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Reliving the meteoric rise of 'The Freak'

5:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO -- There are few Giants players who are more universally beloved than Tim Lincecum. “The Freak” became a cult figure over his nine seasons with the Giants, winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and ’09 and leading the National League in strikeouts in three consecutive years. He

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

@jessicacamerato
6:34 PM EST

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

FAQ: Dominican Winter League finals

@paul_casellaMLB
January 18, 2022

The Dominican Winter League championship series is underway between the Gigantes del Cibao and the Estrellas Orientales. The best-of-seven series is tied at a game apiece, with Game 3 set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Fans can watch the game -- and every game of the series -- live

The oldest player who ever hit in a game

Little-known Charley O'Leary had a fascinating career
@MattMonagan
2:15 PM EST

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 --

Which baseball movie has greatest ending?

@alysonfooter
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

Howard's remarkable '06 ignited HOF push

@paul_casellaMLB
11 minutes ago

The Phillies couldn't have asked for much more out of Ryan Howard down the stretch after they promoted him from the Minors -- this time, for good -- on July 1, 2005.

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

MLB offers new proposals in CBA session

@feinsand
January 13, 2022

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association held a bargaining session via Zoom on Thursday, the first substantive talks since the lockout began six weeks ago. The league made a new proposal that, according to sources, included significant increases in pay for players with two-plus years of service time,

Chris Sabo made goggles cool 

Happy 60th birthday to the Reds cult legend
@michaelsclair
January 18, 2022

Like all good ideas, it originated with his mother. Yes, Chris Sabo, the Reds third baseman with the iconic rec specs who gave hope to every nearsighted Little Leaguer (myself included), first got the idea to get his eyes checked from his mom. "I was in Triple-A and I was

3-sport star: Bo knows ... diving?

The wild story of Bo Jackson leaving an Auburn dive team speechless
@MattMonagan
January 18, 2022

A version of this story originally ran in June 2021.

Dodgers name former pitcher Gomes GM

Slater, Jones join Kingston as club's three assistant GMs
@juanctoribio
January 18, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Gomes continues his rapid rise in the front-office ranks, as the Dodgers promoted the former big league pitcher to the role of general manager as part of a realignment within their baseball operations department. He is the 12th general manager since the team moved to Los

11 stats that show why Koufax is a legend

@AndrewSimonMLB
January 18, 2022

Fifty years ago Wednesday, Sandy Koufax was officially voted into the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 1972, alongside Yogi Berra and Early Wynn. He was only 36 years old, a sign both of how dominant he was at his best and the premature end to his

Triple-A club set to become Space Cowboys

10:56 AM EST

HOUSTON -- Just call them the Space Cowboys. The Astros announced Tuesday that they plan to rebrand their Triple-A affiliate, currently known as the Sugar Land Skeeters, during a launch party Jan. 29 that will include the unveiling of a new mascot, logos and uniforms. Houston will also reveal a

Pirates land 2 of top 12 int'l prospects

@JesseSanchezMLB
January 18, 2022

The Pirates are going big on the international market this year -- literally. The club on Tuesday announced deals with 6-foot-5 outfielder Tony Blanco Jr. (No. 11 on MLB.com’s Top 50 International Prospects list) and 6-foot-1 shortstop Yordany De Los Santos (No. 12). Pittsburgh also signed Puerto Rican-born outfielder Pitterson

Lodolo, Ashcraft head list of 6 Reds NRIs

7:00 PM EST

CINCINNATI -- Six Reds Minor Leaguers on Wednesday were invited to the club’s big league Spring Training camp as non-roster players. The group is highlighted by two top 10 prospects in the organization: left-handed starting pitcher Nick Lodolo and right-handed starter Graham Ashcraft. Also receiving camp invites were right-handed pitcher

Padres see upside in Castillo Minors deal

MiLB staff finalized; more international signings announced
@AJCassavell
January 18, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres’ November decision to non-tender José Castillo, thereby removing him from their 40-man roster, wasn't a straightforward one. Castillo owns some of the filthiest stuff in the Padres' bullpen. His fastball/slider combo induces whiffs at an elite clip. When healthy, Castillo has the makings of one

Twins announce 2022 Minor League staffs

@dohyoungpark
4:00 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS -- All of the Twins' existing Minor League managers will remain in the organization for the 2022 season, while much of the player development personnel and leadership will stay in place, according to the official Minor League staff announcements made Wednesday morning. Toby Gardenhire (Triple-A St. Paul), Ramon Borrego

Part-time scout Roy Clark joins KC front office

@anne__rogers
1:31 PM EST

KANSAS CITY -- A move plenty of years in the making, the Royals have hired longtime scout Roy Clark as a senior advisor for baseball operations, the club announced Wednesday. • Royals announce Minor League staffs Clark, who had been scouting part-time for the Royals and will fill a variety

Kaat's wish: Shantz's presence at induction

January 18, 2022

NEW YORK -- Jim Kaat will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y., and he is hoping that former Major Leaguer Bobby Shantz will be in attendance. Kaat credits Shantz for the 16 Gold Gloves he won during his 25 years in the

Who gets the call? Tracking '22 HOF ballots

@MannyOnMLB
January 17, 2022

Although the final results of the 2022 Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame balloting won't be announced until Jan. 25 on MLB Network, it's a good time to identify some important trends in the voting so far as we near the announcement. Will Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and/or

Roundtable: Is Bobby Abreu a Hall of Famer?

January 17, 2022

With the Hall of Fame election announcement approaching on Jan. 25, MLB.com is conducting a series of conversations debating which players on the ballot are worthy of consideration. This installation examines the candidacy of former outfielder Bobby Abreu.

Where top int'l prospects are signing

@JesseSanchezMLB
January 18, 2022

The international signing period, which runs through Dec. 15, is officially underway. Hundreds of international prospects are taking the next step in their development when they sign with big league clubs and there will be hundreds more who will follow them until the middle of December.

Diversity in baseball: 'The needle is moving'

January 17, 2022

NEW YORK -- In conjunction with America’s celebration of the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Major League Baseball commemorated today's holiday with a pair of presentations examining Black representation in baseball. The first was a panel discussion with top MLB Draft prospects and their parents that

Aussie signee signals new tactics for Reds

Scouts Down Under make impact with southpaw acquisition
January 18, 2022

CINCINNATI -- Among the dozen players the Reds have added since the start of international signing day on Saturday was one from a nation the organization has rarely mined successfully. It obviously remains to be seen if 17-year-old left-handed pitcher Ben Walmsley will pan out. But the club is hopeful