• The Value of a Reliever

    It was announced today that Brett Myers will be the closer for the Houston Astros.  It was a dumb move and again underscores the baseball industry’s infatuation with overpaying and overvaluing...

  • Ryan Zimmerman Is Not Worth $100 million

    Ryan Zimmerman had previously set a Saturday, February 25th deadline for contract extension negotiations between himself and the Washington Nationals to avoid his contract situation being a distraction this season. Saturday, with the...

  • On Ryan Braun

    Do you ever have a lack of opinion on a subject? To the point where you don’t even want to talk about it? I’m sure you have.  That’s how I want...

  • 5 Guys Most Likely to Take the Kershaw “Next Step”

    Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young last year and completely dominated the NL West while leading the league in ERA, wins, strikeouts, WHIP, and hits/9.  He threw 230 innings and gave...

  • Ubaldo Jimenez is The Most Important Player in Baseball

    Buster Olney has written many times this winter that he believes that Josh Johnson of the Miami Marlins is the most important player to his team’s success this season. I respectfully disagree. I think that...

  • Joe Mauer Is Ready to Rock

    Joe Mauer was an absolute freak in 2009.  He posted a 7.9 WAR figure, the 7th best season for a catcher since 1970 and behind some guy named Johnny Bench three...

  • Four Players to Watch this Spring

    Spring Training is finally here! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. The prospect of a great summer filled with interesting storylines, great games, good races, and high quality action...

  • The All Time Nicknames Bracket: Finals

    When we last left you, Off The Bench had whittled the sports worlds’ best nicknames of all time to an initial list of 75ish to our bracket of 64 and finally...

  • Hall of Famer Gary Carter Dead at 57

    Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter died today at the age of 57 after a battle with brain cancer. Carter was inducted into the Hall in 2003 after a long and successful career...

  • Offthebenchbaseball.com

    Welcome to offthebenchbaseball.com! We have changed our web address and if you went to maxfrankel.com, you were automatically redirected here. Nothing on Off The Bench has changed besides the .com name, all the...

  • Yoenis Cespedes to the A’s Means Nothing

    According to reports, the Oakland A’s agreed to terms today with Yoenis Cespedes, the vaunted Cuban defector. The centerfielder is set to make $36 million over 4 years. It’s a great...

  • Why You Shouldn’t Be Excited About Spring Training

    Mariners Pitchers and Catchers reported to camp yesterday and Spring Training is just around the way.  Most teams report back next week and there’s much to be excited about.  To borrow...

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