The 30: Nationals Grab the Top Spot, Giants Plummet Toward the Abyss

Published April 24, 2017

Three years removed from their third World Series title in five tries, the Giants are mired in dead last. Seven years removed from their last better-than-.500 season, the Rockies are in first. Also in the news: a jolting 80-game PED suspension, a 2016 doormat taunting the defending champs, and a KBO import hitting like Barry Bonds.

Jonah Keri Sitdown with Justin Trudeau: Canada’s Prime Minister Talks Sports, Immigration, Montreal and More

Published April 24, 2017

The prime minister of Canada is a hugger.

Justin Trudeau and I had just wrapped up an hourlong interview in a high-ceiling sitting room across the street from Parliament. I thanked him for his time and was about to start collecting my stuff to walk out, when the PM took a step toward me, and offered an embrace.

Keri the 10: Legalize PEDs, Baby Bombers are Fun and More MLB Observations

Published April 21, 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of Keri The 10! As always, we’ll go around the majors with 10 stories that caught our eye from the past seven days. There will be numbers, and occasionally, memes. As always, we will have fun.

1. In the battle against PEDs, there’s now only one logical course of action …

Legalize everything.

Blue Jays Mail Bag: Are Playoffs Already Out of Reach?

Published April 20, 2017

Welcome to the first installment of Sportsnet’s Blue Jays Mailbag!

Once a month throughout the season, we’ll ask you for burning questions about the home nine. We’ll then pick a few of our favourite submissions for answers. Got a question for a future ‘Bag?

Submit your questions to @Sportsnet on Twitter and Facebook using hashtag #JaysMailbag and we’ll answer as many of your queries as possible!

Behind the Scenes with Tim Raines on His Exclusive Trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Published April 18, 2017

COOPERSTOWN, NY — Every once in a great while, we hear something that takes our breath away. For Tim Raines, that moment happened on a recent Wednesday morning in Cooperstown.

Erik Strohl, vice president of exhibitions and collections for the Baseball Hall of Fame, had just led Raines, his wife Shannon, his six-year-old twin daughters Ava and Amelie, Raines’ agent and good friend Randy Grossman, and two Canadian writers on a tour of the Hall.

Keri the 10: Marlins Cat, the Next Andrew Miller and More MLB Observations

Published April 14, 2017

Another week, another 10 stories to follow in the world of baseball. Let’s go!

1. Failing with RISP means losing … but it’s also nothing to worry about.
No team in baseball has fared worse with runners in scoring position over the first week and a half than the Toronto Blue Jays have: Through their first nine games, Jays hitters are batting a miserable .143 with RISP.

A Conversation Between Jonah Keri and Gail Miller: Jazz Owner’s Move to Keep Team in Utah Forever Could Work in Other Sports

Published April 11, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Everywhere you look, you see professional sports team owners grifting the public.

The grift starts subtly enough. Hey, they say, what would you think about a shiny new stadium for our local team? Problem is, it never ends there. That initial inquiry turns into demands on taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars in their pockets.

The 30: Champs on Top but Three AL Teams in Top Five as New Season, Format Debuts

Published April 10, 2017

Welcome to the season premiere of The 30! Throughout the year at, I’ll break down the biggest stories in baseball, while ranking all 30 teams.

Fair warning: These are not your typical rankings. If you want a simple accounting of wins and losses, consult MLB’s standings page.