1. An Open Letter to New York Yankees Fans

    Dear fans, followers, and aficionados of the New York Yankees; I know we haven’t gotten along very well in the past, what with me being a biased hack and you all being pompous donkey’s butts...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 728 reads 128 comments

  2. The Cleveland Indians All-Decade Team

    It annoys me to no end when people say that the year 2010 represents a new decade. You don't start with zero when you count, and nine is not the tenth number...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,042 reads 1 comments

  3. You're in the Majors, Charlie Brown: Scouting the "Peanuts" Baseball Team

    Baseball scouting ain't what it used to be. As the world has shrunk over the last few decades, international scouting has expanded dramatically. It's absolutely astonishing how young some foreign players begin to get courted...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 6,712 reads 10 comments

  4. Who Needs a Salary Cap? Yankees' Expensive Failures Are Too Much Fun

    If you’ve never been to Berlin or seen Avenue Q, you may be unaware of one of the most useful words in the world: schadenfreude...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,117 reads 34 comments

  5. Dam(o)n Yankees: Why Johnny Will Come Marching Home to the Bronx

    It’s been a busy offseason in the Bronx. After buying, I mean making the necessary moves to win, the World Series last year, the Yankees have not been content to rest on their laurels this winter...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,132 reads 5 comments

  6. Fool Me Twice: Five Deceptively Inconsistent Fantasy Baseball Studs

    Players' past successes and failures are irrelevant in fantasy baseball. When a Nelson Cruz home run clinched me a playoff spot in my primary fantasy league, I didn't stop to think about how far he had come since being labelled a Quad-A player last year.

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 640 reads 10 comments

  7. Cashier Reluctantly Sells Candy Bar to New York Mets

    CVS cashier Walter Kovacs finally agreed to sell a Snickers bar to the New York Mets on Friday morning, according to a team press release...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 746 reads 13 comments

  8. Hall of Fame Vote Shows Why the BBWAA Shouldn't Use Secret Ballots

    Whenever the Baseball Writers Association of America goofs up a vote, most of the complaints seem to start the same way: “I don’t understand...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 416 reads 63 comments

  9. Roberto Alomar's Hall of Fame Snub Is Another Heartbreak for Cleveland

    It’s not often that we Cleveland fans have something to be proud of. We’re the Mistake on the Lake; the city so dirty that our river caught fire, and so stupid that we didn’t learn our lesson the first time it happened...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,575 reads 38 comments

  10. What the Shell(ey)? Cleveland Indians Sign Shelley Duncan and Austin Kearns

    Pots atop the Hot Stove have been boiling furiously over the past few days. Jason Bay signed with the Mets. Adrian Beltre signed with the Red Sox. Matt Holliday is nearing a contract with the Cardinals...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 316 reads 13 comments

  11. Describing MLB GMs' Offseason Attitudes Through Song

    Music and baseball go together like Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan. The nature of the game (frequent breaks in the action) means the fans have to be kept happy somehow; playing background music is a great way to increase fans' patience...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 355 reads 5 comments

  12. Five New Year's Resolutions for the Cleveland Indians

    Well, it's January 1st, and as always, people around the world are resolving to better themselves in the year ahead. Some people will resolve to lose weight, some people will resolve to think ...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 391 reads 11 comments

  13. Do or Die: Ten Players Who Have Everything to Lose in 2010

    Every year, hundreds of rookies touch down in the major leagues for the first time. Each has the same goal: to demonstrate to his team and the fans that he has what it takes to be a baseball star...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 324 reads 13 comments

  14. The One-Hit Wonders of the 2009 MLB Season

    Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night? Maybe a bad dream interrupts your slumber. Maybe you're disturbed by a noise from outside. Or maybe the burrito you ate for dinner didn't quite agree with you after all...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 385 reads 7 comments

  15. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Starring Milton Bradley

    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Seattle Not a creature did stir, nor squeak, nor rattle The seats were placed 'round the diamond with care, In hopes that a playoff berth soon would be theirs...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,199 reads 11 comments

  16. Comparing MLB Teams' Offseason Strategies to Classic Board Games

    With school closed for the holidays and family outings hampered by obstructive mounds of snow, winter break is the perfect time to break out some board games...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 2,194 reads 13 comments

  17. Good Things Never Last: Why Chris Carpenter Will Regress in 2010

    I’m not normally one to criticize Chris Carpenter. I spent a solid month arguing with whoever would listen about why he should win the Cy Young, and even wrote a manifesto about why he was a the best choice...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 901 reads 22 comments

  18. Bloated Contracts?: Blame the Wolf Who Cried $30 Million

    Now that John Lackey is off the table, there are three basic categories under which the high-profile free agent pitchers lie...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 443 reads 9 comments

  19. Dear John: Lackey Signing Is Betrayal To Red Sox Nation

    “How are the Red Sox any better than the Yankees?” It’s a question I hear often when I walk the streets of Cleveland dressed in Boston paraphernalia...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,497 reads 30 comments

  20. Error!: The Five Stupidest Things MLB Players Did in 2009

    In general, baseball players tend to be smarter than their counterparts in other major sports. Maybe it's that even the best players spend at least a couple years maturing in the minors before they hit the big show...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,181 reads 17 comments

  21. Where Is the Love?: Boston Red Sox Have No Sense of Nostalgia

    There’s a reason why Derek Jeter is still in pinstripes. Sure, he’s good, but the Yankees could do better. Alex Rodriguez could be moved back to shortstop...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 614 reads 17 comments

  22. Believe It or Not: Milton Bradley Could Be Trade Market's Best Bargain

    There are many different reasons for why teams trade their popular players. Sometimes it’s as simple as having too many good options for too few spots on the team, as was the case when ...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 859 reads 7 comments

  23. If It Ain't Broke: Red Sox Don't Need Big Splash To Win in 2010

    So far this offseason, no team has been the subject of more attention than the Boston Red Sox. Will they re-sign Bay or go after Holliday? Was signing Scutaro inevitable or should Dustin Pedroia ...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 438 reads 13 comments

  24. The Fantastic Mr. Fox: A's-Cubs Trade Liberates Suppressed Talent

    Is it weird that I continue to root for my fantasy players even after their tenures on my team have ended? Take Matt Holliday...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 444 reads 4 comments

  25. Paper Tiger: Why Do We Care About Woods Scandal?

    Harry Reid is a busy man. The Senate Majority Leader has to fund two unpopular wars, pass an increasingly spineless health care reform package, and focus on his reelection campaign, which promises to be much tougher than it was in 2004...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 443 reads 2 comments