Sorry, not sorry: I’m a sucker for seeing the moment a ballplayer finds out he’s been voted into the Hall of Fame. This was the case with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who learned Wednesday that he got 76 percent of the vote, making him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. When Pudge found out he was first-ballot
It took 10 years, a great deal of debate and plenty of stumping on his behalf, but Tim Raines is headed to Cooperstown. The speedy outfielder and on-base machine finally topped the necessary 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America, getting 86 percent on the 2017 ballot
Bonds finished at 53.8 percent with Clemens at 54.1. It was expected that Clemens and Bonds would see a jump in their vote totals this year, the question was how much. For Bonds, this is a 9.5 percent increase, up from 44.3 percent a year ago.
Results for this year’s National Baseball Hall of Fame vote will be announced at 6 p.m. ET and, if you watch this show every year, you know there will be shortage of news, opinions and grandstanding. There have been a lot of storylines zooming around these past few months, from whether this is finally
Edinson Volquez’s brother was murdered in the Dominican Republic on Monday. For the second time in 15 months, Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez has tragically lost a family member. Brandy Volquez, the pitcher’s 25-year-old brother, was stabbed to death Monday, according to reports out of the Dominican
For the past two weeks, we’ve been dissecting some of the most interesting players, cases and debates on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. While we’d like to say we saved the best for last, that’s not exactly the case here.
Clayton Kershaw was 4 in 1992, so he probably wasn’t ripping open wax packs of baseball cards. But he’s the best pitcher in baseball these days, the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a student of the game, so he was ready to flip through some 1992 baseball cards with us for the new episode of my “Opening
The Chicago Cubs will be the final pro sports team to celebrate a championship with President Obama at the White House before he leaves office. It turns out, the Cubs have reportedly decided to take Obama up on his offer to visit before Donald Trump is sworn in as our 45th president. After the Cubs
Tim Raines, as things stand right now, seems like a good bet to finally get into Cooperstown. Finally, because it’s taken years of the pro-Raines crowd writing articles and sending tweets and citing stats about why all the other voters are missing it on Raines. Now, after a 23-year career in which
Just a few weeks before we find out how Manny Ramirez fares in his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, the 44-year-old ex-MLB slugger has agreed to terms with an independent team in Japan as he attempts to make another comeback. Ramirez is now a member of the Kochi Fighting Dogs — yes, that’s a real
It’s Hall of Fame season in baseball, and with that comes all sorts of opinions and analysis. Including this: One projection says five new players could be voted in this year, the most by Baseball Writers Association of America voters since the historic 1936 class, which was the first. Will Cooperstown
Asking whether Trevor Hoffman is a Hall of Famer isn’t really the right question. Instead, we should be asking: Are closers Hall of Famers? If the answer is yes, then there’s little doubt that Hoffman deserves a spot in Cooperstown.
HOT RUMOR OF THE DAY: Free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross, who was surprisingly cut loose by the San Diego Padres, has a number of teams interested, but most notably, he met with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers on Wednesday, according to our own Jeff Passan. Source: Before visiting the Texas Rangers today
Who’s ready to rip into some baseball cards? My “Opening 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards” video series is back for Season 2 with what I will say, in the least boastful way possible, is our best episode yet.
If you were wondering whether all the Chicago Cubs hoopla of 2016 would spill into 2017, well, that’s a silly thing to wonder. The Chicago Tribune, while doing the typical first-baby-born-in-the-new-year story, showed us just how much the Cubs hoopla is still raging. After a short labor, Ellen Dalbey
Is this the year Jeff Bagwell gets into Cooperstown? It wouldn’t be a bad bet, as Bagwell’s candidacy seems to have the necessary momentum to go along with his Hall of Fame-worthy statistics.
HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: Reps for Jose Bautista, the No. 1 free agent remaining in this bleak field, are said to be in “active discussions” with the Toronto Blue Jays about a return to the team he’s played with for the past nine seasons. ICYMI: Our dude Jeff Passan on why Toronto is the best landing
Here’s one of them that’s coming out now, via ESPN The Magazine’s year-end issue, that involves two celebrity fans, Bill Murray and Jon Hamm, and an old St. Louis cap that sure seemed out of place at Wrigley Field. You may recall that Hamm — the former “Mad Men” star and well-known fan of the Cubs’
Mike Trout, as you may well know by now, loves two things outside of baseball very much: weather forecasts and the Philadelphia Eagles. On Wednesday, the Eagles locker room was full of Nikes, gifts from Trout — who is from Millville, N.J., about 45 miles from Philly — to everyone on the football team
The Cardinals are the latest team to surface in Brian Dozier trade talks. HOT RUMOR OF THE DAY: You can add the St. Louis Cardinals to the list of teams interested in trading for Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier, 29, is coming off a 42-homer, 99-RBI season and he’s on a team-friendly contract
Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame case is taking a plunge in early returns. How will Bud Selig’s induction affect suspected PED users, mainly Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? Some of that is Schilling continuinsly giving people reasons not to like him.
Mike Trout is baseball’s drama-free superstar — the type of guy who still lives in the small town where he grew up, who works out with his friends and who still frequents the same haunts he did before he had two MVP awards. Mike Trout won his second MVP award last month.
Giancarlo Stanton wants to hit even more homers in 2017. While many of us are losing the war of willpower against the homemade holiday treats, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s offseason working includes beating the bejesus out of a tire with a big ol’ hammer. Just look at his most recent Instagram
Under Major League Baseball’s new anti-hazing rule, Superman is still OK, but Wonder Woman is now a no-no. According to MLB’s new rule — the details of which were made public for the first time Monday night — rookies won’t be forced to wear dresses anymore as part of their club’s annual rookie dress-up
Dalton Pompey used his birthday to give Toronto’s less fortunate a present. If you’re Dalton Pompey, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, turning 24 was more about gift cards than nightclubs and helping the needy instead of making sure all his boys popped bottles. For his birthday on Sunday, Pompey bought