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Balkovec shattering baseball's barriers

12:05 PM EST

When Rachel Balkovec was named the first female manager in affiliated professional baseball on Jan. 11 -- tabbed by the Yankees to be their Low-A Tampa skipper -- she joined a pantheon of women who have broken barriers across the game’s landscape. The past few years have seen a surge

Hall call: Find out Tuesday on MLB Network

January 23, 2022

As was the case in so many clutch moments during his legendary career with the Red Sox, all eyes are on David Ortiz as we eagerly await the announcement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. After no players were elected on last year’s Baseball Writers’ Association

Showalter, Eppler on '22 staff, preparation

4:11 PM EST

NEW YORK -- In about two weeks, Buck Showalter intends to travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., and set up camp. Due to Major League Baseball’s lockout regulations, the new Mets manager isn’t yet allowed to introduce himself to the players on his roster, let alone work with them. He’s

Best baseball movies based on a true story

January 23, 2022

Among the dozens of movies that tell stories about baseball, some of the most beloved are those that were written for events that actually happened. “Based on a true story” films bring a slice of history back to life, and, if effective, make us think (and debate). Today, we continue

MLB, MLBPA met in person today

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association returned to the bargaining table on Monday. Unlike last week’s meeting, which took place on a Zoom call, Monday’s meeting was held in person in New York. The league offered proposals last week which, according to officials, were aimed at creating a

Sox prospects Casas, Blaze at mini-camp 

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To help with the acclimation process for 28 of their prospects -- including a few of their most prominent -- the Red Sox opened their Winter Warm-Up program on Monday at the team’s Spring Training base of JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The program, billed as a week-long mini-camp,

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

The 7 HOFers elected in final year on ballot

January 23, 2022

Some Hall of Fame candidates are no-doubt picks, cruising into Cooperstown on the first ballot. Other cases aren't so simple, requiring years of debate, hand-wringing, and consternation, as supporters try to change minds, and doubters dig in their heels. Sometimes progress is incremental, and sometimes it comes all at once.

How HOF ballots are compiled, counted

Results to be announced 6 ET Tuesday on MLB Network
January 23, 2022

By now, baseball fans likely know the basics of the Hall of Fame voting process. Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America receive their ballots, make their selections and mail them back -- but where exactly do those ballots go? As it turns out, they don't go directly to

Bartolo's son takes up pitching, 'likes to hit'

January 23, 2022

Bartolo Colón's son wants to be a hitter. That's what Colón, a folk hero in the baseball world because of his entertaining personality and the longevity of his pitching career, said recently per a tweet from Z101 Digital's Héctor Gómez.

Here are the 2021 Scouts of the Year

January 23, 2022

In three decades of scouting, Louie Eljaua has helped sign 21 big leaguers, including World Series MVPs Liván Hernández and Jorge Soler. The headliner in that group is Miguel Cabrera, and Eljaua never will forget when he first saw the future first-ballot Hall of Famer as a 15-year-old in Venezuela.

Rays announce Minor League coaching staff

5:20 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays on Monday announced their Minor League coaching and medical staffs for the 2022 season, making more than 30 changes overall while bringing back the five managers who guided their farm system to historic highs on the field last year. The Rays' success often turns their

‘I feel close’: Winn foresees MLB debut in ‘22

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ARLINGTON -- Cole Winn and his mother have matching tattoos on their forearms. It’s a simple minimalist outline of a shark fin poking out of the ocean. It was a spur of the moment decision they made one day while walking around Dallas a few weeks before Christmas, Winn explained

10 moments that defined Williams' career

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CHICAGO -- Billy Williams' swing was sweet and his production steady. His career was full of achievements and jaw-dropping moments that made him a fan favorite among Cubs fans and a no-doubt inductee for baseball's Hall of Fame. For the beloved Cubs teams of the 1960s and '70s, Williams was

Meet the woman who struck out Hank Aaron

She struck out Hank Aaron, scared Yaz and baffled Ted Williams
January 23, 2022

"I was never gonna let anybody beat me at anything. I was so competitive. When I was facing Ted Williams, I was facing Ted Williams. Yeah he probably should've hit me, but he didn't."

How Billy Wagner went from righty to lefty

A natural right-hander made a career throwing 100 mph with his left
January 22, 2022

A version of this story originally ran in December 2020.

Elite ’23 Draft prospects tabbed for showcase

January 22, 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. MLB Network aired its special program, “Top 25 Prospect Development Pipeline,” on Saturday, highlighting 25 top prospects eligible for

KC adds right-hander Brewer to Minors

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KANSAS CITY -- Another versatile pitcher with big league experience joined the Royals organization on Monday, when the club signed right-hander Colten Brewer to a Minor League contract. Brewer, 29, has spent the last three seasons with Boston, logging a combined 81 1/3 innings in the Majors and posting a

Buck still wowed by Deion's incredible speed

January 23, 2022

It has been a big pro football weekend, and Buck Showalter is a football fan, too. It didn’t take long for the subject to get around to Deion Sanders, whom Buck managed in Albany, N.Y., in Double-A ball before Deion got called up to the Yankees in 1989. As usual

A rookie season that paved way to ballot

January 22, 2022

BOSTON -- There are a number of players whose names will forever be ingrained in the heads of Red Sox fans. Many greats who made their mark on the city through stellar seasons, heroic postseason runs or booming personalities. And some who had all three. One such name is Jonathan

Gigantes del Cibao win LIDOM title

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January 22, 2022

The Gigantes del Cibao won their second LIDOM championship and first in seven years by defeating the Estrellas Orientales in Game 5 of the Dominican Winter League championship series on Saturday, 8-3. The Gigantes rode a six-run third inning highlighted by a three-run homer from Marcel Ozuna to back five

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

The most crooked numbers in MLB history

January 22, 2022

On April 19, 1996, the Rangers came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning already leading the Orioles 10-7. What ensued is one of the wildest, most out-of-control, cover-your-eyes innings that Major League Baseball has ever seen. There were three pitchers (one of them a position player by

Timeline of Hank Aaron's legendary career

January 22, 2022

When it comes to icons of baseball, sport and American society at large, few names are bigger than Hank Aaron. Aaron overcame unfavorable odds in the Depression-era South to become an all-time baseball legend, and even more importantly, a man of impeccable grace and character. Muhammad Ali once said that