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A study showed "grit" isn't always a great attribute

This popped up in my Twitter feed and I felt it had some applicability to baseball. This past October, Olga Khazan of The Atlantic highlighted a …

Documents: Mets Owners' Real Estate Fund Was $300 Million In The Hole This Past June

The owners of the New York Mets are no strangers to financial calamity. After losing $550 million in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and paying out $80 …


Cuban baseball crisis

The downside of warming relations with America

LOOK for the Che Guevara mural on a pitch-black street corner in Lawton, a run-down district on the …

Political Science

Report: White Sox "exploring" potential trade for Andre Ethier

Going into this offseason, it was unclear whether the White Sox were going to be buyers or sellers. They answered that question by picking up Todd …

Chicago White Sox

Greg Bird's shoulder injury cuts at 'Core' of Yankees' plans

NEW YORK -- On the surface, Greg Bird's season-ending shoulder injury could be looked upon as a potential spare 2016 part gone missing. But Bird's …

Major League Baseball

One way or another, Sandoval and Ramirez will dramatically improve the Sox

As I was reading Steven Martano's article last week on the worst position players of 2015, two things jumped out at me. First, the three worst …

Sports Analytics

Throwback Thursday: Sam Crane, Forgotten Major League Murderer

Each week, VICE Sports takes a look back at an important event from this week in sports history for Throwback Thursday, or #TBT for all you cool kids. You can read previous installments here.

Some people come within grasping reach of their most fervid wish only to find that in the end, whether …

Cincinnati Reds

Brewers trade SS Jean Segura to Diamondbacks

The Brewers and Diamondbacks agreed to a five-player deal on Saturday, sending shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Tyler Wagner to Arizona in exchange …


NL just fine without designated hitter

Despite recent rumblings, it's OK to have different rules in each league

I am not sure when the designated hitter rule started to become a force for modernizing North American society.

I have read actual English-language articles on this topic in which the notion of spreading the DH to the National …

Major League Baseball

Stark: What's fueling baseball's Bullpen Mania?

Once upon a time, a baseball team constructed its pitching staff the way your contractor constructs your hallway -- from the front to the back. Boy, …


Rays acquire Corey Dickerson from Rockies for Jake McGee

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays found a left-handed power bat in acquiring Corey Dickerson from the Rockies on Thursday, but it left them with a hole in …


LOOK: MiLB team unveils sweet glow-in-the-dark hats, jerseys

The Mets will have a new Low Class A minor league affiliate in 2016. Well, it's a new old affiliate. The Savannah Sand Gnats, the team's affiliate since 2007, is relocating and will become the Columbia Fireflies this coming season.

The Fireflies unveiled their uniforms on Wednesday, and fittingly, …


Manny Machado got his wife's face tattooed on his arm

By Grey PapkeAh, true love.A cursory glance at Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado’s Instagram reveals that he really loves his wife, Yainee. …

Introducing Corey Dickerson, the Best MLB Hitter You've Never Heard Of

LOS ANGELES — So, what do we make of this kid Corey Dickerson?

"Amazing hitter," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis says. "There's nowhere to pitch him."

You know, Dickerson…left fielder…Colorado Rockies?

"I love that kid," one National League scout says. "His hand-eye coordination is incredible. And he's …

Tough to figure out what the Rockies are doing this offseason

Could Carlos Gonzalez be on his way out?
Chris Humphreys USA TODAY SportsBefore asking what the heck the Rockies are doing, let’s start with some …


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Los Angeles Dodgers

Albert Pujols progressing after foot surgery, but what about Opening Day?

Albert Pujols has played through foot discomfort the past few seasons.Matt Brown Getty Images North AmericaLos Angeles Angels first baseman Albert …


Why Cespedes love, Cano hate is just so hard to understand

Yoenis Cespedes’ free agency, one of the most exciting and least predictable Hot Stove sagas in recent memory, cast light on a few different …

New York Mets

One year in, Manfred loves being Commissioner

Rob Manfred's first year has flown by. If there has been a surprise for baseball's 10th Commissioner, perhaps that is it.

"It feels like it just started," he said.

Actually, Manfred celebrated his first anniversary on the job Monday. One year in, he loves it, loves it more than perhaps he could have …

Major League Baseball

Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo …

Pete Rose

Rockies' Charlie Blackmon was a 'little perplexed' by Gerardo Parra signing

Earlier this month the Rockies added to their outfield surplus by signing free agent Gerardo Parra. The three-year contract will pay Parra $27.5 million.

Parra will join Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Carlos Gonzalez in Colorado's outfield. All four are productive players and all four bat …


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New York Mets

Batman: Watch the Craziest Baseball Swing of All Time

Forget playing the game the right way, one mystery player shows off both skill and swagger with the bat in outrageous clip

It's Friday, and if you're an East Coaster like me, you've probably already stocked up on the supplies necessary to survive Winter Storm Jonas – he always the best Jonas Brother …


On Yoenis Cespedes, Mets Have Reason to Proceed With Caution

We have seen the Mets rebuild. It worked. They are the reigning National League champions. They have done some things right.

Yet because they are still the Mets, and still owned by the Wilpons, they must be incompetent. Is that how this works?

That is what the fans want to hear right now, it seems. …


Gary Vanden Berg Selected to MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

The Major League Baseball groundskeepers are set to host their annual meeting in Los Angeles this weekend. Prior to the meetings, the late Gary Vanden

Hall of Fame

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: NL could get DH as soon as 2017

Major League Baseball is holding owners meetings this week, so we'll hear of a few newsworthy items on occasion, such as the trade deadline moving back a whopping 24 hours.

And then there's this:

Given the year-long interleague play, concern by some over pitcher injuries and how bad the NL pitchers …


NFL history: Bills hire full-time female coach

The Buffalo Bills are making NFL history. According to, the Bills will be the first team in NFL history to have hired a full-time …

Sports History

Bills hire a female assistant coach

The Cardinals made significant waves at the outset of the season, hiring Jenn Welter to serve as a training-camp assistant coach, working with inside …

Rex Ryan

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Major League Baseball

Twitter rejoices as Justin Upton joins Kate Upton in Detroit

Detroit already had the best Upton on their baseball team. Now Justin is joining Kate in the Motor City.Jerome Miron USA Today SportsWhen free-agent …