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?


  • 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.
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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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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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Koji Uehara makes his case for the most dominant closer in the game behind a strong ALCS MVP Performance. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The World Series is set, and its the Red Sox and Cardinals in a rematch of 2004. Both sides made it there with six-game home victories, and both sides had a pitcher named MVP. Michael Wacha of the Cardinals beat Clayton Kershaw twice, while Boston’s Koji Uehara played a part in all four Boston victories (three saves and a win).

As a result of all that, our standings have gotten tighter, and it’s still anyone’s game. With everyone picking the Red Sox, the Cardinals had a lot to do with that, but Uehara helped plenty as well.

So check below for the results of the LCS round, and come back Wednesday evening for the World Series Picks. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series Results »

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Boston silenced Tampa's winning ways, but now have to deal with a meaty Detroit lineup and killer staff. (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/)

The League Championship Series are about to begin. It’s a pair of #1 vs #3 matches, with Boston taking on Detroit and the Cardinals against the Dodgers. All four teams are loaded from top to bottom, which will make for an exciting final four to say the least.

A rebuilt Boston squad is the favored team among our experts, while the jury is out on the Cardinals/Dodgers winner. If the Sox do advance, they’ll either have a rematch from 2004 (their first title in 86 years) or face a Dodgers squad with plenty of familiar (and perhaps not-so-welcome) faces.

As before, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, and guessing how many games the series will last is worth one point. In addition, with MVPs being included in each series, guessing the MVP of each series is worth one point as well.

So with that in mind, check below for the complete pick set. And be sure to come back once the World Series is set for the results. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series »

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