Gerrit Cole on the O's? Cody Bellinger in Houston? We look back at the past decade to assess where teams went wrong and which players they should have taken instead.
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With the draft about two weeks away, here's our latest intel on how things will shake out in Round 1.
The designated hitter is expected to be part of the 2020 season in the NL as well as the AL, so we ranked how every lineup stacks up at the position.
From historic MLB players to still-active stars, every team has its best player who's not in the Hall -- yet. Here are their cases for Cooperstown.
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"There's going to be a little bit of a new normal for being a sports fan" & social distancing's a must, says Chi. Pub. Health Commssr. Dr. Allison Arwady of MLB/other restarts. "That probably means not traveling along with your team, not getting together in your bar, not doing a lot of the things that make sports in our pre-COVID experience fully the experience they are, but I still think it'll be worth it." Re: MLB, see: https://twitter.com/TJQuinnESPN/status/1262778863052087306?s=20
Charles Barkley joins Buster to talk about why hitting a pitch is the most difficult thing to do in sports, being starstruck by Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, calling Mike Trout and Patrick Ewing after he got his coronavirus test results, Tim Kurkjian's basketball skills, going to Auburn the same time as Bo Jackson, people not understanding how hard it is to win, and his love for Max Scherzer (16:56). Plus, Kiley McDaniel on Blake Snell's comments, who he projects to be the top three picks in the draft and the prospect of scouts being laid off after the draft (5:11).
Watching MJ in the minors was motivating for young ballplayers
Picking first overall, will the Tigers reach beyond Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson to snag pitcher Asa Lacy from Texas A&M?
Terry Francona talks to Buster about his days as manager of the Birmingham Barons with Michael Jordan on the squad. Francona dishes stories on the first time he met Jordan, the first time he saw his swing, what Jordan's goals were playing baseball, the famous team bus and setting a screen for Jordan while playing pickup basketball (13:58). Plus, Todd Radom on Chase Field and the weekly quiz (4:01).
In the midst of becoming the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA and set his sights on baseball. The reason? To pay homage to his recently slain father. Jordan training with the White Sox and joining the minor leagues created major media buzz, as ball players and fans criticized the move. ESPN senior writer Steve Wulf was with Sports Illustrated at the time, and his 1994 coverage of Jordan's foray into baseball made news of its own, as it angered MJ himself. Wulf tells us about Michael's efforts to succeed with the Double-A Birmingham Barons, and how Jordan may have been closer than we know to being called up to bigs, had he not returned to basketball.
Remember when the Braves ruled the standings? Kenny Lofton was blazing on the bases? How Ken Griffey Jr. redefined cool? We debate what we loved about baseball in the 1990s.
The numbers and star power are staggering. McGwire and Sosa. Bonds, Griffey and A-Rod. Pedro, Maddux and the Big Unit. And that's just scratching the surface.
We order every MLB champ from the best of the best down to the fluke flags that still fly over major league stadiums.
Eric and Tristan discuss roster construction, simulation stars, pitching trivia and Star Wars!
Scandals, scapegoats, superstars and, yes, the Yankees. Sam Miller judges every October since 1903.
Rays ace Blake Snell won the inaugural MLB The Show Players League on Sunday with a three-game sweep of the White Sox's Lucas Giolito.
With baseball's financial landscape changed, and its season on hold, every franchise has unique but critical choices to make this winter -- particularly when it comes to superstar free agents like Mookie Betts.
The field of baseball's esports elite is down to two, as the 2018 Cy Young winner from the Rays faces off with the White Sox ace Sunday on ESPN. Here are your scouting reports.