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There's a saying in baseball: "A team never wants to lead the league in meetings." The implication being that when a club holds a meeting, it's almost universally to discuss what i...(full article)

From 2002 to 2007, there was a Wild Card team in the World Series every single year. (From 2002 to 2004, a Wild Card team won every season.) Twice in the last five seasons, a Wild ...(full article)

As the 2016 season winds down, one of the things I most like to do is look around the league at different stat tentpoles and find what players will stand out in several years when ...(full article)

On the second day of the blog Fire Joe Morgan‘s existence, Mike Schur wrote that the ESPN baseball analyst had constructed “the most convoluted, least meaning...(full article)

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The Nationals are on the verge of clinching the NL East, but their postseason hopes might rest on the shoulders of their right fielder. Literally. And that might not be a good thin...

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On Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 5-4. On the surface, this would appear to be an unremarkable result. "First-place team beats last-place team" i...

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This October will mark the fifth Major League Baseball postseason in which we have had a Wild Card Game. Like a lot of people, I was skeptical of the concept, if just because it se...

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Imagine that you are the Oldest Cubs Fan. Even though you’re way past 100 years old, you were still born too late to remember their 1908 World Series title. Gosh, it’d sure be ...

Top 10 MLB Awards Candidates 2016

The year 2016 has been a good one for baseball. The Cubs seem to be headed for a significant drought-ending World Series appearance and probably win. It's been 107 years since the ...

A Six-Week March to Rookie of the Year

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gary Sanchez could be the American League Rookie of the Year because he has been the best player in baseball over a six-week period. On Tuesday, he broke the New Yor...

Cancel Cy Young Due to Lack of Achievement

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Winning Indians Are Losers at the Gate

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Theo Being Theo: Stress Defines Him

Theo Epstein's got a finger bleeding on his pick hand. There is blood on the strings and the fretboard, and he keeps hammering away on Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin covers. He's sitti...

Don't Try to Define Success for Tebow

ow did a mass of humanity find the biggest event in the history of baseball's Instructional League on Monday? It went to the Mets training complex here, and took the path from Trad...

As Giants Collapse, Best Not to Look at Them

Monday night’s game ended, and the broadcast booths at Dodger Stadium emptied at roughly the same time. Vin Scully looked at Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow and said, “Don...

Pitching-Centric Mets', Indians' Hopes Dim

You can never have too much starting pitching, they say, but prior to this season the New York Mets and Cleveland Indians surely thought they had enough. The Mets started the year...

Mets Patching Together Stretch Run

The Mets lost Matt Harvey months ago, another season ending for him far too early because of injury. He was 4-10 when the team shut him down for good. It was eight months after he ...

Mookie the Best Betts for AL MVP

The Red Sox holding on to win the AL East seems like a decent bet, and if that happens, Mookie Betts probably wins the AL MVP. As noted, "value" for many, many people is tied to te...

7 Managers Who Might Be Invited to Leave

The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the st...

Indians' Playoff Hopes Dealt Major Blow

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Instructional League Suddenly a Must-See

Two years ago, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto finished his first professional season in the minor leagues in early September. He went home for a week or so and then reported to P...

Wacky Cubs Don't Want Party to End

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Scully's Biggest Broadcast Blooper

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Preller's Sin Makes Padres Cheaters

The damage is done for the Padres – wagging fingers, organizational stain and all. No matter what happens moving forward after the news that Major League Baseb...

Baseball Might Sing New September Song

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The Hypocrisy of Tony La Russa

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Managers Tossing Out Bullpen "Book"

Even in Major League Baseball’s enlightened sabermetric age, you’re liable to see at least one instance of obvious bullpen mismanagement on any given night. Such blunders usua...

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An ongoing referendum is taking place in America, a trial in which we, the people, seem to be both plaintiff and defendant. The same questions are being asked that have always been...

Let Everyone Hear Vin's Final Broadcast

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Kris Bryant gladly broke a team rule recently. Under orders from manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs were not supposed to report for work on Aug. 30 until 6 p.m. CDT, or an hour before th...

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ESPN Treating Baseball Fans Like Dunces

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Cards' Run of Playoff Success on Life Support

The last time the St. Louis Cardinals didn't make the MLB postseason: • The best player in baseball, according to Wins Above Replacement, was Josh Hamilton.• The best pitcher i...

Porcello Reaching 20 Wins Still Matters

In the midst of a crucial three-game weekend series in Toronto, Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcelloreached a milestone once revered, and now greeted almost with a c...

O's Jones: Baseball 'A White Man's Sport'

We see the silent, powerful and contentious protests now almost every time we turn on the TV and watch an NFL game. It started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepe...

