It's evident that Tanaka's stats are among the best of any pitcher in the world. But there is constant concern that he, like many Japanese pitchers before him, will be a big league bust. However, don't make the mistake of judging him on the failed potential of other Japanese pitchers.
Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have a baseball rivalry like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. With so many Dominicans living in Puerto Rico, the rivalry has taken on more meaning.
Many are quick to express the sentiment that when the Yankees spend much more than anyone else on talent it is bad for baseball. I am going to note that the Tanaka signing is quite good for competitive balance in baseball.
Cuba's return to the Caribbean Series was being considered one of the highlights of this 2014 popular baseball competition. The last time Cuba had r...
My own view on ballplayers players using steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) was one mostly of disinterest. I will not be compromised into thinking such issues pose measurable threats to America's future.
More than two decades ago, in the early 1990s, the task at hand for some of us in Detroit was still to try to save Tiger Stadium. It's a long story, but in a city with a Third World-level infant mortality rate and many other severe problems, there was a lot more at stake than baseball or nostalgia.
Unfortunately, we're a punitive culture, repeatedly enacting legislation based on emotion rather than reason, and turning a blind eye toward the reality that punishment alone rarely works to alter another's behavior (GTMO, anyone?). We love heroes and we love villains -- and we are rarely right about either.
The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe's glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.
It's the most photogenic field in sports. With its diamond grass stage and mound dirt spotlight, baseball is a small-screen dream.
Over the years collisions at home plate have gotten widespread publicity. With a proposed change aimed at protecting player safety, the argument against the effort to stop collisions comes from those who think the change makes the game soft.
This year, baseball fans will get to see one of the most talent-laden ballots in many years. But which players should get in during this competitive year? For the purposes of this article, I will only be examining the pitchers who are up for induction.
Piazza's wait is of course primarily due to the era in which he played, as almost every home run hitter of the 1990s and early 2000s is under suspicion for steroid use.
Human error will always occur in the officiating of any athletic competition, but the most exciting plays are now followed by endless delays. It destroys the certainty and excitement.
Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.
Players wanted to work with sick and underprivileged children. Kings for Kids was born. After a month of winnowing charities, the Kings picked the Child Life Services of Children's Hospital Boston. Then the magic began.
Catchers wear a lot of protective gear -- some in delicate arenas, others just to cover their face from foul tips. I was injured many times in high school and college, and often in the most stupid of ways. In short, it is a miserable job.