The Red Sox might not be able to trade Lester, or the the prospects they get for Lester may not turn into valuable players in the future, but the willingness of the Red Sox to shop Lester demonstrates why the Red Sox are one of the smartest organizations in baseball.
What can the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame do for an encore of 2014? It needs to continue to honor those who played the game the right way, and still shun those who brought dishonor to the game of baseball.
If the Mets' true vision is be competitive in 2015 -- not this season -- then general manager Sandy Alderson has about four days to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.
No one is perfect, and it can be a long battle back to regain the respect and the trust, but you can start by admitting you are wrong, saying you are sorry and apologizing to those you offended, or who were hurt by your actions. But act quickly.
Ryan Vogelsong got off to a great start. He retired the first nine batters he faced but unraveled in the fourth. Again he got no run support as the Giants got shutout 5-0 by the Dodgers.
The Houston Astros are in the midst of a historical rebuilding process, one that is challenging some of the fundamental philosophies of baseball.
On July 26 in Cooperstown, New York, most of the focus will be on Hall of Fame inductees and a prestigious group of managers. There is another honoree, however, to whom attention must be paid: arguably our greatest living baseball writer.
After a charmed first half of the season, the San Francisco Giants stumbled badly from roughly June 9 until the All Star Break. They have played reasonably well since the All Star Break, winning three of four and are now back in first place in the NL West.
Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn was conspicuously not mentioned at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Could it be because later in his life, Gwynn was critical of chewing tobacco, blaming it for the cancerous tumors that eventually took his life?
On Sunday, Rachel Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. As Jackie's partner, and as the person who has kept alive Jackie's legacy, Rachel has had a significance influence in her own right.
Don't look now, but baseball's hottest team is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who entered the All-Star break with a 57-37 record, 1 1/2 games behind the first place Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
He consistently got on base and was a canny base runner. He was the teammate to be counted on. Plagued by nagging injuries, he showed up and played no matter how he felt. Although he was an All-Star, he did the little things day after day and challenged his teammates to do the same.
Baseball is halfway through the season and the All-Star Break is upon us. This lull in the normal game routine gives me my own hiatus to reflect upon what I love about baseball.
The All-Star game is the fans' game. They vote for who will take the field, and it's not always the players with the best stats. Yes, this can be frustrating at times, but democracy is a beautiful thing.
More than a decade after Moneyball was written, on base percentage, and the ability to draw walks are no longer undervalued by the market. Accordingly, identifying the new market inefficiency is an ongoing challenge for all teams. Billy Beane, the name most associated with Moneyball, may have just found one.
When you think of the Pro Bowl, rather than images of bone-crunching tackles or running backs trucking defenders into the ground, you may be inclined to think of players laughing on the sidelines as defenses concede touchdowns at will.