, we would only ever look at contemporary baseball superstars in their own light. It's not like great ballplayers come off an assembly line, after all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 41,339 reads 120 comments

  19. Is Third Base About to Take over as MLB's Premier Superstar Position?

    Hey, you. Yes, you there. If I were to ask you about the defensive position in Major League Baseball with the most talent, which would come to mind first? Maybe you'd think center field, where Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen roam...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 8,915 reads 19 comments

  20. Alex Rodriguez's Bat Must Do the Talking to Ever Earn Yankees Fans' Forgiveness

    Everyone, Alex Rodriguez would like you to know that he's sorry. Not that it matters for most, of course. After all he's been through, the vast majority of baseball fans are likely permanently against the New York Yankees veteran slugger...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 9,676 reads 48 comments

  21. Who Will Be MLB's Most Shocking Playoff Contender in 2015?

    Let's be honest. None of us will be shocked if a surprise playoff contender emerges in the 2015 MLB season. In this two-wild-card, high-revenue era, it's the sort of thing that's bound to happen...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 28,013 reads 81 comments

  22. MLB Pitchers Who Could Suffer in 2015 from Past Heavy Workloads

    You know, durable pitchers are pretty great. They can throw a lot of pitches and eat a lot of innings, which are increasingly valuable skills in these times of pitch counts and innings limits...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 15,895 reads 28 comments

  23. Bleacher Report's 2015 Spring Training Preview for Dummies

    Hey, you. Did you know pitchers and catchers report for spring training next week? Cue the Monty Python , for that's worthy of much rejoicing! ...Unless, of course, I've already lost you...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 23,623 reads 37 comments

  24. 2014 Breakout MLB Stars Who Could Prove to Be One-Year Wonders

    Every baseball season has its breakout stars. And while it's happening, it's good fun. We get to geek out at the unexpected surprise and turn every which way for answers about how it's happening...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 43,489 reads 61 comments

  25. MLB Offseason Has Created Most Wide-Open AL Battle in Recent Memory

    Imagine an ecosystem where there are no dominant predators on the food chain. Instead, it's a hectic place where there's a fighting chance at survival for all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 43,254 reads 121 comments