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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

As Intense As It Gets

The Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco is the world's most intense car race. The annual event run at the end of May on the streets of Monte Carlo is a unique spectacle, and one of the most exciting shows in racing. This is true despite the fact that a Monaco race involves little passing for position, and lead changes on the track are rare.
How exciting can it be if there is hardly any passing?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

An Obvious All-Star

Astros fans have no problem voting for Alex Bregman for the 2018 All-Star game. Although the American League has several hot corner candidates worthy of consideration, the 24-year-old LSU alum is making a strong case for the honor. The third baseman who helped the Astros win the 2017 World Series Championship is on a torrid pace at the plate.