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

Rosenthal: Astros unlikely trade fit for Cubs’ Contreras? Will Judge, Yankees reach arbitration hearing?

It’s the time of year when everyone plays general manager, but some potential trades are not as logical as they might appear. Consider the Astros, whose OPS at catcher is the second-lowest in the majors, and the Cubs’ Willson Contreras, whose OPS at the position is tied for the highest. An obvious fit, right? Not … Read more

Gene Tenace recalls homers, death threats as A’s welcome back 1972 World Series champs

There are conflicting accounts regarding the death threats. Gene Tenace, the A’s catcher who wound up under FBI protection during his torrid 1972 World Series, says the danger surfaced on the day of Game 2, and scattered media reports over the years jibe with that timeline. But archives at the Baseball Hall of Fame offer … 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

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

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

Gammons: While outsiders wonder about the ball, MLB’s pitching coaches fret about finding enough innings

The night before I was at Fenway, the Astros had hit five home runs in the second inning against Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi, who in 2021 allowed 15 homers in 182 1/3 innings while finishing fourth in the American League Cy Young Award voting. The next afternoon, around 2:30 p.m. on a clear, dry 65-degree day … Read more

MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox and Orioles are moving up, Mariners keep sinking

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. Almost every team in baseball has made their way to the quarter mark of the … Read more