CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Chicago Cubs fans hold a sign after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A history of misery: the World Series we’ve all been waiting for

The narratives are all over the place. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and haven’t been there since 1997. The Cubs have an even longer history of non-relevance going back to their last World Series appearance in 1945 and last win in 1908. We know for sure that one of the two […]

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of baseball’s most talented teams on paper, and originally failed to live up to high expectations. The Dodgers were under .500 as late as May 22nd, and were 6.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West at the All-Star Break. But in the second half, […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Chicago Cubs fans cheer after the Cubs 8-4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Narrative laden NLCS detracts from the real thing

A quick listen to the broadcast of this year’s National League Championship series reveals a not necessarily shocking, but still overwhelming reliance on certain narratives in order to generate and facilitate discussion. Whether Joe Buck or the studio crew, this group loves themselves a good (if often times nonsensical) narrative. Like, they want to marry […]

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 09:  Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a warm up pitch prior to the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” […]

during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays checked all the right boxes for a World Series run in 2016. Armed with a menacing middle order featuring reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista, an overachieving pitching staff with the continually consistent Marco Estrada, 20-game winner J.A. Happ, and a breakout year from Aaron Sanchez, all the […]

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 03:  The Chicago Cubs new manager Joe Maddon answers questions during a press conference at Wrigley Field on November 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Joe Maddon: Cubs ‘need to push back mentally’

The Chicago Cubs were stymied on both sides of the ball on Monday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers tidily defeated them 6-0 in Game 3 of the NLCS, taking a 2-1 series lead. The Cubs offense failed to show up for the second time in the series and the club’s pitching wasn’t much better. Manager […]

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER, 17   Cleveland Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer drips blood off his injured finger in the first inning.  He had to leave the game.
The Toronto Blue Jays  lost to the Cleveland Indians 4-2 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  This was the third game of the ALCS.
October 17, 2016

Cleveland Indians rotation shows resilence despite injuries

The Cleveland Indians went into the 2016 with a starting rotation so deep that Trevor Bauer was pushed into the bullpen and 2014 stand-out T.J. House was pushed to AAA. Top pitching prospect, Mike Clevinger began the year in AAA as well, along with other MLB-ready talent like Ryan Merritt. This team had the make-up […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 3:  Manager John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on from the dugout moments before the start of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 3, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

John Gibbons: ‘I still believe our offense is due to erupt’

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot, down three games to zero against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows Toronto is in trouble but is hoping his team’s offense can burst out in game four. ”We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Toronto manager […]

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets hits a home run at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Keith Law EVISCERATES Tim Tebow’s baseball career

Whether talking about baseball, sexism or evolution, Keith Law never bothers softening his opinions. This man calls things like he sees them. Which is bad news for Tim Tebow. As ESPN’s amateur and minor-league baseball guru, Law drew the assignment of scouting Tebow at the Arizona Fall League, as the quarterback-turned-outfielder attempts to stick in the Mets system. Law’s […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Daniel Murphy #20 and Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals celebrate after the final out as the Nationals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Washington Nationals

Though it was surely foolish to think that any sort of window had closed on the Washington Nationals and their chances of winning a World Series, the team had failed to fulfill championship expectations during the past three seasons. Even worse, the New York Mets appeared to have overtaken the Nats as the best team […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets looks on prior to their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Terry Collins says next season might be last with Mets

Terry Collins might be stepping away from the game after next season. The 67-year-old New York Mets manager spoke with Adam Rubin of and said after a physically trying season plagued by health problems, he needs to reevaluate his job going forward. “I just need to reevaluate at the end of this coming year […]

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw’s Postseason reputation is unfair, but somewhat warranted

On Tuesday, during Game 4 of the NL Division Series between the Dodgers and Nationals, one of baseball’s most prevalent October narratives popped up once again. That narrative, of course, is the assertion that Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw isn’t a good Postseason pitcher. Dodgers fans will scream from the rooftops that it’s not warranted, given […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - October 5: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by team mates after his nine inning shut out during the San Francisco Giants Vs New York Mets National League Wild Card game at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 San Francisco Giants

It had to happen eventually. No matter how many hashtags and catchphrases the San Francisco Giants came up with, they simply couldn’t win the World Series every time an even year rolled around. However, you can forgive Giants fans for thinking this year’s team had an excellent shot at continuing the trend. San Francisco had […]

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox reacts in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the American League Divison Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Boston Red Sox

After emerging from the pile-up at the top of the AL East, the Boston Red Sox looked like a potential World Series team with a potent lineup, a good bullpen and a starting rotation led by one of the best pitchers in baseball. The storylines practically wrote themselves. How great would a Red Sox-Cubs World […]