Verlander and Beltran finally get rings

For players like Carlos Beltran and Justin Verlander, a World Series title is the cap on a career already worthy of Cooperstown.

This is probably an easy enough article to write for any team with veteran players. I don’t have strong feelings about the Astro’s vets but they’re generally players I’ve liked watching. I never thought about comparing Roberto Clemente and Carlos Beltran for their off the field work but perhaps that analogy will be more apt over the next few months.

The playoffs were good this year. This is what baseball holds as promise every year and even though none of the teams I root for made the playoffs, I thoroughly enjoyed October baseball. Now to wait for March to come around.

Source: Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, Carlos Beltran finally get rings

Chris Sale Tipping His Own Pitches?

Super fascinating breakdown of one potential reason, the probable AL Cy Young winner, got hit so hard in Game 1 of the ALDS

Fun Fact while looking at Chris Sale’s Baseball Reference page: He as led the league in HBP twice and 2 other years he was in the top 5 in the league. Furthermore, here is a strange list.

In the other ALDS game last night, Trevor Bauer, looked Sale-esque and threw 6 and 2/3 shutout 2 hit baseball. On another high note, former Cincinnati Red and all around good guy, Jay Bruce, hit a 2 run HR to open up the lead last night. The Indians look like the real deal and their pitching might carry them all the way. This pitching staff feels so much like the late 90’s Braves.

Last note: can we please pick different names for the clubs from Cleveland and Atlanta soon? Perhaps this offseason. I think the Cleveland Erie would make for a great name (a ghost for a mascot?!) and the Atlanta Traffic could be fun too (cars, buses, trucks for mascots, with a big loop for another logo, or if we’re sticking with the bird theme (Falcons, Hawks) perhaps the Atlanta Kites (bird or inanimate flying object) or Atlanta Owls or Atlanta Osprey.


In an otherwise terrible letdown of a baseball game, Alfredo Simon made me smile for a moment, before thinking “Why did we sign this guy?!”


Baseball’s Endangered Species

On the concept of a 75 Stolen base season, L.A. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis says:

It just depends on how much Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton get on base,” Ellis said, “because they can outrun any catcher, and they can outrun any pitcher’s time coming home.

Source: New York Times