A. J. Hinch

2017 MLB Offseason Preview: Houston Astros

<b>Houston Astros</b> <b>(101-61), 1st in AL West, World Series Champs</b><p>This doesn’t feel like a last hurrah or one-hit wonder. Not at all.<p>Now that the party has …

Baseball

Rendon earns MLB Award for Best Performance

WASHINGTON -- Six cans of beer were waiting in his locker after that historic day at Nationals Park, one for each hit Anthony Rendon collected during …

Anthony Rendon

FAQ: Get inside the Esurance MLB Awards

Selections to be announced Friday on MLB Network and MLB.com<p>The Baseball Writers' Association of America has handed out its hardware this week, …

Kevin Kiermaier

Aaron Boone: I've been preparing to be MLB skipper for 44 years

Driving Tim Wakefield's first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning of the 2003 ALCS over the left field wall at the old Yankee Stadium to help the …

Major League Baseball

Sweeny: The Case For Aaron Boone As Yankees' Next Manager

<i>By Sweeny Murti</i><br>» More Columns<p>There are people we call baseball lifers. And then there is Aaron Boone, part of one of the most accomplished families …

Major League Baseball

Several Astros win Esurance MLB Awards

A day after Jose Altuve was named American League Most Valuable Player, several other Astros collected awards during the Esurance MLB Awards Show on …

Alex Bregman

Bregman enjoys life as World Series champ

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Justin Verlander married his fiancé, Kate Upton, in Italy. Carlos Correa …

Alex Bregman

Best Moment winners all heartening stories

Every season has them, the rare moments when the numbers on the scoreboard seem to matter less. We're talking about the great moments that transcend …

Baseball

Astros: What’s next for the team now that Carlos Betran retired?

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros high fives Carlos Beltran #15 after the final out at Minute Maid Park on September …

Sports

It's time to start talking about Max Scherzer as an all-time great

The Cy Young votes went as expected, with Corey Kluber cleaning up in the American League -- collecting 28 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Chris …

Max Scherzer

Hinch finishes 3rd in AL MOY Award vote

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch finished third in American League Manager of the Year Award voting following a regular season in which he led …

Houston Astros

Some trade banter and other notes

If the <b>Orioles</b> discuss trading closer <b>Zach Britton</b> - or any prominent player - and then pull off a deal, can it help the team address its biggest need? …

Kevin Gausman

HumpLinks: BBWAA Manages a clear thought

I have written this before, but what if at the start of last season you said to a manager the following:<p>You will be gifted the very best defender in …

Carlos Santana

Baseball Wants Kinder, Gentler Managers

Orlando, Fla.<p>Dusty Baker managed the Washington Nationals to the National League’s second-best record in 2017. John Farrell guided the Boston Red Sox to their second straight title in perhaps baseball’s most competitive division. Joe Girardi helmed a “rebuilding” New York Yankees squad that defied …

Baseball

Twins' Molitor takes home AL Manager of the Year honors

From Hall of Fame player to Manager of the Year.<p>Minnesota Twins skipper Paul Molitor was named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball …

Sports

Diamondbacks' Lovullo picked as NL Manager of the Year

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper.<p>Lovullo won the honor in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The prize was announced Tuesday on MLB Network.<p>The 52-year-old Lovullo …

Sports

Is Britton back on the block? - School of Roch

The Orioles weren't deemed to be in active mode to trade closer Zach Britton this winter, preferring to make another run at the playoffs with him at …

Torey Lovullo

Astros add 3 to big league coaching staff

The 2017 World Series champion Astros announced three additions to their Major League coaching staff on Monday. They named Jeff Albert second hitting …

Baseball

Making The Case For The 3 AL Manager Of The Year Finalists

The Manager of the Year awards will be handed out on Tuesday, and like every year, it will be the most arbitrary of the four major awards doled out …

Paul Molitor

Coach K Is Still Listening

Durham, N.C.<p>At this point, why should Coach K listen to anybody?<p>Still, here we are, on a recent morning, amid a tangle of cords and headsets, in a room not far from that rowdy mousetrap, Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mike Krzyzewski—the winningest coach in men’s college basketball history, the holder of …

Marvin Bagley III

Analytics And Cost Containment Are Essential When Hiring New Crop Of MLB Managers

The Houston Astros are champions of baseball and have fulfilled the prophecy of Ben Reiter at Sports Illustrated when he proclaimed three years ago on the cover the franchise would be hoisting the Commissioner’s trophy in 2017. The emergence of first round draft selections Alex Bregman (second …

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Jennings: A.J. Hinch says Red Sox have winner in his ex-bench coach, Alex Cora

Three years ago, A.J. Hinch was named Astros manager and immediately asked Alex Cora to be a part of his coaching staff. It took two years for Cora …

Alex Cora

Houston Astros: Who should get the call in the ninth in 2018?

HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 13: Chris Devenski<p>The Houston Astros owned the best offense in baseball, but their bullpen was subpar based on their MLB …

Houston Astros

Hinch serving as honorary Stanford captain

Skipper to visit alma mater for football game vs. Pac-12-rival Washington<p>HOUSTON -- While Astros players have been busy making appearances around the …

College & University

Champion Astros Can Own MLB by Forming Keuchel-Verlander-Arrieta Super Rotation

In winning 101 regular-season games and the franchise's first-ever World Series championship, the Houston Astros ascended to the top of Major League Baseball in 2017.<p>Now they should aim for the moon by signing Jake Arrieta.<p>This isn't something they <i>need</i> to do. They already have co-aces Justin …

Justin Verlander

Players Astros Should Target In Free Agency

Now that the confetti has flown, the fans decked out in the finest championship gear, and the players scattered to the corners of the globe to enjoy …

Houston Astros

For Clues in Yankees’ Manager Search, Look to the Dodgers

It is an alluring job posting for a major league manager: a mega market, a marquee franchise and an immediate World Series contender looking for a deeply engaged clubhouse presence.<p>The Yankees?<p>Well, yes, but that job description also could have been lifted from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ search two …

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Bigger Than Baseball: Leadership Lessons From The 2017 World Series

Last week’s World Series is now history. But before you turn the page on that baseball story, take one more look, in the context of a bigger conceptual map. The tale has some interesting strategic lessons about a paradigm broader than our national pastime, about leadership in a world increasingly …

Baseball

Reds' Joey Votto a finalist for NL MVP

Joey Votto is a finalist for the National League Most Valuable Player. The award will be announced Nov. 16.

Joey Votto

Deliver Us From Failure: How the Astros Endured Futility to Become World Series Champions

It all sprang from Springer. Anyone with the Astros will tell you that. When Jeff Luhnow and his crew of rebuilders arrived in Houston before the …

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