Expanding the size of the All-Star Game roster, using a designated hitter and tinkering with how the roster is selected are all ways Major League Baseball has tried to ensure that the All-Star Game remains interesting for fans. These innovations have not achieved that goal.
This is the second year in a row the San Francisco Giants have ended spring training by signing a major star to an enormous contract extension. Catcher Buster Posey is now signed through 2021, with an option for 2022, at a total cost of about $167 million. Last year, they signed pitcher Matt Cain to a similar contract.
Everyone thinks of Yogi Berra as the quintessential baseball quote. He made you think, laugh and occasionally want to launch your head into a brick wall. But Casey Stengel, manager of 3,766 games in the Big Leagues never wasted any time getting to the point
The WBC is far from perfect, but it is also a lot of fun for many people and an opportunity to highlight one of baseball's biggest accomplishments in recent years.
Look the players you've never heard of. Look at the non-roster invitees. Legitimate dreams are on the line in Lakeland. Look at players like Quintin Berry.
A fan base that is told to expect a World Series victory every year, and to see anything else as a failure is going to end up an angry disgruntled group, largely because they have been sold a bill of goods by the team's management.
Remember kids: Though four months without baseball is too many months, there are ways to make the time pass quickly, and less painfully.
In recognition of the importance of repentance and judging others with the benefit of the doubt, I wish Delmon Young the best in Philadelphia. I don't suspect he will find himself getting in trouble again since I wholeheartedly believe he learned his lesson well.
What motivates someone to give? What sparks the voice within to declare "I want to change the world?" Two simple questions that provide a glimpse of the scope and depth of one's philanthropic perspective. Questions that the dynamic Denise Ilitch knows very well.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez is not the only aging slugger on the roster who no longer hits like he once did, but to whom they owe a lot of money.
The playoffs being what they are, we knew that only one team -- and its fans -- would actually be happy when the whole thing was over. So what did the Tigers and all the other "losers" (and yes, that includes the Yankees) learn from the playoffs?
The Giants and the Tigers definitely won't be able to blame any lackluster performances on where they shack up.
I never thought we would be here. Maybe the Giants expect this kind of thing. They've been to the World Series recently. Good for them. But WE deserve this now. We are better.
The San Francisco Giants have been here before. We all know that once you taste that victory, it's hard to get it out of your mouth. Two years ago, the Giants won the World Series. They are back again, but this time facing Detroit.
Detroit's Game 1 pitcher Justin Verlander was asked if he's dating model Kate Upton, he said "I'm not confirming or denying anything."
No matter what the outcome, Detroit will come together once again, cheering on its Tigers. And perhaps that's the most important thing.