For most Major League Baseball teams, the trade deadline is a chance to step back and take stock of the franchise’s trajectory.
For most Major League Baseball teams, the trade deadline is a chance to step back and take stock of the franchise’s trajectory.
The All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. The Astros, who lead the American League West, put Correa on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after he hurt himself taking a swing against Seattle.
The Yankees were determined to improve their 2017 playoff chances and 2018 roster all while not devastating 2019 and beyond.
BOSTON -- Your move, Dave Dombrowski. As the Boston Red Sox played yet another marathon -- a 15-inning, 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays that began in the rain Tuesday night and ended with Hanley Ramirez's walk-off homer at 1:09 a.m.
Andrew Friedman's friends in the industry and executives who've dealt with the Los Angeles Dodgers' president of baseball operations through the years can attest that he is no fan of July transactions.
Those same strategies used in arbitration provide valuable lessons to millions of others now engaged in a process that has become a summer ritual like the All-Star Game: the mid-year performance review.
With the all-star break in the rearview mirror, it's time for second half of the MLB season to get underway. Here are the story lines that will shape the rest of the season. USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles has a lot to smile about. The Dodgers are not just the hottest team in baseball but on a breakneck pace that could put the 2017 club among the greatest in their rich franchise history. At 64-29 following a sweep of the Miami Marlins, the Dodgers have a .
CLEVELAND — It was 71 degrees at game time — which was 7:10 p.m. back in Chicago — when Josh Tomlin threw a baseball with 108 stitches to Dexter Fowler. This was the start of Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, when the Chicago Cubs faced elimination against the Cleveland Indians.
The drought, as all eventually do, ended with help from above.
CLEVELAND -- At least it didn't take anything special to wipe out the longest title drought in the history of professional sports. Only the greatest World Series Game 7 ever played. That's all. Move over, Jack Morris and Luis Gonzalez. Tell Ralph Terry and Madison Bumgarner they had a great run.
HUDSON, N.C. — Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung open the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl.
CLEVELAND—What would you have done to see this happen? Chicago Cubs, World Series champions.
CLEVELAND -- All right. Take a deep breath now. Try to take this all in. There is actually going to be a World Series between (caution: the surgeon general advises you to inhale here) the Chicago Cubs and (please exhale slowly here) the Cleveland Indians. And no, not on your PlayStation.
CHICAGO — All day long on the North Side of this baseball-obsessed city, fans in blue Cubs sweatshirts and caps moved nervously about town. There was still a festive buzz and a sense of excitement, but it was cut with a palpable edginess.
THE HEAVENS—Following a 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians that clinched the team’s first World Series title since 1908, sources confirmed Wednesday that millions of intoxicated Chicago Cubs fans are currently rioting across Heaven.
CLEVELAND — The Chicago Cubs won the World Series here Wednesday night for the young, the old and the long dead, too. Of course these Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in 10 thrilling, brain-warping innings in Game 7 for themselves, for their own joy and glory.
CLEVELAND — As the clubhouse cleared out early Wednesday morning, after the Chicago Cubs had forced Game 7 of this rollicking World Series with the Cleveland Indians, Ben Zobrist was asked if he had dreamed of a chance like this. Zobrist is 35 and has played 11 seasons in the major leagues.
When a team goes 108 years without winning a World Series, it ends up with a fanbase full of old people who have literally waited their whole lives to see the team win it all.
Not a drop of Champagne dotted the salt-and-pepper hair or clean-shaven face of Dayton Moore as he sat along the bench inside the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field, the home these last three nights for the greatest Royals team in a generation.
With so many different powerful personas in baseball, here are some of the ones who have the most influence on the future of the game. USA TODAY Sports ST.
After all that teeth-gnashing over the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 NLCS deficit against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the city of Chicago slept easier Wednesday night, thanks to the the Cubs series-tying 10-2 victory in Game 4.
