Opening Weekend Thoughts

An easy way to summarize the first weekend of the Jays season would be to say, it could have ended in disaster. But Toronto’s bullpen and bats came through and bailed out the starting pitching. My favourite moment of the weekend had to be when Jose Bau…

One Sentence Scouting Report: Jays Sign Omar Vizquel

I  just came across the latest Jays signing on MLBTR which has inspired my latest One Sentence Scouting Report…Omar Vizquel: Alex Anthopoulos is clearly in need of a father figure…*** Bonus True Fact: Omar Vizquel played baseball BEFORE colour…

Premature NL Central Preview

So, unless the Cardinals swoop in and sign Prince Fielder, it looks like the Reds are going to run away with the NL Central in 2012… Not only have they traded for Mat Latos, one of the best young starters available, but they’ve also got one of the bu…

Baseball Book Report – The Complete Game

Today’s Baseball Book Report is The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching by Ron DarlingNow this was the book that I was looking for. An insightful, informative, interesting read on what goes on between a pitcher’s ears through…

Baseball Book Report – Watching Baseball Smarter

For the inaugural Baseball Book Report of 2012, I decided to read Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan’s Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks by Zach Hemple. Last week I posted a countdown of my favourite baseba…

One Sentence Scouting Report: Travis Snider

Let’s start 2012 with a bang! We’ll start the new year with a One Sentence Scouting Report.  Travis Snider: AA needs to decide if he’s AAAA or AAA or maybe just trade him to the Oakland A’s…

Baseball Book Report Countdown #1 – The Last Hero

Like I said yesterday, it was a close one, but this is my favourite baseball book that I read last year, so if you have the chance, I (obviously) highly recommend it. Happy reading and Happy New Year!The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron – Howard Bryant…

Billy Beane – The Smartest Man in Baseball

Yet another post about the AL West… I’ve been thinking about the Oakland A’s a lot lately. It seems that they don’t have the payroll, fan support, revenue, or players to compete and they’re heading down the road to San Jose irrelevance very quickly. …

Baseball Book Report Countdown #2 – The Last Boy

It was a tough choice, but this one was a close runner up in at number 2: The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood – Jane LeavyIt took a couple attempts to get through this book, but I’m glad a persevered through the slow, hu…