1. Philadelphia Phillies: Why Demote Closer of the Future Bastardo?

    Ryan Madson has finally returned from the disabled list, and will resume his role as the Phillies closer in the near future. That could be today, or perhaps later in the week...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 3 years ago 1,731 reads 7 comments

  2. MLB Trade Rumors: Jason Bay to the Philadelphia Phillies?

    Could Jason Bay be a Phillie? It sounds crazy, but it might make sense. With less than two weeks to go before the trading deadline, the rumor mills are abuzz with chatter about ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 3 years ago 1,659 reads 2 comments

  3. MLB All Star Game 2011: The Midsummer Classic Is a Mockery of What It Once Was

    Now that interleague play is finally passed, it’s time for baseball fans to move on the next embarrassing chapter in the sport, the All-Star Game. At one time the All-Star Game meant something—to the fans, the players and even the game...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 215 reads 1 comments

  4. Manny Ramirez and the 6 Biggest Impact Midseason MLB Trades Since 1990

    Every baseball fan knows and looks forward to July 31st and what that date means on the baseball calendar...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 186 reads 0 comments

  5. The Atlanta Braves Head to Philadelphia with a Chance to Take First Place

    The Atlanta Braves, hot off a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies and winners of 14 of their last 17 games, head to Philadelphia with a chance to take over first-place in the National League East heading into the All-Star break...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 490 reads 15 comments

  6. Phillies: Worley to the Minor Leagues and Mayberry Recalled-- What's Going On?

    On the surface, it makes no sense. After pitching a career-high seven innings in back-to-back starts, winning both and participating in a 1-0 shutout win over the Florida Marlins ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,325 reads 16 comments

  7. The Cliff Lee Effect: Acquiring That Elusive Right-Handed Slugger

    Cliff Lee has been fabulous for the Philadelphia Phillies , both this year and in 2009 when the team acquired him from the Cleveland Indians ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,995 reads 32 comments

  8. The Cliff Lee Effect: Cole Hamels and His Rising Contract Demands

    While the current successful run the Philadelphia Phillies are experiencing is unprecedented in the team’s 128 year history, there is also another situation brewing that's just as unique...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 2,240 reads 21 comments

  9. Realignment and the 5 Best Ideas To Ruin Major League Baseball

    Recently there has been a lot of discussion about radically realigning Major League Baseball’s divisions, eliminating the American and National Leagues altogether and dramatically altering the format of the playoffs...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 344 reads 0 comments

  10. Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Reasons They Will Cruise to Another NL East Crown

    The 2011 edition of the Philadelphia Phillies is one of the deepest teams ever assembled in the City of Brotherly Love. However, not all has gone right for the team...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 590 reads 7 comments

  11. A Rebuttal to Joe Halverson: Why an Albert Pujols Trade DOES Make Sense

    Joe Halverson recently wrote a solid piece discussing how rumors of an Albert Pujols trade make no sense, much like those surrounded Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. Mr...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,929 reads 27 comments

  12. Cha-Ching!: Ryan Madson's Asking Price Rises with Each Successful 9th Inning

    Baseball’s highest-paid closer earns $15 million per year. The game’s best-rewarded setup man is making $10 million this year, but his contract is scheduled to pay him $25 ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 837 reads 26 comments

  13. MLB: Contenders and Pretenders at the Season's 1st Checkpoint

    Happy Memorial Day everyone! On the baseball calendar, today marks one of the important milestones in the long season...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 160 reads 2 comments

  14. Philadelphia Phillies Lose to New York Mets: What Was Jimmy Rollins Thinking?

    Jimmy Rollins is the Phillies longest tenured player and, at times, he has been both the face of the franchise and its best player...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,160 reads 19 comments

  15. LeBron James' Legacy Is Forever Tarnished, Win or Lose

    Call me a hater if you want. Say I’m jealous and that I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m sure I’ll hear all of that and a whole lot more after writing this. But none of it is true...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 315 reads 113 comments

  16. Chase Utley's Return and What It Means to the Philadelphia Phillies

    It’s being reported that the Phillies plan on calling up franchise second baseman Chase Utley in time for Monday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 733 reads 1 comments

  17. Dominic Brown's Bat Headed to Save Philadelphia Phillies?

    The day a lot of fans have been waiting for has arrived. On the day the world is supposed to end, according to some, the Phillies have announced that prized prospect Dominic Brown ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,057 reads 12 comments

  18. Andy Reid and Charlie Manuel: Two Coaches Who Have Disgusted at Least One Fan

    Can someone please explain what exactly is in the drinking water in Philadelphia these days? Why does its team’s managers and coaches seem to have lost a grip on what the real ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 133 reads 0 comments

  19. Philadelphia Phillies: The Call To the Bullpen -- From Upstairs?

    When the Phillies ’ season began with Brade Lidge on the disabled list, many fans were left scratching their heads with the announcement that Jose Contreras , not Ryan ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 45 reads 0 comments

  20. Baseball's $100 Million Men—Anyone Worth the Money?

    Since 1999, Major League Baseball teams have handed out 26 nine-figure contracts to players, some more than once. A total of more than $3.7 billion has been spent by these clubs for the game’s best players...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 228 reads 0 comments

  21. Baseball's Hallowed Marks: The 10 Most Unbreakable Records

    When it comes to statistics and records, no other sport comes close to matching baseball’s muscle. Football may have surpassed baseball as America’s favorite sport but ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,032 reads 32 comments

  22. Is Werth A Hero or Villain for Taking the Money?

    Tonight the Phillies will square off against former teammate and fan favorite Jayson Werth . On their way back home to Philadelphia, they stop off in the nation’s capital ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about over 3 years ago 307 reads 23 comments

  23. Pete Rose and Baseball's Mortal Sin: Worse Than Steroids

    I do not understand the correlation between steroid users and Pete Rose . It seems whenever there is an article written (either on Bleacher Report or anywhere else) about some ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about over 3 years ago 1,871 reads 5 comments

  24. Derek Jeter: A Legend or Overrated?

    Is it possible to say a player is arguably the most overrated athlete ever to play professional sports and yet still believe his accomplishments make him a surefire first-ballot ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about over 3 years ago 5,162 reads 101 comments

  25. Jose Reyes' Days as a Met Are Numbered: Where Will He End Up?

    Jose Reyes’ days in a New York Mets uniform are numbered, that much is clear. His contract is up in six months, and based on what the Mets’ ownership group has shown its ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about over 3 years ago 716 reads 31 comments