New York Yankees: Firing Joe Girardi a brave double-down on young talent, among other things

The New York Yankees announced on Thursday they would not be bringing back Joe Girardi, their World Series-winning manager of 10 years. There were rumblings prior to the divorce that Girardi was on thin ice, with his contract up at the end of the season and many around New York’s organisation unhappy with his relationship with the clubhouse. It seemed almost bizarre. How could a team as young as the Yankees succeed so feverishly without a good relationship with their skipper? The ‘Baby Bomber

2017 MLB Playoffs: Parity leaves next dynasty's arrival unclear

Baseball fans are still waiting to see another dynasty, but there is no timeline on when it may arrive MLB hasn’t had a repeat World Series champion since 1999 when the New York Yankees won their second of three consecutive titles. Ever since then, fans have been searching for baseball’s next dynasty and have ultimately failed to find it. This streak is the longest of the four major North American professional sports. The NHL had a repeat champion last year, the NBA’s last came in 2013, and th

Chicago Cubs: 5 ways to make the World Series in 2018

The Chicago Cubs were demolished in the NLCS by the Los Angeles Dodgers. What will it take to go one better next year? The Chicago Cubs caught lightning in a bottle last season en route to winning their first World Series in over a century, but a repeat was sadly not in the cards in 2017. Chicago experienced a serious World Series hangover all season long and though they got hot in the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, they were just no match for a Los Angeles Dodgers team hungry for an NL

The Colorado Rockies are not done yet

This has been a remarkable season for the Colorado Rockies, but the best is yet to come. For the first time since 2009, the Colorado Rockies are heading to the postseason, and to the National League Wildcard Game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. They’re heading there with a wily and deceptively deep group of players, led by NL MVP candidates Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. However, as ESPN’s David Schoenfield pointed out, it has not been how everyone expected them to get there,

Jerry West Best Signing the Los Angeles Clippers Have Made in Years

The 2017-18 season is going to be interesting for the Los Angeles Clippers, as they embark on the uncertainty of the post-Chris Paul era. No one is quite sure where Los Angeles is headed; they still have front court duo Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and have finally filled the void at small forward with hot-scoring Danilo Gallinari. Also heading to LA via CSKA Moscow is Milos Teodosic, the man they’ve called "the Serbian Steve Nash," and "Lights Out Lou" Williams, both providing backcourt

Three Truths About the Doug Collins Hiring

On Tuesday, former Chicago Bulls head coach Doug Collins returned to the team as a "senior adviser" which left a lot of people confused. It is a fair reaction, given the ambiguity offered by his title. What is Collins here to do? What is he not here to do? Where within the organisation will he be working? Why was he hired at all? Let’s strip back the vagueness behind the role and work out why the former player, coach, and analyst is back with Chicago after almost 30 years.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have achieved organisational excellence

Like the Chicago Cubs the year before, the Los Angeles Dodgers have achieved what every sporting club hopes to: organizational excellence Like the Chicago Cubs the year before, the Los Angeles Dodgers have achieved what every baseball club, every sporting club hopes to – organisational excellence. Yes, they sport a 91-38 record, 19 games good enough for first in the National League West, and 13 games good enough for the best record in baseball. Yes, the team has refused to rest on their laure

Los Angeles Dodgers: How badly do they really want to win the World Series?

Are the Los Angeles Dodgers ready to dismantle their farm in order to win a World Series? Should they be? When you ask any baseball person, “how badly do you want to win the upcoming World Series?” especially anyone connected to one of the 30 MLB franchises in North America, there should be no hesitation. “Yes!” They should say, without need for even a moments thought. However, the reality for as many as 50-75 percent of teams is not that simple. Despite what it may seem for the 71-31 Los Ang

MLB Trade Rumors: Hunter Pence an underrated addition?

