Every day this winter, another article shows up asking, "Why aren't Machado and Harper signed?" Are the teams being cheap, or have they learned their lesson from other long-term, high-dollar contracts gone south? Let's look at a couple of examples.
Hundreds of players step foot onto a major league baseball field for the first time every season, and among those debuts are a handful of stars, a lot of duds, and - in most cases - at least a Hall of Famer or two. But what about those seasons which don’t see a Hall of Fame player making his debut?
Baseball fans in the 1980s had plenty of great hitters to admire. There were fewer players who hit for both average and power than in previous decades, but the eighties was about team play, and the hitters that stood out during this period were exceptional baseball players.
Baseball: America's national pastime. A game that has been around for a century and a half. Today, however, a debate rages on that seeks to change that game.
In 1968, Bob Gibson had one of the greatest seasons ever by any pitcher. One stretch during the summer was especially eye-popping.
The modern era of Major League Baseball began with 8 teams in the National League in 1900 and 8 in the American League in 1901. For 60 years, the Major Leagues were comprised of those 16 original teams, with only a handful of franchise relocations. Beginning in 1961, baseball expanded with new teams, additional franchise moves, and divisional reconfigurations. There are currently 30 teams with 3 divisions in each league. Is more expansion or franchise relocation on the way?
Harper. Machado. Kimbrel. Keuchel. Big names in the world of professional baseball. Kimbrel and Keuchel have been World Series Champions. Harper and Machado still wait. All have expectations of big money in free agency this year. Will they help a team to the playoffs? Are they a guarantee of it?
The dog days of summer are among us. However, a little action can be a surefire way to spice up the second half of the MLB season. In this article I will be covering the AL MVP race, it's candidates, and my pick to win the award based on bet-value.
When tryouts are close, anxiety levels rise and kids around the country head out to earn their spot. Here are some tips on how to lower the stress and increase your chances of looking good!
Baseball is “America’s pastime.” Wooden and concrete ballparks and stadiums add to the sport’s rich heritage. Take a look back at the homes of your favorite teams!
Hitting is an important part of baseball. Several common problems exist with young hitters' technique. This How They Play Hubpage provides video on how to teach y0ung children to hit a baseball.
Finding the best select baseball team can be a real challenge for players and parents. There are numerous organizations competing for your talent and your money, and it's difficult to know how to make the right choice. Follow these tips to find the best select baseball organization for you.
Babe Ruth was America's foremost sports superstar during the 1920s. He was also the highest paid. Did the Babe live like a king? Follow me as I take you on a tour through a few of his homes.
Creating a baseball scorecard in Excel is easy and fun. The best part is that you can customize it however you want. Just follow these simple steps!
Eduardo Escobar is challenging the record of 67 doubles set by Earl Webb in 1931. Webb's record-setting season was an anomaly in an otherwise forgettable career.
Planning a visit to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame? Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know for a memorable visit to this shrine to the game of baseball.
Baseball fans have always loved the home run. Seeing the strong power hitters put on superhuman feats with their big bats has always brought admirers to their feet. Here are several big baseball names from the 1960s and 1970s guys who could change a baseball game with one swing of the bat.
Only 16 pitchers have ever won the NL pitching Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. The winners include some of the best pitchers in MLB history, including 10 Hall of Famers.
What do all those letters and numbers in a baseball box score stand for? Knowing how to read a professional box score will keep you in the game.
Though injured and far from the best hitter on the Minnesota Twins in 1991, Gene Larkin provided the only hit that mattered in Game 7 of the World Series, sending the Twins to the championship.
Only 11 pitchers have won the AL pitching Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Among the winners are some of the greatest pitchers in MLB history, including 8 Hall of Famers.
While most know of the legendary New York Yankees baseball player, many don't know that Mickey Mantle learned the game in Oklahoma. Discover the story of how Mickey Mantle learned to play, then stop in and visit his childhood home.
Mo'ne Davis made little league history. She is the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series, pitch a shutout, and be on the cover of a major sports magazine.
The 1978 season saw one of the most dramatic comebacks as the Yankees rallied from 14 games out to defeat Boston in a dramatic 163rd game.
After Martin Luther King was assassinated, Major League Baseball faced a dilemma; postpone Opening Day out of respect or forge ahead regardless of public sentiments. The game would never be the same.
Dusty Baker might not be first in line when fans think of "Hall of Fame manager," but he is a future Hall of Famer, nonetheless.
While Major League Baseball would never make such radical changes, I have a proposal for a renegade baseball league played under different rules. I outline the differences in rules from MLB, along with why the listed rules would be worth implementing.
The New York Giants had long played second fiddle to their crosstown rivals, but in 1951, their manager made a decision that put them in the history books once more: the first all-black outfield.
Jackie Mitchell was a professional female baseball player who pitched for the Chattanooga Lookouts. At the age of 17, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig consecutively in a 1931 exhibition game.
For years people have compared Mike Trout to Mickey Mantle. Trout recently turned 27. Here's a look at how closely he compares with Mantle at the same age.