CLEVELAND -- Every year along Lake Michigan, they shut down the famous Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
CLEVELAND -- Try as they might, baseball executives can rarely predict the moves that will transform a franchise. For the Cleveland Indians, that move happened on July 31, 2010. Leading up to the trade deadline that year, the contending San Diego Padres and St.
The Kansas City Royals seemed an unlikely champion in the preseason. One projection machine (PECOTA) forecast a paltry 72-win season for the team. FanGraphs predicted 79 wins and a 0.8 percent chance of winning the World Series.
The 2016 Red Sox failed to win the pennant, but with former Sox dotting the Chicago and Cleveland rosters, the Indians dugout and the Cubs front office, the glory days of Boston baseball are having an outsize influence on this postseasonThe Red Sox didn’t win the pennant this year, but there’s s
London, Washington, Paris, Rome. The world’s capital cities are renowned, learned by rote, and visited by millions. But what about those other less well known capital cities, not the capitals of countries but of products and games and states of mind? What about the other capitals of the world?
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Ventura, 25, helped the Royals win the World Series in 2015 and was renowned for his fastball, which he regularly threw at speeds in excess of 100mph.
Down 2-0 in the World Series to the Royals’ contact-hitting, run-suppressing juggernaut, the Mets head home for Games 3, 4, and 5 this weekend, trying to become the 14th team to come back out of 79 that have lost the first two games of a postseason best-of-seven.
CLEVELAND — For more than eight months, from the start of spring training to the start of Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, David Ross felt as if his baseball life had become the stuff of big-screen fiction, if not straight-up fantasy.
When Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, he told reporters he was “ready for the next big challenge.” And what a challenge it was: The Cubs were coming off of a 71-win season, without much help on the way.
In order to strengthen your mind and build mental toughness, you need to work it the same way you would work your muscles in the gym. This mental workout helps you refocus and visualize success in tough times, and only takes 100 seconds of your day to complete.
Let’s Go Mets! Let’s Go Mets! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, the real stuff: With the World Series approaching (Let’s Go Mets! …huh, maybe it wasn’t all out of the way) it means it’s also the time of year for media pundits to be talking about exactly how many people are watch
I remember the exact moment my Mets fandom crested: , when Todd Hundley cranked a pinch-hit solo homer to put the Mets up 4-3 in the 11th inning in Houston. Turk Wendell, that rosin-tossing freak show with the lethal slider, blanked the Astros in the bottom half to clinch the win.
Thank you... thank you. It appears we have some Cub fans here today. Alright, let’s get right to it then: how many of you are Cub fans? How many are Red Sox fans? how many are Yankee fans? I see. Yankee fans, the exits are located on either side toward the back...
CLEVELAND -- The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a mind-blowing, nerve-jangling, heart-stopping mess of a game, a 10-inning acid trip that tested the limits of your sanity, made baseball history and ended 108 years of anxiety.
Watch Game 7 of the 2016 World Series live on Fox at 8 p.m. ET, or stream it on Fox Sports Go by clicking here.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Imagine a star-spangled outfield of Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper. Imagine a red-white-and-blue pitching staff of Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Corey Kluber at the start and Zach Britton at the end. Keep imagining.
CLEVELAND -- Indians center fielder Rajai Davis cranked a ball Wednesday night that briefly made Cleveland sports history, unleashing a feeling of pure joy unlike anything he had ever felt.
When your team hasn't won a World Series in 68, or 108, years, you look for any kind of help, even divine intervention. And just in case you missed it...
People say a lot of things about the postseason. Here's one thing that I completely agree with: Anything can happen. Everyone has tried to find a Holy Grail for predicting the playoffs. In recent years, popular explanations have focused on contact rate for offense and bullpen dominance on defense.
149 diggs Sports Video After his Rhode Island team was eliminated from the Little League World Series, this coach delivered a welcome dose of perspective and encouragement to his teary-eyed troops.
This story appears in the Oct. 26, 2015, issue of Sports Illustrated. To subscribe, click here. A waning gibbous moon hung like a medallion over Charlestown, N.H., on the first clear night after a three-day nor’easter.
