MLB’s lame attitude towards Astros likely will lead to retaliation by pitchers.

Yesterday, new Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, pleaded MLB to protect his players from being beaned by their opponents. If MLB would have acted the way it should, this plea would not even have been necessary. With Thursday's press conference by the Astros in which José Altuve and Alex Bregman apologized and also owner Jim …

Dodgers tie series despite Jansen being human

Game four of the World Series was a nailbiter. It had all the drama you'd expect the Fall Classic to have. It was only decided in the ninth inning when the bullpen of the Astros collapsed and gave up five runs as the Astros fell to the Dodgers 6-2. Throughout the game the Astros were …

More Astros PDC news

The Houston Astros and their A Short Season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The announcement was made by Bill Gladstone, the ValleyCats President / Principal Owner and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan at a press conference on Saturday afternoon. The cooperation between …

No more Venezuelan Summer League

Yesterday, it was announced in the podcast "The Show before the Show", that the Venezuelan Summer League is no more. After 19 years the league shuts down due to several reasons.  The league has been plagued by many teams pulling back due to the turmoil that the country faces. Many teams feared for the safety …

Japan All-Star Series: Despite Longo’s homerun, MLB squad loses exhibition

  Once again the Japanese pitching was magical and kept the MLB All-Stars in check rather well. Shota Takeda pitched three innings in which he allowed only one unearned run on four hits. He walked four and fanned three. The only run that Takeda (Softbank Hawks) allowed came when Alcides Escobar reached first base in …

Japan All-Star Series: game five

     Matt Shoemaker recovered from his loss in game one of this series in Japan. In the first game he took the loss after five innings of work and two runs allowed. This time Shoemaker lasted five innings again but he allowed only two hits and struck out two. Jose Altuve was smoking again. In …

Japan All-Star Series, game four: J Morneau – Samurai Japan 6-1

    The MLB All-Stars already lost the series, but they wanted to put something straight today. They did, and especially Justin Morneau did. In the first inning, Morneau hit a double of Samurai Japan's starter Shintaro Fujinami (NPB sophomore for the Hanshin Tigers) and drove in Yasiel Puig who got on base on a double …

Japan All-Star Series: Game two

    In the Tokyo Dome the MLB All-Stars and the Samurai Japan met each other for game two of the Japan All-Star Series. You can imagine that Hisashi Iwakuma wanted to shine in his hometown Tokyo. But the pitcher of the Seattle Mariners did everything but shine. Though he got through the first inning relatively …

How to get through the baseball off season? Japan All-Star Series 2014

In my "How to get through the baseball off season?" post, I wrote about a things you could do during the baseball off season to avoid baseball hibernation. One of them was watching/following the Australian Baseball League. I found a new option. I know that there are only a few games played, but what about …

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