What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?:
A fantastic video narrated by Jon Bois (creator of "Chart Party", "Pretty Good", and "Breaking Madden") about what would happen if Barry Bonds went to the plate every time in 2004 and never had a bat (or, realistically, never swung it).
Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants:
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leave of absence due to "a medical issue" and that recently-hired-advisor-to-the-CEO Barry Bonds has been tapped to fill in as the interim manager until Bochy is cleared to return.
Lox to advance: How Israel's WBC team engineered the greatest Jewish miracle since the oil burned for eight days. It's not nothing, if you know what I mean.
Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.:
If I was an opposing manager, I'd protest every single pitch he made against my team.
Total eclipse of the park: On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. The path of totality (not the Korn album) will curve from Oregon to South Carolina and encompass the ballparks of seven minor league teams -- six of which happen to have home games that day. In Oregon, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have already announced plans for a 9:35am start with a 15-minute delay for the eclipse, which is to begin at 10:17am. In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies have similar plans later in the day. Other parks with penumbral potential include Nashville, Bowling Green (KY) and Charleston (SC).
Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Ventura, who set an MLB rookie record with an 103 mph fastball, pitched his last game in a cap that paid tribute to friends and fellow Major Leaguers Jose Fernandez and Oscar Taveras, who both also died tragically in crashes in recent years.
Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.:
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field: Major League Baseball is changing the rules for home-field advantage in the World Series. The experiment of giving it to the league that wins the All-Star Game is over. Instead, for the first time in league history, home field will go to the team with the better record.
Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.:
Man hit ball hard. Ball leaves domed stadium. World is stunned.
Cubs Win World Series: For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in an unforgettable game 7 that ended in the 10th inning. The Cubs had a four-run lead erased by the Indians late, then the game was delayed by rain for a half hour after the end of the ninth. Cleveland's own 68-year title drought continues.
Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets: A couple getting a divorce in Cook County, Illinois, are fighting for custody of a World Series ticket to tonight's game 4. John and Nancy Riddle both want the ticket so they can be the one who takes their 12-year-old son. After Nancy's filing argued this is an emergency because the Cubs might not reach the Series again in her lifetime, John's attorney Michael Berger disagreed and tempted fate in his response: "Even if the Cubs lose this time, it is likely -- regrettably -- that they will be back to the World Series again soon."
MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo: The belief that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out Chief Wahoo has been completely obliterated during the postseason. The Sambo-like caricature is on the team's caps, uniforms and a lot of other branding. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the logo is considered offensive and will discuss it with team owner Larry Dolan: "I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."
World Series Game 1 Preview: The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians meet tonight for game 1 of a World Series guaranteed to end a historic championship drought. Cubs ace Jon Lester faces Indians ace Corey Kluber in Cleveland. Vegas likes the Cubs to win game 1 and the series.
Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years: Javier Baez and John Lester named co-MVPs .
Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series: The Cleveland Indians last won a World Series in 1948 and last reached one in 1997. For game 5 of the ALCS this year, manager Terry Francona improbably asked Ryan Merritt to take the mound -- a rookie with one career start and 11 total innings pitched. He kept the Toronto Blue Jays scoreless through 4 1/3 innings, Francona handed the game to his formidable bullpen and the World Series opens in Title Town, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers: The Toronto Blue Jays added another bat flip to their playoff highlight reel, a three-run, 11th-inning Edwin Encarnacion moon shot that won the AL wild card game 5-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays move on to face the Texas Rangers. In a less pleasant flashback to last year's playoffs, a Jays fan threw a beer, nearly hitting Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim as he caught a fly ball.
Pakistan’s National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist: Pakistan got mercy-ruled twice at the World Baseball Classic qualifiers last week. But they consider it a successful outing.
Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident: Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. Fernandez, a former NL rookie of the year having his best season with 16 wins, was one of at least three people killed in the 3 a.m. accident involving a 30-foot boat. "They found a boat that was up against the jetties," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo said. "They did do an initial search and they found three victims -- two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away."
Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets: The New York Mets have announced that they're signing Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old Heisman Trophy winner will start at instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Scouts were mixed after his public tryout. The good: batting practice power, above average speed. Bad: live hitting, weak arm.
Prince Fielder's Baseball Career is Probably Over: After a second neck surgery, Prince Fielder is likely out of baseball at age 32. He would finish with 319 home runs, the same as his father Cecil who was done at age 34. Prince was an iron man before Texas, averaging 157 games a year from 2006 to 2013. But after Texas acquired him for Ian Kinsler and $30 million, he's played one full season in three. He's still owed $24 million a year through 2020. The Rangers will pay $9 million a year, the Tigers $6 million and the Rangers' insurer $9 million.
Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball: Tim Tebow has been training for a year to play professional baseball. He'll invite all 30 Major League Baseball teams to a tryout later this month. He last played the sport as a junior at Nease High School in 2005, hitting .494 on a team that reached the state semifinals.
Alex Rodriguez to retire from baseball: Inarguably the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, and certainly one of the greatest hitters in history, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees has formally announced the intention to retire next Friday, and move into a position as special advisor and instructor for New York.
While the terms of the agreement with the Yankees does allow him to pursue a position on other major league teams, his dramatic loss of skill this year makes it likely he'll have played his last game some time this week, ending an often contentious, rarely popular (with fans or media), but undeniably successful on-field career. Barring an unexpected homerun barrage in the next few days, or a stint with another team next season, he'll finish just shy of the 700 HR mark and the fourth highest total of all time.
