Fixing the Cubs, Hawk Harrelson, and Zack Cozart.Read More
Davis-Soler trade, curveballs, and a baseball drone accident.Read More
Avisail Garcia, pitchers adjusting to more homers, and episode 94.Read More
Matt Harvey had a rough Cinco de Mayo.Read More
Matt Harvey, Yoan Moncada, and Episode 92.Read More
Red Sox-Orioles drama, the Rockies have a good pitcher, and 2017 draft talk.Read More
Boston had a terrible night.Read More
A big deciscion for the Nationals, Aaron's Judge's approach, and Episode 91.Read More
Shelby Miller, the Mets, and Gift NgoepeRead More
ESPN sucksRead More
Hunter Greene is a stud, Jeb! bought the Marlins, and Keith Law's new book.Read More
Modern ballparks, Kyle Schwarber's approach, and episode 90.Read More
Ryan Zimmerman is good again, a Sam Miller article, and Jose Quintana on Fallon.Read More
Cubs are struggling, the Dodgers can't get on TV, and this week's pod.Read More
Nate Silver has a new stat, Sale vs Pedro, and 2017 WAR leaders.Read More
Byron Buxton has been very bad, MLB team values keep soaring, and Derek Holland honored his grandma.Read More
WBC injuries, the Red Sox are sick, and Yoenis hitting bombs.Read More
Not even a two hour rain delay could put a damper on the Cubs home opener. After waiting 108 years for a World Series, fans were more than willing to stick around until late in the evening to see the NL pennant and World Series flags raised. Speaking as a White Sox fan, Rizzo leading the team out from under the center field bleachers with the WS trophy over his head gave me chills. Such a neat moment.Read More
One of our favorite writers at A Foot In The Box is ESPN's Sam Miller. Last Friday, he wrote an excellent piece entitled "Hot to enjoy baseball" that I got around to earlier today. Make sure to give it a read yourself, but I'll list a few tips that Miller offers up for baseball novices looking to enjoy baseball:
- How to watch baseball: don't watch baseball
- Don't feel like you have to watch all 500 hours of baseball this year. Start small, listen on the radio, and catch a game or two in person.
- What to watch when you do watch: the catcher's mitt
- Don't be intimated by the number of players and rules. Stick to the catcher's mitt at first and delight or despair in a pitcher's ability to hit a target with a tiny ball thrown amazingly fast.
- Whom to watch: the relievers
- "Learn their names. Learn their dimensions. Learn what they throw. Learn their failures; they're almost all failed low-round picks or washed-out starters who have found some degree of fame, wealth and usefulness in the bullpen, baseball's loser's bracket."
After week one of the 2017 MLB season, the Twins, Orioles, and D-Backs are flying high with only one loss each. Obviously a good start is better than a bad one, but beware of jumping to any conclusions. Last year, the Reds were 5-1 and atop the NL Central after the first week of the season...that didn't turn out so well for them.
This week's podcast is an instant classic. We sat down with a couple great guests to talk Cubs and White Sox. And Peter talked with a few random Royals fans while he vacationed in Kansas City. If you haven't listened already, be sure check it out.
With so many teams rebuilding again in 2017, having handy sources of information for tracking your team's minor league prospects is vital. My recommendation: MLBfarm.com. The site, run by Daren Willman but not formally affiliated with MLB, is amazing. It's a one-stop shop for stats of of every minor league player. In just a couple minutes, you can get a sense for how each of your favorite prospects did the night before. For example, over lunch today I checked in on the White Sox top prospects and learned that Yoan Moncada went 3/6 last night with three singles and two strikeouts, Reynaldo Lopez gave up 2 ER and 3 BB in 3 IP, and Zack Collins went 3/4 with two doubles. Go check it out!
Yasiel Puig has started his season off on the right foot. In 16 plate appearances against the Padres, Puig collected five hits, four walks, and three home runs. Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report writes about Puig's start and the changes he's made to his swing.
Next week's podcast will feature interviews with Cubs and White Sox experts. Paul sat down with The Athletic's James Fegan and Peter talked to BP Wrigleyville's Daniel Hodgman. Make sure to give it a listen on Monday morning!