RealClearSports
Advertisement

RealClearSports Major League Baseball

Don't Get Fooled by Hot Streaks

Matthew Kory, Vice Sports

Jennings Finding Dream Is Impossible

Bob Nightengale, USA Today

Uber-Talented, Maddeningly Inconsistent

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

Top 10 Foolish Firings of Head Coaches

Brian Colella, RealClearSports

While hot is a good thing to be, it's also a fleeting thing. Studies have shown that "Studies have shown" is an uninteresting way to start a sentence, but other more pertinent stud...(full article)

PITTSBURGH - Dan Jennings watched the reporters leave his office Wednesday afternoon after yet another Miami Marlins loss, grabbed his Bud Light, angrily slammed it on his desk, an...(full article)

On Saturday, Stephen Strasburg failed to back up home plate on three plays in the same inning. He stared at the ground, went walkabout, then reacted too late, sometimes even gett...(full article)

Finally, somebody is putting the Dodgers on more television sets. But, sadly, that somebody isn't Mark Walter or Stan Kasten or Magic Johnson, and a bunch of you are still going to...(full article)

Just this week, Real Madrid released coach Carlo Ancelotti. And Ancelotti's crime? Finishing outside the top two in La Liga for the first time in a decade. Forget that in 2014 An...(full article)

More Recent Articles

Odds-Defying A-Rod Passes Ruth, Gehrig

How is he doing this? Even Alex Rodriguez, with his two surgically repaired hips and his 40th birthday fast approaching in two months, doesn't have much of an explanation. "It's ...

Ruben Amaro's Sorry Outburst

The text buzzed Ruben Amaro Jr.'s phone sometime in mid-afternoon yesterday, after he issued a couple of mea culpas on the radio and before appearing in front of reporters and tele...

Lester's Shot at (Non)-Hitting Infamy

Incredibly, the Cubs are pretty good this year. Not so incredibly, they’re still finding ways to be absurdly bad. On Wednesday, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has the chance to set the ...

Arrogant Phillies GM Steps in It

To explain what Ruben Amaro Jr. did wrong, to understand his biggest mistake in telling CSNPhilly.com on Monday that Phillies fans who "b---- and complain" about the team's reb...

Escorting RBIs to Baseball's Ash Heap

The advancements in thinking about baseball over the past 20 years have changed the game and the way we understand it immensely. If you are looking for one prominent example, jus...

Rekindling Love Affair With Baseball Cards

The monthly calendar for an 11-year-old is a blank sheet of construction paper. There are no mortgages, no electricity bills, no reasons to know the first of the month from the 15t...

How Tim Lincecum Reinvented Himself

Tim Lincecum is good again. That's kind of a bold statement to make just eight starts into his season, especially when the right-hander is weeks removed from potentially losing his...

Why Do Athletes Retire Too Late?

John Updike once described retirement as “the little death that awaits athletes.” If this is right, then much of the recent news from the sports world has been pretty morbid....

Bottom Line for Hamilton: It's on Him

Josh Hamilton is 34, and he is now finally on the back end of a baseball career that began at around thirty four months. Whatever the reason, justification, rationalization, excus...

Who's That Wearing Strasburg's Jersey?

The night Stephen Strasburg made his memorable debut at Nationals Park, I saw a man standing on the concourse, on the edge of a crowd waiting on its feet for the first pitch, hol...

Location Seems to Be Kershaw's Problem

So, let's talk about Clayton Kershaw. The reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, the man who put together one of the most dominant regular seasons in NL history, c...

No Parachute to Break Yankees' Freefall

To steal from a classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch, the Yankees have a fever. And the only prescription is… … Well, what exactly is the prescription? The Yankees’ retur...

Minor Leaguer Plays Major Role

Some words so unnerve that people can’t bring themselves to utter but the first letter. A word that’s spoken out of ignorance, yet masquerades as hatred. For some it’s the pr...

