Hurdle deserves manager of year again

   November 11, 2014 4:04 pm

The top manager in MLB will be announced later today, and the Pirates’ Clint Hurdle is again a finalist.   He has some competition with the Nationals’ Matt Williams and the Giants’ Bruce Bochy.   My guess is Williams, a rookie manager who guided the Nats to the NL East title and 96 wins, will…

Martin, Liriano reject Pirates’ $15.3 million qualifying offer

   November 10, 2014 5:48 pm

The Pittsburgh Pirates did something at the end of the season they were reluctant to do last year.   They made qualifying offers to so-to-be free agents.   The Bucs made the $15.3 million, one-year offer to catcher Russell Martin and pitcher Francisco Liriano.   In 2013, the Pirates didn’t make an offer to pitcher…

MLB awards: Expect deGrom, Abreu to be MLB’s top rookies

   November 10, 2014 6:50 am

The New York Mets and Chicago White Sox each finished below .500, but their fans should have something to cheer about later Monday evening.   Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and the White Sox’s Jose Abreu should win the NL and AL Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.   Abreu should be a lock after a season…

Pirates’ Melancon, Indians’ Santana part of Japan Series

   November 8, 2014 11:13 pm

Pirates closer Mark Melancon is one of the MLB stars picked for the Japan All-Star Series starting Tuesday.   The Indians’ Carlos Santana also is on the roster.   The games will be televised on MLB Network.   A schedule and the full roster can be found here.   This will be the first time…

Moya continues to produce in Arizona Fall League

   November 8, 2014 11:05 pm

The Erie SeaWolves’ Steven Moya hasn’t slowed down playing for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.   He’s in the top five in home runs (4, tied for third ), RBIs (15, fifth) and slugging (.519, tied for fifth).   He also has a .278 average and an .833 OPS.   Moya has three home runs…

Moya to play in Arizona Fall League all-star game tonight

   November 1, 2014 5:31 pm

The Erie SeaWolves’ Steven Moya will be a part of the Arizona Fall League’s all-star game tonight at 7.   He is expected to bat fourth and play right field.   Moya is hitting .281 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. He also has four stolen bases and a .516 slugging percentage.   Of…

6 scariest pitchers to face in MLB

   October 31, 2014 12:32 pm

In honor of Halloween, here are the scariest pitchers to face:   6. Craig Kimbrel. The Braves closer is aggressive and throws strikes. Batters just seem to miss. A lot. Your browser does not support iframes.   5. Stephen Strasburg. He was hyped as the Next Big Thing and lived up to it. Your browser…

SeaWolves could be on verge of new pitching coach

   October 30, 2014 11:55 am

The Erie SeaWolves will have a new pitching coach in 2015 as Jaime Garcia has accepted a different role in the Detroit Tigers’ organization. Garcia served as the SeaWolves pitching coach in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. MLB.com’s Jason Beck is reporting that West Michigan pitching coach and former Tigers closer Mike Henneman could take…

SeaWolves’ Moya stays hot, crushes two homers in a game

   October 29, 2014 6:12 pm

Not long after the Erie SeaWolves’ Steven Moya was named to the Arizona Fall League all-star game, the outfielder smacked two home runs for the Glendale Desert Dogs.   Moya has a .304 average with three homers and 12 RBIs. He has 31 total bases.   He is ranked in the top six in homers,…

6 stats you should know for Game 7 of the World Series

   October 29, 2014 2:02 pm

Nothing better than a Game 7.   Here’s what you need to know going into the showdown between the Royals and Giants tonight:   The Giants are 1-5 in Game 7s, and they are 18-17 in elimination playoff games. In 1985, the Royals won Games 6 and 7 at home to win the World Series….