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So this is what we get this season, in a place that once again feels like the capital of sports around here, a place I long ago took to calling baseball New York: We get baseball l...

Imperfect Solution to Bid for Perfection

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Rich Hill were rolling right along on Saturday night, as Hill had completed seven perfect innings, needing only 89 pitches to that point. Yet, manager...

With Pressure Off, Yanks Performing

When the Yankees decided to trade three star players before this year's August 1 deadline, it marked the first time in two decades that the "World Series or bust" philosophy was no...

Thanks to Astros, Cubs Lucked Into a Star

Kris Bryant, a self-motivated, process-oriented student with an overall resume that made him a Rhodes Scholar candidate, still likes to write down his goals as a daily reminder, ev...

Mets Sign Tebow, But Not for Baseball

On the conference call, Sandy Alderson did his best to sound as if he’d been magically converted into a Tim Tebow believer over the last couple of weeks, convinced that havin...

Nothing to Lose in Mets Signing Tebow

The New York Mets' announcement that they're signing Tim Tebow to a minor league contract elicited the predictable array of snark and sarcasm from the team's fans on social me...

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Royals Get Gordon Back From DL

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Dodgers Post 2nd Straight Walk-Off

The only thing that is not fun for the Dodgers right now is watching the scoreboard. They keep winning - lately, in their final at-bat. A.J. Ellis' single in the bottom of the 11...

Perfect Into 6th, Darvish Cruises

Six pitchers combined to throw 273 pitches Monday afternoon, but two pitches in particular created the most excitement at Kauffman Stadium. One was a borderline pitch that could ...

Medlen's 12 Strikeouts Guide Braves

Less than 24 hours after being rejuvenated by Chipper Jones' thrilling walk-off home run, the Braves returned to Turner Field and provided some indication that they might have es...

1st Winning Season in D.C. Since '69

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Reds 1st Team to Reach 80 Victories

The Reds have entered that rarified air. They’ve done something that the 35 teams that have come and gone since the back-to-back World Champion teams were unable to do. The...

Surging Pirates Blank Cards Again

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Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

NEW YORK — Marcus Stroman, regarded as one of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top pitching prospects who spent part of this season with the Vancouver Canadians, has been sus...

2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

The six runs the Rays racked up in the first two innings Wednesday, and the eight overall, including a pair of homers from Evan Longoria, served as makeup — well, maybe to ...

Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

Things were set up so perfectly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Sure they were trying to stop a losing streak, trying to return to the winning side of things they&...

Alvarez's 2 Homers Boost Pirates

With their flickering playoff hopes hanging in the balance Tuesday, the Pirates showed they still can pack a punch. The Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, and moved back...

Cubs Sign SS Castro to 7-Year Deal

The Cubs’ new deal with shortstop Starlin Castro, for seven years and $60 million, officially has been completed after weeks of peaceful negotiations. Castro, who will...

Season-Ending Surgery for Bautista

Jose Bautista felt no pain, but he could feel a tendon slipping and sliding in his left wrist. A specialist in Cleveland confirmed his suspicion. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger wi...

Dodgers Blanked in Beckett's Debut

Josh Beckett was decent in his Dodgers debut. On this night, though, he needed to be dazzling. The right-hander tried to keep the Dodgers in the game until the team's recently ob...

Slump Goes on for Pirates, Burnett

For the fourth consecutive time in a big August game, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett came up small Monday night and the club lost another game it badly needed, 4-3, to the St. Loui...

No Reason for Pirates to Panic

Oh, I suppose it would be easy to carve up Erik Bedard for getting crushed again. He’s the one the capacity crowd of 36,626 booed off the field Sunday at PNC Park after giv...

Orioles Get Saunders for Lindstrom

The Orioles had their focus on Joe Saunders since he was on the free-agent market this offseason, and the club had been discussing the possibility of acquiring the left-hander in...

Orioles' Davis Pounds 3 Home Runs

Chris Davis stood at his locker this spring -- in his first full season with the Orioles -- eager for the opportunity to get consistent at-bats and prove that he could be a succe...

White Sox Post Wild Walk-Off Win

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The Washington area has waited a long time for pennant-race baseball deep in the summer. Then the opening game of the biggest series of the season to date for the Washington Nati...

Bumgarner Outduels Kershaw

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Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

No official word has been offered as to why Ryan Dempster needed to step away from the Texas Rangers over the weekend, but whatever caused his hiatus clearly wasn't a distraction...

Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

Xavier Paul and Ryan Hanigan may not carry much juice in fantasy baseball, but the two Reds loomed large in the real world Sunday afternoon. Pinch hitter Paul started the ninth i...

