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Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty” Follow on Twitter Boston Red Sox owner John Henry did something admirable earlier last month, acknowledging the mistake he made as Jon
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:19 pm
This isn’t the turning of a page – it’s the authoring of a new book. For a quarter century, Giants lead scribe Bruce Bochy has done it his way. Guided by his gut, Bochy stood at the top step of the dugout while San Francisco penned the golden chapters of its franchise history. But it’s been
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:00 pm
What I’m Hearing: There are very different expectations for the Padres’ Manny Machado and the Phillies’ Bryce Harper. PHOENIX — There may be not be a more valuable pitcher in the game. Certainly, no one had a greater impact on his team’s success. Arguably, he’s the greatest reliever
Author: USA Today
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:55 pm
From third base, he uncorks a sidearm fling to Eric Hosmer at first, followed by a snappy comment about his lethal arm that makes Hosmer bust out laughing before coach Glenn Hoffman slaps the next infield ground ball into the spring morning. Surrounded by top prospects like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Hudson
Author: Bleacher Report
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:50 pm
Visions of a Sunday afternoon at Coors Field nearly three years ago came to mind when Ichiro Suzuki retired last week after playing his final two games in the majors in his native Japan with the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro spent the bulk of his career in the American League and played 2,653 games, so his
Author: Forbes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:50 pm
The Cleveland Indians were the American League standard in 2016 when they nearly defeated the Chicago Cubs in the World Series before losing the seventh game in extra innings. Since that point, they have been Central Division champions, but they have fallen behind the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and
Author: Bleacher Report
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:40 pm
All along, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mets ownership had to know this Jacob deGrom contract impasse could explode into a firestorm with the potential for clubhouse reverberations.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:30 pm
Sunday’s exhibition between the Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the Texas Rangers set a new First Tennessee Park attendance record, drawing 11,824 fans.  Over the offseason, the Sounds–who were previously the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s–signed a new four-season
Author: Ballpark Digest
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:20 pm
Before Bryce Harper plays in his first Phillies game or slaps his first hit or slams his first homer, he will have to step foot in Philadelphia for the first time since signing his $330 million deal. That will happen tonight. Harper and the Phillies will arrive in Philadelphia sometime this evening after
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:00 pm
The vaunted old-boy network, in which the general manager who once played the game hires a former teammates or drinking buddy, is over. Now the highly educated presidents and general managers are looking for sharp minds that can use the analytical data provided on a daily basis and are willing to “
Author: Columbus Telegram
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:00 pm
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for and ESPN Radio 1000. Follow on Twitter MESA, Ariz. — His colleagues say he’s as competitive as ever, but there’s little doubt current Chicago Cubs president and former Boston
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:00 pm
HOUSTON — Justin Verlander isn’t the only one happy about his signing an extension with the Houston Astros. His wife, Kate Upton, says she excited to be staying in Houston for another three years and congratulated the Astros ace pitcher on his hard work. “We are so excited to be in Houston for 3
Author: KHOU
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:43 pm
Things can still change, including the possibility someone could be released by another organization and picked up by the Braves, but for now the roster for Thursday’s opener seems almost apparent.  “Just by the numbers we have in camp, it already is starting to position itself a certain way,” Braves
Author: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:31 pm
The feeling is natural. Inevitable perhaps. On the bridge from spring training to the regular season, players all across baseball feel that optimism, the sense that the year ahead will be better than ever. Thus it’s no surprise that White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson sees opening day in Kansas City
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:30 pm
Caption Close WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Thunderstorms throughout Tuesday morning “blew up every plan” the Astros employed for their pitching staff for the final week of spring training. The club’s Grapefruit League game against the Phillies was cancelled, forcing manager A.J. Hinch to reconfigure the
Author: Houston Chronicle
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:20 pm
Major League Baseball has rightfully approached this season in a panic over its product – and that was before Kyler Murray’s I’m-Off-For-The-NFL scud dropped. That was a beaning Commissioner Rob Manfred and Co. didn’t need as they were frantically rifling through ideas about pitch clocks,
Author: Marin Independent Journal
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:00 pm The start of baseball season means it’s time for predictions, but we asked our writers to take it a step further heading into Opening Day. The assignment was simple: Find two bets you would make for the 2019 MLB season, with one sure thing you are positive will happen and a long shot you
Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:42 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander thinks the free-agent process is broken. Still, he says that’s not why he decided to sign a new deal with the Houston Astros rather than test the market. “I can’t see a better situation,” Verlander said Sunday after the Astros announced
Author: WSYM
Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:40 am
The New York Mets made an array of moves this winter aimed at contending, including acquiring second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners. New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is going for it. It could work if the Mets starting rotation stays healthy. That’s a massive
Author: Bleacher Report
Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:00 am
Craig Kimbrel still does not know which team he will be pitching for during the 2019 MLB season. Even though Kimbrel has been one of the game’s best and most elite closers, he has not been able to nail down a contract for 2019 and beyond. Kimbrel was a star for the Boston Red Sox each of the past
Author: Bleacher Report
Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:00 am
JUPITER, Fla. • With the late morning addition Sunday of third baseman Matt Carpenter for the final Grapefruit League game, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt unveiled his probable batting order for opening day, Thursday in Milwaukee. The lineup had Paul Goldschmidt hitting second and, in his first at-bat
Author: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:50 am
Christopher Crawford unveils his first Top 10 prospect list of the 2019 season.
