Yu Darvish

2014 MLB All-Star Team Rosters: Our Picks

What the rosters would look like if Athlon selected the All-Star teams.
On Sunday night, July 6, MLB will announce the All-Star teams for the big game at Minneapolis on July 15. As always, fan voting will determine the starting position players for each league. Players vote for reserves and pitchers with managers filling out the teams. Rosters consist of 34 players — that’s right, 34 — and each club must be represented. In advance of the big announcement, here are my selections for the two rosters.

On Sunday night, July 6, MLB will announce the All-Star teams for the big game at Minneapolis on July 15. As always, fan voting will determine the starting position players for each league. Players vote for reserves and pitchers with managers filling out the teams. Rosters consist of 34 players — that’s right, 34 — and each club must be represented. In advance of the big announcement, here are my selections for the two rosters.

 

18 Amazing MLB Stats for the Week of May 13-19

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
<p> Matt Cain is giving up bombs, Ryan Howard is wilting in the clutch, James Shields has little to show for his efforts and the consistent Joey Votto just keeps hitting. Here’s this week’s Amazing Stats for May 13-19.<br />  </p>

Matt Cain is giving up bombs, Ryan Howard is wilting in the clutch, James Shields has little to show for his efforts and the consistent Joey Votto just keeps hitting. Here’s this week’s Amazing Stats for May 13-19.

2    Games Braves played with best lineup

16 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week: April 29-May 5

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
<p> Cleanup hitters struggle, a former utilityman goes off and some dude who's never closed games before is perfect.</p>

There's never a shortage for cool numbers in baseball. Cleanup hitters struggle, a former utilityman goes off and some dude who's never closed games before is perfect. Go figure (which is what we've been doing).

14 Amazing MLB Stats from Opening Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
<p> Baseball is a numbers game. Always has been. Always will be. And here are a few notable stats for the opening week of the season: March 31-April 7.</p>

Baseball is a numbers game. Always has been. Always will be. And here are a few notable numbers for the opening week of the season: March 31-April 7.

15    Earned runs allowed last Sunday by reigning Cy Young winners

Baseball's 2012 Rookie Class

Athlon Sports projects the best rookies for 2012.
Two Right Sidebar Images
<p> Athlon Sports projects the best rookies for 2012.</p>

Remember those cool little trophies that Topps has put on baseball cards of the previous year’s best rookies? The card company began the practice in 1960 honoring the best rookies from 1959 — a group that included the likes of Pumpsie Green and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.


Since that time, Topps has forsaken the trophies in a few years, but has continued to select an All-Rookie Team. Topps usually honors eight position players and two pitchers, one right-handed, one lefty. We prefer four starters and a closer.

Texas Rangers 2012 Preview

Two-time defending AL champs have unfinished business
<p> The American League West race likely won’t be a runaway in 2012, as it was the past two seasons, but the Rangers remain the team to beat.</p>

Texas Rangers

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The AL Arms Race

Yankees, Rangers, Angels pin postseason aspirations on pitching makeovers
<p> A look at this offseason's significant pitching changes in the American League</p>

— by Mark Ross

Pitchers are scheduled to report to spring training in less than a month, and if Major League Baseball’s offseason is any indication, a lot of teams’ postseason hopes will be riding on those arms that will get tuned up in Florida and Arizona.