Harmon’s Blog 6.6 returns with baseball action, NFL theories and movie magic. In a city of stars, where Hollywood heroes assembled at Staples Center to watch the Kings and Blackhawks, a young Cuban outfielder shone brightest on Tuesday night. Yasiel Puig made his debut on Monday and produced a ridiculous outfield assist to end the [...]

I do regular radio spots in Baltimore, and we’ve long talked about Jim Johnson’s ability to close out games for the Orioles without possessing a dominant strikeout punch. Johnson’s strikeout rate has improved markedly in 2013, but his hit rate has also soared. In his past three appearances (all blown saves), the Baltimore closer has [...]

It appears that news has gotten worse for St. Louis closer Jason Motte. His injury was originally diagnosed as a “mild strain,” but it appears that there is more significant ligament damage that will force Motte onto the operating table. If Motte is unable to begin throwing by May 1, Tommy John surgery could be [...]

Philadelphia fans have been anxiously awaiting good news concerning two of the team’s biggest stars and power brokers, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, as the team floundered at the bottom of the NL East standings. But, sitting just 8 1/2 games out despite the absence of their ace, Roy Halladay, and these two behemoths, there [...]

The boos from the Los Angeles crowd one week ago trumpeted the arrival of a new villain in Major League Baseball, someone to move the needle and pique the interest of casual fans. On Sunday night, Bryce Harper was on display for the national audience in a home tilt. He wasted no time getting the [...]

We’ve spent a lot of time extolling the virtues of the Philadelphia rotation this off-season. Joe Blanton has been the afterthought of the quintet, with former World Series hero Hamels not receiving much more attention. Cliff Lee’s ridiculous numbers, pinpoint control and spurning of a huge offer by the Yankees and Roy Halladay’s dominance obviously [...]