Resurgent Giants Flash Champs' Form

Beyond the Warriors’ world there are distant planets on the sporting scene, crying out for attention. One of them in particular, along the bay at China Basin, needs no intr...

All the Kids Rejuvenate a Youngster

The Chicago Cubs’ two new veteran catchers, Miguel Montero and David Ross, weren’t impressed by shortstop Starlin Castro in spring training. Montero says Castro was, &l...

Rizzo Taking Too Many for His Team

SAN DIEGO – Anthony Rizzo, a towering figure in a Chicago Cubs renaissance whose plate appearances have begun to resemble Butch Cassidy’s dash from that Bolivian cabana, padded...

No Longer the Freak, But Lincecum's Winning

SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum's look keeps changing. The long, flowing mane of his heyday gave way to a trimmer hairstyle in later years, returned early this season and was replaced...

Top 10 Players Who Never Played for Title

Legend-building in sports comes with trophies. No matter how great someone was, if he never won a title, sports fans and media will never let him forget it. And that's exactly what...

Baseball Striking Out With Kids

The ball fields at Delano-Hitch Park were covered in snow when Jim Wilson launched a campaign to keep them in use. As president of the City of Newburgh Little League, he had see...

Harper's Gigantic Start Is Otherworldly

Purveyors of baseball mythology are fond of repeating how perfect the sport is. The 60 feet and six inches between the mound and home plate, the 90 foot distance to first base, t...

Already Looking Like All-Time Debate

Remember when Derek Jeter vs. Nomar Garciaparra was a legitimate knock-'em-down-drag-'em-out argument? They were two of the game's signature stars, born roughly a year apart, bo...

Kris Bryant's Quick Rise Hits Home

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – From the third-base dugout Tuesday evening, Kris Bryant pointed into the distance, to a place that technically is part of Petco Park and in reality is where t...

Missing the Obvious on Tommy John

Another ulnar collateral ligament blew out last week, this one belonging to Chase Whitley of the Yankees, who will become the 16th major league pitcher this year to undergo Tommy J...

Will to Win Is What's Hurting Pitchers

1 It's everything the scouts want. It's a 94 mph fastball, a changeup with tail and a slow curveball with a 1-to-7 shape. It's command to both sides of the plate. It's a tall body,...

What Are the Marlins Thinking?

MIAMI -- Dan Jennings happily sat at the podium between Marlins presidents Michael Hill and David Samson to announce one of the most interesting, out-of-the-box managerial moves in...

Bonds, A-Rod Linked Beyond HRs, PEDs

Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez are linked, intrinsically, in many ways. Both men wear the stain of performance-enhancing-drug allegations. Both have become unwilling standard-bear...

Marlins Out of Box, Not Out of Minds

So, everyone is seemingly outraged by the Miami Marlins naming their GM Dan Jennings as manager. My pal Ken Rosenthal is calling it "an insult," writing that it's "a slap at every ...

Cubs' Rizzo Sowing What He Reaps

It's easy to forget given the Cubs' recent influx of shiny new toys prospects, but Anthony Rizzo is a former All-Star, a 30-homer threat, among the best defensive first basemen i...

Pedro's Memoirs Fire High and Tight

Michael Silverman is uniquely qualified among Boston sportswriters to assess Pedro Martinez’s fascinating life and career. Just two years into covering the Red Sox for the Bost...

Marlins' Move Makes Little Sense

On Sunday night, when I first learned that Dan Jennings could be the Marlins' next manager, I started calling some of his friends in the industry. Jennings, a friendly, gregarious ...

Joc Is No Joke for Dodgers

Entering 2015, a young outfielder who nearly posted a 40/40 season in the minors had some drool-inducing potential based on his power numbers in the Majors last year and his impres...

Loria's Latest Purge Raises Eyebrows

So, the biggest contributors to baseball’s revenue-sharing program might ask, how are the Marlins spending our money in 2015?   To pay former manager Ozzie Guillen ...

