Tampa Bay Rays successfully transition Alex Colome to the closer role

Colome (L) leads the American League in SavesWay back on July 28, 2000 the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays completed a trade with the Oakland Athletics. The D-Rays sent away a pair of arms in Jim Mecir and Todd Belitz, and in return received a Double A right-hander named Jesus Colome.Colome had a big arm, with pitches clocked at … Continue reading Tampa Bay Rays successfully transition Alex Colome to the closer role

It’s a great time to be Pat Neshek

On November 4, 2016 the Houston Astros shipped veteran relief pitcher Pat Neshek to the Philadelphia Phillies.The trade was a simple salary dump for Houston. Neshek had a $6.55 million option due on his contract for the 2017 season. The Astros didn’t want to pay that kind of money for a middle reliever. They found a … Continue reading It’s a great time to be Pat Neshek

WBC 2017: Who are The Netherlands?

When the 2017 World Baseball Classic began, the team representing The Netherlands was certainly not considered to be among the tournament favorites.After all, we’re talking about The Netherlands. You know, the Dutch?Isn’t that Holland? When you think of them, wouldn’t you tend to think of windmills, dikes, tulips, and chocolates more than hardball?On the grander … Continue reading WBC 2017: Who are The Netherlands?

Do-or-die for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

To borrow a phrase from Yogi Berra, for Team USA it’s a case of “deja vu all over again” in the 2017 WBC.The disappointing performance of American teams over the history of the World Baseball Classic is well established. Team USA did not take home a medal from any of the previous incarnations of what has … Continue reading Do-or-die for Team USA in World Baseball Classic