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MLB Draft Profile: Nick Gonzales

MLB Draft Profile: Nick Gonzales

Alex Kielar | June 5th, 2020

The Major League Baseball amateur draft will begin on June 10th at 7pm ET. We continue our MLB Draft profiles with infielder Nick Gonzales out of New Mexico State who is ranked as the fifth overall prospect by MLB.com. Continue reading

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Chicago Cubs Mount Rushmore Sammy Sosa

Chicago Cubs Mount Rushmore

Joey Ricotta | June 2nd, 2020

The Chicago Cubs franchise, which began in 1876 as the Chicago White Stockings, has a long, tremendous amount of history. After winning two straight World Series titles in 1907 and 1908, the Cubs went through the longest drought in the history of North American sports, not winning another title, until the unthinkable happened and they won it all in 2016. A 108-year drought snapped. Because a lot of those players are still playing, and their stories are still being told, I decided to leave out anyone who could potentially make this list from that team. Continue reading

Texas Rangers Mount Rushmore Adrian Beltre

Texas Rangers Mount Rushmore

Euan Leith | May 29th, 2020

The Texas Rangers have been battling with the heat in the Lone Star state since 1972. After relocating from the nation’s capital, they went 25 years before experiencing their first taste of the postseason and 39 years until they won their first series in the postseason. However, the 2010s have been a lot kinder to the franchise. Back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011 brought them two American League pennants, and they made the postseason five times in the last decade, making it the most successful period in the team’s history. Continue reading

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Chicago White Sox Mount Rushmore

John Supowitz | May 27th, 2020

The White Sox are a long and historic franchise. Their origins go back to when they were known as the Sioux City Cornhuskers of the Western League, a minor league under the parameters of The National Agreement with the National League. Charles Comiskey would purchase the team in 1894, move to St. Paul Minnesota, and would rename them the Saints. Continue reading

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Play Ball?

Sam Schneider | May 27th, 2020

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Major League Baseball owners proposed a return-to-play plan that the players effectively scoffed at, putting fans’ hopes for a baseball return in question. Continue reading

MLB The Show Rebuild: Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB The Show Rebuild: Pittsburgh Pirates

Daniel Corrigan | May 24th, 2020

Hello, welcome to the first installment of what will most definitely be the most time-consuming series I have ever done. I will be rebuilding baseball teams through MLB The Show 20’s franchise simulation.

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Yelling From The Bench: Darren Rovell

Yelling From The Bench: Darren Rovell Needs His Head Checked and FLORIDA NEWS!

John Supowitz  | May 24th, 2020

Why is Darren Rovell no longer friends with football players? Once again we explore everything that is Florida Subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay up to date with our videos Continue reading

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Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers Mount Rushmore

Alex Kielar | May 15th, 2020

The Dodgers have had a very storied history, they were founded in 1883 as the Brooklyn Atlantics. They moved to the National League in 1890. The Dodgers played in Brooklyn until 1957 when they moved to Los Angeles. They won an American Association Pennant in 1889, 23 National League Pennants, and won six World Series titles, one while in Brooklyn and five while in Los Angeles. With all this history, they have had a lot of legendary players, so it will be hard to limit their Mount Rushmore to just four. Nevertheless, here we go. Continue reading

San Francisco Giants Mount Rushmore Willie Mays

New York/San Francisco Giants Mount Rushmore

John Supowitz | May 12th, 2020

The San Fransisco Giants have a long and prestigious history that dates back to 1883 when they were known as the New York Gothams. This makes them the first professional baseball team in New York. Two years later, they became the New York Giants and began playing in the historic Polo Grounds. It was known for the shape that was unique for baseball games. Left field was 279 ft, right was 258 ft, and center was 483 ft, the reason was that the stadium was also the home for the New York Titans, now known as the Jets, and the New York Football Giants. Continue reading

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Who’s On First? Covid-19 Edition

Sam Schneider | May 5th, 2020

“Wel- uh um ttoo Ope ing-ing Day-ay ah twennnnnty-tee bayayseball eason!”.

More iconic words have probably never been spoken in the history of Major League Baseball. Even with less-than-stellar Wi-Fi, the announcer (sitting on his deck near the coast of South Carolina) is ushering in the first game of a season. It was delayed by a world pandemic and still with many restrictions in place. He is watching the same feed as you and me. Coming to us from a solitary camera perched in the stands. It is roughly seventy-five feet behind home plate and elevated for a full view of the field.