The game of baseball has many rules, and some of them are quite strange. Here are 5 of the strangest and whackiest rules in the sport of baseball.
As fans, we tend to generate biased opinions on players based on one or two performances. That’s just how sports work. So, the real question is, can clutch be quantified?
Catcher Ray Fosse became famous as the target of one of the hardest slides in Major League history during the 1970 All Star Game. It changed his life.
"Take Me Out To the Ballgame" is a tune that was written in 1908. It was so catchy, it is now sung in virtually every baseball game in America. The inspiration for the song was charming in it's creation.
I loved watching all of these players play the game. They are all obvious cheaters though. The steroid use of these guys was something a blind man could see.
Advancing from first to third base on a hit takes skill and timing from the base runner to make it safely. Here are a few tips to help pull it off successfully.
Teach young children how to hit a baseball without a bat. Start early learners right by teaching them "the" most important aspect of baseball, focus. As kids become ready to hit, a simple 3-step approach to hitting includes a fun :30 second animated video to help seed the learning for kids.
Love visiting baseball parks? There could be some new road trips in your future to catch a game in four proposed new ballparks.
There are 30 MLB ballparks in North America. From someone who's been to every one of these parks—twice—here are the top ten.
In 2018, Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees enjoyed one of the greatest rookie seasons ever, tying the AL rookie record for doubles. But he didn’t just have a great rookie season – Andujar was among the best of all players in the Major Leagues in 2018.
Being one of the initial American League teams over 100 years ago the Baltimore Orioles franchise has been playing for a long time. How much do you know about it's history and some of their players.
Babe Ruth was the greatest hitter in baseball because he held his hands back. He had the greatest impact zone of any hitter. Ruth generated great power and could hit the off speed pitch.
A look at what is offered in the Bank of America Club at Busch Stadium. Find out if this club ticket is worth it for the next Cardinals game you go to.
Reference this article for a breakdown of the teams, leagues and divisions of the MLB. Also, learn about how matchups are made during the MLB postseason.
The Philadelphia Phillies and their fans will say goodbye to the last member of the 2008 World Series Champs, Ryan Howard, this weekend. And with that, the greatest era of Phillies baseball will officially end.
Jackie Robinson had a tough assignment when he became the first African-American player in pro baseball, but if there ever was a person who could cast aside the racism that followed, it was Jackie.
Fielding is an important part of baseball. Several problems often exist with young fielders' technique. This article describes how to teach young children to field a baseball.
Only 14 players have ever won baseball's batting Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. All 11 20th century winners are in the Hall of Fame. In 2012, Miguel Cabrera joined the exclusive Triple Crown club.
Eddie Gaedel was 26-years-old and stood 3 feet 7 inches. He drew a walk during his only major league baseball at bat on August 19, 1951.
Alex Rodriguez made a ton of money, we all know that. But check out these amazing facts about his salary!
I’m sure you’ve heard the juvenile taunt, “You throw like a girl!”. But is this valid? Evidence indicates that differences in throwing technique are due to social factors rather than physical ones.
Long home runs have always excited baseball fans. Here's a look at some of the most memorable monster blows.
Major League Baseball is woven into America’s long and diverse historical tapestry. Here's a look at teams of today and yesteryear.
Baseball is said to no longer be the American pastime. However, it is a much better sport than football, especially from a woman's perspective. Read why women prefer baseball over football.
In 1968, Denny McLain won 31 games for the Detroit Tigers. It was the first time anyone had topped 30 wins in 34 years, but no one has reached 25 in the past 28 years. We will probably never see another season like it.
MLB game attendance it down. Is the sport in trouble? Only change will bring fans back to the ballpark. Here is a plan to help MLB put more butts in the seats.
Ever wonder how to throw a sinker that is extra nasty? Here are some specifics on the grips and throwing motion required, along with a discussion of the importance of a healthy pitching approach to maximize the effectiveness of all your pitches.
There are many great books to read for baseball coaches, but which are the best? Here are five of the greatest books to read for current or future baseball coaches.
The Bambino would probably not have the title of the King of Strikeouts if he were playing in the current era.
Most teams have had at least one player reach 50 homers in a season, and others have players who have hit 40 or more. There is one team that is still looking for its first 40-homer season.
Baseball is a sport which is full of nostalgic history and American culture. Baseball is also full of superstitions that baseball players, team members, managers, and fans take seriously.
'The Catch' by Willie Mays. It sounds like a novel, a painting, or a career defining moment. The Say Hey Kid is the first player you'd pick to have on your team and every legend has their moment.
The dimensions of a baseball field vary by the age and skill level of the players. Here's a guide to just how big a baseball field is, and why there are so many ballparks shaped so differently.
Maybe you don't fully grasp the deeper part of baseball. If you listened to the master storyteller of the airways all your life, you'd understand. Vin Scully gave the game a high level of literary description. He could describe the action with eloquence and charm.
If Aaron Judge keeps up his current pace, he could have one of the greatest seasons ever. Even if he slumps, he'll still post one of the top rookie seasons ever. In fact, he already has.