Bill Belichick is obviously a football coach of many talents. He has a unique ability to identify players who can help his team win. Belichick motivates his players in various ways that are not always apparent but are usually successful. He prepares his team like no other coach in football.
In a spectacle as unpredictable and inexplicable as the World Series, the easiest person to watch, analyze, and blame is the team manager. One of the core joys of the World Series is that it’s everywhere.
The number of decisions we make and the complexity of the problems we solve sometimes exceeds the brain’s capacity. To respond faster and more efficiently to the multiple demands of daily life without having to reinvent the wheel, our brains streamline the decision-making process.
Keith Olbermann tells stories about the real man behind the voice of the Dodgers. On Friday, April 9th, 2004, Royce Clayton of the Colorado Rockies—his new dreadlocks cascading out from under his helmet—strode to the plate at Dodger Stadium to lead off the top of the 8th.
WASHINGTON — Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An unmistakable electricity ran through Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Friday as a team from Pennsylvania faced a team from Tennessee on the second day of the Little League World Series. Outside the stadium, fans and family members were enjoying a pleasant afternoon.
After waiting 108 years, the Chicago Cubs finally reclaimed a World Series title on Wednesday night. Fans can now say the curse they once blamed for their championship drought is finally gone, and they must now adjust to post-curse living. For fans of the Chicago Cubs, next year is finally here.
Pat Hughes has thought about it. Hell, how could he not? Hughes has been the radio voice of the Chicago Cubs for the past 21 years and his beloved team is just two wins away from its first World Series title since 1908.
I played the World Series of Poker for the first time in 2011. Having been consistently winning at the biggest stakes available in San Francisco (which are a lot lower than the biggest stakes in Vegas), I wondered if I might have a shot at showing well in the tournament.
In this post, I’ll show you how Phil Gordon trained me in 5 days to have a fighting chance against pro poker players. Here’s the video teaser. Before we filmed the experience for The Tim Ferriss Experiment (currently the #1 TV Season on iTunes), I had never played a hand of poker.
The Chicago Cubs were in the process of doing something very Cubs-ian Tuesday night. They went down 5-2 in the fifth inning of Game 4 of their National League Division Series matchup against the San Francisco Giants, a day after losing Game 3 in 13 gut-wrenching innings.
Cubs president Theo Epstein was the honored speaker at the Yale College’s Class Day at his alma mater, Yale University, on Sunday. Below is a transcript of Epstein’s speech to the Class of 2017. Looks like I’m lucky and there are some Cubs fans here today.
CHICAGO — When the Cleveland Indians arrived in town, they were viewed as a prop.
The Verge's Walt Mossberg today wrote a critical article on Apple's Siri personal assistant, exploring the service's shortcomings, mistakes, and inability to answer some simple questions that competing products have no problem with.
Elo ratings are FiveThirtyEight’s favorite method for comparing teams across different eras — we’ve previously used them to explore the history of the NBA and NFL. The ratings are an intentionally simple measure of team strength based on the final score, location and date of a team’s games.
"Now batting for the Yankees ... No. 2 ... Derek ... Jeter ... No. 2." For two decades, those words preceded a host of iconic moments at the plate. Jeter won five World Series rings in his surefire Hall of Fame career. He smacked 3,465 career hits.
It’s such an inviting word: window. Just look at those first three letters. Everyone wants to win, right? As spring training opens this week, in Florida and Arizona, there’s powerful symbolism in opening a window to a new season, drinking in the blue sky and dreaming of the best.
CLEVELAND — If you are going to endure years — no, generations — of futility and heartbreak, when you do finally win a World Series championship, it may as well be a memorable one.
The World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas in 2014. When Annie competed in this event, just 3 percent of the entrants were women. Annie Duke was about to win $2 million.
Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankees championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and the Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly b
Many, if not most, baseball fans have a partisan interest in the wild-card race, whether they like the Cardinals, hate the Mets, or get weirded out by Félix Hernández’s neck tattoo. But what are those few leftover neutral fans to do? Exactly what I tell them.