With the MLB trade deadline approaching, could Hunter Pence be a cheap and underrated addition to a postseason team? Only three teams have not yet won 40 games in MLB this year: the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the San Francisco Giants. It is a fairly depressing turnaround for a team that, after the last pitch been thrown in the 2014 season, had won three World Series titles in five seasons. That’s baseball though, and now San Francisco are looking to sell at the deadline

Jose Quintana: What the trade means for both Chicago teams

The Jose Quintana trade has not only shook up the National League, but also MiLB On Thursday, the Chicago White Sox traded left-handed starter Jose Quintana to their crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs, for prospects Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Bryant Flete and Matt Rose. The two former names make up the bulk of the deal on the White Sox’s side; whilst now only the sixth best at Comiskey Park, Cease was the top pitcher in the Cubs’ farm system, and Jimenez represents the 8th best prospect in all

Miami Marlins: Jeffrey Loria is selling - Good riddance

The exit of Jeffrey Loria from baseball can't come soon enough, and MLB must ensure his like never return Miami Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly nearing an agreement to sell his MLB team for a price estimated to be around $1.6 billion – although repeatedly denying anything of the sort to the press when quizzed on the topic. His frosty reception of the media on this matter comes straight from his cold, dead heart, a lifeless organ that has governed every conniving, greedy move he has

Cleveland Indians: Is Shawn Morimando the answer to pitching problems?

The 24 year old New York native is proving possible to ignore in the minors The Cleveland Indians have a fairly handy lead in the American League Central going into the All-Star break. They currently top the division by 2.5 games, from the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. However, the defending AL champions will be looking to make sure that lead is a little more comfortable heading into the second half of the season, and most in the know have seemed to have identified their starting rot

Texas Rangers: Austin Bibens-Dirkx shows why baseball is truly the greatest game of all

The inspirational story of Austin Bibens-Dirkx shows you why there is no better game than America's pastime. Baseball is often referred to as “America’s pastime”, and it’s not hard to see why. The similarities between the ever-popular bat-and-ball game and the United States of America are not hard to see. In fact, the sport of baseball almost perfectly encapsulates the American dream; any man can make this country, or this sport, his own, no matter his colour or his creed, or the amount of rin

Tampa Bay Rays: Should there be a Brent Honeywell call up?

As far as the media goes, we are hearing strong mixed messages from the Tampa Bay Rays about their outlook for the rest of the season. Currently sitting at 37-36, Tampa Bay are 3rd in the American League East standings, four games back from the New York Yankees in 1st. It’s also high time to remind ourselves that the AL East is one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, with the last placed Toronto Blue Jays having by far the best record of any division basement dweller in MLB. Most i

Aroldis Chapman is back for the New York Yankees, and it could not come soon enough

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is back and pitching after an extended stay on the disabled list. To say it could not come soon enough is an understatement of New York sized proportion. Even without Chapman in their bullpen, the NYY rank amongst the best in the Majors in that category. Since Chapman went on the DL last month, stand-in closer Dellin Betances has not allowed a run. However, with the Yankees beginning their trip to California last week for two series against the Los Angele

A week of baseball with 66 years of history

On Tuesday night, Cincinnati Reds left fielder Scooter Gennett did what only 16 other men in MLB history have done. He hit four home runs in a single game. The hometown hero went 5-5 on the night, and drove in a total of 10 RBI. It’s fair to say that Gennett, the 27-year-old waiver wire pickup, just had the best game of baseball he’ll ever play. In three months of work prior to his four-homer game, Gennett recorded 111 at-bats for three homers. He eclipsed that in just 5 that night against the

The New York Yankees are back, baby

For years, there were two ways to do baseball; the New York Yankees way, and everyone else’s way. The two could be assumed to be the right way and the wrong way respectively, with the 27 World Series pennants waving from atop Yankee Stadium. But with just one World Series since 2001, the two ideologies have started to represent the easy way and the hard way, and unfortunately for the Yankees, there are no more easy ways to a Fall Classic triumph. Since the onset of the 2000’s, MLB has become le
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