How Cabrera Tried to Scam MLB

In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadve...

Varitek Would Fit for Red Sox

The Red Sox clubhouse has turned into Goldilocks, the players searching for the bed that is not too hard and not too soft, but just right. Last September, the clubhouse trampled ...

Giants' Lineup Potent With Sandoval

With Pablo Sandoval back, the Giants finally have the 3-4-5-6 portion of their lineup set up the way management envisioned when it dealt for Hunter Pence. When Melky Cabrera, Bust...

Hamels Fires 2nd Straight Shutout

Down another outfielder, Charlie Manuel briefly contemplated life Monday with no certainties. Solutions are in short supply for the season's final seven weeks, a time when the st...

Lowe Gets Save in Yankees Debut

Monday marked the first of two starts CC Sabathia will miss during his stay on the disabled list. So far, so good. David Phelps gave the Yankees five solid innings, while Nick Swis...

Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

A visitor to Fenway Park last summer asked, "What are the numbers up there on the right-field roof?" He was told that they were the retired numbers of Red Sox Hall of Famers Ted W...

Questions as Postseason Draws Near

A'musings on a steamy afternoon as the dog days of August pose a myriad of unanswered questions to a baseball season that's winding down much too soon. And as the song goes, next m...

Will Cabrera Ever Win MVP Award?

The typical season for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera goes like this: He puts up MVP numbers. Then he doesn't win the MVP. The most-valuable-player award always eludes Cabr...

Rangers' Offense Bails Out Dempster

Better days are ahead for Ryan Dempster over his next two months as the Texas Rangers' rotation rental. But that's based solely on the assumption that things can't go much worse th...

10 Biggest Impact Moves

Zack Greinke traded to Angels: Starting pitching is the name of the game when it comes to postseason play and the Halos went out and got the best starting pitcher on the market....

Plan B Working Well for Braves

  When this season started, Ben Sheets was a youth-league coach in Louisiana and Kris Medlen had pitched 2 1/3 innings in 20 months, the byproduct of Tommy John surgery. The...

Mets Waste Davis' 3 Home Runs

This season is a hunt for individual meaning now, with no wild-card race to create a common purpose. And few Mets will live as meaningful a day this summer as Ike Davis did Satur...

Kemp, Billingsley Crush Giants

In the past 24 hours, the Dodgers parlayed the five tools of Hanley Ramirez and the five tools of Matt Kemp. Don Mattingly can do the math and it comes out like this: five plus fiv...

Hamels, $144 Million Richer, Beaten

Cole Hamels wandered aimlessly around the infield grass Friday night after his $144 million arm failed once again. He peeked toward center field, and not yet knowing the ball's f...

Plenty of Contenders Seek Greinke

The season hasn't worked out like the Brewers hoped. But at least the Zack Greinke Derby is shaping up to be a real winner for them. With Cole Hamels off the market, Matt Garza n...

Astros Suffer 11th Straight Defeat

Special occasion that it was, the Astros sure made tying the franchise record for consecutive losses feel special. There was absolutely nothing normal about this 6-5 loss to the P...

Haren Strong in Beating Rangers

It looks like Dan Haren's problems are behind him – but in a good way now. Haren returned from his first trip to the DL of his career and pitched six strong innings as the A...

Karstens, Pirates Take 5th in Row

Unlike any other player in the Pirates’ clubhouse, Jeff Karstens can remember those ugly, brutal days. He was around for the 95-loss season in 2008, the 99-loss team in &rsqu...

A's Take 3rd Straight From Yanks

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White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that Brett Myers was acquired for bullpen depth, not to replace Addison Reed as the closer, despite his valuable experience in that r...

Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

Yorvit Torrealba, still sleep-deprived after the birth of his daughter last week, made an alert decision before the Texas Rangers took the field for the first time Saturday. The ...

Lannan, Harper Help Nationals Split

John Lannan had experienced most every slice of the Washington Nationals’ history, but Saturday night, tinged with desperation for his teammates, felt fresh and new for him...

Day of Big Returns in Boston

If they didn't already have baseball's highest prices, the Red Sox might have been able to get away with charging extra when they come home Monday night to play the Chicago White...

Gallardo Strikes Out 14 Pirates

Just like his teammates, Yovani Gallardo is well aware of how important it is for the Milwaukee Brewers to play well to start the second half of the season. On Sunday afternoon h...

Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

Scott Rolen's bat still has a little life in it. Rolen's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a sellout cr...

Braves Batter Dickey, Win 6th in Row

Because there are so many baseball games, it’s tricky to ascribe any lessons to any single game. But the doings Saturday, I submit, showed us the 2012 Braves for better and...

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