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Hartford Yard Goats? The Name Isn’t a Hit Yet

HARTFORD — If you had to pinpoint when the Hartford sports fans’ expectations collided with the reality of minor league baseball, you might say it was when the goats showed up. On leashes.

Leading Little Girl and Fancy Pants around the downtown Y.M.C.A., Mary and Ted Krough, farmers from East …


Rookie Phenom Maikel Franco Gives Phillies the Next Franchise Centerpiece

The Phillies are such a mess that when their manager quit last week, their players barely seemed to care. They're such a mess that they recently went out in search of someone to fix it (hello, Andy MacPhail).

There's going to be a new manager, and you've got to believe there's going to be a new …


Baseball pitchers want a better grip, not a competitive advantage

It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then …


Duffy narrowly misses cycle, Bumgarner strikes out No. 1,000 and Posey sets record RBI month as Giants pound Rockies

Running game story…

SAN FRANCISCO – Madison Bumgarner smacked a home run and struck out the 1000th batter of his career. Buster Posey set a personal …

Buster Posey

Small Pickups Coming up Big for Blue Jays

"Dumpster diving." It's the pejorative of choice, whenever the Blue Jays make a waiver claim or sign a fringy big leaguer few have ever heard of to a minor league free agent deal, for the sorts of jaded Blue Jays fans who act like simply repeating "20 years with no playoffs" over and over is …


Yanks have a very expensive CC Sabathia problem.

For CC Sabathia, objectively one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season, the top of the fourth inning Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium might …


Bob Costas to apologize to Pedro Strop for insensitive commentary

In one of the most unexpected and undeniably awkward stories of the season, broadcasting legend Bob Costas found himself in hot water Friday night …

Bob Costas

After Bringing In Talent, Padres Are Still Trying to Draw It Out

SAN FRANCISCO — When Ian Kennedy pitched against the San Diego Padres, he learned from their players how much respect Bud Black commanded as manager.

“If they lost,” Kennedy said, “they felt bad because they let Buddy down.”

So imagine the feelings in the clubhouse of these Padres, whose inconsistent …

Major League Baseball

Giancarlo Stanton Has Broken Bone In Hand

TODAY: Stanton underwent surgery today and is indeed expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action, the Marlins told reporters (including MLB.com’s Joe …

Major League Baseball

Say hey, baseball: Max Scherzer is ridiculous

Your Saturday morning baseball includes Max Scherzer playing chess while the rest of the league plays checkers, Ryne Sandberg stepping down in Philadelphia and the arrival of trade season. Subscribe for your daily Say Hey!

Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the …


Let's put a halt on judgment of Rick Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rick Porcello Fan Club has yet to gain any traction among Red Sox fans. His jerseys aren’t flying off the racks in the souvenir shops on Yawkey Way, businesses aren’t exactly begging him to endorse their products, and when his name comes up on talk radio, someone is …

Josh Beckett

Ryne Sandberg never really had a chance in Philly.

By Andrew Simon

When Ryne Sandberg signed a three-year deal as Phillies manager in September 2013, about a month after taking over as the club's …

Ryne Sandberg

Bat Man


Cole Hamels' Phillies Life as a Never-Ending Trade Rumor Should End Soon

Much like Cole Hamels, I could think of something really funny to say, but I'd rather just be truthful.

And the truth is that, as the long-running Hamels trade saga winds toward an end, it actually looks like it will end up working out well for almost everyone. A team will get a 31-year-old …


MLB Hitters' Preparation Obsession Creating Paralysis by Analysis

One-time hitting savant turned manager Clint Hurdle noticed something a few years back in Pittsburgh that alarmed him.

As a result, he removed computers from the area just behind the Pirates dugout during games.

Now, if a Pittsburgh hitter wants to review footage of his swing from the plate …


Angry Umpire Demands That Jon Lester Fight Him

Yesterday’s game between the Dodgers and Cubs was delayed for several minutes when home plate umpire Andy Fletcher decided to go full Ump Show in the …

Jon Lester

Photo of the Day: Top NBA Draft prospect Jahlil Okafor holds/hides a baseball

At 6-foot-10 and 275 pounds, Jahlil Okafor is a large man. One can recognize that fact by the way he bulldozed his way through last year's NCAA tourney and helped bring home Duke's fifth championship:

But in case you needed some more evidence of his monstrous size, he held (and probably later …


Meet two-way player Shohei Ohtani: The next great player from Japan

You may not know the name right now but you will soon enough: Shohei Ohtani. It's sometimes spelled Otani, but it literally says Ohtani on his jersey, so let's go with that.

Anyway, Ohtani is a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher and outfielder for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan. He's a two-way …


Best Rookie of the Year races in history

Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs are locked in a heated race for National League Rookie of the Year. Pederson is hitting .248/.388/.542 with 19 home runs, 36 RBIs and 40 runs and ranks seventh in the NL in OPS. Bryant is hitting .278/.382/.482 with 10 home …

Rookie of the Year

Hero kid saves his little siblings from a home run ball

Meanwhile, his dad went running for cover.

Wrigley Field

Report: Hanley Ramirez's attitude has 'irked' Sox veterans


The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the AL East and it appears the problems extend beyond the field. One of their big offseason …


The Potential Highest Home Run On Record

This is a weird home run, that Yoenis Cespedes hit off Trevor Bauer Monday night:

It’s weird for a few reasons. The pitch was down. Cespedes hit it to …

Sports Analytics

Giants' merit-based culture is team baseball at its finest

LOS ANGELES -- Angel Pagan scored 95 runs and accumulated 61 extra-base hits for the Giants in 2012, the year San Francisco won the second of its most recent three championships. He batted leadoff for the team that October.

But this season, the third year of a four-year deal he signed after that …


Justin Verlander Wants to Prove He Can Still Be Intimidating MLB Workhorse

Chuck Hernandez had a line he loved to use on Justin Verlander.

"When your head catches up with your arm, you'll really be something," Hernandez would say when he was the Tigers pitching coach in Verlander's first three full big league seasons.

Now it's the opposite. If Verlander's arm can catch up …

Justin Verlander

Man who caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit says he may return ball

Zack Hample tells SI Now of a scenario in which he would hand over Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit ball to A-Rod and the New York Yankees.


Melissa Mayeux, 16-Year-Old French SS, Eligible to Be Signed by MLB Team in July

French teenager Melissa Mayeux made history Monday, becoming the first female baseball player to be added to MLB's international registration list, according to MLB.com's Lindsay Berra. This means the 16-year-old shortstop will be eligible to be signed by a major league team starting on July …

Major League Baseball

Almost Perfect: Is Washington’s Max Scherzer Still Peaking at 30?

In the seven-plus seasons in which eyes in the sky have tracked every pitch thrown in Major League Baseball, 283 breaking balls have been thrown to right-handed hitters within one square inch of the 87 mph slider that Nationals starter Max Scherzer threw to Pirates pinch-hitter Jose Tabata on …


Entries in long-hidden notebook show Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

For 26 years, Pete Rose has kept to one story: He never bet on baseball while he was a player.

Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager.

But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet …

Pete Rose