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article April 28, 2017

The 10 Worst Hitters Of 2017 So Far

The 2017 season is already one-eighth over. That's not nothing. A lot can happen in 20 games, and some teams and players have dug themselves into holes that look hard to get out of. With that in mind, here are the 10 worst hitters in the league so far. More»
GettyImages-672253764 article April 27, 2017

These 6 Could Be The Next Eric Thames

Eric Thames is fulfilling the dream of many ballplayers who struggled in the Majors. The league just didn't work out for him, so he went overseas, dominated over there, came back and dominated here. So who could be the next Thames? More»
GettyImages-673304222 article April 26, 2017

Let's Leave Thames Alone: He's Great

Eric Thames is on fire right now, having already hit 11 home runs this season. But he doesn't get to talk about his performance. Instead, he has to talk about performance-enhancing drug suspicions that others have. We should appreciate him instead. More»
AP_349757642553 article April 25, 2017

Finding Great Multi-Sport Analysts

Back in the day, Bill Walton used to be an NBC Olympic volleyball analyst. True story. And Phil Simms was a weightlifting analyst in 1996. Crazy, right? This made me think about which current sports analysts would best transfer to other sports. More»
GettyImages-671315056 article April 24, 2017

In Heated Series, Pedroia Has Sanity

Manny Machado slid hard into second base and accidentally injured Boston's Dustin Pedroia on Friday. But throughout the aftermath -- because in baseball, there must be an aftermath -- Pedroia was the most reasonable player. More»
DiveFiveNHL article April 21, 2017

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

With the NHL and NBA playoffs going on right now, there will be plenty of games over the weekend that will keep your butt firmly on the couch. Oh, plus there's a whole lot of baseball. So here's what you should be keeping an eye on. More»
USATSI_10016222 article April 21, 2017

2017's 1st MLB Playoff Odds Report

Welcome to 2017's first installment of our Playoff Odds Report Tracker, based on Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds Report. This should tell us more about the MLB standings than the actual standings, and we'll be back on the 21st of every month. More»
GettyImages-668883018 article April 20, 2017

April's WAR Lords May Surprise

We will be three weeks into the season at the end of this weekend. That's nothing, of course. But who wants to have some fun anyway? I do. So let's take a very early and irresponsible look at the top 22 players right now in terms of WAR. More»
USATSI_10003601 article April 19, 2017

Starling Suspension: Facts Vs. Fiction

The world of Major League Baseball was rocked on Tuesday when it was announced that Starling Marte was suspended after testing positive for PEDs. But there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Let's sort through them. More»
GettyImages-662037894 article April 18, 2017

A Visit to the Braves' SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park, the new stadium for the Atlanta Braves, is a lovely ballpark. Now that it's no longer in the city, it's a little bit of a hassle to get out to, but it's still a destination venue. And baseball is always worth the journey. More»
GettyImages-669231328 article April 17, 2017

Watching As Thomas Plays In Pain

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is going through the most difficult time of his life. But because he's an athlete, what should be private mourning for Thomas becomes public, and the pain in his life gets consumed by everyone. It shouldn't be like this. More»
DetroitST-1 article April 14, 2017

Detroit Sports: By The Numbers

It's time to get down to the nitty-gritty, take the lessons we've learned from this "Sports Tourist" installment, and finally give the city of Detroit a score. It's our duty -- this is sports, so there must be a competition. It's been fun, Motor City! More»
Leitch-Comerica article April 13, 2017

Sports Help Give Motown Mojo Again

Detroit has been through a lot over the past decade or so. And just three years ago, the city went bankrupt. But it's a city now on the rise, especially the downtown area where Comerica Park, the home of the Tigers, currently sits. More»
DetroitPalace article April 12, 2017

No Malice for End of Palace

While the final Detroit Red Wings game at the Joe Louis Arena had a nostalgic feeling, the final farewell to the Palace Of Auburn Hills was different. It was straightforward. The Pistons are getting out of the way, and the fan base is fine with that. More»
JoeLouis1 article April 11, 2017

Fond Farewell To Joe Louis Arena

On Sunday, Red Wings fans and the city of Detroit finally said goodbye to Joe Louis Arena. But it wasn't a sad occasion, though -- the fans knew it was time to say farewell. It was a massive celebration instead. It will certainly be missed. More»
Leitch-SportsTouristDetroit article April 10, 2017

'Sports Tourist' Heads To Detroit

I'm in Detroit for the next installment of our Leitch Across America series (which we're now dubbing the "Sports Tourist"). Many years ago, I made the mistake of bailing on this town. I gotta say, the city looks terrific now. More»
GettyImages-665426106 article April 7, 2017

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

There will be a whole lot of Major League Baseball to watch this weekend. Plus, the NBA and NHL seasons are finally wrapping up. Oh, don't forget about the third and final rounds of the Masters. Here's what you should be clicking on. More»
GettyImages-664251830 article April 7, 2017

A Tribute To Arenas of Days Past

On Sunday, we will be saying goodbye to Joe Louis Arena after the Detroit Red Wings play their final game there. In honor of the legendary venue, let's look back at the most recently deceased arenas and stadiums in sports. More»
GettyImages-72725867 article April 6, 2017

Chasing An Epic Wire-to-Wire Season

Only five teams in MLB history have ever won a wire-to-wire championship: being in first place in the division all year AND winning a World Series. It's a baseball Secretariat. The Chicago Cubs didn't even pull it off in 2016 -- it's just that rare. More»
GettyImages-514124936 article April 5, 2017

CBB's Tortured Fan Base Rankings

North Carolina just won its sixth college basketball national championship. And while the rich get richer, the rest of us get poorer. That means it's time to break out the top 25 rankings of the most tortured, or desperate, college hoops fan bases. More»

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