Hamilton Clean in Angels Fiasco

In keeping with the spirit of the approaching Christmas season, Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno presented free agent Josh Hamilton with a five-year, $125 million contract in...

3,000 Hits, 600 HRs for Cabrera?

It's safe to say Miguel Cabrera has already cemented his legacy as one of the greatest right-handed hitters in Major League Baseball history. But with the Detroit Tigers star hav...

Yankees Prove Even Grosser Than A-Rod

Thinking of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and his historic milestone of passing Willie Mays’ lifetime home run record last week, I was reminded of the jokes kids used...

Love, Innocence and a Schmidt Doll

1988 was a tender moment in collecting. We — the Die Hard–watching, Super Mario Bros. 2–mastering adolescent class — were smart enough not to put rookie cards in our bicycl...

Baseball Players Aren't Tough Anymore

Between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, nobody logged more plate appearances than Matt Carpenter. Only nine guys appeared in more games. And it wasn't just the workload that we saw on t...

How to Make Dodgers Even Stronger

The Dodgers are good. Also, Albert Pujols is overpaid, the moon is in space, and whatever you're about to eat is bad for you. But today we're talking about the Dodgers, who are, ag...

Lincecum 2.0 a Work in Progress

On May 8, Tim Lincecum recorded his second straight scoreless outing, lowering his season ERA to 2.00 in the process. It might seem like the former Cy Young winner is back on track...

Astros Should Promote Correa - NOW!

I'm not going to reprise my Kris Bryant hissy fit, kicking and screaming, calling for a grievance, questioning the very meaning of life itself. I’m just going to ask . . . quietl...

This Is Why Baseball Is Boring

Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases wi...

Top 10 Teams for the Bandwagon Fan

So, you need a team? Well, you've come to the right place. We won't ask why you're here. Maybe your hometown has no team, maybe you're a Jets fan exploring your options - we don'...

Tulowitzki an Attractive Trade Asset

One of the most vital moments of this season will occur Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles between Troy Tulowitzki and his longtime agent, Paul Cohen. The two will de...

Kershaw: What, Me Worry?

LOS ANGELES – Maybe you believe he's been unlucky. Maybe the deeper statistics say he's been unlucky. Clayton Kershaw does not believe he's been unlucky. He thinks he should thro...

Behold Baseball's Switch Pitcher

HIS NEW GLOVE is jet black, with gold stitching. From afar, it looks like any other mitt, but up close, it is unlike any glove you've seen. It has six fingers, or four fingers and ...

Dodgers Post 2nd Straight Walk-Off

The only thing that is not fun for the Dodgers right now is watching the scoreboard. They keep winning - lately, in their final at-bat. A.J. Ellis' single in the bottom of the 11...

Perfect Into 6th, Darvish Cruises

Six pitchers combined to throw 273 pitches Monday afternoon, but two pitches in particular created the most excitement at Kauffman Stadium. One was a borderline pitch that could ...

Medlen's 12 Strikeouts Guide Braves

Less than 24 hours after being rejuvenated by Chipper Jones' thrilling walk-off home run, the Braves returned to Turner Field and provided some indication that they might have es...

1st Winning Season in D.C. Since '69

When the story of the Washington Nationals’ 2012 season is written, it’s expected to hold plenty more celebratory moments with which they cannot just mark their organ...

Reds 1st Team to Reach 80 Victories

The Reds have entered that rarified air. They’ve done something that the 35 teams that have come and gone since the back-to-back World Champion teams were unable to do. The...

Surging Pirates Blank Cards Again

Don’t tell the St. Louis Cardinals that Pedro Alvarez is an on-again, off-again hitter. There’s been no such thing as “off” for the Pirates’ third ba...

Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

NEW YORK — Marcus Stroman, regarded as one of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top pitching prospects who spent part of this season with the Vancouver Canadians, has been sus...