Author: Rotoworld
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:49 am
JUPITER, Fla. • Righthander John Brebbia, who has appeared in 95 games with the Cardinals the past two seasons but never has been on an opening-day roster, is on one now. Of course, that is what he must have thought last year, too, when he broke with the team but then was told to go to Memphis when Jordan
Author: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:30 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tyler Wade figured the Yankees’ weekend trade with the Colorado Rockies was to add outfield depth to the organization. Wade was certain that Mike Tauchman, who is just as unproven as a big leaguer as he is, wasn’t acquired to take the final spot on the Yankees’ Opening
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:04 am
Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd and wife, Ashley, weren’t looking for this cause. But ending sex slavery in Uganda has become their mission. BRANDON, Florida –  Christin Stewart, the Detroit Tigers’ rookie left fielder, was kicking back and relaxing, eating nachos off a plastic plate, sitting
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:00 am
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Can the Cleveland Indians make it back to the postseason by becoming the best base running team in the American League? Manager Terry Francona believes it’s one of the ways they can, and he’s got plenty of weapons at his disposal to make that happen. From Jose Ramirez’s
Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:02 am
The Rangers this season say goodbye to the most important element in their history. This will be the final season of major league baseball in Globe Life Park, the ballyard’s fourth name in its 26-year history. Given the major contribution the park made, it deserves a grand send-off into an uncertain
Author: The Sacramento Bee
Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:00 am
PHOENIX, Az (WSAU) With most of the major league squad aleady on its way to Montreal for this week’s final two exhibition games vs Toronto, it was a squad of minor-leaguers that won the final game of the spring in Phoenix. Milwaukee beat Arizona 3-2 on Sunday. Troy Stokes Jr, Trent Grisham and Mario
Author: wsau
Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:33 am
The widely recognised story of how Major League Baseball’s spring training league in Florida came to be known as the Grapefruit League is, perhaps appropriately for a sport so built on the wacky and the weird, unconventional. The tale goes that aviator Ruth Law had been throwing golf balls from her
Author: The Independent
Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:03 am
In the spring of 2007, Steinbrenner Field was abuzz with what the Yankees called the dawning of a new era for homegrown starting pitchers. Brian Cashman, beaming with pride, eagerly unveiled his trio of first round draft picks, Phil Hughes (2004), Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy (both 2006) as the long-awaited
Author: New York Daily News
Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:00 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Yankees didn’t require a medivac to get them out of Florida, but they weren’t an advertisement of perfect health. Prior to the start of games played under palm trees and blue skies the Yankees were a popular pick to dethrone the defending champion Red Sox in the AL East
Author: New York Post
Posted: March 25, 2019, 6:51 am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Lamb is tired of being asked about his move across the diamond. He’s just ready to get the regular season going. After five big league seasons as a third baseman, Lamb is set to start the season at first base, a spot vacated when All-Star Paul Goldschmidt was traded
Author: Mohave Daily News
Posted: March 25, 2019, 6:08 am
Jeff Trout has watched his son go from a promising prospect to the best player in baseball and now the Angels’ $426 million man. But it’s not the money that fills this dad with joy.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:27 am
SAN FRANCISCO — It has been 10 years since we first saw Buster Posey take the field at Oracle Park. That emotional moment in Bruce Bochy’s office when Brandon Belt found out he made the team? That was eight years ago. Brandon Crawford is about to begin his eighth season as the everyday shortstop
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:13 am
While one key Dodgers player took another big step toward peak form Sunday night, a key Angels slugger stubbed his toe. Angels left fielder Justin Upton was pulled in the first inning of an 8-4 Freeway Series exhibition victory over the Dodgers when he sprained his left big-toe while running into the
Author: Los Angeles Times
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:03 am
We’ve examined the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies. Next up: the San Diego Padres. Buckle up. A look back at 2018 The offseason signing of first baseman Eric Hosmer was an indication the Padres were seriously interested in competing. But history will tell you they were seriously not
Author: True Blue LA
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Atlanta Braves News Kevin Gausman turned in his best outing of the spring as the Braves opened up CoolToday Park with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Gausman struck out five over 3 1/3 innings while throwing 77 pitches. He will likely need one more start before being ready to join Atlanta’s rotation
