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.
Your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. The forecast calls for thundershowers, in between bouts of 95 and muggy. You need to finish your TPS report, and you’re dead tired, underfed, and running on fumes.
Friend, what you need is a little pick-me-up. Come along for a whimsical ride.
At a certain point in the season, we need to start treating Cinderella teams as more than harmless little surprises. We’re nearing the midpoint of the season, and the underdog Brewers and Rockies remain in first place, with the upstart Diamondbacks in hot pursuit.
Is it time to label these three teams as true contenders?
The Astros are the hottest team in baseball, the Baby Bombers are getting help from an unlikely source, and the American League Central looks like a battle of attrition.
It’s the AL edition of The 30. Enjoy.
Boss yelling in your ear? Dog ate your favorite slippers? Toddler ran away to start his own Fyre Festival (only with more cookies)?
Don’t fret, we’ve got just the thing to cheer you up. It’s The Fun Report, May edition!
Don’t mess with Joey Votto
Certainly not when he’s in the batter’s box.
In two of the National League’s three divisions, everything looks upside down. Considered a contender at the start of the season, the Giants have been wallowing near the bottom of the league. Viewed as a strong threat to repeat as World Series champs, the Cubs are fighting to keep their heads above .500.