MLB Essays

The Jhonny Peralta Signing Blues

What does it mean when a player gets a big-money contract after serving a punishment for PED use? Should teams be punished, too?

Should Baseball Reinstate Pete Rose?

One of baseball's most respected sportswriters says yes. Me? I'm not so sure.

How To Fix MLB's Obstruction Rule

The Cardinals won Game 3 of the World Series on an obstruction call. The call was made correctly, but the rule might not be clear enough. Here's one way it could be fixed.

Could The Athletics Move... To Portland, Oregon?

An intriguing article promoting the possibility of major-league baseball in Oregon suggests this as one idea.

What Makes A Great Manager?

With new manager season in full swing, here's the basic question: What makes a great manager?

2013 World Series Preview: Red Sox vs. Cardinals

Herewith a look at the matchup that no one outside of Boston or St. Louis wanted.

Why Should We Hate The Cardinals?

It's not worth hating Cardinals fans because they're corny and bland or that they live in a mediocre city. Hate them because the Cardinals win so damn much, and they brag about it in a whiny, "woe is me" fashion, wrapped into a loaf of white bread.

We Shouldn't Be Disappointed About Girardi

Joe Girardi will not be the next manager of the Cubs. No one has any idea if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

On Watching Other Sports This Winter

Make no mistake about it: baseball is my first, second and third love. But I do like to watch other sports in the off-season but lately, I've been having trouble finding one I like.

A.L.D.S. Previews: Rays/Red Sox, Tigers/Athletics

Here's a look at the two American League division series, which begin Friday afternoon.

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