Archive for October 2017

The once-controversial extra chance for runners-up is here to stay.

Who’ll be the next to turn a career on the diamond to success at the ballot box?

One-franchise lifers still exist in an era of diminished team control over player movement.

What can we expect of players past their 40th birthdays in 2017?

Somehow, the Cubs have spent the past four decades with decent catching, relatively cheaply.

It ought to be the easiest position to fill, but Cleveland has historically had trouble with the initial sack.

A salute to baseball retirees who didn’t get much of one when they stepped away.

How to win it all with mediocre pitching.

Many longtime followers of the team can’t fathom what the team’s management is doing.

If one word sums up this Original Franchise’s history, it’s mediocrity.

The schedule may give the AL Central teams a break this year.

Spring training may be less useful to players than it is to baseball’s rich store of anecdotes.

This early prima donna proved that being good has nothing to do with being great.

Even if you’ve heard of these guys, you probably didn’t know how good they were.

How a small-market team fills a position economically — and sometimes very well.

Baseball’s unwritten get all the attention, but maybe it’s time to pay attention the written rules.

How can a player be so good as a rookie, so mediocre thereafter?

Much about baseball’s 19th century history is fiction, but this game isn’t.

Yes, it’s still early. But those wins and losses in spring usually are a harbinger of what’s to come.

Putting together a pitching staff in mile-high Coors Field has been a thankless task from the beginning.