Albert is coming home to St. Louis!! Finally, after almost eight years, he is returning to what was the site of one of the greatest beginnings to a MLB career in baseball history. St. Louis, get ready to welcome home one of the all time greats!
We examine some of the best players to ever step up to the plate: Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds
When teaching kids how to hit a baseball, the most important principle you have to keep in mind is to keep things simple.
Brooklyn Dodgers’ Carl Furillo is considered one of the greatest outfielders of his day. But false accusations and reporters’ misrepresentations dogged him throughout his career.
How wide is home plate? Who was the first pitcher to pitch for both leagues in All-Star games? Check out these and other not-so-trivial tidbits of Major League Baseball.
Controversial plays are part of every World Series. In Game 3 of the 1975 World Series, a bunt took center stage.
During the relatively brief period of time aluminum baseball bats have been in existence, they have seen some pretty incredible changes. This article offers a history and firsthand analysis of the current state of the metal bat.
Would The Babe still be the same player if he came up to the Major Leagues in the 2000s? I did some research and I wrote this essay. I hope you enjoy it
If you're planning on making a run at your high school's varsity baseball team, here are some tips to improve your chances.
Say it ain't so Joe; cause it ain't. The season is not over if you still want to catch a game without having to sell a kidney. Phoenix hosts baseball's best-kept secret: the Arizona Fall League.
Throwing a baseball well is one of the hardest things to do in all of sports. Here I offer advice on throwing techniques for the pitcher, infielder, outfielder, and those of you who just want to toss out in the yard.
Mickey Vernon is one of the few to play 20 or more years in the Major Leagues but his career was marked with a strange inconsistency.
Cooperstown Dreams Park is the field of dreams for u12 baseball players. This week-long tournament provides players and families the opportunity to enjoy baseball at its finest level.
Every good baseball practice starts with a solid practice plan. In youth baseball, it's particularly important to establish good habits early by implementing well-designed practice plans. Here are some tips to get you started!
It is a baseball game or the circus? Hard to tell these days. Here is one ardent fan's plan of helping baseball begin the journey of make attending a game a sporting event again.
By any measure, the 1974 series was just as exciting as those before it. The games had everything: home runs, a suicide squeeze, pick offs, plays at the plates, and controversy.
This article talks about how Terry Francona made a big mistake as manager of the Cleveland Indians, but somehow managed to get a contract extension!
Miguel Cabrera has been a dominant player for the last dozen years—until this season. Is this a one-year fluke, or a sign of things to come as he gets older?
Ever wondered what the scouts saw in the Hall of Famers before they became Hall of Famers? Find out in this article!
A Major League Baseball game is both fun to watch and attend. There is always room for improvement, though. Here are 5 ways to make the game better.
Men were not the only ones to play professional baseball in the early years of the sport. A women's league was started during World War II to keep the sport going while the boys were away.
Would you like to know how many Major League Baseball players have had Tommy John surgery? If you do, please read this article and find out.
Runs win ballgames, so it is logical that the players who produce the most runs help their teams win the most. Runs produced is one simple way to provide a snapshot of who those players are.
When the Dodgers met the Yankees in the World Series, everyone was expecting a clash of titans. The results shocked the baseball world.
Eddie Feigner pitched over 9,700 victories, 140,500 strikeouts, and more than 930 no-hit games. He was called the greatest softball pitcher who ever lived by the Washington Post.
Roberto Clemente was one of a kind. He contributed to MLB’s successful integration of Latino players and constantly performed charitable deeds, often without fanfare or publicity. He is a hero.
In 1962, their first season, the New York Mets managed to lose more baseball games than any other team in the 20th century. But fans flocked to the "amazin'" team, even though nobody could play the game.
Baseball has a rich tradition of presenting awards to deserving players and teams. Here is a list of 10 baseball awards that you probably didn't know existed.
Baseball requires a couple of things to be worn on the diamond. It's OK if you aren't sure what to get for your little athlete here are a few suggestions.
This article provides a list of the 16 worst players for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the age of free agency. A short biography is provided for each notoriously bad player.
Aaron Judge's rookie season was more than just the best ever by a rookie—it was one of the best by anyone ever.
Only 44 players have hit at least 100 homers before they turned 25. One player is currently still trying to add to that number.
The Post-Season Awards won't be given out until November, but here is one look at who may emerge with some new hardware to place on their shelves.
As my husband and I journey to all 30 baseball stadiums, I break down why I like or dislike each stadium.
From 2006 through 2017, this pair have been extraordinary together; their achievements legendary; their leadership unquestioned. Are we looking at the end of this pairing this year?
This article suggests a list of the 15 greatest players for the Los Angeles Dodgers and only includes retired players. The compilation includes a short biography for each player.
Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle were both banned from Major League Baseball in the early '80s. Money issues after retirement drove them to challenge the powers of the game.
It was once a duty for starting pitchers to complete any game they started. After the 1980 A's carried that to an extreme, and the advent of relief specialists, complete games became endangered.