1. Why the Recent Influx of Cuban Stars Is Great for Baseball

    There was a time in the 1950s and early 1960s when Major League Baseball had a good thing going with Cuban talent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 6,528 reads 16 comments

  2. Washington D.C. Appears to Be Forgetting What It Has in Bryce Harper

    Stories, comments and whatever else meant to knock young Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper down a peg are nothing new. The stream of 'em has been steady ever since his grand introduction via Sports Illustrated in 2009...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 11,546 reads 70 comments

  3. Will Obsession with Preserving Pitchers Soon Lead to 6-Man MLB Rotations?

    The most sensible solution to Major League Baseball's pitcher injury problem is to just equip all hurlers with bionic elbows and shoulders. Make 'em into Termipitchers . Sadly, that's not a practical solution just yet...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 14,904 reads 44 comments

  4. Clayton Kershaw's Return Everything Dodgers Could Have Hoped For

    Allow me to tell you how Clayton Kershaw 's return to action Tuesday night went. Pretty much exactly how the Los Angeles Dodgers drew it up. There was no rusty stuff. There was no rusty command...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 6,603 reads 8 comments

  5. Remembering the Epic 1975 Red Sox vs. 'Big Red Machine' World Series

    The two-game set on tap for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox likely won't be must-see TV, but it does have one redeeming quality: It's an excuse for us to talk about that one time the Reds and Red Sox met in the 1975 World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 4,321 reads 4 comments

  6. MLB Teams That Need a Complete Rebranding

    Tradition dies hard when it comes to Major League Baseball clubs. They're not afraid to make little changes, but it's not especially often that a franchise says "Screw it!" and goes for a completely new look...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 39,228 reads 255 comments

  7. Mike Minor's Tough-Luck 2014 Debut Highlights Braves' Offensive Woes

    In his first start for the 2014 Atlanta Braves on Friday night, young lefty Mike Minor was confronted with the reality of the 2014 Atlanta Braves...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 3,447 reads 4 comments

  8. Red-Hot Yasiel Puig Looking Even Better in Sophomore Season

    For as good as Yasiel Puig was in his rookie season, his generally wild style of play made it easy to wonder how effective he might be when (or if) he fined-tuned his raw talent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 17,869 reads 60 comments

  9. Miguel Cabrera's Bad April Finally Reopens AL MVP Door

    No, Miguel Cabrera 's poor April didn't kill his hopes of winning a third straight American League MVP. It just hurt them. Bad news for him. Good news for everyone else with eyes on winning the award...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 13,599 reads 41 comments

  10. Max Scherzer Has Finally Passed Up Justin Verlander as True Tigers Ace

    It was easy to argue the point in 2013, and you can't deny it in 2014. That point: Max Scherzer, not that Justin Verlander guy, is the Detroit Tigers ' true ace...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 14,219 reads 23 comments

  11. Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez Making Every Start Must-See TV

    We all have our own ideas about what qualifies as must-see TV. I'd personally nominate Game of Thrones , Archer , Orphan Black and Doctor Who. Oh, and Jose Fernandez 's starts...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 6,662 reads 19 comments

  12. Comparing and Contrasting the Donald Sterling and Marge Schott Sagas, Aftermath

    In the last few days, the National Basketball Association has had to deal with outrage stemming from racists remarks directly from the mouth of one of its owners. Which, for Major League Baseball, is a narrative that's unfortunately all too familiar.

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 9,697 reads 4 comments

  13. Why You Should Be Wary of What You See in April Baseball

    It wouldn't be fair of me to invoke T.S. Eliot by proclaiming April to be the cruelest month for Major League Baseball fans. At the least, I figure the whole "Baseball's back!" thing is worth some points...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 4,450 reads 7 comments

  14. MLB Team Needs 2014: Oakland Athletics

    The road to the AL West title goes through the two-time defending champion Oakland A’s. And so far in 2014, they don’t look particularly willing to step aside...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 767 reads 0 comments

  15. Masahiro Tanaka Won't Be Solved by MLB Hitters After Dominant Start

    Listen, nobody really knew how Masahiro Tanaka was going to fare against MLB hitters upon his arrival from Japan. The New York Yankees made a $175 million leap of faith in his ability to perform well, but it was just that: a leap of faith...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 30,071 reads 31 comments

  16. MLB Smart to Backtrack on Transfer Rule, but Collision Confusion Still Looms

    Let's give Major League Baseball credit for making an adjustment that absolutely needed to be made. What has been a major point of contention early on in 2014 will no longer be a point of contention...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 8,060 reads 11 comments

  17. Sabermetrics for Dummies: How-to Guide for MLB Fans to Learn the Ropes

    So you want to be a baseball nerd. Wise choice. Of all the types of nerd I've experienced, baseball nerd has been the most rewarding. It definitely tops that time I was into pogs , anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 32,092 reads 43 comments

  18. Should Pine Tar Be Legal for Pitchers?

    Don't worry. We're about to throw some blame Michael Pineda 's way. He deserves it for getting himself involved in yet another silly little controversy involving pine tar...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 59,476 reads 171 comments

  19. 10 Things You Don't Know About the 100 Years of Wrigley Field

    It's been 100 years to the day since Wrigley Field, the longtime home of the Chicago Cubs , first opened for business. That's our cue to celebrate...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 55,699 reads 13 comments

  20. Albert Pujols' 500-Home Run Milestone Cements First-Ballot Hall of Fame Entry

    Albert Pujols could retire right this minute and get a head start on preparing his induction into the Hall of Fame in five years' time. Pujols already had all the creds, and now he's part of a club Cooperstown is fond of: the 500 home run club..

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 11,173 reads 11 comments

  21. Is Early Parity a Sign the American League Is Weaker Than Usual in 2014?

    We're used to the American League being pretty good, as the AL has owned interleague play every year since 2004 and has produced more 90-win teams than the National League three years in a row...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 3,779 reads 10 comments

  22. MLB Team Needs 2014: New York Mets

    Despite the five straight losing seasons in their wake, the New York Mets entered 2014 with high expectations. At least as far as their general manager was concerned, anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 1,199 reads 2 comments

  23. How Mike Trout's Rapid Rise Has Ruined Bryce Harper's Own Historic Success

    It's a safe assumption that a world without Mike Trout would be pretty lame, as "lame" is the last word anybody should use to describe the Los Angeles Angels' 22-year-old superstar...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 15,867 reads 104 comments

  24. Why MLB Should Embrace Trout-Cabrera as Next Sosa-McGwire Opportunity

    Whether it's over who's more valuable or who's baseball's best player, we sure do argue about Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera an awful lot...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 20,481 reads 103 comments

  25. Can Ike Davis Resurrect His Career in Time to Give the Pirates a Push in 2014?

    It wasn't really a matter of if the New York Mets were going to trade Ike Davis. It was really more a matter of when, and of which team would be willing to make an upside play on the lefty-swinging first baseman...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 2,163 reads 14 comments