Sunday, October 21, 2018

Trevor Bauer's Sour Grapes

Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians convinced himself that his team did not compete in or win the 2017 World Series, and the Houston Astros did, because he believes that Astros pitchers cheat. He first made this bizarre claim in May 2018, and he continues to push his conspiracy theory. The more likely scenario is that he suffers from a case of sour grapes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Sports Forum & More

I've seen many sports forums, but nothing that fit what I wanted to join. I want to participate in real discussions about baseball and a variety of sports; conversations that went beyond the standard 'who's the best player,' or 'which team is the best' kind of thing.

I belong to several forums centered on music, guitars, books, and writing, but wouldn't it be nice to have those topics in one online place?

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Pain in the Elbow

A UCL tear or strain requiring surgery is a devastating injury that can put a player out of action for a year or more. Most often associated with baseball pitchers, it involves damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, and can mend itself through rest, but is most often addressed through surgery. 
Reconstruction of the UCL doesn't make a pitcher better, and there is no guarantee that with surgery, one will ever pitch again. If the procedure is successful, the recipient will at least be able to continue to pursue baseball as a profession, but if it isn't, it means the end of a pitching career. This problem has been all too frequent of late, and many recent pitchers have gone under the knife for the operation, better known as Tommy John surgery.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Smith, Baird, & Pearson - Three Promising Pitchers

Jaylen Smith, Cam Baird, and Braden Pearson are minor league players who caught my attention this season for various reasons. While none of the three are listed on their respective Top 30 team prospect lists or came in as highly touted players, all showed potential.

Major League Baseball may be the focus of attention for most fans, but following minor league players gives you a look at the future of the sport. The top prospects get a lot of attention, and for good reason, but many young players are working their way through the system who are worth watching, including these three.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Promising Prospect & A Brutal Crime

Danry Vasquez was once a promising baseball prospect, however, the 24 year-old is not likely to ever wear a Major League uniform. The former Astros minor leaguer has a history similar to that of current Astro Roberto Osuna - both men were accused of and arrested for domestic abuse. The crime committed by Vazquez cost him a Major League career, and rightly so.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Astros Error

The Houston Astros made a mistake trading for Roberto Osuna. The pitcher accused of domestic abuse and suspended by Major League Baseball was recently acquired via trade in what is turning out be an unpopular move, for good reason. Although Osuna is an outstanding relief pitcher, the Astros should not have made this trade.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Highly Touted Prospect

Baseball fans love to speculate and anticipate the arrival of minor league prospects. Even for a team like the World Series Champion Houston Astros, highly touted rookies are a hot topic of discussion. The latest such man of interest is newly promoted Astros rookie Kyle Tucker, nicknamed by his teammates, 'Ted,' as his swing is reminiscent of that of Hall of Famer Ted Williams.