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  1. An All-Star lineup of players not in the Hall

    Christina Kahrl

    The results of the Hall of Fame vote are as eagerly anticipated as ever, and with the news around the corner, there are two things we should anticipate for certain: Several players should get elected to the Hall of Fame, and we'll get to celebrate th...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  2. Byrd heads to Reds, but is Hamels next?

    Christina Kahrl

    The easiest thing to say about the Reds getting Marlon Byrd is that it's good for the Reds and good for Marlon Byrd. To really belabor the obvious, Byrd is a right-handed outfielder with power going to a ballpark that rewards right-handed batters ...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  3. Royals will be contenders again in 2015

    Christina Kahrl

    Perhaps the time to give Dayton Moore his due has long since come, not just because his team won an American League pennant -- believe me, as someone who grew up a fan of the Athletics, it would be nice if Team Moneyball could say even that much at s...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  4. Smith for Maurer trade: Win-win or big win?

    Christina Kahrl

    The Padres-Mariners trade sending Seth Smith to Seattle for Brandon Maurer might seem like an easy enough win-win swap where everyone gets what they want. The Mariners get a platoon hitter to complement Justin Ruggiano in right field to give Lloyd Mc...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  5. Rays add Cabrera; is a Zobrist trade next?

    Christina Kahrl

    Seeing the Rays reportedly sign Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal (pending a physical) might make you wonder about them. That's because while Cabrera was once a hitting star for a middle infielder, he reached free agency having lost much of his lus...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  6. Pads' pickup of Kelley a contender's move

    Christina Kahrl

    Picking up Shawn Kelley in a trade with the Yankees is just the latest indication that GM A.J. Preller and the Padres are redefining hyper-active as a new GM reshapes his roster with an aggressiveness not seen since ... I don't know, since Alex Antho...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  7. Picks to click: Breakout pitchers

    Christina Kahrl

    Sticking with Saturday's theme of picking hitters who could break out in 2015, today we turn to the moundsmen. Remember, no rookies, so don't wonder why Andrew Heaney or Alex Sanchez aren't here. And to compare and contrast past performance with futu...

    Blog | December 28, 2014
  8. Picks to click: 2015 breakout hitters

    Christina Kahrl

    With 2015 around the corner, it's easy to focus on what's new -- new players on your teams, new rookies, new chances. But how about those guys who might be ready to ratchet up a whole new level of production? It is, as Mike Royko put it describing hi...

    Blog | December 27, 2014
  9. New James Handbook: Quick Hot Stove fuel

    Christina Kahrl

    It's that quiet time in November on the baseball calendar, before the more serious hardware gets handed out, before the Hot Stove League's coals really light up. How is a baseball fan supposed to cope? Well, if you're jonesing for action, you might t...

    Blog | November 08, 2014
  10. Skip the stats, Maddon an inspired choice

    Christina Kahrl

    For a baseball franchise whose core product for decades has been sentimentality -- about its ballpark and its "lovable losers" legacy -- the Cubs are proving to be relentlessly unsentimental these days. One season in, the Rick Renteria era is over an...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  11. Dodgers' rebound win sweet in the details

    Christina Kahrl

    The Dodgers tied up their series, and though they had a few in-game setbacks, Saturday's win over the Cardinals was more impressive because when things didn't work out, the Dodgers still found a way to win, often by exploiting the star power that mak...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  12. Loss in 18 puts Nats on cusp of elimination

    Christina Kahrl

    It was the longest postseason game in Major League Baseball history, in terms of time (the old record was five hours and 50 minutes, set by the Braves and Astros on Oct. 9, 2005). And with 15 relievers used -- seven for San Francisco, eight for Washi...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  13. Tigers pull it off, like you knew they would

    Christina Kahrl

    You can sort of feel sorry for the Detroit Tigers, even as they clinched their fourth straight AL Central title, because this one might have been their hardest-fought yet. But for all the expectations, they've never truly had it easy. That's becau...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  14. Royals botching both little, big things

    Christina Kahrl

    Ultimately, you place responsibility for a team's success or failure on its players. But a manager's job is to put his players in the best position to succeed, and after the Royals lost a second straight game to the Tigers in their weekend showdown s...

    Blog | September 20, 2014
  15. Nationals' delivery on promise a team thing

    Christina Kahrl

    Some ways of winning you find yourself liking better than you expected. Five and a half months ago, most of us anticipated the Nationals would win the NL East, so now that Washington is on the cusp of clinching, there isn't any drama. It's done. For ...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  16. A's still optimistic after Lester's big game

    Christina Kahrl

    CHICAGO -- The Athletics didn't anticipate exactly this situation would arise when they traded for Jon Lester: Must-win games in September, against an also-ran, after a crushing loss in extras, after losing a series to the Astros, after falling so fa...

    Blog | September 10, 2014