For six months, baseball’s biggest stars have given us countless episodes of joy. Diving catches, goofy celebrations, and everything Adrian Beltre does have made our lives that much brighter.
With the regular season ended, we’ve got one more roundup of MLB shenanigans. It’s the 2017 finale of The Fun Report.
There’s one week left in the regular season, and most of the playoff scenarios are set. Still, many stories remain to be told.
How will this year’s postseason combatants fare in October? What does the future hold for this year’s also-rans? What kind of changes will we see between now and Opening Day 2018?
Scott Hatteberg and Miguel Tejada. Billy Beane and Art Howe. A bestseller and a Brad Pitt movie. Twenty in a row. These are the figures that Cleveland’s trying to take down as it makes a run at history.
Cleveland’s 18 straight wins highlight what could be an eventful September in the American League.
We’ve reached the home stretch of the Major League Baseball season, and everything’s moving so fast. The wild AL wild-card race seems to reshuffle daily; Giancarlo Stanton’s home-run odometer keeps clicking; blockbuster deadline deals make us rethink what the playoffs might hold.
With all of that swirling around us, it’s nice to fall back on dependable old favorites.
Everyone is playing for something, even this late in the season.
In the NL Central, three teams are playing for the division crown. In the wild-card race, slowdowns by the Rockies and Diamondbacks could open the door for upstart contenders. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are merely playing for the title of best team of all time.
Being a baseball fan usually means rooting for excellence. We cheer for tape-measure home runs and dominant pitching performances. Ten-game winning streaks. No-hitters. The rare hitting streak that can even start to threaten DiMaggio. This is usually what we want to see.
But this season, baseball’s biggest source of excitement is emanating from an entirely different place: mediocrity.
Baseball’s trade deadline can be a stressful time of year for every fan.
Is your team a seller? Then you might have to say goodbye to a favorite veteran player, shipped off to some far-flung locale in the name of rebuilding. Is your team a buyer? Then you might have to sweat things out for a decade or more, wondering if you’ve just watched a future Hall of Famer get away.
We’re one week from the non-waiver trade deadline, and already multiple teams have pulled off notable deals. What lies ahead in the next seven days? Let’s check in with all 30 teams.
They’re a loaded team, armed with youth and veterans, stars and invaluable role players. They’re a venerable franchise, rolling over the rest of the National League and eyeing the end of a long World Series drought.
The 2017 Dodgers look a lot like the 2016 Cubs right now.
Baseball can be a partisan game. As much as we might appreciate a star player’s greatness from a distance, fans still tend to close ranks around their own favorite teams. It’s rare to find a baseball moment that all fans can appreciate, regardless of geography and allegiances.
All of that changed on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.