2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

The six runs the Rays racked up in the first two innings Wednesday, and the eight overall, including a pair of homers from Evan Longoria, served as makeup — well, maybe to ...

Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

Things were set up so perfectly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Sure they were trying to stop a losing streak, trying to return to the winning side of things they&...

Alvarez's 2 Homers Boost Pirates

With their flickering playoff hopes hanging in the balance Tuesday, the Pirates showed they still can pack a punch. The Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, and moved back...

Cubs Sign SS Castro to 7-Year Deal

The Cubs’ new deal with shortstop Starlin Castro, for seven years and $60 million, officially has been completed after weeks of peaceful negotiations. Castro, who will...

Season-Ending Surgery for Bautista

Jose Bautista felt no pain, but he could feel a tendon slipping and sliding in his left wrist. A specialist in Cleveland confirmed his suspicion. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger wi...

Dodgers Blanked in Beckett's Debut

Josh Beckett was decent in his Dodgers debut. On this night, though, he needed to be dazzling. The right-hander tried to keep the Dodgers in the game until the team's recently ob...

Slump Goes on for Pirates, Burnett

For the fourth consecutive time in a big August game, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett came up small Monday night and the club lost another game it badly needed, 4-3, to the St. Loui...

No Reason for Pirates to Panic

Oh, I suppose it would be easy to carve up Erik Bedard for getting crushed again. He’s the one the capacity crowd of 36,626 booed off the field Sunday at PNC Park after giv...

Orioles Get Saunders for Lindstrom

The Orioles had their focus on Joe Saunders since he was on the free-agent market this offseason, and the club had been discussing the possibility of acquiring the left-hander in...

Orioles' Davis Pounds 3 Home Runs

Chris Davis stood at his locker this spring -- in his first full season with the Orioles -- eager for the opportunity to get consistent at-bats and prove that he could be a succe...

White Sox Post Wild Walk-Off Win

A.J. Pierzynski best summed up the wackiest victory of the White Sox's successful season. "From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in about a two-minute span," Pierzynski ...

Nationals Edge Braves in 13th

The Washington area has waited a long time for pennant-race baseball deep in the summer. Then the opening game of the biggest series of the season to date for the Washington Nati...

Bumgarner Outduels Kershaw

Just one of 162? Baloney. It was Clayton Kershaw versus Madison Bumgarner in mid-August for first place in the National League West in the teams' first meeting since the Dodge...

Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

No official word has been offered as to why Ryan Dempster needed to step away from the Texas Rangers over the weekend, but whatever caused his hiatus clearly wasn't a distraction...

Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

Xavier Paul and Ryan Hanigan may not carry much juice in fantasy baseball, but the two Reds loomed large in the real world Sunday afternoon. Pinch hitter Paul started the ninth i...

How Cabrera Tried to Scam MLB

In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadve...

Varitek Would Fit for Red Sox

The Red Sox clubhouse has turned into Goldilocks, the players searching for the bed that is not too hard and not too soft, but just right. Last September, the clubhouse trampled ...

Giants' Lineup Potent With Sandoval

With Pablo Sandoval back, the Giants finally have the 3-4-5-6 portion of their lineup set up the way management envisioned when it dealt for Hunter Pence. When Melky Cabrera, Bust...

Hamels Fires 2nd Straight Shutout

Down another outfielder, Charlie Manuel briefly contemplated life Monday with no certainties. Solutions are in short supply for the season's final seven weeks, a time when the st...

Lowe Gets Save in Yankees Debut

Monday marked the first of two starts CC Sabathia will miss during his stay on the disabled list. So far, so good. David Phelps gave the Yankees five solid innings, while Nick Swis...

Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

A visitor to Fenway Park last summer asked, "What are the numbers up there on the right-field roof?" He was told that they were the retired numbers of Red Sox Hall of Famers Ted W...

Questions as Postseason Draws Near

A'musings on a steamy afternoon as the dog days of August pose a myriad of unanswered questions to a baseball season that's winding down much too soon. And as the song goes, next m...

