By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth The Dodgers’ center fielder, who turned 24 last Thursday, posted an .851 OPS with 20 home runs in the first half of his 2015 rookie campaign, but he hit just .178 with six homers after. He also struck out 170 times, tying a franchise record. “Failure in this game […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth DENVER – On Tuesday, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford stood on the steps of the visitor’s dugout at Coors Field, signing autographs for fans prior to a series opener with the Rockies. The first item tossed to him for his signature was a Giants jersey. Stitched on the back wasn’t […]

By Manny Randhawa The rise of Josh Harrison comes as no surprise to Josh Harrison. The 5-foot-8 super utility player for the Pirates, who became an All-Star for the first time this summer and entered the final game of the regular season on Sunday with a chance at a National League batting title, is very […]

By Manny Randhawa/ Photo: MLB Advanced Media   CINCINNATI — With Jorge Soler scheduled to join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Wednesday, a second member of the so-called “core four” Cubs prospects who are at the center of Chicago’s rebuilding effort will be making his Major League debut this month. The 22-year-old from Cuba is […]

By Manny Randhawa/ CINCINNATI — With injuries to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, the Reds wouldn’t be where they are — five games back in the National League Central and just 2 1/2 games back in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot — without one of the top starting rotations in the […]

By Manny Randhawa/ CINCINNATI — Saturday was an emotional and celebratory day at Great American Ball Park, as Reds legends gathered to honor the four players that will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Sunday.Cincinnati’s Induction Class of 2014 was lauded in a pregame ceremony on the field, with longtime Reds radio […]

By Manny Randhawa/   CINCINNATI — With a strikeout of Jordy Mercer in the ninth inning of Friday’s 6-5 win over the Pirates, Aroldis Chapman set a Major League record, dating back to 1900, for most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout, fanning a batter in his 40th consecutive game. His streak began on Aug. […]

By Manny Randhawa, CINCINNATI — The Reds loaded up on pitchers and infielders in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, selecting right-hander Nick Howard out of the University of Virginia with their first-round selection (No. 19 overall) and shortstop Alex Blandino out of Stanford at No. 29, and they didn’t deviate much from that blueprint […]


By Manny Randhawa, Special to (Below is an excerpt of a story appearing on; for entire article, click “Read More”) LAKELAND, Fla. — From 1977 to 1995, the Tigers featured one of the best double-play combinations in Major League history. Second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell were Detroit’s defensive pillars up […]