Matt Olson snubbed for 2020 Gold Glove award

Throughout 2020, it feels like everything we know about the world has been flipped on its head. The MLB season only loosely resembled a normal campaign, U.S. politics have gone haywire, and daily life in America has been altered in unprecedented ways. Also, murder hornets. It’s been a weird year. Amid the added stress of […]

Grading Matt Chapman and the 2020 A’s third basemen

Practically from the moment Matt Chapman took the field for his MLB debut on June 15, 2017, the A’s became one of the top teams in baseball in terms of both offensive and defensive production at third base. With Chapman missing nearly 40 percent of the 2020 season, the A’s slipped in third-base production relative […]

Rangers’ Kiner-Falefa Hopes to Cap Off 2020 Season With a Gold Glove

For the most part, 2020 has been a season to forget for the Texas Rangers and their fans. The starting rotation didn’t play out as expected, the lineup fell victim to Murphy’s law, and the front office wasn’t able to land the deal they were looking for at the trade deadline.  However, there have been […]

Rangers’ two defensive stars Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Joey Gallo lead charge behind improved team defense

The Oakland A’s were in town over the weekend. So was the AL’s best defensive third baseman. For a change, the two events were mutually exclusive. While the A’s were in town, two-time reigning Gold Glover Matt Chapman was in Vail, Colo., getting a second opinion on what was eventually announced Saturday as a season-ending […]

Can the Mariners actually reach the postseason this season?

A warning: This is neither an attempt at humor nor cruelty. Every bit of it is real, even if the possibility of it happening is relatively slim. The Mariners could make the playoffs. Like, this season. It’s true. After an 8-4 win over the Rangers on Monday at T-Mobile Park — the team’s sixth consecutive […]

What distinguishes the Oakland A’s from MLB’s strongest teams?

The Oakland A’s are 14-6. They sit atop the American League West with the best record in baseball. Even if it feels we’ve just sat down and settled into the season, the A’s start can give us some hints into what we know about this team’s postseason run outlook. Yes, the postseason is peaking above […]

Arenado and Chapman: Former Teammates Always Putting on a Show

One of the great things about watching the A’s and Rockies play, which they do tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is the chance to watch the third base matchup. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado has won seven Gold Gloves at third and is a five-time All-Star. Chapman has made one All-Star team, has won two Gold Gloves and […]

How A’s Matt Olson’s first base success was helped by third base time

Each A’s infielder gets a sense of confidence knowing their primary target is two-time Gold Glove Award winner first baseman Matt Olson. Before he was scooping balls from Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien, however, Olson played more third base during his earlier years in the game. He detailed how that has improved his game in […]

“Could Be a Decent Regular” – Mike Trout’s 2011 Scouting Report from MLB The Show Aged TERRIBLY

Hopefully by now, you don’t need the rambling preamble on how good Mike Trout is at baseball. The quickest way there? He’s the best at baseball. Maybe ever. The funniest version? In Trout’s WORST MLB season, he won the AL MVP award. Enough said. But his greatness wasn’t always so obvious! For example, although Mike Trout […]

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