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Young Astros fan makes compelling case for team not trading George Springer

In the last decade or so, it’s been tough for Houston Astros fans to get attached to players on their team. As Houston entered a rebuild, their best players were dealt away for younger prospects and years of dark times followed. But now, the Astros are a contender in the American League, one of the […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 29:  Rick Hahn  the Vice-President/General Manager of the Chicago White Sox talks to a reporter before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers on April 29, 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Winners and losers of the 2016 Winter Meetings

The MLB Winter Meetings have pretty much concluded, with many executives, agents, and members of the media leaving Washington DC on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Which teams and players came out ahead, and which look worse than they did at the end of the week? Good question. We’ve got you covered. WINNER: Chicago White Sox […]

Jose Bautista

The Orioles have a stupid reason for not pursuing Jose Bautista

The Baltimore Orioles could use some help on offense with both Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters both poised to depart in free agency this offseason. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista could be a fit for the Orioles, but Baltimore doesn’t seem too keen on signing Bautista. There are plenty of plausible reasons why a […]

Ian Desmond of the Rockies

Ian Desmond’s contract with the Rockies is puzzling, opens door for trades

The newest member of the Colorado Rockies is shortstop/outfielder Ian Desmond, who inked a five-year, $70 million deal with the team on Wednesday morning. This is fine. The money isn’t outrageous. Five years isn’t too long. Giving up the 11th overall pick in the MLB Draft to sign Desmond is a bit short-sighted, but whatever. […]

Rich Hill

Dodgers rolling the dice on Rich Hill for the next three seasons

When Rich Hill was healthy in 2016, he was fantastic. He pitched to a 2.12 ERA, struck out 129, and walked just 33. The problem, as always, with Hill was his health – he made just 20 starts and pitched 110 2/3 innings. He’s topped those marks just once in his career, way back in […]

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16:  Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins want a closer, but have bigger needs

The Miami Marlins are in the market for a closer this week at MLB’s Winter Meetings. This is a bit surprising, considering AJ Ramos has saved 72 games for the club over the last two years while striking out 160 hitters in 134 1/3 innings. It’s even more surprising when you hear that the Marlins are […]

HAVANA - MARCH 21:  Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark are seen during a press conference on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Melia Cohiba Hotel in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know about the new MLB CBA

To the surprise of only those who believe everything they read on the internet (which is a fairly large chunk of the population), Major League Baseball and the MLBPA agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday night before the midnight deadline. Much of the mainstream focus has been on two relatively simple, but […]

Jeremy Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson accepts qualifying offer, further damaging free agent market

One of this offseason’s best free agent pitchers is off the market – Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the Philadelphia Phillies’ one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The 29-year old Hellickson, who turns 30 in April, pitched to a 3.71 ERA over a career-high 189 innings in 2016 with the […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:   Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Can the Eagles or Lions continue the year of notable sports firsts?

It’s been a year of sports firsts in 2016. The Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA championship, which was the first title of any sort in Cleveland since 1964. The Chicago Cubs reached their first World Series since 1945 and won their first World Series since 1908, beating a Cleveland Indians team that was looking […]

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans gets the crowd into the against the New York Jets at NRG Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Projecting the NFL All-Decade Team at the halfway point

It’s 2016 and we’re more than halfway through the decade, so what better time to start predicting the members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team. Premature? Not really. Several members of previous teams played less than half of that decade and yet still earned all-decade honors, including Dick Butkus in the 1970s (who only played through […]

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of baseball’s most talented teams on paper, and originally failed to live up to high expectations. The Dodgers were under .500 as late as May 22nd, and were 6.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West at the All-Star Break. But in the second half, […]

Cubs NL pennant win

Holy shit, the Chicago Cubs won the NL pennant

The monkey is finally off the back of the Chicago Cubs and their fans. The Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday night to win the NLCS four games to two, winning the franchise’s first pennant since 1945 and sending them to the World Series to face off with the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs did […]

Cleveland Indians AL champions

Holy shit, the Cleveland Indians won the AL pennant

The city of Cleveland’s sporting luck continues – the Cleveland Indians are heading to the World Series following a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Indians took the series 4-1, claiming their first pennant since 1997. Game 5 was a microcosm of the entire series – a […]

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw’s Postseason reputation is unfair, but somewhat warranted

On Tuesday, during Game 4 of the NL Division Series between the Dodgers and Nationals, one of baseball’s most prevalent October narratives popped up once again. That narrative, of course, is the assertion that Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw isn’t a good Postseason pitcher. Dodgers fans will scream from the rooftops that it’s not warranted, given […]

Brian Snitker

In Brian Snitker, Braves make the safe, not sexy, pick for manager

On Tuesday morning, the Atlanta Braves made it official – interim manager Brian Snitker would have the “interim” tag pulled off his title, and he’d be the club’s full-time manager going into the 2017 season. Of note is that Snitker’s contract isn’t anything that could be considered long-term: it’s a one-year deal with an option […]

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NLDS preview: Will the Nationals finally win a playoff series?

In 2012, the favored Washington Nationals collapsed against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2014, the favored Washington Nationals never really got going against the San Francisco Giants. In 2016, the Washington Nationals are *not* favored in the NLDS, despite having home-field advantage for the third time. In fact, not many people give them much of […]

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 30:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with Mookie Betts #50 after hitting a two run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on September 30, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

ALDS Preview: Can battered Indians hold off surging Red Sox?

The Indians-Red Sox Division Series matchup comes about a month too late for the Cleveland Indians. On Sept.9, Danny Salazar made his final start of the year for the Tribe because of a strained flexor tendon in his right arm. Carlos Carrasco’s season ended just eight days later thanks to a fractured hand. Now, this […]

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04: Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with Manny Machado #13 after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles were a bit of a surprise in 2016, contending all season and actually holding first place in the AL East as late as Aug. 12. But they began to tire down the stretch, and didn’t clinch a playoff spot until the final day of the regular season. Their playoff run lasted exactly […]

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Each MLB Postseason team’s key player this October

The MLB Postseason begins on Tuesday, and ten teams are looking to raise the trophy once the World Series concludes in early November. And while there are 25 players on each team that will likely play a role in which team ends up as champion, we’ve tried to narrow it down to each team’s one […]

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