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Ranking the farm systems, 1 to 30

March 22, 2023

Many have come at the king. So far, they’ve still all missed. The Orioles retain the top spot in the MLB Pipeline Farm System Rankings for the fourth consecutive time between preseason and midseason lists. Since Pipeline began ranking systems in 2015, only one other organization has claimed No. 1

Is it possible we haven't seen apex Ohtani yet?

March 22, 2023

Based on the sheer magnitude of Shohei Ohtani's contributions these past two seasons, it’s really unfair to expect him to do more. But what if he could? Ohtani is an AL MVP Award winner, and he was named MVP of the 2023 World Baseball Classic, too, after helping Japan win

Angels react to Trout vs. Ohtani Classic finish

March 22, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It actually happened. After all the talk of a potential matchup between Angels superstars Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout in the World Baseball Classic, the stars aligned, and the two faced off with the game on the line on an unforgettable Tuesday night in Miami. The stakes

Boston's new star puts on a Classic show

March 22, 2023

This story was excerpted from Ian Browne's Red Sox Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

The likeliest award winner from every team

March 22, 2023

In both the best and worst of team seasons, an individual can shine through. You don’t have to be a World Series contender to have a major award winner, so we’ve taken up this annual exercise to try to determine the member of each team who is most likely to

Roki Sasaki's stuff is as amazing as we thought

March 22, 2023

When the World Baseball Classic started, we knew what Roki Sasaki was already doing in Japan. We knew the 21-year-old might be one of the nastiest pitchers in the world. Now we have proof. Sasaki's phenomenal talent was on display in his WBC semifinal start against Mexico. And since he

High school catcher falls for the oldest trick in the book

March 22, 2023

On May 5, 1993, Greg Maddux scored from second against the Pittsburgh Pirates by dancing around Pirates catcher Don Slaught at home plate. While the throw from center field beat Maddux by a good 10 feet, he was able to avoid two tag attempts from Slaught and dive into home

Top 10 moments of 2023 World Baseball Classic

@Theo_DeRosa and @HarriganMLB
March 22, 2023

The fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic is in the books, with Japan winning its third Classic title via a 3-2 victory over Team USA in the championship game. But while the 2023 Classic may be over, it won't soon be forgotten. Here are the 10 most memorable moments

An A's coach recalls going one-on-one with Michael Jordan

March 22, 2023

This story was excerpted from Martín Gallegos’ Athletics Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. MESA, Ariz. -- Ever wonder what it would have been like to go one-on-one with Michael Jordan? A’s pitching coach Scott Emerson has lived

Japan's win inspires Suzuki during rehab process

March 22, 2023

MESA, Ariz. -- As the pyrotechnics went off and Team Japan hoisted the World Baseball Classic trophy skyward in Miami, celebrating their triumph over Team USA on Tuesday night, one player gripped one of Seiya Suzuki's jerseys. Earlier this spring, Suzuki was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to

Energized Urías back with Dodgers after 'blessing' of Classic

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- When Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías committed to play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic back in September, he knew wearing his country’s uniform would be one of the most special moments of his career. But after experiencing the emotion and thrill of playing in the

Arozarena (and his boots) take the World by storm

March 22, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG -- Infielders Isaac Paredes and Jonathan Aranda returned to Tropicana Field on Wednesday morning after playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, and it was hard to tell what impressed them more: the overall WBC experience, what Mexico’s run to the semifinals meant for baseball in their

Altuve has surgery, can resume baseball activity in 2 months

March 22, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- For the first time in more than a decade, Jose Altuve won’t be starting at second base for the Astros on Opening Day. The eight-time All-Star second baseman underwent surgery on his fractured right thumb on Wednesday, and his estimated timetable for resuming baseball activities

MLB sends clarifications on new rules to clubs

March 22, 2023

Major League Baseball sent a memo to clubs on Wednesday outlining several clarifications on the rule changes that have been implemented for the 2023 regular season, including a pitch timer, infield shift restrictions and larger bases. Thus far, the average game time in Spring Training has been 2 hours, 36

Hicks eyes starting 'down the road,' but set on relief in '23

March 22, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jordan Hicks is healthy and happy as a key piece of a Cardinals bullpen that could be among the most dominant in the National League, and he wants nothing more out of the 2023 season than helping St. Louis contend for a World Series crown. Still, Hicks

Who's on the all-time World Baseball Classic team?

March 22, 2023

At the end of each World Baseball Classic, tournament organizers select a player from each position for the all-Classic team. It's an incredible honor, signifying each player's ability to excel among the biggest collection of baseball talent anywhere on the planet. has taken the honor one step further. With

What Mets seek from Álvarez after optioning top prospect

March 22, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In the morning, Francisco Álvarez walked through the Major League clubhouse at Clover Park to begin a day that seemed like any other. It wasn’t. By early afternoon, Álvarez was on a back field, crouched on one knee while a few dozen people, mostly team

Japan tops Team USA in dramatic finish to claim 3rd Classic title

March 22, 2023

MIAMI -- In the end, it all came down to Shohei Ohtani vs. Mike Trout. The Angels teammates squared off for the final at-bat of the 2023 World Baseball Classic in a legendary matchup between two of the game's powerhouses as a sellout crowd of 36,098 at loanDepot park and

Shohei vs. Trout for the Classic title? A strikeout heard 'round the world

March 22, 2023

MIAMI -- No words can adequately describe the atmosphere and the level of noise in loanDepot park on Tuesday night when, in the top of the ninth inning, Shohei Ohtani struck out Angels teammate and Team USA captain Mike Trout to secure a 3-2 Team Japan victory in the 2023

Ohtani named MVP, grabs 2 spots on 2023 All-Classic Team

March 22, 2023

MIAMI -- It had been seven years since Shohei Ohtani had last been called on to close out a game. His manager was the same then as the one calling the shots in the World Baseball Classic, Hideki Kuriyama. The situation was nearly as important then – the Nippon-Ham Fighters

We've got a new all-time top Classic moment

March 21, 2023

The 2023 World Baseball Classic is over. And it delivered the most epic moment in the tournament's 17-year history. The championship game was decided in a showdown between Shohei Ohtani on the mound and Mike Trout at the plate. You couldn't have scripted it any better. There have been tons

Shohei Ohtani's career highlights

January 12, 2023

Injuries: Mets, Astros, Suzuki, Padres

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Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.