Video: A’s fan’s questionable celebration of Oakland sweeping Rangers to win AL West.

The Oakland A's were the best team over the last 101 games of the season - and it was not even close. They were 39-42. They were 13 games out of first place entering August. They were four games out with a week left. They swept the Rangers in a season-ending three-game series in Oakland. This dude (I think?) was pretty excited about it. For a closer look:

Butler named All-Star, Broxton “Fan Vote” nominee

Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, team-leader in homers (16), RBI (48), hits (84), total bases (145), slugging (.512) and OPS (.877), was selected as the team representative by Texas manager Ron Washington. Butler will enjoy his first All-Star Game in front of the home fans in Kansas City July 12 and will also participate in the HR Derby in his home park. It will certainly be a special for Butler, who is finally reaching the high hopes fans had for him as he rose the ranks in the minors and came to bigs as a big-time prospect. He is one of nine first-time All Stars on the AL squad. Butler is putting together his best power numbers in his career. His 16 HR's are already good enough for third best single-season total in his career and the season is still four games away from the halfway point. He is currently on pace for 34 HR, 101 RBI. He has maintained a 30-HR, 100-RBI season all year. Butler has only topped 20 HR once in his career (21 in his first full season in 2009) and [Read more...]

AL > NL style of play: The National League blows

Watching the Royals play in National League parks reminded me how much I hate National League baseball. Anyone who prefers it over the AL likes an inferior product. Don't give me this crap about managers "actually have to manage." Keep telling yourself that. Don't kid yourself, National League Baseball blows. Plain and simple. Watching pitchers pinch hit - which happened three different times in Sunday's marathon - or watching relief pitchers stand in the box scared shitless - which also happened on Sunday - is pitiful. Who wants to see that? How National League fans can cheer wildly for a pitcher sacrifice bunting is beyond me. National League baseball blows. This "I love the strategy involved" claim is also a joke. How freakin' hard is it to pull off a double switch? Its not Rocket Science. Cards skipper Mike Matheny out-managed himself Sunday when he pulled Matt Holliday for pinch-runner, who he was then stuck with for the next seven innings. National League baseball [Read more...]