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Interview With Baltimore Orioles Prospect Malachi Emond

Adrian Andrew | May 5th, 2020

Recently I had the privilege to interview Orioles prospect, Malachi Emond. Emond was drafted in the 18th round of the MLB Draft in 2019, and in his minor league debut season with the Aberdeen IronBirds (Short-season Class A) Emond posted a solid 2.66 ERA, over 20.1 innings pitched, with one save. It seems that the Orioles organization is grooming him as a closer or possibly a set-up man. Continue reading

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What Are Some Of The Best Baseball Video Games?

John Supowitz | April 29th, 2020

There have been so many great baseball video games throughout history. I and some of The Scorecrow staff give us just a few. Continue reading

The new Boston Red Sox Ace, Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez Preparing For Bigger Role In 2020

Jamie Gatlin | April 27th, 2020

When the MLB season does begin, the Boston Red Sox will have a new opening day starter for the first time since 2017. Over the past two years, that honor has fallen to Chris Sale, however, he will miss all of the 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery. Due to Sale’s absence, Eduardo Rodriguez will most likely be named the opening day starter. The former top prospect is coming off a career year and will now have even higher expectations. Continue reading

What Is The Future Of Minor League Baseball Post-Coronavirus?

.John Supowitz | April 24th, 2020  

Thanks to the current pandemic, we are stuck at home binge-watching The Office and having night terrors of Joe Exotic. The one major thing we don’t have is sports. Rest assured, sports will come back, but at what capacity? Continue reading

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Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – April 15: Happy Jackie Robinson Day

Alex Kielar | April 15th, 2020

Despite no baseball being played, baseball celebrates the legacy and memories of the man who broke the color barrier today. On the 73rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson‘s Major League debut, MLB and all its players, fans, journalists, announcers, and others celebrate this special day online. Throughout the day, MLB’s social media pages and MLB Network will be streaming and televising games that occurred on this day and involving Robinson, finishing it off with a stream of the 1955 World Series Robinson and the Dodgers were in. That was when his famous steal of home occurred with Yogi Berra behind the plate (who until his last breath fully believed he tagged him out). Continue reading

MLB’s Best Lineups of the Past Decade (Part One)

Joel Dorcas | April 13th, 2020

Now that we have the best pitching rotations covered, we can take a look at the best offenses of the past 10 years. To no one’s surprise, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros are on the list at least once. Also not a surprise, the highly potent offensives mostly are coming from the American League. It’s not to say the Dodgers and Cardinals weren’t stacked with productive players, it’s the fact that the A.L. just scores more runs with the Designated Hitter. Just a heads up, 2019 was a good year for offense, teams from that season are well represented here. Three teams with at least 900 runs and two teams with 300 HRs or more. O.K. let’s get to the list already! Continue reading

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Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – April 11: Debut of Yaz, Shin Guards, Mets, and Angels

Alex Kielar | April 11th, 2020 

To look back on this day in baseball history, I brought on Joey Ricotta this time to talk about a few debuts including Carl Yastrzemski‘s Major League debut and the debut of shin guards being used by a catcher. Continue reading

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Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – April 9: Eighth Wonder, Pops, and Fenway

Alex Kielar  | April 9th, 2020 

I bring on Joey Ricotta as we look back on This Day In Baseball History. We talk about five parks that opened up on this date, including the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan still being dominant at 46, and the life and career of Willie Stargell, or “Pops”. Continue reading

MLB’s Best Pitching Rotations of the Past Decade (Part Two)

Joel Dorcas | April 8th, 2022

Hopefully, everyone is enjoying these top-10 pieces. We are trying our best to provide content while we wait for play to resume. Let’s explore the best of the best as we count down to numero uno. These explorations are always up for debate, let us know your favorite starting five of the last 10 years! Continue reading

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Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – April 6: DH, Cycles, and Records

Alex Kielar  | April 6th, 2020 

I am back again solo to bring you everything that happened today in baseball history, as there were several records tied and broken, including Trevor Story being the first player to hit a homer in each of his first three major league games and Jack Morris making his 14th straight Opening Day start. Continue reading

Red Sox 2020 Preview

Jamie Gatlin | April 6th, 2020

Although the MLB season is currently on hold when and if play resumes, the Boston Red Sox roster will look very different than just a year ago. This offseason, the Red Sox dealt franchise star Mookie Beets in a blockbuster deal with the Dodgers. They also lost fan-favorite Brock Holt in free agency and will be without the services of Chris Sale due to Tommy John Surgery. They will have a new manager in Ron Roenicke after Alex Cora stepped down due to his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal. While the Red Sox are full of new faces they will be looking to return to the postseason when baseball resumes. Continue reading

Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – April 3: “The Kid” Debut, Stadium Debuts

Alex Kielar  | April 3rd, 2020  

I went solo this time to look back on this day in baseball history, as I talked about the debut of “The Kid” 31 years ago today, new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field being inaugurated, a few trades, and more! Not as many big events occurred on this day than others, but they were still very notable. Continue reading

Washington Nationals 2020 Season Preview

Sam Schneider  | April 2nd, 2020

It’s been a long offseason. Aside from the delay of baseball due to the ever-growing concern over Covid19, there were also a lot of developments with respect to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Fines, bans, and firings that made for an eventful offseason but also lent itself to the feeling that it has been particularly drawn out. Continue reading

Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – April 1: Records, Extensions, and the Seattle Pilots

Alex Kielar | April 1st, 2020 

To continue our “This Day In Baseball History” series, Johnnie Black and I looked back in history on this day. There were some records that were set, extensions signed, a team in Seattle called the Pilots that only lasted one season, and more. There were quite a few things to talk about that happened on this day, so enjoy it.

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Does Yimi Garcia Have Fantasy Relevance?

Joey Ricotta |March 31st, 2020  

Signed as a free agent this offseason, the former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia, enters 2020 as a primary setup man for the Miami Marlins. In this day and age, it’s hard to find a pitcher who hasn’t had Tommy John surgery at some point in their career. Garcia is no exception, he missed most of the 2016 season because of arm issues and wound up getting the procedure done on October 25, 2016, which caused him to miss the entirety of the 2017 season. Continue reading

Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – March 30: Bartolo Colon = Charlie Brown

Alex Kielar  | March 30th, 2020

In another “This Day In Baseball History” episode, Nick Jehamy and I once again looked back in history to talk about big events that happened. In this one, we joked about how Bartolo Colon is literally the same person as Charlie Brown (find out why), a couple trades, a ballpark opening, an ambidextrous pitcher, and more that you will find out when you listen to the episode. Continue reading

Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – March 29: Birth of a “Young” Legend

Alex Kielar  | March 29th, 2020

As we continue the “This Day In Baseball History” series, Nick Jehamy and I again looked back in time on this day. This is our 70th episode overall for this podcast, and seventh in what I’m calling the third season. Find out about everything that happened on this day in baseball history, including a couple trades, extensions, and the birth of some guy named Denton True Young (wonder how he turned out). Continue reading

New York Yankees 2020 Season Preview

Alex Kielar| March 29th, 2020

The Yankees fell just short of getting back to the World Series in 2019, falling to the Houston Astros in six games in the American League Championship Series. During the regular season, they put up their second straight 100-win season, going 103-59 and rolling to their first American League East Championship since 2012. They ran right through the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series, sweeping them in three games, 10-4, 8-2, and 5-1. Continue reading

Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – March 27

Alex Kielar | March 27th, 2020 

We continue our series looking back in time on each day in baseball history. Without new baseball, we will look back in history until the season finally does start. I had Nick Jehamy on again for this episode, as we talked about when the Los Angeles Dodgers were sold to Magic Johnson and all the way back when and how the Chicago Cubs got their name.

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Too Much Pod Tar Podcast: This Day In Baseball History – March 26

Alex Kielar | March 26th, 2020

Sigh, today would have been Opening Day and yet we don’t have baseball. To help make up for that, we have our first episode in the “This Day in Baseball History” series where we will look back on the biggest moments throughout the years on each day. Continue reading

St. Louis Cardinals 2020 Season Preview

John Supowitz  | March 18th, 2020

The reigning National League Central Champions will try to win back-to-back divisions since the 2014-15 seasons. There have not been many turnovers going into this season; the biggest change is losing outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who had 52 home runs and 177 RBI in his two seasons with St. Louis. Continue reading

Oakland Athletics 2020 Season Preview

Alex Kielar  | March 18th, 2020

The A’s had a great season in 2019, going 97-65, but because of the Astros winning over 100 games they had to play the Rays in the Wild Card game. They wound up losing that game 5-1 to the Rays and look to avoid that game this year by winning the AL West. Continue reading

Kansas City Royals 2020 Season Preview

Kody Clawson  | February 27th, 2020 

2019 was mostly a season to forget for the Kansas City Royals, going 59-103. The season started on a sour note, seeing star catcher Salvador Perez lost for the year to Tommy John surgery after damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm was discovered. Also, longtime manager Ned Yost, the manager who took the Royals to two straight World Series appearances, retired at the end of the season. Continue reading

