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A look at the NL Central a quarter of the way through the season

The Brewers are currently atop the division

Are the 2023 Oakland Athletics going to be the worst team in MLB history?

The answer is... "Maybe." Let’s look at the numbers.

It looks like the Oakland A’s are moving to Las Vegas — finally

Announcements came from the team and city very early Thursday.

MLB is going to try more experimental rules in the Atlantic League this year

... including a designated runner.

A few thoughts about MLB’s balanced schedule

On balance... I still don’t like it.

Know your enemy: One name to watch on each NL Central team

These are some new players to keep an eye on.

A few more thoughts on the MLB pitch timer

It’s been a great thing for baseball. But some are still complaining.

Old friend alert: Here are all the former Cubs on 2023 MLB rosters

Lots of guys have worn Cubs uniforms. Here are some that used to who are still playing for other teams.

Replay reviews are going to have to be done faster this year

And, some further thoughts about the new MLB pitch timer.

2023 Major League Baseball predictions

In which I go out on the usual limb to pick this year’s order of finish and playoff results.

MLB Opening Day is almost here

There are some intriguing matchups for the first day of the season.

Teams are charging regular season prices to see minor leaguers at the end of spring training

These games feature Quad-A lineups at major league prices.

Major League Baseball’s 2023 early season schedule is a mess — and there will be repercussions

The Cubs are just one of several cold-weather city teams who have a bad early schedule, and this was totally avoidable.

Should the pitch clock be used in the postseason?

Players and MLB disagreed when this rule change was being discussed.

MLB is tweaking some of its new rules, but the pitch timer limits will remain

There are a few small changes that will come to the rules instituted this spring that have picked up the pace of play.

MLB is considering tweaks to some of its new rules

The pitch timer is among them, though nothing is certain at this point.

A followup on the MLB Ballpark app’s issues with Ticketmaster

It’s been resolved, but it took a while. And the problem was undoubtedly on Ticketmaster’s fault.

No, the World Baseball Classic shouldn’t be cancelled because of Edwin Diaz’s injury

Injuries can — and do — happen just about anywhere in baseball.

MLB and Ticketmaster have a major problem with the Ballpark app

It’s something they need to fix before Opening Day.

MLB is about to stream some games to fans due to Diamond Sports’ bankruptcy

The RSN model is even closer to complete collapse.

MLB’s pitch clock has shortened Cubs spring games by about half an hour

The clock’s doing its job and I couldn’t be happier.

More on RSNs departing baseball and the sport’s financial state

We are heading into uncharted waters.

Reflections on the cusp of Cubs Spring Training games

We are just four days away from baseball at Sloan Park.

MLB owners claim they’re in financial trouble again

There are a lot of moving parts here, but I’m skeptical.

What MLB rule changes would you make?

Baseball’s into rule changes these days, so weigh in with what you would do if you were in charge.

Get ready for increased balk enforcement in MLB in 2023

Leaning into one of the least understood rules in baseball is not a good plan

MLB should bring back seven-inning games in doubleheaders

They’re trying to speed everything else up. Why not this?

Major League Baseball should institute a mercy rule to shorten games

The pitch clock and the extra-inning runner are in part designed to do this. So why not go further.

MLB’s placed runner rule in extra innings is now permanent

This is, in my view, a sad day for the sport.

Even more thoughts about MLB expansion and realignment

Would you really want the Cubs and White Sox in the same division?

It’s February. Baseball will be played this month

What are some of the things coming up for Cubs and other baseball fans?

A modest proposal to fix Hall of Fame voting

This would make enshrining players in Cooperstown more inclusive.


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