1. MLB 500 2014: Top 35 First Basemen

    Since a trip around the bases begins at first base, we'll begin this year's B/R MLB 500 the same way. First basemen will be scored like so: 35 points for Approach/Hitting, 40 points ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 127,081 reads 181 comments

  2. B/R MLB 500: An Introduction to This Year's List

    Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jack, and then find your seat. It's time. Time for the B/R MLB 500. This is Year 2 of the MLB 500, and the idea is the same as in Year 1 : Gather ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 20,719 reads 8 comments

  3. Dissecting Nolan Ryan's One-of-a-Kind Legacy, 25 Years After 5,000th Strikeout

    Let's go back 25 years to Aug. 22, 1989, to appreciate Nolan Ryan doing something that hadn't been done before, hasn't been done since and may never be done again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 19,046 reads 18 comments

  4. Dark Horses Who Could Shake Up Major MLB Award Races Down the Stretch

    Because Major League Baseball's season is six months long, the last six weeks shouldn't make much of a difference with the major awards races. But hey, you never know when the "Chipper Jones Effect" is going to happen...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 49,162 reads 178 comments

  5. Remembering the 1994 Expos: From MLB's Best to Washington Nationals in 10 Years

    On this day 20 years ago, baseball fans were robbed. Aug. 12, 1994, was the day Major League Baseball players went on strike...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 74,736 reads 101 comments

  6. Baseball Needs to Embrace Its Dynamic Personalities, Not Vilify Them

    Let's acknowledge that Major League Baseball isn't completely stuck in the past. It's gotten its share of modern upgrades, from 24 new ballparks in 25 years to the gift-that-keeps-giving ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 172,852 reads 251 comments

  7. Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland A's: Who Is the Team to Beat After Deadline Madness?

    The American League is the Detroit Tigers' and Oakland Athletics' world. Everyone else is just living in it. That's how it feels after Thursday's action, anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 21,571 reads 241 comments

  8. Jake Peavy Trade Could Be Giants' Latest Reclamation Success Story

    The San Francisco Giants have this special trick that they like to perform on seemingly over-the-hill veterans that involves turning them into, well, not over-the-hill veterans...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 16,191 reads 56 comments

  9. Will We Ever See Another Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz Rotation Trio in MLB?

    Baseball generally doesn't do one-of-a-kinds. Babe Ruth was one of a kind until Hank Aaron arrived. Same goes for Willie Mays until Ken Griffey Jr. And Sandy Koufax until Clayton Kershaw...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 32,028 reads 100 comments

  10. Is Baseball's Era of Dominant Designated Hitters Coming to an End?

    Get a good look at David Ortiz while you still can. At 38 going on 39, with his bat beginning to show some cracks and no guaranteed years on his contract after 2015, Ortiz may not be around much longer...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 24,612 reads 96 comments

  11. How Billy Beane's Evolution, Reinvention Is Taking A's Back to the Top

    To appreciate the Oakland A's, context really isn't necessary. If you can appreciate great baseball teams, there they are with an MLB -best 59-36 record and a run differential the size of the Bay Bridge...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 31,813 reads 30 comments

  12. Adam Wainwright Casts Unnecessary Cloud over Derek Jeter's Joyous Farewell

    Derek Jeter 's final All-Star Game was perfect. And a fraud. Partially, anyway...or maybe not at all. It's hard to tell, really...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 108,871 reads 354 comments

  13. MLB Home Run Derby 2014: Live Results and Highlights

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 126,257 reads 250 comments

  14. Jose Altuve's Case as MLB's Most Underrated Infielder

    I'm thinking of a ballplayer who might be a little underrated. You know, a guy whom fans come up short in appreciating. If only they knew what he could do, coming to properly appreciate him would take only a small amount of effort...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 14,518 reads 18 comments

  15. Even Without Scoreless Streak, Clayton Kershaw Is Still Having a Historic Season

    For Clayton Kershaw , a home run off the bat of Chase Headley ruined everything. And nothing. It broke up an incredible streak, but it did not break up an incredible season...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 9,893 reads 26 comments

  16. Masahiro Tanaka Injury Could Be Final Death Blow to Yankees' 2014 Playoff Hopes

    As of this moment, the New York Yankees are still in the hunt for October. That's partially owed to the general mediocrity of the AL East, but also to how they've been able to withstand injuries...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 32,109 reads 98 comments

  17. Bryce Harper Still the Right MLB Superstar to Build Franchise Around

    Before we get on with what, I think, is going to be something like my 16th spirited defense of Bryce Harper , I must grant that this is one for the "had you told me" file...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 18,948 reads 43 comments

  18. When Is the Best Time to Move a Player in the MLB Trade Season?

    We ponder many things when Major League Baseball's trade season comes around. Buyers and sellers. Available players. Expendable prospects. Ken Rosenthal's bow ties. Et cetera ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 12,700 reads 11 comments

  19. Manny Machado's Return to Stardom Is Very Bad News for AL East

    The AL East's status right now should be something along the lines of "none too thrilled," for it looks like the first-place Baltimore Orioles have made a major acquisition. And they did it without even picking up the phone...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 15,356 reads 99 comments

  20. 2014 MLB All-Star Roster: Breaking Down the NL and AL Selections

    Major League Baseball has done its part by revealing the rosters for the 2014 All-Star Game. Now we must do our part by talking about them as they deserve to be talked about: In ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 121,563 reads 171 comments

  21. Ranking the 10 Least-Deserving MLB All-Stars of the Last Decade

    The idea of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is sound. It's designed to gather the best players in the league in one place, and it mostly succeeds at doing so. But not always...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 86,361 reads 192 comments

  22. Clayton Kershaw Has Big Head Start on MLB's Best-Ever Left-Handed Aces

    The thing about Clayton Kershaw 's greatness is that it's both easy to talk about and actually pretty hard to exaggerate. For example, we can say the Los Angeles Dodgers ace lefty is hands down MLB 's best pitcher...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 35,527 reads 63 comments

  23. 2014 MLB All-Star Rosters: B/R's Final 34-Man Roster Predictions

    The rosters for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game won't be revealed until Sunday night, so we'll all just have to wait patiently for a few more... Actually, scratch that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 167,925 reads 545 comments

  24. David Price vs. Jeff Samardzija: Who Is MLB's Best Ace on the Block?

    Here's guessing that all general managers on the lookout for a stud starting pitcher this July would prefer to trade for David Price and Jeff Samardzija. But since that's not very practical, the best choice between the two would be...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 12,307 reads 29 comments

  25. Jake Arrieta's Very Real Breakout Gives Cubs an Ace to Build Around

    There's what Jake Arrieta used to be, and then there's what Jake Arrieta is. It's an important distinction to make. What Arrieta used to be is a major disappointment...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 8,792 reads 17 comments