The Current MLB Landscape

Michael Lombardi of The Baseball Center

National League vs American League

Michael Geus of 2GuysTalkingMetsBaseball

The Ins and Outs of the Disabled List

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report

The Road to Professional Baseball

Michael Lombardi of The Baseball Center

How Does the Luxury Tax affect MLB teams?

Michael Lombardi of The Baseball Center

How Do Players Prepare for a Game?

Michael Lombardi of The Baseball Center

The best experts in baseball explain the sport in a way that casual fans understand and appreciate.



Let ChalkTalk take you on an adventure to explore America's grandest sport, baseball.

ChalkTalk provides tutorials and insights into the sport through regular features, including The Language of Baseball  and The Closer. Our mission is to educate, enlighten and entertain the casual baseball fan about the glory of America’s national pastime. Those of you who consider yourselves a bit more than casual fans might learn a thing or two too.
Baseball is a unique sport with no timed periods of play, no flags, and no buzzer to beat. On the surface, a baseball game can look simple and straightforward, and can be a relaxing way for fans to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. Yet the game can change with one pitch, one swing, one call from the umpire, or to the bullpen. The intricate rules of the game, the nuanced and subjective decision-making by managers, coaches, and players, make it an exciting game to watch – every time.
During its beta phase, ChalkTalk will focus on the New York Mets. One of the most storied teams in baseball history, the Mets have a loyal fan following that would do just about anything to see them succeed. While the Mets haven’t won the World Series since 1986, the team and their fans can almost always feel the possibility within their reach.
FAN FACT: While professional baseball has its origins in the 19th century, did you know that the Met(ropilatan)s have only existed since 1962? The team was created when the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants left New York. The Mets team colors represent the colors of the departing teams (Dodgers = blue, Giants = orange).
Today, the Mets have assembled arguably the best young pitching staff in all of Major League Baseball, led by phenom Matt Harvey. Harvey was chosen to be the starting pitcher for the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field, the Mets' home ballpark, and successfully navigated his way through the first two innings – though some Yankees fans might disagree, since Harvey accidentally hit Yankees star second baseman Robinson Cano with a pitch and knocked him out of the game. Only time will tell whether Harvey and his teammates have what it takes to get to the playoffs this year. ChalkTalk will be there every step of the way.
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Leading Off

Any of the teams qualifying for the playoffs in either league could conceivably win the World Series this time.

Language of Baseball

How can it be a true "world" series when the only non-American contender plays in Toronto?

Looking Ahead to 2014

Bobby Parnell, who throws close to 100 mph, stands as the Mets' 2014 closer.

The Closer

Major League Baseball teams start their official schedules in spring training in February.