THE BIG HIT | So Much for a Quiet Offseason

by Ken Napzok “That escalated quickly.” – Ron Burgundy, legendary newsman. We all saw this storm forming far off the coast, but we just didn’t know how hard it was going to smack the shoreline. Then it hit and the winds of scandal, drama, gossip, and good ole fashion conspiracy theories slammed into the sport with the speed and ferocity of Pete Rose breaking Ray … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | So Much for a Quiet Offseason

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Houston Astros Penalized in Cheating Scandal but was it Enough?

Rob Manfred has spoken. Houston Astro General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Field Manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for a year without pay. The club had their 1st and 2nd round picks in the next two amateur drafts (or whenever they next have those picks) whisked away. And a five-million-dollar fine will be collected. This is the official cost for an unprecedented sign stealing operation … Continue reading Houston Astros Penalized in Cheating Scandal but was it Enough?

THE BIG HIT | Offseason Moves

Cody Bellinger signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers for 11.5 million dollars, avoiding arbitration, and setting a record for first year arbitration eligible players. Mookie Betts signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox for 27 million dollars, avoiding arbitration, and setting a record for arbitration eligible players. Kris Bryant signed a one-year deal with the Cubs for 18.6 million dollars, avoiding arbitration, and … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | Offseason Moves

THE BIG HIT | New Year’s Resolutions for an Old School Baseball Fan

by Ken Napzok It’s that time of the year again! Sing it with me, friendos. “Should  old… errrr… auld acquaintance be… forgot? (Is it forgot?) For days of bald land signs…  hum hummm hum huuuum.” Or something. I’ve only ever heard that song while drunk and watching for a clock to count down. Point is here we are again at the big turning of the … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | New Year’s Resolutions for an Old School Baseball Fan

THE BIG HIT | Winners and Losers of the Winter Meetings

by Ken Napzok Whelp. The Winter Meetings have come and gone. Another General Manager’s Prom is in the books and there were some big… giant… epic moves that really turned heads and inspired think pieces and lil’ think Tweets while getting many fans excited for the new season while causing a little balls of stress to form in the chests of others. So, you know, … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | Winners and Losers of the Winter Meetings

THE BIG HIT | So your favorite team signed a big free agent…

by Ken Napzok Ok, let’s get honest.  This is a baseball column that is designed to celebrate baseball while also providing valuable — like 99 Cent Store value — insight and opinion on the comings and goings of this great sport. The purpose here is to look at the stats, stories, and history of the game. I, the humble narrator of this story, always aim … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | So your favorite team signed a big free agent…

THE BIG HIT | First Catch of the Day

by Ken Napzok The first piece has fallen. Actually the first TWO pieces of the pitching free agent puzzle have fallen into place. Zack Wheeler is a Phillie and Cole Hamels will be firing strikes for Atlanta next season. And so it begins… I love the offseason. While the NFL has the better draft with all its pomp, circumstance, and Chris Berman jokes, their offseason … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | First Catch of the Day

THE BIG HIT | the Black Friday Sales of Baseball

by Ken Napzok It’s Thanksgiving time here in the States, the launch of the holiday season, (apologies to Halloween) and with baseball having a little bit of a rough start to the offseason I was all set to present to you all here a nice article of thanksgiving to the things, moments, and players that make up this great game, past and present. A little … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | the Black Friday Sales of Baseball

THE BIG HIT | The Legacy of Cheating

by Ken Napzok Baseball. Cheating. The timeless game and the eternal sin. Since the dawn of the game, no matter how rudimentary of a state the sport was in, cheating has been present. In fact, it just might be fair to say that baseball and cheating have one of the longest, most functional relationships in history. Love gurus and relationship therapists should whip out their … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Legacy of Cheating

THE BIG HIT | It’s Award Season

By Ken Napzok THE BIG HIT It’s the baseball award season! So gather ‘round, friends, and let’s get ready to crown the legends of 2019 and lock them away forever. All votes are in (and have been since the regular season ended), so let’s start looking at the players currently clearing space on the shelves of their dens.  By the time this column falls into … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | It’s Award Season