One of the most puzzling trends in baseball awards voting over the years has been (some) voters’ attempts to tie themselves in knots over the meaning of the word “value.” The Most Valuable Player award, they posit, must go to a player who plays for a playoff team. Their flip-side argument often looks something like this: If a team is losing with a great player on the roster, it can also lose without him.
Jonah Keri goes up, up, and away with Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Dave Van Horne about Jonah naming his book after Dave’s signature call; his 32 years with the Expos, starting at their inception in 1969; great players such as Rusty S…
Jonah Keri goes around the horn with Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno of the Sonoma Stompers about becoming the first women since the 1950s to play on a men’s professional baseball team; at what point most young girls get pushed from baseball …
In the most eventful trade deadline day in franchise history, the Texas Rangers pulled off two major trades, and cemented themselves as one of the favorites to win the World Series. Still, the most emblematic moment of the day for the ballclub didn’t happen in their board room, or even during a Rangers game.
At long last, it’s trade deadline day! Sure, teams have been making deals for weeks now and can continue to do for the rest of the season (assuming the players they trade pass through the complicated waiver system). Still, the last day for non-waiver deals can often produce unexpected and spectacular drama.
One year ago yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a blockbuster trade. In a six-player deal, they landed All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (and reliever LaTroy Hawkins), giving up an impressive package of young talent, led by top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman.
Two days later, they shot the moon again, sending talented young left-handers Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris to the Tigers as part of a four-player deal that brought back ace southpaw David Price.
Jonah Keri spars with Brian Kenny (anchor for MLB Network) about fighting the analytics fight in 2016; embracing the debate; covering boxing as compared to baseball; what makes a boxing fan; the future of boxing; the best player in baseball; t…
The New York Yankees just did something they hadn’t done in 27 years: They became sellers ahead of the trade deadline. Their best bet for long-term success is to keep going.
On Monday, the Yanks dealt closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, swingman Adam Warren and Class A outfielder Rashad Crawford.
With just one week to go until the trade deadline, nearly every team in baseball figures to explore the market for one particular asset, either buying or selling it. That asset? Relief pitching.
This week’s four featured teams could all play major roles in that bullpen-swapping bonanza. The Brewers have a loaded ‘pen, which has other teams burning up the phone lines.
If you’re a 90s kid, you remember Ken Griffey Jr.’s greatest moment like it was yesterday. High-pressure situation, everything on the line. Loudmouth in the peanut gallery heckling him. Everything rests on one throw from his powerful left arm. Junior eyes his target, winds up … and gets interrupted by an adoring fan.