Will Cabrera Ever Win MVP Award?

The typical season for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera goes like this: He puts up MVP numbers. Then he doesn't win the MVP. The most-valuable-player award always eludes Cabr...

Rangers' Offense Bails Out Dempster

Better days are ahead for Ryan Dempster over his next two months as the Texas Rangers' rotation rental. But that's based solely on the assumption that things can't go much worse th...

10 Biggest Impact Moves

Zack Greinke traded to Angels: Starting pitching is the name of the game when it comes to postseason play and the Halos went out and got the best starting pitcher on the market....

Plan B Working Well for Braves

  When this season started, Ben Sheets was a youth-league coach in Louisiana and Kris Medlen had pitched 2 1/3 innings in 20 months, the byproduct of Tommy John surgery. The...

Mets Waste Davis' 3 Home Runs

This season is a hunt for individual meaning now, with no wild-card race to create a common purpose. And few Mets will live as meaningful a day this summer as Ike Davis did Satur...

Kemp, Billingsley Crush Giants

In the past 24 hours, the Dodgers parlayed the five tools of Hanley Ramirez and the five tools of Matt Kemp. Don Mattingly can do the math and it comes out like this: five plus fiv...

Hamels, $144 Million Richer, Beaten

Cole Hamels wandered aimlessly around the infield grass Friday night after his $144 million arm failed once again. He peeked toward center field, and not yet knowing the ball's f...

Astros Suffer 11th Straight Defeat

Special occasion that it was, the Astros sure made tying the franchise record for consecutive losses feel special. There was absolutely nothing normal about this 6-5 loss to the P...

Plenty of Contenders Seek Greinke

The season hasn't worked out like the Brewers hoped. But at least the Zack Greinke Derby is shaping up to be a real winner for them. With Cole Hamels off the market, Matt Garza n...

Haren Strong in Beating Rangers

It looks like Dan Haren's problems are behind him – but in a good way now. Haren returned from his first trip to the DL of his career and pitched six strong innings as the A...

Karstens, Pirates Take 5th in Row

Unlike any other player in the Pirates’ clubhouse, Jeff Karstens can remember those ugly, brutal days. He was around for the 95-loss season in 2008, the 99-loss team in &rsqu...

A's Take 3rd Straight From Yanks

The heroes change each night for the A's. The results remain the same. On Saturday, it was Jarrod Parker becoming the latest rookie starter to shut down the New York Yankees. It...

White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that Brett Myers was acquired for bullpen depth, not to replace Addison Reed as the closer, despite his valuable experience in that r...

Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

Yorvit Torrealba, still sleep-deprived after the birth of his daughter last week, made an alert decision before the Texas Rangers took the field for the first time Saturday. The ...

Lannan, Harper Help Nationals Split

John Lannan had experienced most every slice of the Washington Nationals’ history, but Saturday night, tinged with desperation for his teammates, felt fresh and new for him...

Day of Big Returns in Boston

If they didn't already have baseball's highest prices, the Red Sox might have been able to get away with charging extra when they come home Monday night to play the Chicago White...

Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

Scott Rolen's bat still has a little life in it. Rolen's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a sellout cr...

Gallardo Strikes Out 14 Pirates

Just like his teammates, Yovani Gallardo is well aware of how important it is for the Milwaukee Brewers to play well to start the second half of the season. On Sunday afternoon h...

Lincecum Shines as Giants Regain 1st

The crowd of 42,171 knew the stakes maybe more than the pitcher did. From the moment Tim Lincecum led the Giants onto the field Saturday night, the fans seemed intent on coaxing a ...

Braves Batter Dickey, Win 6th in Row

Because there are so many baseball games, it’s tricky to ascribe any lessons to any single game. But the doings Saturday, I submit, showed us the 2012 Braves for better and...

Scores and Schedule

Top MLB Sites

MLB Power Rankings