Colorado Rockies 2020 Season Preview

John Supowitz | February 26th, 2020 

After making the playoffs in 2017 and 2018, it was thought the Colorado Rockies would contend in the National League West, or at least find themselves in the playoffs, none of that would be the case. Colorado instead was not a factor at all in 2019, finishing fourth in the NL West with a 71-91 record. Continue reading

Miami Marlins 2020 Season Preview

Alex Kielar  | February 19th, 2020 

Let’s head down South to Miami next to preview the Marlins season. The rebuild is underway as part-owner Derek Jeter tries to return them to the playoffs. The fish obviously won’t be able to compete in a stacked NL East, but they have some young promise. First, we’ll look back at the 2019 season and then look ahead to this season. Continue reading

Brett Gardner Re-signs with Yankees

Alex Kielar | December 12th, 2019

Brett Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in 2005 out of the College of Charleston and returns to them on another one-year deal, worth $12.5 million with a $10 million option for 2021. A few teams were interested in multi-year deals with Gardner, but he showed his loyalty in preferring to stay with the Yankees. The veteran outfielder and clubhouse leader made his debut in 2008 and is the last remaining player from the Yankees’ last World Series victory in 2009, his first full year with the club. Continue reading

Mike Moustakas Signs with the Cincinnati Reds

Alex Kielar | December 2nd, 2019

The Reds have finally gotten Mike Moustakas out from under being subject to one-year deals after the last two years and signed him to a four-year $64 million deal. The rebuild in the southwest of Ohio now gets a boost with Moustakas being a great bat to add to the middle of the lineup. Continue reading

Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 Season Recap

Joey Ricotta | November 16th, 2019 

Another great season and a trip to the playoffs, following a 106-56 regular-season record that brought the Los Angeles Dodgers to their seventh straight NL West first-place finish. However, the playoffs proved to be a different story, as the Dodgers were knocked out even earlier than in recent years, failing to reach the World Series for the first time in three years. They fell to the eventually World Series champions, the Washington Nationals in five games in the NLDS. Let’s take a look back on the season, as well as a look forward to 2020. Continue reading

San Diego Padres 2019 Season Recap

Alex Kielar | October 30th, 2019

The San Diego Padres entered the 2019 season with fairly low, but also promising expectations, so their 70-92 record is a bit disappointing but also somewhat expected. The Padres signing of stud third baseman Manny Machado in the offseason skyrocketed their expectations, and their young core led by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and pitcher Chris Paddack gave them a look at their bright future. Their ultimate fallout was their young players and older players not being compatible enough to play well together, and their bullpen struggles. One big problem was also communication issues between the manager and the team, as the Padres fired Andy Green before the season even ended. Now let’s get further into the Padres season. Continue reading

Andrew Benintendi Will Be Looking to Rebound in 2020

Jamie Gatlin  | October 27th, 2019

Ever since Andrew Benintendi made his MLB debut in 2016, the Ohio native has been viewed as a key part of the Red Sox future. After a productive Junior season, he entered 2019 with hopes of becoming the next Red Sox star. Like many of his teammates, however, the season turned out to be full of failure. As the Red Sox look to return to contention, the play of Benintendi will be key as they try to build their next championship team. Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn October 18th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |October 18th, 2019

Pitching has mostly had the upper hand in the Astros/ Yankees Championship Series so naturally, because of the distinct edge in their starters, we have to side with the stronger pitching team, the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander will be going on regular rest. The Yankees send left-handed starter James Paxton to the bump who has strikeout upside, but the Astros hit lefties very well. Let’s quickly go over a few players to help build your showdown lineups. It’s Game Five of the ALCS and it’s about time to go for a rip Around the Horn!

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MLB DFS – NLCS Game Three: Showdown Slate

Joey Ricotta     | October 14th, 2019

Well, the first two games of the series were very much in favor of the Washington Nationals, as they stymied the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense and held them to only one run and four hits in the first two games combined. Things won’t get any easier for the Redbirds tonight. They’ll have the difficult task of attempting to barrel up Stephen Strasburg. The one thing going for them that they didn’t have in the first two games is Jack Flaherty. Whenever you can send your ace to the mound, you have to feel like you have a shot. Continue reading

Yankees vs. Astros ALCS Preview: Battle of Heavyweights

Alex Kielar | October 12th, 2019

Well here we are, we made it to the Championship Series. On the American League side, we get probably the most anticipated matchup to this point in the Yankees and Astros. All season long, they were on a crash course that led to meeting in the ALCS with a trip to the World Series on the line. Both have their strengths and their weaknesses and have gone on different paths this season while having obstacles along the way. Continue reading

MLB DFS – ALDS Game Four: Showdown Slate

Joey Ricotta | October 8th, 2019 

The Tampa Bay Rays were able to stave off elimination yesterday by knocking the baseball all around the yard and defeating the Astros 10-3. But today will be even more challenging as they get the daunting task of trying to hit the timeless ace, Justin Verlander. Will they be able to do it? Who knows. What I do know is I have some top-notch options for you to use in your DFS lineups tonight. At least I hope they are top-notch.

