Jason Heyward has admitted his delight at avoiding arbitration and signing a new two-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year old agreed a $13.3 million deal over the next two seasons, bringing an end to Heyward’s fears of entering arbitration on the back of an injury-plagued 2013 MLB season.Follow paulmbanks
A lot of speculation came out of the Baltimore Orioles ’ camp last weekend after the club kept quiet on their plans to sign a new starter to their desperate roster.
Usually the annual FanFest is an event where the clubs offer a carrot to the fans, maybe shedding light on a trade rumor, but this year the Orioles supporters were left in the dark regarding their pitching ranks.Follow paulmbanks
Many people have wondered why New Jersey doesn’t have its own Major League Baseball team. After all, the residents of New Jersey would most likely love to have a team there, and the state leadership would be more than happy to support it. In fact, the state even has the three main components that are nearly essential to owning and operating a successful MLB franchise. So why doesn’t New Jersey have a team? As it turns out, a Supreme Court Ruling from 1922 might be to blame.Follow paulmbanks
Thanksgiving dinner is likely to seem especially tasty for onetime American Association hurler Bo Schultz since news arrived Wednesday that he had been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old righty and Northwestern journalism grad, who was mostly a bullpen contributor (4-3, 4.13 in 37 appearances) while helping Grand Prairie, TX win the Association title in 2011, went 3-0 with a 3.09 earned run average in seven starts in the AFL after both starting and relieving for the D-Backs’ top two farm clubs this summer.Follow paulmbanks
As baseball heads into the postseason, the New York Mets are faced with an offseason of intense decision-making. During the break, there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed but fortunately, this time, there’s plenty of money available to transform the squad.
Plenty of positions need firming up: the outfield is lacking a real big hitter; General Manager Sandy Alderson needs to decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda can hold down first base; the New York Mets are in the market for a new shortstop according to Alderson; and, despite Matt Harvey’s intense rehab, there’s no prognosis on when his shoulder injury will heal so a replacement veteran starting pitcher might be in the mix.Follow paulmbanks
How the San Francisco Giants found their latest prospect is yet another example of it’s all about who you know in life. Even in sports. Yes, sports, where it’s a pure meritocracy, and all about talent. You get ahead only if you can play, and left behind if you cannot play.
Not true. Sometimes it is all about who you know. Like the case of Matt Chavez and the San Francisco Giants.Follow paulmbanks
The MLB Playoffs are in full swing with the Divisional Series set.
The St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics face off for the chance to win a championship that will be earned after 162 (or 163) games.
When I say that NO ONE CARES about the existence of the Houston Astros, I may not be talking hyperbole. We’re getting dangerously close to being literal when we say that no one is interested in the Houston Astros. It isn’t just myself and David Kmiecik on baseball hiatus in 2013; it’s the entire fourth largest market in the United States.
Houston DOESN’T CARE about the Astros, and that’s a big problem for MLB. Recently the Astros televised a game with less than a 1,000 viewers. Not joking. I’m being serious here.Follow paulmbanks
You may wonder what Roger Clemens has been up to since that ill-fated Roger Clemens comeback attempt. Well, as you know he named all his kids with names that start with K. (OMG! How brilliant and clever! Because Roger Clemens got a lot of strikeouts! K! It works on so many levels!)
Well one of those kids was recently dismissed from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and he’s caught on (cuz he’s a catcher, get it? I know, the 7 o’clock show is completely different from the 11) in unaffiliated baseball. And Roger Clemens is just kicking back and taking it all in.Follow paulmbanks