Linked – Friday Feb 24

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. A great story about how the iconic Blue Jays logo was created. Jake Peavy isn’t reporting to any spring training camps this year, and the reason for it is heartbreaking. Rob Manfred continues to make stupid decisions. Stacey May Fowles explains why the intentional walk…

Top 10 most ridiculous minor league team names

It’s no secret for anyone who has known me for any length of time that I love minor league teams. I’m not over the top crazy about following prospects, though it is a lot of fun to see future stars in the making. No, my love of the minor league system is entirely based in…

Winter is over, and baseball is here at last

**This piece was originally published at Bless You Boys on Feb 19, 2015** Baseball is a game of measured breaths. It is the time between moments, when a pitcher adjusts his grip and a batter chokes up on the bat. It is the ebb and flow of the outfield, as the tides change from power…

Linked – Monday Feb 13

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. Hannah Jeter wrote a beautiful editorial about her romance with Yankees great Derek Jeter, and there’s a little bit of exciting news in there, too. Grant Brisbee is very much on point with his scathing take-down of the newly proposed baseball rules. His URL game…

Let’s get hyped

As the winter months start to drag on and it feels like the shortest month might actually be the longest, the light at the end of the tunnel can seem miles away. For baseball fans, there’s a long, seemingly endless haul between October and April, where any ember of information is enough to stoke the…

North & South – What Spring Training Means to Us All

**this post was originally published over at Bless You Boys on March 19, 2015. I’m revisiting some of my older work as I start my book, and wanted to share this piece as we approach another spring training season** This morning I scraped ice off my windshield and wondered if the geese had flown overhead…

CB-eh? What does the CBA mean for 2017 and beyond?

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) and how it could potentially interfere with teams signing players, or even cause a lockout. Yesterday the CBA was completed, but some folks still don’t know exactly what it is, or what the implemented changes mean for…

2016 in Review – Baltimore Orioles

During the off season I wanted to have a look at the highs and lows of each individual major league team, and offer a forward glance of what the 2017 season might offer. This will be done alphabetically and by division, with an AL and NL team featured each week. 2016 Baltimore Orioles Payroll: $150,208,782.00…

Give Thanks for Baseball

Thanksgiving is many things for many people. For me, it was in October, because I’m Canadian, so right today is just a typical Thursday in my world. But I know so many Americans, especially because of my connection to the baseball world, that it’s impossible to ignore the meaning of the day. Thanksgiving is more…

Can’t Watch the World Series?

The pain is real. If you’re like me and can’t get enough baseball (even if your team is already out), you’ve been watching this postseason with rapt attention. The games have been thrilling, even when they seem to run super long. All bullpen management seems to have been thrown to the wind in favor if…

So Your Girlfriend Loves Baseball

Men, let’s talk. It’s the baseball postseason, and the woman in your life seems to have gone insane. She’s reorganizing her social calendar, eating microwave pizza for dinner while sitting in front of the TV, watching games she normally wouldn’t care about. And if you even suggest switching to Netflix for an episode of Luke Cage she looks…

How to Care About the Postseason…

… When Your Team is Already Out. Welcome to Team Disappointment, Red Sox and Rangers fans. Getting swept a week into the postseason is rough. I’d argue it might be harder than not making the cut at all, because hopes are never higher than those few glorious days after the end of the regular season,…