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Astros vs Rays ALDS Preview

Daniel Corrigan | October 4th, 2019

The Houston Astros finished the season with 107 wins. Good enough for the best record in the AL, and the best record in all of baseball. With that, they take on the winner of the Wild Card game, the Tampa Bay Rays.

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2019 NL Wildcard Game Preview: A Battle of Resilient Teams

Frank Ammirante  | October 1st, 2019 

Overcoming Adversity

The Washington Nationals entered the 2019 MLB season with tempered expectations after a long-time franchise player, Bryce Harper, signed with the Phillies in the off-season. They looked to be headed for a disappointing season, stumbling to a 19-31 record after 50 games. But despite losing Harper and struggling early in the season, this was still a talented team, with star hitters like Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Juan Soto, as well as a trio of aces atop their starting rotation in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and new arrival Patrick Corbin. Continue reading

Did Yankees Really Ever Need a “Frontline” Starter?

Alex Kielar| September 12th, 2019

When Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman decided to stay pat at the July 31 Trade Deadline and not make even one move for a starter, a lot of questions were raised and some fans were outraged. That outrage was backed up by the fact the Yankees’ starters, over a six-game period from July 20-25, allowed a horrendous 15.59 ERA, allowing 41 earned runs and 12 home runs over 23 2/3 innings. As terrible as this was, did the Yankees really NEED a starter at the deadline? Well, the performance of the starting staff since July 31 has been almost in spite of Cashman not making a move, and the Yankees’ plans with how to use the starters and bullpen are enough to make a deep run. They have even started to try out a new tactic with their starters which I will get into more later. Continue reading

MLB DFS – Make That Money Monday, Targets and Stacks for 9/9/19

Joey Ricotta| September 9th, 2019 

There are two NFL games on tonight after the big opening Sunday yesterday. There was baseball on yesterday and a slate of games that not many paid attention to. Tonight, however, there are eight games on the main slate on DraftKings. The perfect sized slate following a crazy, yet enjoyable Sunday of football. Just enough games to be able to differentiate your lineups from your opponent’s. Also, not too many games which allow us to fully dive into each game. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for tonight. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 23 and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | September 9, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Mitch Keller, SP PIT 

(37% CBS, 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)

9/10: @ San Francisco Giants (69-74) 3rd in NL West

9/15: @ Chicago Cubs (76-66) 2nd in NL Central

I know this is cheap and a bit lazy being that I used Mitch Keller last week, but he was hit on the hand by a line drive in his outing on 9/03 and was forced to leave the game after only 1,2 innings and striking out 3 batters. This forced him to miss most of his first start and all of his second, but he is slotted back into the rotation and on track for Tuesday 9/10 and Sunday 9/15, so why not?

Firmly solidified as the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect and ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball, Mitch Keller carries an electric skill set and an array of plus offerings. But since his callup on 5/27, the results have been lack-luster, pitching to a butt clenching 8.62 ERA 1.98 WHIP. While his 11.86 K/9 is encouraging, Keller has never really been known for his control, which is evident from his 3.45 BB/9. This is slightly higher than his 2.83 BB/9 minor league career mark, but not terrible for his first exposure to major league hitters. Continue reading

Into the 80s with Tom Greene- A Possible Wild Card Matchup

Tom Greene | September 6th, 2019

The end of the baseball season is getting closer. As temperatures begin to drop, the heat begins to rise on the teams that haven’t yet joined the 80-win club. After a few days away to take care of employment situations, I return to bring you two more teams that have joined our club. The Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians have been battling all season to reach a postseason berth. Now that they’ve reached 80 wins, they both feel they’re almost there. And, they’re telling the rest of the 80s club, (indirectly) “Shut your halfwit pie-holes! We’re trying to make the playoffs!”

OK, that SpongeBob reference may not have been the 80s, but we’re breaking down a team that didn’t even exist in the 80s but have some pretty awesome  “Throwbackuniforms. The Rays help the sunrise on this edition of, “Backtrax MLB!” Continue reading