Tag: Baseball

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

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.

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

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.

Scott Boras

Jonah Keri negotiates with legendary sports agent Scott Boras about teaching young players to communicate; “mail order brides”; the possibility of an international baseball draft; playing the odds in the amateur baseball draft; nurturing the n…

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

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

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.

Dave Roberts

Jonah Keri manages to steal a few minutes with newly crowned NL Manager of the Year of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and former outfielder, Dave Roberts about his catalyzing stolen base for the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS; his quick transition from pl…

Forrest Griffin

Jonah Keri and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin grapple with weighty topics like strangers picking fights with Forrest; Ronda Rousey; becoming a fan favorite; fight or flight; Forrest’s dark side; from th…