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Roundtable: Is Wagner a Hall of Famer?

December 6, 2021

Several Hall of Fame candidates have gained momentum during their time on the ballot, including Billy Wagner, whose case has been gaining steam lately. A group of reporters gathered to examine the former closer’s candidacy in his seventh year on the ballot, and to debate his chances to eventually

What to know for Wednesday's Rule 5 Draft

4:16 PM EST

It won’t look like it usually does, but the Rule 5 Draft will take place during this week’s Winter Meetings. There won’t be a Major League phase since all Major League transactions are frozen until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place, but the Minor League phase of the

Mets to interview 6 for manager job (source)

2:22 PM EST

NEW YORK -- Brad Ausmus, Joe Espada, Bob Geren, Don Kelly, Matt Quatraro and Buck Showalter are all expected to receive interviews for the Mets' open managerial job, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. The club did not confirm the news. While the exact schedule of first-round interviews

Yanks' No. 1 prospect talks 'impressive year'

11:31 AM EST

Anthony Volpe enjoyed a stellar return to the diamond this past season, boosting him to the top spot on the Yankees' Top 30 Prospect list. While the organization has high hopes for his future, the standout shortstop is carrying a measured approach into the 2022 campaign. "I don't really pay

Durham Bulls unveil 'Bull Durham' uniforms

5:23 PM EST

Triple-A Durham will sport new uniforms in 2022 -- though it will actually be a very familiar look to many. The Bulls, Tampa Bay's top affiliate, will feature their classic Bulls logo on the chest of both their home white and road gray jerseys, while each version will also have

Papi, more legends launch HRs to help DR

December 6, 2021

Dominican baseball royalty, local winter league players and fans came together on Sunday for the second edition of Legends Day at Santo Domingo’s Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal. The event, which also included past and present stars from Venezuela, Cuba and other nations, featured a legends softball home run derby, a

6 candidates emerge for A's skipper (source)

2:54 PM EST

OAKLAND -- With a narrowed-down list of targets, the A’s are taking the next step in their search for a new manager. The interview process is now underway, with a source confirming to that Mark Kotsay has already met with the A’s front office to discuss the open managerial

Kurkjian earns baseball writers' highest honor

Veteran ESPN analyst named BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award winner
1:46 PM EST

ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian is the 2022 winner of the BBWAA Career Excellence Award, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. Kurkjian will be honored with the award -- which was established in 1962 and is presented annually “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” -- during the Hall of

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

Carter, Smith 'emotional' over O'Neil election

December 6, 2021

What do Joe Carter and Lee Smith have in common besides playing Major League Baseball? They both were drafted by the Cubs and signed to their first professional contract by longtime Cubs scout Buck O’Neil, who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Early Baseball Era Committee

These prospects could help Dodgers in '22

5:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES -- Once Major League Baseball and the MLBPA come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Dodgers’ focus will immediately shift into trying to improve their Major League roster. Until then, the Dodgers are spending an extended amount of time evaluating their Minor League system.

Epic baseball journey leads Kaat to Hall

11:12 AM EST

Jim Kaat, whose great baseball career and great baseball life has now been honored by the Golden Days Era Committee, was talking about that baseball life on Tuesday morning, and looking back, because I’ve asked him to. “I like to think I’m a lot like our game,” Kaat said. “I

30 minutes? Story of the fastest game ever

That's barely enough time to finish your beer
December 6, 2021

A version of this story originally ran in March 2021.

Remembering Gehrig's special HOF election

Tuesday marks anniversary of date BBWAA elected Iron Horse to Hall of Fame
December 6, 2021

Even in the moment, Lou Gehrig’s greatness and importance to baseball history were well understood. So when Gehrig’s storied career came to an abrupt end after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1939, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America took swift action to properly recognize the legendary first

Top 10 moments of Johnny Bench's career

December 6, 2021

The claim that Johnny Bench is the greatest catcher ever is as solid as the grip the Cincinnati Reds legend employed to hold as many as seven baseballs in his right hand. Roy Campanella won three Most Valuable Player Awards to Bench’s two. But Campanella declined precipitously after his final

Miñoso family receives call with 'tears of joy'

Hall of Fame election considered long overdue for late White Sox, Cuban icon
December 6, 2021

CHICAGO -- Sharon Rice-Miñoso, and her youngest son, Charlie, really haven’t given any thought to what needs to be part of the Hall of Fame speech for Minnie Miñoso after his election via the 16-member Golden Days Era Committee on Sunday night. That is, except for one important sentiment: “Thank

With Hodges, HOF infield finally complete

December 6, 2021

There was an infield once, was there ever. They were something to see, those Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s, the team known as the Big Red Machine. The infield would have had four future Hall of Famers in it: Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose. But Rose

Baker named MOY by Baseball America

12:44 PM EST

HOUSTON – After leading the Astros to 95 regular-season wins and an American League pennant, Dusty Baker was named 2021 Manager of the Year by Baseball America on Tuesday. Baker, who finished third in AL Manager of the Year voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, became the first

Buck, Gil, Minnie among 6 elected to Hall

Black baseball pioneer Fowler, Twins icons Kaat, Oliva also in Class of 2022
December 5, 2021

The lasting impact of six former players was finally, formally recognized on Sunday with their small-committee selections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva were elected by the Golden Days Era Committee, and Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil

Twins celebrate Kaat, Oliva's HOF elections

December 6, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Twins are already celebrating their two new members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame like this, just imagine what things will be like on July 24, 2022, when Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat will officially be enshrined in Cooperstown -- with a massive contingent from

The top 10 moments of Buck O'Neil's career

December 6, 2021

KANSAS CITY -- Fifteen years after experiencing the heartbreak of Buck O’Neil’s exclusion from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his supporters felt relief and joy on Sunday night when they heard his name called as one heading to Cooperstown via the Early Baseball Era Committee. They won’t stop celebrating

Hodges' family, friends thrilled by Hall's call

December 6, 2021

NEW YORK -- A day after Gil Hodges was elected posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Golden Days Era Committee, his family -- including son, Gil Jr., and daughters, Irene and Cindy -- and members of the 1969 Mets -- Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky -- held

Dick Allen again falls 1 vote shy of HOF

Former infielder not among 4 players elected by Golden Days Era Committee
December 5, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Dick Allen had a Hall of Fame career, even if he is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Still, he should probably be there. On Sunday night, MLB Network announced that the 16-member Golden Days Era Committee failed to elect Allen posthumously into the

Kaat elected to Hall of Fame: 'A gift to me'

December 6, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Kaat will be the first to tell you that he was never a consistently ace-caliber pitcher, the likes of which are usually inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He said as much on Sunday, many times over, and it seemed he'd come to terms with