I want to be Roy Halladay

001U3173
Wikimedia commons/Courtesy

I wanted to be Roy Halladay. From the hand over the head windup to the arsenal of nasty pitches, from the work ethic to the care for the greater community. That’s why the sudden passing of star right-hander Roy “Doc” Halladay, who died in a plane crash on Tuesday at
Read More…

justice_delos_santos_online

Express Yourself

Run It Back

This past weekend, Major League Baseball and its Players Association held their inaugural “Players Weekend,” a three-day stretch that allowed the game’s players to break the usual limitations on gear and accessories and deck themselves out in whatever manner their hearts desired. Instead of sticking with the traditional last name
Read More…

baseball_phillipdowney_file-copy

2 former Bears excelling in minor leagues

Second-round selection Brett Cumberland has been the sole proprietor of media attention this season attention among the alumni of Cal baseball in the minor leagues, but former teammates Robbie Tenerowicz and Ryan Mason have quietly put together strong individual seasons and are on the verge of moving on up. Tenerowicz,
Read More…

baseball_zainabali_file

Brett Cumberland moving up minor ranks

Last year was a roller coaster ride for Brett Cumberland. The sophomore sensation put together a stellar season at the plate in his final year with the Bears, which culminated in the Atlanta Braves selecting him with the 76th overall pick but immediately slumped at the plate in his transition
Read More…

justice_delos_santos_online

Where do the Giants go from here?

While having a top-five pick at next year’s draft would be a nice consolation prize, San Francisco’s situation isn’t exactly the baseball version of the San Antonio Spurs drafting Tim Duncan: even if the Giants net the No. 1 pick, the team’s current core will be well into their thirties by the time he arrives to the show and the championship window will have effectively closed.
Read More…

Chris Trill2_Online

Pinch that loaf

Though it’s an extremely tough pill to swallow, this trade was exactly what the Oakland Athletic franchise needed to ensure its success in three years and beyond. Executive vice president Billy Beane recently came out saying that the A’s are abandoning their “retool” method of trading and are instead going into full rebuild mode to focus on bringing up a young core team for years to come.
Read More…

baseball.kevin_foote

Former Bears make their way in MLB

With professional baseball season more than halfway over, former Bears are still making their presence felt on the diamond. Alumni Marcus Semien, Brandon Morrow, Tyson Ross, Andrew Knapp, Trevor Hildenberger and Michael Brady are all active in the MLB and many more are currently playing in the minors.
Read More…

baseball_hellosoyeon_creativecommons-copy

Baseball doesn’t need to be faster

Instead of trying to become something it’s not, the MLB should embrace the fact that it is a sport unlike any other. It should focus on continuing to cultivate the excitement around its new young players instead of trying to make the game a few minutes faster.
Read More…

AndrewWild copy

Lost in the cycle

But the game’s utter disappearance from the news cycle is legitimately worrying. And this isn’t the plot of some editors hell bent on destroying the MLB for some reason, any amount of time spent on Twitter will confirm that baseball simply doesn’t hold the same cultural relevancy as basketball or football at this point.
Read More…

allstatrs_eric-kilby_creativecommons-copy

Midsummer Classic to become exhibition game

As Major League Baseball’s best come together this July in Miami to face off in the All-Star Game, the contest will undoubtedly have a different feel. The Midsummer Classic will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series; instead, it will be decided by regular-season records. This decision came
Read More…