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article February 22, 2017

10 Things To Love About Spring Games

In case you didn't notice, the 2017 baseball season has officially begun. No, the regular season hasn't started. But exhibition games are underway! So with that in mind, here are 10 things everyone can love about MLB's exhibition season. More»
SpringTrainingOddities1 article February 20, 2017

Oddest Spring Storylines So Far

Spring Training isn't just a source of optimism, but strangeness. And that strangeness comes at us in waves in the spring's first days, when a flurry of news stories emanate out of camps as players give their first interviews and everything feels brand new. More»
GettyImages-480555524 article February 15, 2017

Key Players Making Comebacks In '17

Around this time of year, there's usually some unfortunate injury news that rattles a few teams. But we're not focusing on that right now. Instead, we're going to discuss players returning from 2016 injury wores who could play major roles in '17. More»
MLB-PaceofPlay article February 13, 2017

10 Crazy Ways to Speed Up Baseball

With so much rules talk on the table right now when it comes to speeding up the game of baseball, let's generate some levels of loopy. Here, just for laughs, are some truly oddball ways to increase action and/or get to the gist. More»
USATSI_9525222 article February 8, 2017

5 Key Questions For Spring Training

Will there be a blockbuster trade? Where will Matt Wieters and the remaining free agents end up? What about the players switching positions? These are just a few of the most intriguing Spring Training questions you should pay attention to. More»
GettyImages-598776886 article February 6, 2017

MLB Teams That Could Be Next Pats

The New England Patriots just won their fifth Super Bowl championship since 2001. It has certainly been one of the greatest stretches of success in sports history. With that in mind, are there any teams that could take over MLB for a decade-plus? Maybe ... More»
USATSI_9539974 article February 2, 2017

Underrated MLB Teams To Watch In '17

Nowadays, there's usually an MLB team that goes from cellar-dweller one year to contention the next. And sometimes it's not as clear as you'd think. So here are a few underrated teams that could make some unexpected noise in 2017. More»
MillerIndians article January 30, 2017

Believeland Still Has Faith In 2017

No, it ain't the 1990s, when the Indians played in front of 455 straight sellouts and were an absolute American League powerhouse for half a decade. But it's a reasonable proximity that puts enormous -- and welcomed -- pressure on the 2017 club. More»
underrated article January 25, 2017

MLB's All-Underrated Team For 2017

The goal of this annual column is not just to identify an underrated player at every position, as the headline suggests, but to do so as objectively as possible. "Underrated," after all, can be an overrated term. Let's see who made the cut. More»
EdwinIndians article January 22, 2017

10 Most Surprising Offseason Moves

It may not have been an absolutely shocking offseason, but the Hot Stove still had plenty of unexpected moves. From the Adam Eaton trade to Boston's replacement for David Ortiz, here are the 10 biggest surprises. More»
HallofFameClasses article January 19, 2017

Best Hall of Fame Classes In History

Baseball HOF classes like the one announced Wednesday, when three players gained entry, are rare. But this helps make up for lost time. Let's look back and see which BBWAA-inducted Hall hauls had the most star power. More»
GettyImages-612594822 article January 16, 2017

Jays & Jose: A Match That Makes Sense

Most of Major League Baseball's teams don't seem to want slugger Jose Bautista. But the Toronto Blue Jays, once again, might be the team that gives Joey Bats an opportunity to prove all of those teams wrong should the two sides strike a deal. More»
trumbobautista article January 15, 2017

Wait Continues For Trumbo, Joey Bats

As of now, no team in Major League Baseball has been willing to give up a Draft pick in order to sign sluggers Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo. It would be very unlikely, but is there a chance that they're not signed when the 2017 season starts? More»
PredictionsCastro article January 12, 2017

33 Bold Pre-Spring Predictions

We've got 33 days until the first pitcher and catcher report dates in Florida and Arizona, and so here are 33 predictions for the rest of the winter. Some are substantive, some not. All of them intend to make the wait for spring a little more tolerable. More»
pricehayward article January 8, 2017

Which Free-Agent Busts Will Pay Off?

One thing we can all agree on when it comes to the Hot Stove season is that we never know which moves will work. Sometimes, mega-deals turn into busts. We'll look at last year's signings that didn't pan out -- and their outlooks in 2017. More»
compelling article January 5, 2017

17 Most Intriguing MLB People For '17

It's a new year. So forget about everything that happened during the 2016 season (sorry, Cubs fans). With a new season comes new compelling storylines. So here are the 17 most intriguing people in Major League Baseball for 2017. More»
Mets-Offseason article January 2, 2017

Teams With Most Offseason Work Left

Not much has been happening in the MLB Hot Stove lately. That should change when a variety of moves gaining momentum lately. Every club is still active, of course, but here are six contending teams with some heavy lifting left to do this offseason. More»
ResolutionsMLB article December 28, 2016

30 Teams, 30 New Year's Resolutions

Pitchers and catchers report in less than two months, but we're already thinking about fresh starts with the New Year upon us. Here is one 2017 resolution for every Major League ballclub, listed here in order of 2016 finish. More»
bondsclemens article December 22, 2016

Upswing: Bonds & Roger's HOF Chances

When it comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame voting, something different is going on this year: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are getting more support. While the public polls might not be entirely accurate, it's still an interesting development. More»
Encarnacion article December 18, 2016

Edwing and a Prayer: Who'll Land EE?

The Edwin Encarnacion market is anybody's guess at this point. So here's a handy rundown of every team that could conceivably be in on the 1B/DH at this point and their chances of landing him, on a scale of one to five parrots. More»

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