The Handy NL Pocket Guide to the 2015 MLB Season

First let’s put a framework on the complex thought processes brought to bear here. I’m about to say some things about the 2015 Major League season which might create teeth-grinding disagreement and physically debilitating contention. But, as Mary Shelley once said, “That’s just the nature of the beast.” So I want to start off with […]


SF Giants “Playing Pepper” 2015

The esteemed Daniel Shoptaw wears a number of hats, all of them St. Louis Cardinals red. Daniel is the creator and managing author of C70 At the Bat, a fantastic St. Louis Cardinals blog. And he is also part of the Cardinals Conclave, a group of like-minded bloggers who talk Cardinals baseball and much more, […]

Question: Do Spring Training Records Matter? Well… Yes and No

The true meaning of pre-season baseball in Florida and Arizona is difficult to assess. It’s kind of like trying to figure out if Nicolas Cage’s next film is going to be bad, or historically bad. The short answer is that MLB Spring Training games and their results matter a great deal on some levels and […]


Giants Title Defense Starts in Phoenix With Just $14 Tickets

The San Francisco Giants have turned into a bit of a dynasty. With three World Series titles since 2010, the Giants are one of the top powerhouse teams in all of baseball and could very well contend for yet another title in 2015. Not bad for a team that hadn’t won it all since 1954, […]

Three Emerging Teams Could Rock the National League in 2015

Three National League teams made bold moves to climb up the MLB food chain this off-season, and it will be fascinating to see if any of them will be seated at baseball’s postseason buffet in mid-October. The Miami Marlins, the San Diego Padres, and the Chicago Cubs spent money and prospects to retool, to add […]


Pence Injury Pushes Giants Farther Back in the 2015 Pack

Looking at many of the recent 2015 top team projections and power rankings from MLB writers and analysts, it’s striking (and surprising) how many of them put the Giants tantalizingly close to actually contending. FanGraphs listed the Giants as the 16th best MLB team for 2015 (but there were a number of teams tied on […]

Breaking news

New Baseball Commissioner Implements Bold Rule Changes in 2015 to Speed Up the Game

 “These changes represent our efforts to streamline the game and hopefully increase overall baseball revenues for our owners from $9 billion in 2014 to at least eleventy billion this year,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a candid statement. Recently sworn in Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has proposed six new rule changes for Major League […]


Better Sit Down: A Brief Study of the Business of Giants Baseball

So far in 2015, the San Francisco Giants are following their 2014 payroll blueprint. Sign low-end, inexpensive marginal players, then cross your fingers and hope something accidentally happens. And why not? Last season, San Francisco squeaked into the postseason as the #10 team out of ten qualifiers, then proceeded to move through three playoff levels […] MLB Foundation

Six Middle of the Grid AL Moves that Could Play Big in 2015

As I wrote in the National League installment of this subject, there are no secret moves or below the radar player pick-ups in Major League Baseball any more. The media swarm is such that if the fifth starter in Double A Flushbucket, Louisiana throws a no-hitter we’re all going to know about it. So while […]


Cut-Rate Replacements At Third Base and Left Field Save Giants Millions

With the signing of former Kansas City Royals outfielder free agent Nori Aoki, the San Francisco Giants have now answered two of their top off-season questions: who will replace Pablo Sandoval at third base and who takes over in left field for Michael Morse? Morse and Sandoval were both offered more money to stay in […] MLB Foundation

Six Middle of the Grid NL Moves that Could Play Big in 2015

There are no “under the radar” moves made in Major League Baseball any more. A swap of back-up catchers between the Cubs and Blue Jays fifteen or twenty years ago might have gone unnoticed to anyone except rabid Chicago and Toronto fans. Today, let a class A fourth outfielder stub his toe coming into the […]

Giants 2015 Blueprint: Save Money, Manage Compliant Fan Base

Question: Do You Believe the Giants Front Office (or Your Lying Eyes) ? This off-season the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants missed an amazing number of opportunities to improve their 25 man roster. It makes you wonder why they bothered to attend the annual General Managers meeting in Phoenix last November, or the MLB […]


Giants Off-Season a Nasty Mix of Rejection and Incompetence

Welcome to the Empty Funhouse The 2014 postseason should have been a time of bold and dominating moves by the San Francisco Giants ownership group and their front office. An unexpected trip to the playoffs and a World Series win last October should have been the jumping off point for the organization to boldly rebuild […]