The 30: Who’s No. 1 in the First MLB Power Rankings of 2017?

Published February 24, 2017

Wait a minute! Do you hear that? The pop of catchers’ mitts, the chatter around the diamond, the glorious thud of flipped bats crashing onto the grass … baseball is back, baby!

Welcome to year two of The 30 here at SI.com. All season long, I’ll rank all 30 major league teams and delve into the biggest stories swirling around the game.


Nationals Need World Series More Than Anyone Now That Cubs’ Drought Is Over

Published February 24, 2017

With Chicago still celebrating months after the fact, we can safely cross the Cubs off the top of our list of franchises with the greatest sense of World Series urgency. No team will come close to matching the buildup that comes with a 108-year drought, of course. Still, if any organization would seem particularly anxious to win big and win soon, it might be the Nationals.


Over/Under Bet Picks for 2017: Buy Low on the A’s, Sell High on the Royals

Published February 16, 2017

2016 was The Year of the Chicago Cubs . The North Siders broke the longest title-less streak in baseball history, ending 108 years of misery and sending the city of Chicago into a state of euphoria that still hasn’t stopped.

Still, the Cubs’ impact in one sphere hasn’t been fully appreciated.


How the Blue Jays Will Try to Win With Depth This Season

Published February 16, 2017

It’s been a wild and crazy off-season for the Blue Jays.

Management tacked a self-destructive take-it-or-leave-it clause onto its offer for Edwin Encarnacion then watched as Encarnacion signed for millions less with a big American League rival in Cleveland. Jose Bautista sat in limbo for months before the Jays snatched him back up on a favourable one-year deal.


Q&A with Rajai Davis: Art of Baserunning and That World Series Game 7 Home Run

Published February 10, 2017

It’s a moment all baseball players dream of from the moment they first pick up a bat: Hitting a dramatic home run in Game 7 of the World Series. Rajai Davis waited 36 years and 1,219 major-league games (counting regular season and playoffs) to pull it off. His game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7, off the hardest-throwing pitcher of all time, sent shockwaves throughout the baseball world.


Q&A with Rajai Davis: Rickey Henderson, the Art of Base-Stealing and Getting to MLB

Published February 10, 2017

It’s a moment all baseball players dream of from the moment they first pick up a bat: Hitting a dramatic home run in Game 7 of the World Series. Rajai Davis waited 36 years and 1,219 major-league games (counting regular season and playoffs) to pull it off. His game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7, off the hardest-throwing pitcher of all time, sent shockwaves throughout the baseball world.


Stick to Sports? Jackie Robinson’s Birthday Reminds Us Sports and Politics Mix

Published February 1, 2017

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson’s birthday. On this day, as on the April 15 anniversary of his first major-league game, we sports fans celebrate one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and one of the most revered heroes in American history.

The lens of perception tends to soften over time.


2016 Belonged to Cubs, but Here’s Why Dodgers Could Reign in 2017 and Beyond

Published January 26, 2017

A Cy Young-winning ace in his prime. A Rookie of the Year-winning, world-beating infielder about to win a bunch more hardware in the years to come. A Manager of the Year-winning skipper liked and respected by everyone in the organization. A front office loaded with forward-thinking minds who value both present and future success.


Why Tim Raines Making the Hall of Fame Means So Much to a Kid from Montreal

Published January 19, 2017

The first time I ever walked into a Major League Baseball stadium was August 1, 1982. I was 7 years old. My grandfather, Elek Keri, took me there.

Olympic Stadium was weird and unique for many reasons. Every sign, every hot dog stand, every player introduction was bilingual — French and English, just like the city of Montreal.