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Here’s something fun to think about: David Ortiz Players’ Tribune editorial in which he said that “nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs …David Ortiz
Kudos to Epstein for a good answer. Kudos to Schilling for a couple of more probing questions.Curt Schilling
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred didn't hesitate to weigh in on the very public debate between the Cubs and agent Scott Boras regarding the hot topic of the spring, which is whether young slugger Kris Bryant should make the team's Opening Day roster, and it's no surprise Manfred took the Cubs' …Scott Boras
No pitcher’s elbow seems safe anymore. Earlier in spring training, Yu Darvish, the perennial Cy Young contender and ace of the Texas Rangers staff, …Tommy John
The Reds announced that they’ve acquired veteran first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash …Sports Blogs
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez is subject to increased drug testing by Major League Baseball as a result of his 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, according to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.
Speaking at Charlotte Sports Park, …Alex Rodriguez
Analytics are mainstream in baseball. They have changed the way we look at the game, whether from finding hidden value in past performance (the way …Sports Analytics
Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling.
The pursuit of Hector Olivera was already surrounded by mystery, but now the plot has thickened. The soon-to-be–30-year-old Cuban infielder has …Baseball
On the heels of contract extensions for Christian Yelich and Adam Eaton, Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins got in on the action, agreeing to a …Minnesota Twins
PHOENIX --The Los Angeles Dodgers, already with the highest payroll in baseball, doubled down on their commitment to Cuban infielders by agreeing to a six-year, $62.5 million contract with infielder Hector Olivera, agent Greg Genske confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
Olivera, whose deal includes a $28 …Infielder
Angels righty plans to make adjustments as opponents get second, third looks
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched six shutout innings against the Mariners on Monday, the same division rivals he'll face during his regular-season debut in 16 days and several other times throughout the …Major League Baseball
To deem a young player or prospect as “untouchable” can sometimes backfire.
Injuries occur. Plateauing performances before hitting the majors happen more often than not. Other opportunities present themselves and make that player less valuable to an organization. Any number of scenarios can turn a …Boston Red Sox
The hardest part about identifying potential "breakout" players might be defining "breakout" itself.
For example, I think this could be a breakout …Major League Baseball
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The debate still rages and plays out every day for the Cincinnati Reds, inviting intrigue, discussion and even divisions within their own organization.
From the corner of power and patience: First baseman Joey Votto's hitting philosophy.
From the corner of opportunity and …Baseball
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- How does this rate as a credential for your new hitting coach?
He homered in what many have said was the greatest game they've ever seen pitched.
Boston Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis also homered 349 other times in the course of his 19-year, major-league career, but the one …Boston
MESA, Ariz. -- No longer is it a far-fetched idea. The Chicago Cubs are "leaning" toward keeping three catchers on their roster to begin the regular season, according to President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein.
The Cubs have stated all along that it was possible Miguel Montero, David Ross and …Theo Epstein
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mookie Betts had two impressive athletic feats on Sunday. One came in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies when he …Boston
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told John Lott of Canada's National Post on Sunday that infielder Maicer Izturis will open the 2015 regular season on …Toronto
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where the Boston Red Sox engaged in an intramural competition as spirited as anything that has taken place here all spring.
The event: An obstacle-course relay race for the position players, which included the fireman’s carry (sandbag over the …Shane Victorino
Fresh off their record $325 million, 13-year extension with superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins have made a six-year guaranteed offer said to be worth close to $40 million to ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. There's still believed to be a lot of work to do, if in fact there's any …Baseball
A few executives around the league have suggested slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo could become available soon because of the Diamondbacks' outfield glut, especially if it is determined Cuban import YasmanyTomas is better off playing mostly in the outfield. However, Arizona GM Dave Stewart says …Major League Baseball
At Cubs practice today, Joe Maddon was seen in a pretty revealing pair of shorts.
Apparently he wasn't the only one wearing whatever those are.
I think we can all be grateful that he was the only one willing to be photographed.Joe Maddon
On Reddit, user "loserfame" shares a handful of photos from early 2012, when he and two friends snuck through a gap in the fence and found themselves …Astrodome
The Rangers are rumored to be looking for starting pitching but general manager Jon Daniels doesn’t see that happening.“I don’t know od there are any …Cole Hamels
Little League World Series phenom Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old who last year became the first girl to pitch a shutout in regional play, has of course been the subject of much media attention in recent months, and her story is set to become a motion picture.
Regarding Davis' prominence, here's a …Baseball
TAMPA, Fla. -- It was the kind of thing you do in a sandlot game: Ball goes over the fence, you climb over and get. That especially goes for a glove, because in most of the sandlot games I was ever in, there aren't too many spares lying around.
This is the big leagues, however, and even in spring …Joe Girardi
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds isn’t scheduled for another stint in the Giants’ training camp, but talks are underway for the homers king to take an expanded role in the organization.
Bonds’ exact position hasn’t been determined, but he could represent the team as others did over the years, …Barry Bonds