Over/Under Bet Picks for 2017: Buy Low on the A’s, Sell High on the Royals

Published February 16, 2017

2016 was The Year of the Chicago Cubs . The North Siders broke the longest title-less streak in baseball history, ending 108 years of misery and sending the city of Chicago into a state of euphoria that still hasn’t stopped.

Still, the Cubs’ impact in one sphere hasn’t been fully appreciated.


How the Blue Jays Will Try to Win With Depth This Season

Published February 16, 2017

It’s been a wild and crazy off-season for the Blue Jays.

Management tacked a self-destructive take-it-or-leave-it clause onto its offer for Edwin Encarnacion then watched as Encarnacion signed for millions less with a big American League rival in Cleveland. Jose Bautista sat in limbo for months before the Jays snatched him back up on a favourable one-year deal.


Q&A with Rajai Davis: Art of Baserunning and That World Series Game 7 Home Run

Published February 10, 2017

It’s a moment all baseball players dream of from the moment they first pick up a bat: Hitting a dramatic home run in Game 7 of the World Series. Rajai Davis waited 36 years and 1,219 major-league games (counting regular season and playoffs) to pull it off. His game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7, off the hardest-throwing pitcher of all time, sent shockwaves throughout the baseball world.


Q&A with Rajai Davis: Rickey Henderson, the Art of Base-Stealing and Getting to MLB

Published February 10, 2017

It’s a moment all baseball players dream of from the moment they first pick up a bat: Hitting a dramatic home run in Game 7 of the World Series. Rajai Davis waited 36 years and 1,219 major-league games (counting regular season and playoffs) to pull it off. His game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7, off the hardest-throwing pitcher of all time, sent shockwaves throughout the baseball world.


Stick to Sports? Jackie Robinson’s Birthday Reminds Us Sports and Politics Mix

Published February 1, 2017

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson’s birthday. On this day, as on the April 15 anniversary of his first major-league game, we sports fans celebrate one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and one of the most revered heroes in American history.

The lens of perception tends to soften over time.


2016 Belonged to Cubs, but Here’s Why Dodgers Could Reign in 2017 and Beyond

Published January 26, 2017

A Cy Young-winning ace in his prime. A Rookie of the Year-winning, world-beating infielder about to win a bunch more hardware in the years to come. A Manager of the Year-winning skipper liked and respected by everyone in the organization. A front office loaded with forward-thinking minds who value both present and future success.


Why Tim Raines Making the Hall of Fame Means So Much to a Kid from Montreal

Published January 19, 2017

The first time I ever walked into a Major League Baseball stadium was August 1, 1982. I was 7 years old. My grandfather, Elek Keri, took me there.

Olympic Stadium was weird and unique for many reasons. Every sign, every hot dog stand, every player introduction was bilingual — French and English, just like the city of Montreal.



Blue Jays’ Identity Crisis Could Lead to End of Short-Lived Toronto Renaissance

Published January 4, 2017

Edwin Encarnacion is no longer a Blue Jay. Just before Christmas, Cleveland’s baseball team landed the biggest remaining bat on the free-agent market on a three-year, $60 million contract. The deal vexed Jays fans, who wondered how their parrot-toting hero could have bolted for Ohio after being offered four years and $80 million (with the possibility of a fifth-year option that would have been pushed the deal to $100 million) to return to Rogers Centre.


How Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria Continues to Outfox Us All

Published December 21, 2016

Ponder, if you will, the savviest investments of the past 20 years. Think of the venture capitalists who got in early on Google. The angel investors who took a leap of faith with Uber. Sean Parker finagling his way into Facebook right before it exploded was enough to get a Mickey Mouse Club member to play him in a major motion picture.