Dan Le Batard stol the spotlight from Glavine (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

For those who missed it, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were voted into the Hall of Fame this past Wednesday. All three were more than deserving of the honor, and one would think they would have their time in the spotlight. Unfortunately, a loud-mouthed reporter with his own agenda, Dan Le Batard, took that away from them. In November 2013, Deadspin announced that they had “bought” a Hall of Fame vote and would allow their readers to vote on the names on the ballot. This past Wednesday, Dan Le Batard was announced to be the journalist who “sold” his vote. First things first, it is important to note that Le Batard did not actually sell his vote, he merely gave it away. This fact changes the story from something borderline illegal to an ill-timed publicity stunt. For those who have not seen the Deadspin article, you can find it here.

Why Le Batard was Right

While I cannot condone the manner in which it was done, Le Batard is correct in that the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and its Hall of Fame voting process is an extremely sketchy process. Continue reading The Baseball Hall of Fame Vote: Why Dan Le Batard was Right and Wrong »

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Masahiro Tanaka (Photo Courtesy of USA Today)

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has narrowed his ideal places to play in Major League Baseball to three cities: Boston, New York and Los Angeles. We’ve heard that the Red Sox could be a dark horse candidate for the 25-year old right-handed pitcher, but how realistic would it be for them or the other four teams from those cities to land him? Here’s my breakdown of each of the five potential landing spots: Continue reading Masahiro Tanaka prefers Boston, New York or Los Angeles »

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A-Rod (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) and Bud Selig (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

After a long an arduous process A-Rod’s appeal of his suspension has finally been settled. Originally at 211-game ban, the suspension has been reduced to 162 games including the playoffs. It remains to be seen whether Rodriguez’s camp will take legal action to reduce the suspension ever further or even do away with it completely. With A-Rod’s suspension in place who are the winners and losers?

Winners

  • Bud Selig is clearly the biggest winner here. With the suspension upheld, albeit reduced, he showed that baseball is serious in taking PEDs out of the game. Selig is set to retire at the end of the 2014 season and he clearly wants to be remembered for cracking down on the use of PEDs in the game after baseball turned a blind eye for over a decade.
  • The Yankees are huge winners here as well. With A-Rod suspended they save a tidy sum of $24 million dollars, money that could be spent to fine a suitable replacement for A-Rod or to chase Masahiro Tanaka. With A-Rod suspended they also do not to deal with the inevitable distractions that come with having him around.
  • Continue reading A-Rod Suspension Set at 162 Games »

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Garin Cecchini is looking to make an impact on the Red Sox soon (Elsa/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the 20th of November, represented the deadline for Major League teams to finalize their 40-man rosters. For those who are not as familiar with the intricacy of baseball rosters, the 40-man roster represents the players who are eligible to play on the 25-man Major League roster. During the offseason however, the 40-man roster is used to protect players from the Rule 5 draft which takes place in December.

The Rule 5 Draft

In the Rule 5 draft players who are not protected by the 40-man roster are eligible to be drafted by the other teams for a fee of $50,000. If the player that is selected does not stay on the 25-man roster for the entire season he must be offered back to his original team for $25,000. Notable Rule 5 draft picks in the past include Johan Santana, Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, and Red Sox right-fielder Shane Victorino. Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was also a Rule 5 draft pick, so clearly neither the draft nor the players the Red Sox placed on the 40-man roster be overlooked. Continue reading Red Sox Add Three to 40-Man Roster, Future Begins to Take Shape »

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John Farrell narrowly missed winning Manager of the Year (Boston Herald/Mat Stone)

Terry Francona absolutely deserved to win AL Manager of the Year this past Tuesday. In his first year in Cleveland he took a team that went 68-94 in 2012 to 92 wins and a wild card birth. During the winter before the 2013 season the Inidans added Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, but many still felt they were a longshot to make the playoffs. During the season Francona dealt with rashes of injuries and a mostly ineffective bullpen. Francona deserved to win Manager of the Year. There only problem is, John Farrell deserved it more.

Farrell’s Improbable Turn Around

Coming in off of one of the Red Sox franchise’s worst season ever both on and off the field in a season, Farrell navigated the team to 97 wins and an AL East Division title. Right before the beginning of the season, no one at ESPN, the Boston Globe, or Sports Illustrated picked them to win the AL East and many picked them to finish last. Continue reading Looking Back: Was John Farrell Robbed of Manager of the Year Award? »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

The World Series is over, and the Boston Red Sox have completed a worst-to-first turnaround to capture another World Series championship. David Ortiz just tore right through all Cardinals pitching en route to the MVP award, while Boston took control against Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha just as they did Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. St Louis just had a tough time keeping Boston down for nine innings at a time.

Overall, it was a pretty easy series for our panelists to predict, though a singular home run in the final game was a bit less than we thought. In the end, the winner of the 2013 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results »

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The two best baseball teams are set to face off in the World Series. Who will reign in the rematch nine years in the making? (MLB Shop)

The World Series is finally here, and the Boston Red Sox look to consummate their worst-to-first turnaround against perennial contender St Louis. Coming off great pitching performances and clutch hitting, these two teams look to make this series one for the ages no matter who wins.

While most of our panelists don’t think pitching will be MVP-worthy in this series, it does look to be a long and fun series. With the end of the season near, would anyone expect any less?

For this final series, we’re introducing a new scoring category; experts will be guessing how many home runs will be hit in the final game by both sides combined. And in addition, ALL POINTS ARE DOUBLED!!! That means picking the winner of a series is worth four points, and guessing how many games the series will last and the MVP of the series is worth two point. Ditto for the combined HR total in the final game.

In the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing the combined walks-plus-hits-per-innings-pitched of LCS MVPs Michael Wacha and Koji Uehara over the course of the World Series. Their walks and hits given up over the series will be pooled, as will their innings pitched, and the former sum will be divided by the latter.

So now that the red tape is out of the way, check below for the pick sets. And come back once the series is finished for the final results. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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