Wednesday, February 21, 2018

California Baseball Weekly: A Giant Rock Slide

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 overripe avocados who play for the Padres. Best...

Pints and Picks: All Stars at Life Choices Make All Star Selections

All Star voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST tonight (June 29) here’s who the DPB crew has vetted as ASG worthy using none of the maths and all the emotions. To read more Pints and Picks, click here. To see how we're doing on our preseason MLB picks, click here. By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Hey Kyle, After nearly four...

1,902 wins and not in the Hall

The Angels’ curious firing of Gene Mauch 35 years ago still haunts the manager’s legacy today By Andrew J. Pridgen Baseball wonks love to point to how empires rise and fall. In a room together they’ll go back to a source play or move and trudge through the lugubrious losing seasons that ensued, a sort of watching dominoes fall in reverse....

Opening the present that is Opening Day

Happy Baseball! Because no other sport drops off memory and hope at your doorstep like a new phone book bound for the recycling each spring. By Andrew J. Pridgen The world needs another syrupy 817-word warble about the importance of baseball, the we-need-it-now-more-than-ever significance of it like it needs a fourth Hangover installment. So I’ll try to be brief: The world needs...

Cubs fans hold year heads high. You are the reason Chicago is America’s last great city

Because it's not about winning or losing. It's about staying true to who you are. By Andrew Pridgen Cubs fans, I love you. I love your town. I love that Chicago has managed to remain a city that’s inclusive; that it hasn't mega-billionaire-vacancy'd nor Airbnb’d its way to uniform misery. In Chicago, you’re always just a hot dog or a haircut away...

…So what you’re saying is Dave Roberts is black???

When I listen to TV on the Radio or The Roots I don’t think these are black bands. I think, these are good bands. Apparently that’s not yet the case in baseball, or maybe even in life. By Andrew Pridgen Forty years ago when Frank Robinson became the second Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier as its first black manager, it...

California Baseball Weekly: Who’s Your Daddy?

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 suddenly lethal ballers who play for the...

Giants fans ought to find comfort in the strength of the rest of the NL West

It’s a shame that one of the power trio in the NL West (Dodgers, Rockies, D-Backs) will be one-game-and-done in the postseason. All have championship contender potential and should grow stronger in the second half. By Andrew J. Pridgen Last week, I wrote a column about the Giants becoming the worst team in baseball and how their season’s rock bottom (to...

The Trinity of West Coast Baseball

Is this heaven? No, it's California. By Kyle Magin There’s a place, somewhere near the sun’s resting place, where baseball is still told as a story. Octogenarians and a sexagenarian do the telling in tasteful suits on TV and over the airwaves. They contextualize Yasiel Puig or Madison Bumgarner’s dazzling ability in baseball’s century-old saga with charming anecdotes woven in and...

Are the Dodgers historically good or just peaking early?

The answer may be both. By Andrew J. Pridgen Moments before the first pitch of the Dodgers/Giants dog days of summer game at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles Saturday, Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' primadonna emigre who has battled both attitude and injuries during his streaky five seasons in blue, sprinted out into right field… by himself. From the radio booth, Giants hall...