Author: Talking Chop
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Today is the last day of spring training, and real baseball begins Thursday! We’re all excited for the season to start, so what better time to ask Pinstripe Alley readers to tell us about their Yankees fandom? It is the one thing that brings us all together. That leads us to this week’s FanPost
Author: Pinstripe Alley
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
A new era of baseball in central New York starts when the brand-new Syracuse Mets take the field for the home opener, April 4. Don Waful’s baseball watching days in Syracuse go back almost a century to the Syracuse Stars. “I saw some minor league games here in Syracuse when I was 10 years old
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
There’s quite a bit that can be done in Out of the Park Baseball 20 that cannot be done in MLB The Show 19. That’s true in a vacuum, but that naked statement ignores the elephant in the room. OOTP 20 is a text-sim, which means the actual gameplay is primarily conveyed through text and not in
Author: Forbes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The most experienced Marlins starting pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen, was moved to the bullpen this weekend. We wake up Monday morning to find the second-most-experienced, Dan Straily, on his way out of the organization entirely. Per SiriusXM/Five Reasons Sports Network host Craig Mish:’s Joe Frisaro
Author: Fish Stripes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The Texas Rangers 2019 top prospect list from Fangraphs is out, with 38 players making the cut on the Fangraphs list. Heading up a system that Fangraphs calls middle-of-the-pack, deep and homogenous is 2018 first rounder Cole Winn, who edges out Leody Taveras and Bubba Thompson among the team’s three
Author: Lone Star Ball
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The Chicago White Sox wrapped up the last full week of spring training with a 7-3 win over Cleveland, thanks to some solid pitching from a gumbo of arms, and timely hitting. In the first, starting pitcher Zach Thompson worked his way into trouble, allowing back-to-back singles to open the game. But,
Author: South Side Sox
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The greatest strength of the 103-win, 2018 Houston Astros was the starting rotation. It led both leagues in ERA at 3.16, and most other statistical categories. It accounted for 21.7 Wins Above Replacement according to Fangraphs, which surprisingly to me, was second behind the Indians…barely. The Indians
Author: The Crawfish Boxes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Are we in the midst of the golden age of Colorado Rockies baseball? There sure is a little bit of a “never been better sense” surrounding the team. They have a great young crop of pitchers that form the best rotation in team history. Any of the top are capable of sucking up oxygen with “ace debates,”
Author: Purple Row
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The Yankees are hoping center fielder Aaron Hicks is ready to resume baseball activities early this week after being sidelined since March 1 due to lower back soreness. Hicks hasn’t played since March 1 and will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. As of a few days ago, the Yanks were optimistic
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Good morning, and welcome to your final Monday without real baseball for the next six months. It couldn’t come soon enough. Now that Duke has eliminated UCF from the NCAA tournament, I have no further interest in college basketball — if I can’t root for a 7’6 gentleman by the name of Tacko
Author: Bless You Boys
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Royals Rumblings – News for March 25, 2019 Ned Yost will not have defined bullpen roles this year. Yost has indicated he will not start the season with traditional roles, as he has in the past, waiting instead for the season to get going to see how things will play out. He’s not sure if Kansas City
Author: Royals Review
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The 2019 season is just a few days away and that means it is time for another year’s worth of predictions for the upcoming season. Coming off of a division championship in 2018, there is renewed hope surrounding the Atlanta Braves but a busy offseason by many of their division rivals has put a damper
Author: Talking Chop
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The Miami Marlins enter the 2019 season with a potentially electrifying starting rotation, including several strong candidates who will bide their time in Triple-A until reinforcements are needed. The staff thrived in the Grapefruit League with increased fastball velocity and nasty secondary pitches
Author: Fish Stripes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
In case you missed it, we evaluated Michael Chavis earlier in the month, and now we’re moving on to the number two OTM Red Sox Prospect, Darwinzon Hernandez. Hernandez capped off a magnificent spring at just the right time for the Red Sox organization. With the bullpen looking like a total disaster
Author: Over the Monster
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am