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Reevaluating our '20 prospect predictions

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
January 20, 2022

We at MLB Pipeline are in the predictions business, spending most of our time projecting what players are going to do down the line. Now it’s time to see how our crystal balls were working a couple of years ago. Early in 2020, we picked a prospect for each team

Which baseball film has the best ensemble? 

January 20, 2022

Rogers Hornsby's decision to spend his baseball-less winters staring out the window and waiting for spring may have made sense in the 1930s, but it doesn't quite hold up these days. For us 21st-century citizens, we can get through the coldest months curled up on the couch, watching an endless

MLB, MLBPA set to meet in person Monday

January 20, 2022

One week after Major League Baseball restarted negotiations, the MLB Players Association scheduled another meeting Thursday, and the two sides will return to the bargaining table on Monday. Unlike last week’s meeting, which took place on a Zoom call, Monday’s meeting will be held in person in New York. The

Rizzuto struck platinum on Meat Loaf's '78 hit

11:52 AM EST

Phil Rizzuto discovered a new audience in the autumn of 1978, his frantic play-by-play of a young man racing around the bases spilling out of speakers everywhere in Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” The rock opera landed on the Billboard Hot 100, just as the Yankees charged toward

Automatic strike zone coming to AAA in '22

9:07 AM EST

Following three years of testing in an independent league and at the Low-A Minor League level, an automated strike zone is coming to some Triple-A ballparks in 2022. MLB posted a hiring notice on Thursday for seasonal employees to operate the Automated Ball and Strike system for the Albuquerque Isotopes

Watch PDP show for '23 Draft sneak peek

January 19, 2022

Since its inaugural season in 2019, the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League has been a place for talent evaluators to get a look at the top prep juniors in the country. On Saturday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. ET, MLB Network will air its special program “Top 25 Prospect Development

FAQ on the CBA negotiations 

December 2, 2021

Q: Why did MLB lock out the players? A: Simply put, we believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 Championship Season. We hope that the lockout will jump-start the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on

FAQ: Dominican Winter League finals

@paul_casellaMLB and @MannyOnMLB
8:07 PM EST

The Dominican Winter League championship series is underway between the Gigantes del Cibao and the Estrellas Orientales. After the Estrellas took the opener in the best-of-seven series, the Gigantes have rallied to win three straight to take a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

SF's Reckley draws strength from late mom

8:16 PM EST

Patricia Reckley gave countless lessons while working as an elementary school science teacher, but she imparted one of her most lasting ones to her son, Ryan. The younger Reckley, a 17-year-old Bahamian shortstop, signed with the Giants for $2.2 million on Saturday, making him the headliner of the organization’s highly

How '04 brilliance changed Nathan's career

January 20, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS -- Toward the start of the greatest closing career in the history of the Minnesota Twins, there was a ninth-inning at-bat by longtime Royals infielder Joe Randa on April 25, 2004. It's an otherwise utterly meaningless at-bat in the grand scheme of the season that still lives on in

10 moments that defined Simmons' career

5:53 PM EST

MILWAUKEE – Ted Simmons was a switch-hitting force, compiling a .285/.348/.437 slash line with 248 career home runs while catching for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves. He made eight All-Star teams, batted .300 or better seven times and at the time of his retirement in 1988, led all catchers in

Dawson Classic, MLB4 teams announced

January 20, 2022

Major League Baseball today announced the participating teams in two annual showcase tournaments hosted around the start of the college baseball season – Andre Dawson Classic* and MLB4*. Both MLB-hosted events will be held the weekend of Feb. 18-20 in New Orleans (Andre Dawson Classic) and Scottsdale, Ariz. (MLB4), and

How do Top 3 Draft prospects stack up?

January 19, 2022

This year has just begun and we're already thinking about next year's Draft. Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Jonathan Mayo and I recorded a one-hour MLB Network special on the 2023 Prospect Development Pipeline League, which will be held June 29 through July 5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex

MLB denies Rays' 'Sister City' proposal

January 20, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball’s executive council rejected the Rays’ “Sister City” baseball plan earlier this week, two years and seven months after giving the club preliminary approval to pursue the idea of playing half their future home games in the Tampa Bay area and the other half in

2 perfect weeks in Domonic Brown's career

Tons of dingers, no walks
January 20, 2022

In this ongoing series -- inspired by Stereogum’s “The No. 1s” -- we’ll look back on some of the more interesting, notable, and unexpected players of the week in MLB history, an award that has been given out since 1974. While many players of the week have been written about

Jim Kaat's meteoric rise in broadcasting

January 20, 2022

NEW YORK -- In addition to his recent honor as one of the newest electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jim Kaat has had an award-worthy broadcasting career. His seven Emmy Awards as a broadcaster could someday make him a candidate for the Ford C. Frick Award. At 83,

These MLB players had HOF brothers

Though they fell shy of Cooperstown, these siblings could still play
January 20, 2022

Imagine being a baseball player who bucks the odds and becomes one of the select few to make it all the way to the Major Leagues. That takes something special. And yet there have been those throughout baseball history who accomplished this feat -- and still weren't the best player

What if the Giants had moved to Toronto?

It almost happened in 1976
January 19, 2022

In 1958, the New York Giants (along with, of course, the Brooklyn Dodgers) expanded the footprint of Major League Baseball to the West Coast, departing Manhattan to head to California. More than six decades later, the San Francisco Giants are still by the Bay. They're one of baseball’s model franchises,

Tigers once drafted 3 HOFers in same year

In '76, Detroit took Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Ozzie Smith
January 20, 2022

A version of this story originally ran in May 2020.

'UFO-type stuff': Int'l prospect wows Nats

January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – Cristhian Vaquero quickly approached the outfield fence as he continued running after catching a ball in the gap. He had pulled off head-turning defensive plays before, like diving, behind-the-back catches, but surely he would slow down as he neared the obstacle in his path, right? Instead, the athletic

A 40-and-up squad you wouldn't want to face

January 19, 2022

The results of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame voting will be announced on Jan. 25 on MLB Network, and it appears that David Ortiz has the best shot at induction based on the ballots that have become public. Ortiz built a Cooperstown case over his 14

Which baseball movie has greatest ending?

January 18, 2022

Rogers Hornsby's decision to spend his baseball-less winters staring out the window and waiting for spring may have made sense in the 1930s, but it doesn't quite hold up these days. After all, there's been about 100 years of filmmaking advances since the Hall of Fame second baseman uttered those

Traded early, these 8 ended up in Hall

These players were dealt early, then became stars
January 19, 2022

A general manager’s worst nightmare has to be rooted in regret. No one wants to be remembered for trading a player who goes on to become an icon elsewhere. That’s perhaps where some of the strongest apprehension lies when considering dipping into their prospect pools. Yet such stories are littered

The oldest player who ever hit in a game

Little-known Charley O'Leary had a fascinating career
January 19, 2022

Charley O'Leary had a -- at the very, extremely best -- mediocre playing career. His career slash line was .226/.270/.272 and he hit just three homers in 3,232 at-bats. But like many early-20th-century ballplayers, the Chicago native had some ridiculous things happen during his long life in the game --