Major League Baseball has played its biggest card in the quest to develop baseball in Australia. Having already rejuvenated the previously defunct Australian Baseball League (ABL), Major League Baseball is bringing its iconic opening day to Sydney, Australia. Might a Major League series be the perfect spark to ignite the increasing public interest in Australian baseball?
Evan Longoria is a candidate to win the American League’s MVP award, but where exactly does the man fall among the game’s greatest? Harlan Ambrose takes a thorough look at the numbers behind Longoria’s unassumingly dominant 2013 campaign, arguing that not only is he among the game’s best, he quite possibly already could be.
With all this talk about the must-watch storylines that have already unfolded in this young Major League Baseball season, it’s been easy to overlook the battle that the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros are fighting for the title have cellar dweller in the big leagues. While the Astros make a compelling case, few have mastered futility as well as Jeffrey Loria.
The WBC symbolizes the dawn of a new year of baseball, but it’s not without its share of criticism. Harlan Ambrose takes a good look at the Classic’s strengths, weaknesses and everything in between.
It’s easy to get lost in the hype of MLB spring training this time of year, but far too many times we’ve seen February and March’s studs turn into regular season duds. Why exactly, should baseball fans tread cautiously and temper their enthusiasm when it comes to basing future success off of the small sample size that is spring training?
In killing the trade that would have sent four prospects to the Diamondbacks in his stead, Justin Upton has sent a simple message to an entire city: I’m just not that into you. It was a team already on his no-trade list, so you can’t really blame him, but why? What could one possibly have against Seattle? Harlan Ambrose speculates.
The Atlanta Braves have signed B.J. Upton, despite the fact that Michael Bourn proved to be a better option, statistically. Why? Because Upton hits more home runs. Is this a fair assessment of talent thought? It’s not like the long ball is the only thing that matters, and Bourn’s other skills almost universally trump Upton’s. Still, the Braves chose to sign Upton while Bourn continues to float in free agent limbo.
The craziness of the Blue Jays-Marlins trade has led to some wild and rampant speculation about what this could mean for baseball this offseason. Because this trade looks so one-sided, at least as far as an immediate impact goes, Harlan Ambrose has looked into his not-so-crystal ball to see what else this winter holds for MLB.
The MLB playoffs are over, and you, the Australian baseball fanatic, have lost not only the game you love, but your house, job and girlfriend as well. What’s left for you? More baseball, of course!
After a tumultuous start to the postseason, we’ve reached the championship series’, and for fans in Australia, that means even more overnight baseball. With extended commercial breaks and aggressive girlfriends running rampant, there’s hardly a better time of year for this game. However, when watching live baseball at 3 a.m., please, watch out for hat-brooms…