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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,

'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

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

FAQ: Dominican Winter League finals

January 19, 2022

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 two straight to take a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4 at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

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

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

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

Howard's remarkable '06 ignited HOF push

January 19, 2022

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.

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

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 --

Reliving the meteoric rise of 'The Freak'

January 19, 2022

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

Chris Sabo made goggles cool 

Happy 60th birthday to the Reds cult legend
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

Dodgers name former pitcher Gomes GM

Slater, Jones join Kingston as club's three assistant GMs
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

Triple-A club set to become Space Cowboys

January 19, 2022

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

Who gets the call? Tracking '22 HOF ballots

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

MLB offers new proposals in CBA session

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,

Roundtable: Is Bobby Abreu a Hall of Famer?

January 17, 2022

With the Hall of Fame election announcement approaching on Jan. 25, 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.

Pirates land 2 of top 12 int'l prospects

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’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

Twins announce 2022 Minor League staffs

January 19, 2022

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

Where top int'l prospects are signing

12:15 AM EST

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.

Part-time scout Roy Clark joins KC front office

January 19, 2022

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

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

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

A version of this story originally ran in June 2021.

Top prospect Lodolo among 6 Reds NRIs

January 19, 2022

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
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