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Derek Jeter and the 15 Most Precipitous Declines in »

In 1951, three-time MVP and future Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio had the worst year of his career. He knew he was done and he retired gracefully as one of the greatest players of all time.Not all legends can tell when it is time to hang up the cleats, though. Some do their best Brett Favre impression and hang on until it starts to affect their [...]

2011 MLB Predictions: Identifying the Biggest »

No team is perfect.Even with a starting rotation of Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Oswalt, the Phillies are not a lock for the Fall Classic.The Yankees won the World Series two years ago, but their rotation now consists of just two men.Pittsburgh... well, the less said about the Pirates, the better.Every team has weaknesses. Here are some of them.Begin [...]

MLB Power Rankings: Robinson Cano and the 25 Best »

With Boston's offseason spending spree and Tampa Bay's everything-must-go jumble sale, one can make a pretty good stab at how the AL East will play out in 2011. The Yankees and Red Sox will fight it out for the top spot, the Blue Jays and Rays will compete for third and fourth and the Orioles will still languish at the bottom. Obviously, any of [...]

How Theo Epstein Can Learn from Peter Chiarelli and »

They play in buildings separated by less than three miles, but in terms of their general managers’ attitudes to free agents, the Red Sox and Bruins are worlds apart. In the last few years, while the Red Sox have waved goodbye to players who reach free agency, the Bruins have given them shiny new deals and extensions. The Bruins were never [...]

Why Mark Teixeira Should Not Be in the All-Star Game »

Today is the final day of balloting for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. If it had ended yesterday, Justin Morneau would be AL's starting first baseman in Anaheim. He's garnered 2,118,654 votes, ahead of Mark Teixeira with 1,863,235 and Miguel Cabrera with 1,832,782. I understand why Morneau is leading the vote. The Twin leads Major League first [...]

The 10 Best Red Sox-Yankees Moments of the Decade »

With the Red Sox and Yankees meeting again this week, here’s my rundown of the best moments of the past decade in baseball’s greatest rivalry. There are any number of moments I could have picked. Just missing out were Jacoby Ellsbury's steal of home, the 33 consecutive scoreless innings by Yankee pitching and Mark Teixeira signing [...]