1. Brandon Crawford on sitting out. The player The Armchair All-Americans calls “the National League’s best shortstop” is forced to be a spectator right now due to tight oblique muscle. Prior to the Giants’ important win over the Wild Card rival Cubs (documented in a photo gallery posted by SF Giants Photos), Brandon Crawford talked about how he is itching to get back on the field in a post to his shared Brandon and Brandon MLB Pro Blog.
2. Mets on a roll. The Metropolitans claimed their sixth-straight victory on Wednesday night to open up a 6.5-game lead in the NL East. Summer Nights in Flushing came away impressed with Bartolo Colon’s pitching performance, and it was just the latest confidence-inspiring pummeling by the Amazins’ offense according to Just Mets.
3. Late-season baseball. Whether your team is locked in a thrilling race for a postseason spot or looking to play spoiler, there’s plenty to keep fans locked in during the stretch run. The Winning Run writes about the concept of acceptance, while But at the end of the day… takes note of the variety of socks worn by A’s players.
Tell us about your Three for Thursday!
Who were those medieval knights that Carrie Muskat spotted in the Cubs’ dugout?
Did you enjoy this mashup of the Cubs with “Perfect Strangers” as much as Born on Third?
The Kings of Queens asks and answers the question: Are Mets fans obnoxious?
Looking to celebrate Cal Ripken, Jr.’s record streak? Britt’s Bird Watch details a new wine.
The Cutoff Man spotted a trend last night with some big first innings by visiting teams.
What does pitcher Tyson Ross think of little brother Joe? All Nats All the Time has a Q&A.
The Distinguished Grizzly has a sabermetric comparison of Rookie of the Year candidates.
Do the Orioles need pitching? Tony Cathirell writes that it’s very evident that they do.
Want to see a youth baseball field makeover? Braves Give has before and after photos.
My sox summer wonders what will happen with the physical ticket now disappearing.
Going to Miller Park this weekend? Cait Covers the Bases asks you to bring school supplies.
David Wright returned with a bang and Just Mets is loving that chapter in the Mets’ story.
Phillies Insider likened the 11 combined home runs hit Monday night to a home run derby.
The M’s took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and From the Corner of Edgar & Dave has photos.
The Unbiased MLB Fan asks if Bryant somehow is even better than everyone thought.
The Yankees welcomed a pair of legends to Monument Park and Homestand Blog recaps.
Better Off Red has the details on Skip Schumaker’s fantasy football challenge for charity.
Sometimes, as Balls and Strikes explains, being “good on paper” doesn’t get you very far.
The Angels Hall of Fame welcomed its newest class and The Halo Way posted photos.
TribeVibe has highlights for fans attending this week’s homestand at Progressive Field.
Last week was a very busy one for Marlins Ayudan and Beyond the Ballpark was there.
Sideline Champ weighs in with some early MVP and Rookie of the Year predictions.
Who are your top five outfielders in baseball today? Read through cgbaseballtoday‘s list.
Bleacher Boy shares his review of a new video game that allows fans to be the GM.
Tell us about your Tuesday Takeaways with a comment below!
If you enjoy a great read on the national pastime, make sure you’re following Baseball Books. This MLB Pro Blog aggregates reviews of baseball books from MLB.com writers and our MLB.com/blogs community. The latest post is Paul Hagen’s review of Mel Proctor’s new book on legendary manager Gene Mauch, “The Little General: A Baseball Life”:
Mention Gene Mauch to most fans, and one-dimensional portraits will likely emerge. A stern, cold, old-school manager. The manager who misused his rotation down the stretch in 1964 as the Phillies squandered a 6 1/2-game lead with 12 to play. Or the guy who managed the most years in the big leagues, 26, without taking his team to the World Series.
In “The Little General: A Baseball Life,” Mel Proctor introduces the more well-rounded human being who is widely considered to have possessed one of the best baseball minds of his era.
1. High-stakes battles between contenders. The Orioles walked off yet again thanks to rookie Henry Urrutia’s first Major League home run, breaking Mets hearts like the blogger behind Summer Nights in Flushing. In the Bronx, Ed B on Sports noted that the Bird is the word as the Yankees finished off a home sweep of the Twins. Meanwhile, Yadier Molina came up big for the Cardinals against the Giants, much to the delight of stlcardinalsminimo. (more…)