Minor League Baseball is all about promotions. In particular, special themed jerseys are a time-honored and popular tradition. With the season right on the horizon, we take a look at what’s to come at minor league ballparks across the country.
This week the Tampa Bay Rays visited Cuba. So did President Obama. Bill Littlefield is encouraged.
Bringing your child to work is risky if you’re a Major League Baseball player. The controversy that has followed the disagreement between Adam LaRoche and the White Sox has demonstrated that. And probably bringing your child to work even if you’re not a Major League Baseball player can be dangerous, too.
Should players kids’ have unlimited access to the clubhouse? Is spring training dead? And is the NFLPA making the right move by attempting to strip Roger Goodell of his disciplinary powers? The Boston Globe’s Shira Springer and Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports.com join Bill for this week’s roundtable.
Last season, the MLB saw a 17.3 percent increase in home runs. The probability of that happening? Zero percent. Bill talks to Neil Greenberg, who writes about sports analytics for The Washington Post, about his attempts to explain this phenomenon.
With the Tampa Bay Rays announcing that they will hold a exhibition game in Cuba later this month, it might be time for Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce to resurrect his dream of owning an MLB team in Havana. Bill and Charlie also review what some are calling the greatest baseball card discovery of all time and wonder if the Warriors will ever stop winning.
Spring training has officially begun and that means one thing — baseball, and all of the craziness that comes with it, is back! From raccoons to fire-breathing Lamborghinis, here are the weirdest things that have happened thus far.
This week, minor league teams announced that they would be wearing jerseys celebrating characters from “Better Called Saul” and “Star Wars.” On a sports landscape too much given to self-important promotion, Bill Littlefield is glad there’s still a little room for the ridiculous.
If you say “poetry” and “baseball” to lots of people, they will think of Ernest Thayer’s doggerel “Casey at the Bat.” As players gather at spring training, Bill Littlefield takes the opportunity to embark on a literary examination of the historic poem.
During spring training, fans of every baseball team are inclined to be optimistic. This time around, Bill Littlefield is especially interested in fans of the Cubs.