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

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

Hard-throwing righty Hunter Greene makes Cincinnati Reds’ season-opening rotation

GOODYEAR, Arizona — Hunter Greene has cracked the Cincinnati Reds’ season-opening rotation. The second overall pick from the 2017 draft reached 104 mph with his fastball in Triple-A last season and could be one of the most exciting rookies in baseball this year. The right-hander will pitch behind Opening Day starter Tyler Mahle during a … Read more

Phillies’ Nick Castellanos hits another homer at untimely time

Broadcasters beware: Nick Castellanos did it again. With the Phillies hosting the Giants on Monday, NBC Sports Philadelphia play-by-play man Tom McCarthy took a moment in the bottom of the second inning to describe a new feature at Citizen’s Bank Park. The American Gold Star Mothers Chair of Honor will be an unoccupied seat that will … 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

San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson says he was slapped by Cincinnati Reds’ Tommy Pham over fantasy football beef

San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson said Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham slapped him before Friday’s series opener over a dispute about their fantasy football league. While the Giants warmed up in the outfield, Pham confronted Pederson and smacked him in the cheek before the pair was separated. “It was a surprise,” Pederson told reporters. … Read more

Cincinnati Reds’ Tommy Pham suspended three games for slapping San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham on Saturday said he agreed to a three-game suspension for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson in the cheek over a fantasy football dispute prior to Friday’s game. MLB said Pham was suspended for “inappropriate conduct” and was also fined. The suspension was retroactive to Friday and runs through … Read more

Which surging teams are in a tight race for a top-5 spot?

The last week in baseball, a couple powerhouse offenses stuttered, while squads that seemed destined for a skid have started stringing together wins. We’re just seven weeks into the MLB season, so there’s plenty of baseball left to play. Will the surging San Diego Padres be able to catch up to the Los Angeles Dodgers … Read more