Tag: Baseball

The 30: Highlighting Four MVP-Caliber Seasons in Power Rankings

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.

Dave Van Horne

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…

Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno of the Sonoma Stompers

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 …

Why You Don’t Need to Make Big Trades to Win Big and the Blue Jays Are Proving It

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.

Brian Kenny

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 Yankees Have the Trade Chips to Build a Bright Future if They Continue Selling

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.

The 30: Four Teams Seeking Relief in This Week’s MLB Power Rankings

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.