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Here are baseball's nastiest changeups

@HarriganMLB and @SlangsOnSports and @AndrewSimonMLB and @mattkellyMLB and @_dadler
April 1, 2020

Just because the 2020 season hasn't started yet, that doesn't mean baseball fans have to forget what it's like to watch the best of the best. This week, MLB.com is highlighting some of the nastiest pitches in baseball -- a different pitch type every day, with five pitchers featured for

VOTE NOW: Best individual season bracket

@paul_casella
April 1, 2020

While sports fans may have missed out on obsessively checking their brackets this March, MLB.com is here to lend some assistance -- but we need your help to do so. In an attempt to crown the best individual season, we’ve compiled a bracket of 32 of the most dominant single-season

Is that a lightsaber? Vlad Jr. slugs away in Vitilla

The ultimate test of hand-eye coordination
@KeeganMatheson
April 1, 2020

TORONTO -- How does a young slugger stay sharp without live pitching this spring? Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is getting back to his roots, playing a classic game that has shaped so many Latin stars. Vitilla, a variation of stickball played primarily in the Dominican Republic, is part of the foundation

Most hyped first-base prospects of the century

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
April 1, 2020

Last week, our MLB.com beat reporters began ranking the five best players in each franchise’s history at each position, starting with a look at catchers. Here at MLB Pipeline, we complemented their coverage by identifying each organization’s top catching prospect dating back to 2001, the beginning of the MLB.com era.

Watch Brett take over '85 ALCS today at 1 p.m. ET

Here’s the schedule of games to watch on MLB.com, social media, TV
@_dadler
12:07 AM EDT

Why not enjoy some of MLB's classic games while you wait for baseball to come back? MLB is streaming games every day across its various platforms -- one in the afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, and another in the evening at 7 p.m. ET. In addition, MLB Network, ESPN and

The best first baseman in every team's history

March 31, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on each player's career with that franchise. First up were catchers. Now, it's

Scout on Taylor: 'The best pitcher I ever saw'

Rizzi recalls Yanks' 1991 No. 1 overall pick who never made the bigs
@baseballexis
April 1, 2020

There’s absolutely no doubt in his mind. Ron Rizzi has seen countless players in his 53 years in the game, and it’s been almost three decades since he saw the man whose name he’s about to answer, but when asked whether there’s one player who stood out among the rest,

Wilmer Flores' mom is a soft toss champ

The cutest baseball workout yet
@CF_Larue
April 1, 2020

How do you stay in shape for baseball without practices or workouts with teammates? That's the question facing players all over the world at the moment. We've already seen plenty of proof that necessity is indeed the mother of invention: Is pop-a-shot going to make you a better pitcher? Doesn't

Looking back: Reggie Jackson, Baltimore Oriole

@RichardJustice
12:22 AM EDT

You may have heard that Reggie Jackson lit up Yankee Stadium by crushing three home runs in the clinching Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. In a Hall of Fame career filled with signature moments, none is more iconic than that one. Less well known is that Mr. October

MLB Quiz of the Day: Ichiro and Pujols

@paul_casella
12:31 AM EDT

Today's "MLB Quiz of the Day" is centered around a pair of legends who both made their Major League debuts on this very day 19 years ago: Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols. Ichiro took the field with the Mariners for the first time on April 2, 2001, after deciding to

Try out home tutorials from former MLB players

The pros share their expertise to help you improve your skills
@JayCat11
March 31, 2020

Following the current social guidelines during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic means, in most cases, remaining at home in order to stay a safe distance away from others. But just because you’re spending a lot of time inside doesn’t mean you can’t still practice and improve your baseball skills. That’s right:

Watch these classic games on YouTube

March 19, 2020

In difficult times like these, we often look to sports for an escape, which is part of the reason why the lack of live games right now is so frustrating for many. To help fill the void, here’s a complete guide to how you can watch any number of classic

Here are some home baseball activities for kids

@_dadler
April 1, 2020

Have kids who need something fun to do while they're at home? Your favorite baseball teams have you covered. Lots of MLB teams are posting games, coloring pages and more to help keep young baseball fans busy. Check out these baseball-themed activities from MLB and teams around the league. MLB:

Watch every 2018 and '19 game free on MLB.TV

March 20, 2020

There's no live baseball for the time being, but you can now experience the last two years of Major League action on MLB.TV for free. The MLB.TV archives of the 2018 and '19 seasons are open and accessible for all, which means more than 4,800 games are available to stream

How Kepler owned Bauer ... according to Bauer

5 home runs in 5 consecutive at-bats is quite the feat
@dohyoungpark
12:06 AM EDT

Of the 623 hitters Trevor Bauer has faced in his eight-year Major League career, only one has taken him deep five times. Not only does Twins right fielder Max Kepler stand alone on that list, but he dealt all that damage in two games at Progressive Field on June 6

Experts draft teams using all-time Top 10 picks

Bonds, A-Rod, Molitor go 1-2-3 as eight Hall of Famers dot rosters
@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 31, 2020

It’s usually said that you can’t tell how successful a Draft is until at least five years after it takes place. The reason is fairly obvious: You have to wait to see which draftees make it to the big leagues and what kind of impact they have. But what if

A year ago today: Greinke slugs, deals

@AndrewSimonMLB
12:12 AM EDT

To help fill the baseball void, we’re flipping the calendar back one year to remind us all just how awesome our great game is. Here's a look back at the best of April 2, 2019: There is nobody quite like Zack Greinke. The veteran right-hander reminded us of that yet

Giants raise additional funds for ballpark workers

@mi_guardado
April 1, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are going the extra mile to help ease some of the financial burdens their ballpark employees might be facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that has postponed the start of the 2020 regular season. In addition to the $1 million that each Major

O's Bleier, Davis cater meals for hospital staffs

@JoeTrezz
April 1, 2020

During these unprecedented times created by the national emergency stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, players around Major League Baseball are reaching out to help do their part. That charitable spirit could be seen Wednesday in Orioles reliever Richard Bleier, who catered lunch for the emergency room staff at Wellington Regional

Box score of the day: Bumgarner homers twice on Opening Day

@SlangsOnSports
12:19 AM EDT

The 2016 season was, by many metrics, the best of Madison Bumgarner’s career. He had a career-low 2.74 ERA, a career-high 251 strikeouts and finished fourth for National League Cy Young while receiving down-ballot MVP consideration as well. He’d been an All-Star in four straight seasons and gotten Cy Young

A new way to measure Scherzer's dominance

@_dadler
March 31, 2020

Max Scherzer was stalking across the threshold of greatness when he joined the Nationals. Now he's beyond great. And we have a new way to look at his beyond-greatness. Scherzer's five-year stretch in Washington is one of the most dominant runs you'll see from a pitcher. Just look at the

These sliders are nasty and move in wild ways

@HarriganMLB and @SlangsOnSports and @AndrewSimonMLB and @mattkellyMLB and @_dadler
March 31, 2020

Just because the 2020 season hasn't started yet, that doesn't mean baseball fans have to forget what it's like to watch the best of the best. This week, MLB.com is highlighting some of the nastiest pitches in baseball -- a different pitch type every day, with five pitchers featured for

Choo pledges $191K to Texas' Minor Leaguers

@Sullivan_Ranger
April 1, 2020

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo spent seven years in the Minor Leagues. The last three years (2005-07) were at Triple-A in the Mariners system trying to take care of his wife Won Mi Ha and his infant son Alan on $350 a week. There were times when he would

London Series featuring Cubs, Cards canceled

@_dadler
April 1, 2020

ST. LOUIS -- The cancellations and postponements of Major League Baseball's season has now reached the Cardinals' series against the Cubs in London this summer. The Mitel & MLB Present London Series has been canceled due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, MLB announced Wednesday morning. The Cardinals and Cubs were

Astros Foundation aiding COVID-19 relief efforts

@brianmctaggart
April 1, 2020

HOUSTON -- The Astros Foundation, in partnership with Crane Worldwide, will be providing funding, logistics and transportation support for much-needed medical equipment to serve those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Houston, the team announced Wednesday The Astros have been helping to provide delivery of critical medical supplies and personal