MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT

The Dodgers are “setting a high bar” on potential reliever acquisitions this month, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says (video link). In the end, though, Rosenthal doesn’t expect the Dodgers to make any trades for outside bullpen aid, noting that closer Kenley Jansen (on the DL since Aug. 9 with an irregular heartbeat) is among their soon-to-return reinforcements. Further, August … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT

DIAMONDBACKS PROVING TO BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE MLB NL WEST

The Arizona Diamondbacks moved to 12 games over .500 and have a 0.5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies. The Dbacks have taken two of three from the San Diego Padres in hopes of taking three of four games in the four game series at a crucial time in the season. Paul Goldschmidt is definitely … Read moreDIAMONDBACKS PROVING TO BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE MLB NL WEST

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 6, 2018, ASTROS, A’S, MARINERS, ANGELS, RANGERS

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW August 6, 2018 CLICK THE BAR BELOW   Depending on the medical results of George Springer‘s injured left thumb, the Astros may have to rely on a makeshift outfield for a while. If the results on his left thumb doesn’t come back favorably, the question will then be raised if the front office should … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 6, 2018, ASTROS, A’S, MARINERS, ANGELS, RANGERS

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 24-27, 2018

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW THE WEEK OF JULY 24-27, 2018 CLICK THE BARS BELOW July 24, 2018 July 25, 2018 July 26, 2018 July 27, 2018      

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 25, 2018, BALLS AND STRIKES

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW CLICK THE BAR BELOW   Major League Baseball Strike Zone One of the most-discussed issues in Major League Baseball is the consistency of the strike zone. The rule-book strike zone states “The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 25, 2018, BALLS AND STRIKES

LA DODGERS GET MANNY MACHADO, TRADE DEADLINE NEARS

MLB For the past day, the Baltimore Orioles trading shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a prospect package has felt like a fait accompli. The only thing that could stop the deal from happening before the regular season resumed was, well, an act of God — or, the joke went, Baltimore’s medical staff finding an issue with one … Read moreLA DODGERS GET MANNY MACHADO, TRADE DEADLINE NEARS

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 17, 2018 HOME RUN DERBY, HARPER

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW CLICK THE BAR BELOW   Bryce Harper, who said he was tired after taking his cuts in the first round, certainly appeared gassed in the final round. So, too, did his dad, who was throwing to him. But Harper caught fire, going on a tear and tying Kyle Schwarber with 18 home runs … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 17, 2018 HOME RUN DERBY, HARPER

MONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Something has been gnawing at me about Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Both are practically perfect hitters, and in practically identical ways. It’s not just that they both hit the ball hard and far, but that they control the construction of each plate appearance: Los Angeles Angels center fielder Trout has a phenomenal batting eye — his chase rate is … Read moreMONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

The Seattle Mariners announced today that they have agreed to a new, multi-year contract extension with general manager Jerry Dipoto. The former MLB reliever had been in the final season of the deal that he originally inked to run the baseball operations for the Seattle organization. Terms of the new pact were not publicly released … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

THE TOP BASEBALL PROSPECTS FOR 2018

FanGraphs by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel 2018 Top Prospects Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. The Top 100 is compiled with input from J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy, Ben Badler, Josh Norris and Kyle Glaser. Baseball America’s Top 100 High School prospects for the 2018 draft was compiled … Read moreTHE TOP BASEBALL PROSPECTS FOR 2018