African-American participation in baseball, at any level, is a deeply personal subject for me. Growing up, I was usually the only black player on the team. I had great teammates, but I always wondered why more blacks didn’t play America’s Pastime; I also wonder, as the percentage continues to decline, whether or not anything can be done to reverse the trend. (more…)
I met Teri Carson a little over two years ago while working for a sports marketing company in Irvine, California. One of the things that stuck out to me was her energy and her drive to do any and everything possible to achieve a goal. As it turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg when describing just how much she makes things happen. (more…)
When a bat flip turns into an attack on how you play the game there’s a problem. That problem is #LoserSpeak. (Photo via @JoeyBats19/Instagram)
There isn’t much in this world that makes me angry. In fact those who don’t know me can, sometimes, mistake my being calm for being passive or not actually understanding what’s happening. Those who actually know me can tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth.
A Utah Jazz sportswriter learned that the hard way last night. (more…)
Joe Panik was inserted into the Giants starting lineup just before their World Series run in 2014. Now he’s an All-Star in 2015, and a First-Half All-Star here on the blog as well.(Photo By: Scott Strazzante)
First-half of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is in the books. That means it’s that time of year when debate will rage on about who made the All-Star teams and who should have made the All-Star teams. (more…)
Kris Bryant, 23, has an On-Base Percentage of .384 to go with his 10 home runs, 42 RBI, and .860 OPS
“At the beginning of the offseason I’m watching the moves A.J.’s making. It’s incredible, the change,” Shields said. “The teams that I was looking at, I knew that they were going to win and win now. That’s what I loved about San Diego and what the ownership’s doing right now is they have that win-now mentality. Not only now, but in the next four, five years. I’m looking forward to doing my part.”
– James Shields, San Diego Padres SP, after signing 4-year, $75 million dollar contract in February 2015
Kris Bryant, the #1 Prospect in baseball, has arrived in Chicago and they still have more young, top-flight prospects on the way.
It’s been almost three weeks since the season started and there are quite a few storylines to discuss. I figured I would break this into two parts and give a few first impressions starting with the National League. I also will (finally) dole out division predictions so without further delay let’s get to it. (more…)