Ichiro finally reaches 3,000 major league hits: Fittingly for one of the game's most unique hitters, the slap-hitting wizard got his 3,000th hit as a triple (video) off the right field wall in the 7th inning of the Miami-Colorado game, capping an illustrious major league career.
Or possibly not "capping": while not the same electric All-Star hitter he was in those first 10 years after breaking in as a much-hyped 27-year-old rookie for Seattle in 2001- when he racked up 10 straight 200-hit seasons including the single-season record of 262- he is still a productive player this year, hitting .318 (110 OPS+) in limited playing time with Miami. Seemingly ageless, he has even said he'd like to play until he is 50, which for a player of his style and rigorous fitness regimen isn't beyond the realm of possibility, potentially adding to his already gaudy career statistics and delaying what is almost certain to be a first-ballot HoF induction.
A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki:
I really hope he plays forever...
When I first came, I had a three-year deal. At that point all I thought was that I want to do the best I can in those three years. But in my first game, there was a play I made that was pretty good. I came in and Lou [Piniella, Seattle's manager from 1993 to 2002] gave me a kiss. So I thought, "Three years is too long! If I am going to get kissed every day, I don't want to be here!"
Tim Duncan announces retirement: San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
The false hope of Tommy John Surgery: "Nearly 30 percent of pitchers in Major League Baseball have undergone Tommy John surgery, the revolutionary elbow-ligament replacement surgery named after the pitcher who first underwent it in 1974...... Tommy John surgery, it turned out, was a paradox, the procedure that worked too well."
Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".:
This should be played in every MLB park before the last game of Scully's career.
Rockies SS Jose Reyes receives 52-game suspension for domestic violence incident: Reyes was arrested in Maui, Hawaii for an incident that occurred in October of last year. His wife told police that he pulled her off of a hotel bed, grabbed her by the throat, and slammed her into a sliding glass door, after which she was treated at a local hospital. However, criminal charges were dropped after she refused to testify against him.
ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Transgender Post: It took Curt Schilling a while, but he's finally gotten himself fired from his ESPN broadcasting job for inflammatory social media antics. He shared an offensive anti-transgender meme on Facebook, made a crude anatomical comment and then doubled down. By one count, it was the seventh time his social media activities became an issue. "ESPN is an inclusive company," the network announced. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."
The Chicago Cubs Will Not Win the World Series: "There are several rational reasons why the Cubs will not win the World Series. For one, the baseball season is endless and unpredictable. Players get hurt, players come out of nowhere, great players play like absolute dogshit, relief pitching is essentially determined by oracle bones, players change teams, BABIP commands the game like a vengeful god, the banishment of a thirteen-year-old bat boy causes widespread locker room revolt, the playoffs are a completely random confluence of baseball events. Yet, this is not the place for rational thoughts. This is a place for exalted Cubs miserablism unbound by the physical laws of the universe."
Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport: The New York Times marks the opening of the MLB season with some numbers that are becoming unreachable in the sport: 75 stolen bases (last by Jose Reyes, 2007), 250 innings pitched (Justin Verlander, 2011), 100 relief innings (Scott Proctor, 2006), 40/40 club (Alfonso Soriano, 2006), 20 sacrifice bunts by a non-pitcher (Juan Pierre, 2007). You know it's time for the great game to return when we're thinking about sacrifice bunts by a non-pitcher,
Gay minor league baseball player quit because of homophobic comments from teammates and coaches.:
In a letter to Outsports, Dunnington says he decided to leave baseball after hearing comments about how gay people should be killed.
Spring Training Fan Saves Kid from Flying Bat: A fan watching a Pittsburgh Pirates/Atlanta Braves spring training game at Disney World made an incredible save, blocking a bat flying into the stands as it was heading towards a young boy's head. Christopher Horner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review captured the incident in a series of photos. Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz, who lost his grip on the bat, had no idea this happened. He said, "I went home and my wife said to me, 'You almost killed that kid!'"
New Rule Takes Out Slides Like Chase Utley's Legbreaker: The Chase Utley slide that broke Ruben Tejada's leg during the NLDS will no longer be legal in Major League Baseball: "Under the new policy for sliding, designated Rule 6.01(j), a slide to break up a double play will have to include a bona fide attempt to reach and remain on base. Contact with the fielder is permissible, but the runner cannot change his path to initiate contact or engage in a “roll block.” The plays are subject to review under video replay, and if it is determined that the runner did not engage in a bona fide slide attempt, then interference will be called and both the runner and the batter-runner can be called out."
Cricket Star Kieran Powell Tosses His Bat and Picks Up a Smaller, Rounder One: Powell, a star batsman who has played internationally for the West Indies, has chucked that all aside, for now at least, in a long-shot gamble to become a professional baseball player. See also: (video warning) MLB Tonight: Cricket Conversions. Why would a star player from West Indies look to another sport? Windies cricket seems to be in a pretty sorry spot, financially speaking.
Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.:
With 99.3% of the vote (the highest percentage ever), Ken Griffey Jr. (the second best left-handed outfielder born on November 21st in Denora Pennsylvania) is easily inducted by the 440 baseball writers. Mike Piazza also clears the 75% hurdle with 83% of the vote.
Final 2015 MLB 40-man payroll totals are released.:
The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with a $291,056,310 payroll.