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  1. Brewers rotation not one of baseball's best

    Steve Berthiaume

    The Milwaukee Brewers have returned all five rotation starters from 2011, a season that was almost certainly the best in franchise history other than 1982. It's a solid group that puts Milwaukee in position to reclaim its NL Central title. It is not,...

    Blog | April 09, 2012
  2. Prediction? ... 'Pain.'

    Steve Berthiaume

    "Rocky III"'s Clubber Lang was correct in answering "pain" when asked for a pre-fight prediction. Baseball predictions can be painful to sort through, painful to hear and are generally an enormous pain in the neck. Fans look for them, solicit them, o...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  3. Review: MLB 12 The Show better than ever

    Steve Berthiaume

    Each year, Sony Computer Entertainment America and San Diego Studio produces the best sports video game available and each year those developers find a way to make their game better. Tuesday's release of MLB 12 The Show will demonstrate this but even...

    Blog | March 05, 2012
  4. The beauty is in the 162 games

    Steve Berthiaume

    It's every day. That's where you find the real beauty of the thing. Win or lose, payoff or no payoff; the reward is found in that continuity. That's the gift of the 162 games. What happened today? Did they win or lose? Did the other guys win or lose?...

    Blog | September 26, 2011
  5. Verlander's season warrants MVP award

    Steve Berthiaume

    Justin Verlander beat the A's in Oakland on Sunday to improve his record to 24-5, making him the first Tigers pitcher to win 24 games in a season since Mickey Lolich won 25 in 1971, and the majors' first 24-game winner since Randy Johnson in 2002. Ve...

    Blog | September 19, 2011
  6. Command turns Kennedy into Cy contender

    Steve Berthiaume

    This past weekend the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2001 World Series championship team -- a team led Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who combined to win 43 games that season and were the only two pitchers to receive...

    Blog | September 14, 2011
  7. Best catcher of 2011? Alex Avila

    Steve Berthiaume

    Hypothetical: There's a major league catcher draft and you have the No. 1 pick; which catcher should you take? For the sake of this discussion, let's say you're drafting a team of current big league players and will draft only one position per round ...

    Blog | September 12, 2011
  8. Twitterview with Daniel Hudson

    Steve Berthiaume

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are winning the NL West. After going 65-97 to finish 27 games behind the San Francisco Giants last season, the D-backs have already won 82 games this season and entering Thursday held a healthy seven-game lead over the defend...

    Blog | September 08, 2011
  9. Greinke's surge reminds of CC, Sutcliffe

    Steve Berthiaume

    Zack Greinke is delivering right on schedule in Milwaukee. The Brewers already had offensive firepower and GM Doug Melvin has added the bullpen pieces that will get critical outs late in important games. But Greinke's acquisition in the offseason was...

    Blog | August 15, 2011
  10. Granderson's defense hurts his MVP case

    Steve Berthiaume

    Can a player, no matter how productive on offense, be voted a league Most Valuable Player if he is rated the major leagues' worst defensive player at his position? This is the test case that Curtis Granderson presents. Granderson is having a monster ...

    Blog | August 12, 2011
  11. Red Sox-Yankees rivalry dead: How to fix

    Steve Berthiaume

    The Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is dead and baseball has helped kill it: Eighteen meetings a year at four hours each has watered down the product to the point of overkill and taken the starch out of things. These games have become overdone and overblown,...

    Blog | August 08, 2011
  12. Get uniforms right and be who you are

    Steve Berthiaume

    Bill Parcells once said, "You are what you are," meaning that if your football team's record is 8-8, whatever circumstances you'd dealt with didn't really mean anything; in the end you were a .500 team. It sounds depressingly pessimistic but the atti...

    Blog | August 05, 2011
  13. Red Sox win despite free-agent mistakes

    Steve Berthiaume

    The Red Sox turned an uncomfortable ballpark relic into a tourist attraction cash cow, stamped their brand across New England through their regional sports network ("the Nation Station") and in less than a decade transformed their national identity f...

    Blog | August 03, 2011
  14. Rangers relievers should lock up AL West

    Steve Berthiaume

    Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. What's different today? Not much, actually. In the American League the Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers are still going to make the postseason, as will the Braves, Phillies and Giants (probably) in ...

    Blog | August 01, 2011
  15. The Ax Man closeth for Brewers

    Steve Berthiaume

    John Axford could be the one man who means the difference in winning the National League Central. The Brewers' closer, who just two weeks ago had his job security seemingly challenged by Milwaukee's acquisition of Francisco Rodriguez, is emerging as ...

    Blog | July 29, 2011
  16. A long way from the All-Star Game

    Steve Berthiaume

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- In more ways than mere geography, this is as far as you can be from Phoenix's All-Star festivities and still call yourself a professional baseball player. While MLB celebrated its midsummer show business, the Pittsfield Colonials...

    Blog | July 13, 2011