Don't look now, but the third-place Mariners might be the best bet to represent the AL in the World Series this year. Lame duck commissioner Bud Selig's parting gift to baseball, the second wild-card spot, might hold the path to Seattle's first appearance in the Fall Classic.
I have been out of the country for less than three weeks and it is mid-summer when not much happens of note. The first thing I confronted on returning was a total reorganization of the local supermarket. Under the influence of jet lag I found this quite disorienting. As it turned out, this was only one of many changes that faced me.
Well, whatever we thought was plaguing front offices to make them so boring is apparently gone, because we got a whole lot of big time trades yesterday.
The mighty fell hard. Despite once being considered Mariano Rivera's eventual replacement or at least a top-of-the-rotation mainstay, the Yankees decided against re-signing Chamberlain this offseason.
Pujols is the 26th player to hit 500 or more home runs in the big leagues, but 20 years ago there were only 15 players in this select group. Nonetheless, Pujols is one of the great hitters in the game's history, and his strong start in 2014 indicates that he may be able to, at least partially, reverse the steady decline he has experienced since 2009.
Because of his age, and his sometimes surprising defensive ability, the team that signs Sandoval will not have to plan on using him as a full-time DH at any point during his potential five-year contract. Sandoval is far from a gold glove third-baseman, but he is not terrible at the hot corner.
Despite four pennants and two World Series victories, the Mets have embraced the lovable loser narrative. This is a difficult thing to define; clearly Mets fans to prefer their team to win, but the existence of this narrative, even though its relationship to reality is more tenuous, gives the Mets a more forgiving environment than some teams.
It's one of the best times of the year: April. A time when many sports teams are playing, and sometimes you can't decide what outranks what. Luckily f...
As baseball season gets underway, fans, players, managers and umpires are faced with the specter of the game becoming both faster and slower thanks to the new instant replay rules that have been put in effect for the first time.
It's tradition and memories tied up with box scores and hopefulness, mixed in with stats.
He tainted the game, and badly, and his presence anywhere near the Giants continues to taint the organization as well.
More than two decades ago, in the early 1990s, the task at hand for some of us in Detroit was still to try to save Tiger Stadium. It's a long story, but in a city with a Third World-level infant mortality rate and many other severe problems, there was a lot more at stake than baseball or nostalgia.
The election to the Hall of Fame of Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre, the third, fourth and fifth winningest managers in major league history, has created some controversy because all of them managed steroid users and either were sufficiently not in control of their teams not to notice, or turned a blind eye those activities.
Because of the BBWAA's failure to vote many players into the Hall of Fame in recent years, including none last year, this year's Hall of Fame Ballot has well over ten candidates who have solid to excellent Hall of Fame credentials.
The St. Louis Cardinals, after winning the NL pennant, have been reasonably active in the post-season. Perhaps their highest profile move was signing shortstop Jhonny Peralta, formerly of the Detroit Tigers, to a four year $52 million dollar contract.
This World Series is turning into a hard-fought, competitive and exciting one. This World Series has also been surprisingly sloppily played.