It’s not at all an exaggeration to say that there are some strange team names in Minor League Baseball these days. Between last baseball season and the one that’s about to start, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders all
It’s that time of the year when people are poring over rankings and spreadsheets to get ready for their fantasy baseball drafts. Anybody who’s played in a fantasy league knows you can’t have a draft without having a list of sleepers — either queued up in your head or jotted down somewhere. One of these
Anybody who knew Dallas Green would tell you, he was a man with opinions. And he was a man who didn’t hold back those opinions. As an MLB manager, that meant sometimes he clashed with players who didn’t like his old-school style. As an executive later, that meant occasionally he’d clash with his peers
The Texas Rangers enter 2017 with one goal and it’s the same goal they’ve had for years, the same goal that’s been lingering since that disappointing 2010 World Series loss to the Giants. The Rangers want to win it all. There are all the makings of a World Series team here, but there’s also a big hump
Jerry Krause will be remembered, rightfully, for basketball — for turning the Chicago Bulls into a dynasty, for all for those rings. Krause died Tuesday. Before he got the offer from owner Jerry Reinsdorf to become general manager of the Bulls in 1985, Krause worked for the Chicago White Sox as a scout
Puerto Rico is heading back to the WBC finals. It was thrilling, it was dramatic and it took extra innings, but now Puerto Rico is back in the finals of the World Baseball Classic, one win away from being a beached-blond team of young MLB stars that ran the table. Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands 4
Javy Baez evades a tag from Xander Bogaerts. There’s no denying it: Javy Baez makes watching baseball better. The Chicago Cubs second baseman, who is also part of that fantastic Puerto Rico infield in the World Baseball Classic, showed us again just how entertaining he can be on the baseball diamond
Going to Major League Baseball spring training in Arizona is like entering an all-baseball amusement park. There’s so much to do. So much to see. So many places you could be going.
Manny Machado made another eye-opening play in WBC action Thursday night. Here’s something you already know: Manny Machado is straight-up ridiculous on defense. In Thursday night’s 3-0 win against Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Machado’s Dominican Republic team had him playing third.
True story: When I think of baseball cards, I’ll also think about Eric Davis. It’s a little thing, but it’s still something I remember. When I was a kid, Davis — then a slugger with the Cincinnati Reds — was one of the only players who sent cards back to me when I mailed them away hoping for an autograph
A Major League Baseball agent and one of his business associates were found guilty by a Miami jury Wednesday in a human smuggling case that opened a window into the seedy underworld that brings would-be baseball stars from Cuba to the United States. Agent Bart Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada are
Adrian Gonzalez says he’ll never play in the World Baseball Classic again. A few days later, Adrian Gonzalez obviously has not gotten over his anger at the way Mexico was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic — via a tiebreaker scenario based on runs allowed per defensive inning. Nobody likes
Javy Baez celebrated mid-tag on Nelson Cruz. If you watched the 2016 MLB postseason, you already know Chicago Cubs second baseman Javy Baez is a master of the quick tag. Baez’s tags are a work of art and the one he threw down Tuesday night for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic is the flashiest
At first glance, nobody in sports did Pi Day better than the Colorado Rockies. You know Pi Day, right? It’s March 14, aka 3.14, as in 3.14159265359, as in the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. A baseball team owning Pi Day makes perfect sense — you know baseball geeks and their love
Ian Desmond will need surgery Wednesday to fix his broken hand. BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY: The Colorado Rockies paid $70 million to see what kind of pop Ian Desmond can add to an already dangerous lineup. Desmond needs surgery on his injured left hand, the Rockies announced Monday.
With the arrival of baseball season we’re previewing each MLB team, from worst to best. We’ll look at their key offseason moves, projected lineup, best and worst possible outcomes, most pressing fantasy question courtesy of our friends at Roto Arcade plus a few other fun things. Our daily series continues
Tim Tebow got his first spring training hit Monday. The Tim Tebow baseball experiment has notched perhaps its highest moment thus far: A hit against major-league pitching. Tebow — the 29-year-old former quarterback who is trying to forge a baseball career with the New York Mets — singled Monday afternoon
NO DEAL: Free agent outfielder Angel Pagan is still waiting for a major-league contract before signing. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, an issue with Pagan’s physical caused the Orioles to back off. Angel Pagan nearly had a deal with the Baltimore Orioles, according to reports.
The Marlins enter the 2017 season with more baggage than probably any team in baseball. Add the fact that rumors have been swirling about an ownership change, and the year ahead for the Marlins ought to be a fascinating one. Questions are aplenty: How do the Marlins make up for the loss of Jose Fernandez
It was Toronto Blue Jays pitcher T.J. House, a 27-year-old reliever who spent parts of the last three seasons with the Cleveland Indians. The liner hit House in the head and jumped about 30 feet in the air, said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
A woman who claimed she was in a relationship with Tim Tebow, lived at his house in Jacksonville and had an “I (Heart) Jesus/Tim Tebow” sticker on her driver’s license was arrested on trespassing charges last week at New York Mets spring training camp in Florida, according to police reports. Michelle
Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is fighting cancer again. Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis got horrible news this week. The cancer he’s been fighting, the cancer he thought was under control, had unexpectedly spread.
A busy day in the World Baseball Classic ended with a thrilling walk-off win in Mexico, Cuba sealing a spot in the second round and the powerful Dominican Republic team dominating as expected. Italy scored the most exciting victory of the day with a 10-9 walk-off win over Mexico that included a five-run
This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. The World Baseball Classic is upon us and baseball’s international tournament finds itself in a very familiar place as far as its American participation is concerned: How do we get more U.S. stars involved? Sure, Team USA has put
Surprise! Tim Tebow doesn’t know all the ins-and-outs of baseball as well as the pros. Tebow, the 29-year-old Heisman winner who is trying to forge a baseball career as a New York Mets minor leaguer, hasn’t played organized baseball since he was a junior in high school.