The trades have been made. The season previews have been written. The exhibition games have been played. Baseball is back. Finally. And there are plenty of reasons to be excited, no matter who you root for. Here are the best storylines as Opening Day dawns. More»
It's fair to wonder if the Dodgers can live up to the overwhelming hype surrounding them. With the biggest collection of stars and personalities in one of the biggest media markets, even if they aren't as astounding as hoped, they definitely won't be boring. More»
Nobody doubts that Brett Anderson, a strong young arm for the Oakland A's who was traded to the Rockies this winter for Drew Pomeranz and minor leaguer Chris Jensen, has the talent and ability to pitch very well in the major leagues… if he stays healthy. More»
After a historic performance in his first two major league seasons, the hype surrounding Mike Trout is both well founded and overwhelming. Even the unfailingly polite Trout might be getting tired of talking about Mike Trout, but nobody's tired of seeing him play. More»
At various times throughout his career, Carl Pavano was the butt of jokes in the locker room and the media for how often he was sidelined by injury. Then again, at least one of those injuries was life-threatening, and Pavano managed to put together a solid career despite them. More»
While NBC's Christin Cooper's questions to Bode Miller about his brother, who died last year, created an uncomfortable situation, the real problem wasn't with her: It was with NBC. While the network's personal narrative-driven coverage makes sense, it can go too far. More»
After almost two decades, Derek Jeter announced that 2014 would be his last season. This wasn't a shock, yet the prospect of the Yankees and baseball without him is startling. Can the Captain now find a Hollywood ending to his storybook career? More»
It's amazing, really, given how many ads we all see every day already, that companies still manage to drum up any excitement for Super Bowl commercials. That said, this year's crop was a disparate bunch, with everything from Tim Tebow to Muppets. More»
The signing of Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal undoubtedly makes the Yankees rotation better. But is this move enough to vault them to the top of the AL East? And why do the finances make us squirm a bit? More»
New York Magazine has a collection of emails between Alex Rodriguez and Yankees president Randy Levine, which at first seem to be an unfunny parody, but are apparently real and hilarious. What can we learn from them? More»
Lloyd McClendon knows that his tenure as Pittsburgh's manager was doomed in part by lack of talent. On a Seattle team with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, he won't have that excuse. Can he overcome front office distractions to reach high expectations? More»
The elections of Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee came without much controversy, since they were no-brainer choices. But as the ballot gets more stuffed, will this group do any better than the writers? More»
Robinson Cano's 10-year deal stands out for many reasons. It's been a while since the Yankees let a homegrown superstar leave for more money -- and since the Mariners made such a big, and risky, splash. Did both teams make the right call? More»
The Yankees have reportedly snapped up Brian McCann, the best-hitting catcher on the market, and a significant upgrade behind the plate from their 2013 platoon. More»
You've probably heard by now that Derek Jeter is going into publishing, with a Simon & Schuster imprint that will include nonfiction books for adults as well as children's books and young adult fiction. So what might Jeter Publishing actually put out? More»
You can save your Jaguars, Lions, Panthers and Bengals, because only these football-playing felines will be there on Super Bowl Sunday. Without any hyperbole at all, this may be the most important event Yankees announcer John Sterling has ever called. More»
Only in the postseason are we united in our annoyance at the same endlessly repeated ads, coast to coast. From the oddly bestial Geico ad to the "manly" machine-repairing Viagra user ad, which are the most bizarre commercials on during the playoffs? More»
Managers generally can only make a team a few games better or worse than its players, but for the Reds those few games mattered. Dusty Baker's legacy of immense respect among his players is overshadowed by questionable strategy. More»
If your favorite team has already been eliminated, who should you root for in the playoffs? This handy flowchart will help you choose the best team for you between the remaining ten contenders using important signifiers like bunting and facial hair. More»
When the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks to clinch the NL West, they proceeded to celebrate by splashing around in Chase Field swimming pool. This "controversy" might be hilarious -- if you root for any of the 29 major league teams that are not the Diamondbacks. More»
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