| Feb 26, 2014
The Phillies begin their Grapefruit League season today at 1:05 p.m. against the Toronto Blue Jays and the starting lineup very much resembles what the team could put out on the field Opening Day. Minus Roberto Hernandez of course. The Phillies lineup for...
| Feb 5, 2014
The Phillies will fail to make the playoffs and record only 66 wins this year - a number they've failed to reach only once since 1995. That's what ESPN's David Schoenfield, who is in the process of ranking every single......
| Jan 25, 2014
One of my favorite nights of the long snowy winters is the IronPigs Charities Banquet when I have a chance to talk to the Phillies minor league executives, most notably farm director Joe Jordan and his assistant Steve Noworyta, and get their thoughts on...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 8:17 PM
In a perfect world, Brett Jackson would be the Cubs’ starting center fielder for 2013 and years to come.
That was certainly the idea when Jackson was brought up from Triple-A Iowa in early August, but the former first-round draft pick fizzled in...
| May 4, 2012
| 7:47 AM
When does Tom Ricketts say no?
When does the Cubs head honcho stop eating millions of dollars in contracts just so Theo Epstein can get rid of Jim Hendry’s players?
Carlos Zambrano went to Florida. Marlon Byrd went to Boston. Those deals alone put...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 7:57 AM
Reed Johnson will start Thursday in the Chicago Cubs' series finale against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field, with manager Dale Sveum sitting the slumping Marlon Byrd.
Byrd has only one hit in 21 at-bats this season and none in his last 19.
The Cubs' lineup...
| May 6, 2012
| 7:12 PM
J.J. Hardy has done plenty to help the Orioles this season with his glove, but it wasn't until Sunday when he felt his bat was catching up.
In the Orioles' 17-inning 9-6 win over the Red Sox, Hardy had a career-high five hits, including two solo homers...
| May 6, 2012
| 8:51 PM
Chris Davis hadn't thrown a pitch in nearly six years, dating to his days as a draft hopeful playing at a small junior college in Corsicana, Texas.
But more than five hours — and 15 innings — into the Orioles' series finale with the Red Sox...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 2:47 PM
Wait, aren’t Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol supposed to be the proven guys in the Cubs bullpen?
The Cubs seem as capable of running themselves out of games as pitching themselves out of them. I thought this was a new season.
It might’ve only...
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 1:10 PM
After agreeing on a one-year deal to return to the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Reed Johnson spent an hour on the phone with new manager Dale Sveum.
"We strayed off and started talking about baseball situations," Johnson said. "The little things you need...