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MLB Winter Meetings Have Hit The Ground Running

12 December, 2017

MLB Winter Meetings have hit the ground running this week in Orlando, a complete on-eighty from the way these meetings are usually conducted. Normally the MLB Winter Meetings are fairly predictable.  All MLB teams go to the meetings with a shopping list. They all have a fairly good idea what they want and what they are willing to give up to gain what they want.  The meetings are used as sort of a feeling-out process, where general managers lay the groundwork for future trades, which usually [...]

Carlos Beltran Retires At 40

15 November, 2017

Carlos Beltran is retiring, twenty years after lacing up his shoes for his first Major League game, and one month after being a part of his first World Series Championship with the Houston Astros. We salute Carlos Beltran! Twenty years playing a sport at the top of the game, playing it with honor, and still being productive at an age when many athletes are years into retirement. Truly remarkable! And now Carlos Beltran will join the thousands of other retired professional athletes as [...]

2017 World Series Is Great For Baseball

31 October, 2017

2017 World Series watchers will tell you that the 113th series between American and National League Champs, this time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, is one of the best things to happen to Major League Baseball in a very long time. Not only is this a Series between teams not named New York, Boston, or Chicago, but it is a riveting MLB series with more plot twists than a daytime soap opera. Case in point: the Series game Sunday, 10/29, had higher ratings than Sunday [...]

Shohei Otani Offers Unique Free Agent Case Study

10 October, 2017

Shohei Otani, the Japanese superstar being labeled as the “Japanese Babe Ruth,” is most likely going to apply for free agency to play in the Major Leagues, ending a five-year career in the Japanese Professional Baseball Association.  If that does, indeed, happen, he will offer one of the most intriguing MLB free agent  cases we have seen in quite awhile in Major League Baseball. For several reason . . . Because Otani is still only 23, he can only be signed to a minor-league contract [...]

MLB Off-Season Work Begins Now!

03 October, 2017

MLB off-season began last Sunday for twenty of the thirty MLB teams.  Ten lucky, and skilled, teams go on to the playoffs; twenty teams begin looking at the reasons why they are not attending the post-season party. Trades and deals cannot be made in Major League Baseball until the end of the World Series, but that does not mean serious planning is not happening.  By this time of the year teams have already identified their major weaknesses and needs.  They are fully aware of their shortcom [...]

Postseason Rosters for MLB Playoff Teams

19 September, 2017

Postseason rosters for MLB playoff teams are chosen from the 40-man expanded roster which is set on August 31st each year. Prior to every postseason series, a manager must name his 25-man roster for that series, and that 25-man roster is picked from the 40-man expanded roster.  The only possibility of a change in the postseason roster can occur if there is an injury during the postseason series.  At that point, when the injure players is place on the DL, another player can be added to the p [...]

Minor League Baseball Realities

18 July, 2017

Minor League Baseball realities are far-removed from the Major League realities.  We recently wrote an article about the MLB Draft 2017: What Happens After the Draft, in which we detailed the signings of draftees and how they are then shipped off to various levels in the minor league systems. But what happens then? What is life like for a minor league baseball player? One thing we can say, with total certainty, is that it is not glamorous. Minor League baseball players, for instance, r [...]

2017 MLB Trade Deadline is Confusing This Year

11 July, 2017

2017 MLB Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching, and this may well be the most confusing year yet. Why? Because of the two wildcard berths available for the playoffs, and because of the league balance, especially in the American League, very few teams are “out of it” as July comes to a close.  In fact, in the American League, the team with the worst record is still only 7 ½ games out of a playoff berth.  In the National League there are five teams which could be considered out of it, [...]

MLB Draft 2017: What Happens After Signings

05 July, 2017

MLB Draft 2017 is now three weeks in the past. The smoke has cleared, the selections have been made, all eyes are again on the pennant races, but what happens to those who were drafted? We all hear about the selections, but does anyone really know what happens after those selections are made? What happens is the process of assigning signing bonuses based on each team’s limit, called a bonus pool, and the slot recommendations for each round of signings.  In other words, a second round draft [...]

MLB Draft 2017

13 June, 2017

MLB Draft 2017 is underway as thirty MLB teams draft players in forty rounds over the span of three days, June 12-14. When the dust settles on June 14th, 1200 high school players, college players, and foreign players will know what their baseball future holds, and MLB rosters will change drastically. For the third time in history, the Minnesota Twins hold the number one pick in the draft, and since the Twins only have one winning season in the past six years, this year’s selection is crucia [...]