MLB Power Rankings: The Padres reach a season high and the Phillies are flying

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. The first time Ozzie Smith made an All-Star team was 1981, and The Wizard was … Read more

Was Tony La Russa’s intentional walk of Trea Turner the worst in MLB history? A ranking

And you thought the intentional walk had gone the way of Blockbuster, the iPod and those titanium-infused Phiten necklaces that stabilized the body’s energy flow. You were wrong! Turns out, the intentional walk is still part of the game — and, courtesy of Joe Maddon and now Tony La Russa, it gifted us with two … Read more

Son of ex-Los Angeles Dodgers player Steve Sax among five Marines killed in training flight crash

LOS ANGELES — Former Dodgers player Steve Sax says his 33-year-old son, who had always dreamed of being a pilot, was among five U.S. Marines killed during a training flight crash earlier this week in the California desert. Capt. John J. Sax was among the aircrew of an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that went down during … Read more

Seth Lugo ‘overthrew’ amid rare closing opportunity

SAN DIEGO — Seth Lugo’s ninth-inning meltdown against the Dodgers could have been a product of the situation.  In assessing the right-hander’s woes from the previous day, when Lugo surrendered two runs in the ninth inning for a blown save, pitching coach Jeremy Hefner on Monday indicated the reliever was overthrowing, which might have had … Read more

Pete Alonso’s two homers power Mets to big win over rival Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — This year’s Home Run Derby will be held at Dodger Stadium, where the event’s two-time defending champion got into blast mode Saturday night. Pete Alonso smashed two home runs, resurrecting an offense that had been silenced in the first two games of this series and ensuring the Mets would avoid the unchartered … Read more

Nike’s Phil Knight, Dodgers’ Alan Smolinisky make offer to buy Portland Trail Blazers

Nike founder Phil Knight and Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Alan Smolinisky have delivered a written offer of more than $2 billion to purchase the Portland Trail Blazers and plan to remain aggressive in acquiring the team, sources told ESPN on Thursday. Knight and Smolinisky have engaged in discussions with the Paul Allen Trust overseeing the … Read more

2022 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

The two biggest stories of this MLB draft class are: (1) Whoa! That’s the son of [notable big leaguer]; and (2) the upside of the four prep position players at the top. These two issues overlap as the projected top two picks below are the sons of Andruw Jones and Matt Holliday. Also in the … Read more

Buck Showalter has Mets entering telling stretch on perfect note

Of all the baseball gospels Buck Showalter has preached since he took over as Mets manager, the one that resonates through all the rest is this: Keep things as simple as possible. Don’t overcomplicate. Don’t overcompensate. See the ball. Hit the ball. Field the ball. Worry about today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. That … Read more

MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers resume the throne and the Reds are out of the basement

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. Welcome back to the best fantasy football fight club column in the world! I’m Levi … Read more

Memorial Day MLB standings check

It’s Memorial Day, MLB fans! And you know what that means: You can now officially look at the MLB standings. The saying goes, among baseball fans, that you should avoid checking the standings until Memorial Day, which puts us two months into the season. That gives teams time to play enough games to add meaning … Read more