Riding the Roller Coaster – Jeff Francoeur

Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur, an avid Chick-fil-A fan, has experienced the roller coaster life of baseball, which is why he understands the importance of a love that satisfies. With the MLB trade deadline looming (July 31) and the Royals out of playoff contention, Francoeur could find himself on a new team who might need a strong-armed right fielder… Continue reading

Old School – Analyzing the MLB Trade Deadline (National League)

With the MLB trade deadline fast approaching (July 31, 4 p.m. EST), I thought it would be a good time to take a look at every team in baseball and see if they should be buyers or sellers and figure out what each team should do. Today, we’re going with the National League. We will take a look at the American League tomorrow. Continue reading

Old School – Reviewing our predictions and taking a second chance

Since we just had the All-Star game, I thought it would be a great time to review our predictions from Sports Spectrum’s MLB Preview issue.

Sports Spectrum Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt and I collaborated on all of the predictions in the magazine, and I fully expect to be right about every single prediction. I guess you can read the sarcasm in that sentence. Let’s see how we did… Continue reading

Old School – The Best and Worst in Baseball Music

This week, in the Sports Spectrum offices, Bryce Johnson, host of Sports Yapp, brought up a rant that Jim Rome did a while back about the Florida Marlins theme song by Creed. The song is atrocious. But that got us thinking about the best and worst baseball songs out there, and it made me decide that my next column should be the top 5 best and top 5 worst baseball songs ever… Continue reading

Old School – A Tale of Two Hitters

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the winter of hope, it was the spring of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.

There is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Arlington; there is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Los Angeles.

It was the year of Our Lord two thousand and twelve. Spiritual revelations were conceded to Arlington at that favoured period, as at this. Mr. Hamilton had recently attained his eighteenth home run, of whom a prophetic private on the West Coast had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of Oakland and Seattle… Continue reading

Old School – 9 Things we’ll remember about April 2012

We’ve completed a whole month of Major League Baseball and April certainly had its memorable moments. Here are nine things we will remember from the first month of the big league season.

1. Manager’s mouths

Both Bobby Valentine and Ozzie Guillien found themselves in trouble by not taming their tongues…

2. Pujols’ slump

Albert Pujols signed a $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, and he did not hit a home run in the entire month of April…

3. Bryce Harper’s debut

This month could be remembered for watching the debut of a once-in-a-generation-type player…

4. The old guys still have it

Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer and Todd Helton…

5. Brian Wilson out for season

6. Matt Kemp’s hot start

7. David Wright is back

8. D.C. Area in first place

On April 30, both Baltimore and Washington were in first place in their divisions…

9. Perfection

Baseball had its first perfect game of the season this month… Continue reading

Old School – 162 reasons to be excited for Major League Baseball

162 reasons to be excited for Major League Baseball this year…

(1) For Opening Day, where everyone is 0-0 and even the Cubs can dream of a championship season.

(2) For presidential first pitches.

(3-4) For baseball in Japan, where two regular season games were played last week between Seattle and Oakland.

(5) Because Bobby Valentine is back in baseball… Continue reading

2012 MLB Preview DigiMag

Our newest DigiMag is now available for viewing!

This is our big baseball preview issue which features: A new “Airing it Out” column by Sports Spectrum editor Brett Honeycutt about Josh Hamilton; an interview with LA Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw; a review of MLB 12 The Show; closeup profiles on Adrian Gonzalez, Brad Lidge and Mark Teixeira; our season outlooks for all 30 MLB teams; top 10 lists for acquisitions, most interesting people, hitters, starters, relievers and young players; the top five Christians to watch this season; and a brand new “Old School” column from Aaron May about Playoffs, PED’s and alcohol in the clubhouse.

To read the newest DigiMag, click below:

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In the News – Clayton Kershaw

Thursday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Clayton Kershaw as the winner of National League Cy Young award. Kershaw was voted the league’s best pitcher, receiving 27 of the 32 first place votes with a total of 207 points. Roy Halladay finished second, followed by Cliff Lee, Ian Kennedy and Cole Hamels.

Kershaw led the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts (21-5, 2.28 ERA, 248 Strikeouts) and also won a gold glove earlier this month.

Kershaw told MLB.com:

“The only thing I will say is I’m really humbled to be here,” Kershaw said, after leading his comments by saying that he didn’t have a lot to say. “I always dreamed about playing baseball as a kid, maybe one day making it to the big leagues, but I never dreamed about anything like this, so it’s really special.”

In the spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, we featured Kershaw and he and his wife, Ellen talked about their mission trip to Africa over the offseason… Continue reading

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