Longtime Rivalry Takes Center Stage In NL West
More than ever, the players in the National League West are as talented as any in the game. The NL West has long been one of baseball's most balanced divisions, with every team in the division having made the playoffs twice—and only twice—since 2005. The Giants have cashed in on their two appearances with World Series titles, while the Rockies reached the World Series in 2007 (defeating the Diamondbacks in the NL Championship Series).
Randal Grichuk Tackles His Own Expectations
Twenty-four players were picked in the first round of the 2009 draft before the Angels selected Mike Trout. Randal Grichuk was one of the 24. Not only was Grichuk one pick ahead of Trout, but he, like Trout, was selected by the Angels and is also an outfielder. The two became friends as teammates in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2009.
Hall Vote Hurts Everyone
Tracy Ringolsby checks in after the BBWAA failed to elect a player to the Hall of Fame for just the eighth time ever, the first time since 1996 and second time since 1971. It's a shame, because the ballot was full of qualified candidates this year and will only get more crowded. One of the players whose candidacy will be harmed the most figures to be Jack Morris.
Trade Proves Royals Are Playing To Win
After 27 years of planning for the future, the Royals finally decided the future is now.
Cabrera, Trout Both Had MVP Cases But Triple Crown Means Something
The biggest joke about the American League MVP vote was all the moaning and groaning about the results. The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera is the 2012 AL MVP. The Angels' Mike Trout is the runner-up.