CBS Sports "Soon after the Astros or Braves are crowned World Series belt and title-holders for 2021, the focus of the baseball collective will shift to the labor negotiations that will be the catalyst for everything else that happens this coming offseason. Said negotiations are predictably..." October 25
Clutch Points "The Houston Astros will be down one of their key players in the World Series, as right-hander Lance McCullers will not be able to face the Atlanta Braves in the Fall Classic due to a lingering strained forearm. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that..." October 25
Bleacher Report "What was once a 30-team race to the 2021 World Series title—minus a handful of bottom-feeders, who were out before it started—is now a two-team fight to the finish line. In one corner sits the Houston Astros, champs of the American League after ousting the Boston..." October 25
Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball may be gearing up for the World Series, but attention is already being paid to the offseason and the plethora of high-profile free agents who could be soon joining different teams. One such player is shortstop Carlos Correa, who is chasing his second World Series..." October 25
CBS Sports "Major League Baseball appears headed for its first work stoppage since 1994-95 players' strike. A work stoppage beginning on Dec. 2 is "almost certain," Ronald Bloom of the Associated Press writes. The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the..." October 25
Clutch Points "As we saw in the Los Angeles Dodgers fourth and final loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS on Saturday, it wasn’t meant to be two years in a row. On the heels of a 106-win season and a dramatic comeback against the San Francisco Giants (at least they beat them?), it definitely hurts to..." October 25
Bleacher Report "The World Series matchup is set with the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros poised to battle it out for a title. It's time to start breaking down all things Fall Classic. In any series, a handful of players are X-factors who will play a major part in who comes out on..." October 25
Bleacher Report "As it always does, the Major League Baseball postseason provided plenty of fun times on the lead-up to the World Series between Atlanta and the Houston Astros. Really, what more could anyone want? Well, cleaner, better officiated games for one thing. And maybe more watchable games...." October 25
The Athletic "About a month before the 2014 American League wild-card game, as members of the Kansas City Royals front office and coaching staff strategized about facing a one-game playoff, they diagnosed a problem with their roster. “The sixth inning was a little bit of a black hole,”..." October 25
The Score "The Houston Astros will play in the World Series for the third time in the last five seasons. General manager James Click and his front office had a strong core return but also showed trust in young talent and made timely midseason trades to help them win the AL pennant. Here's..." October 25
Bleacher Report "Max Scherzer joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in July with hopes of winning his second World Series ring. In no small part thanks to his tired arm, however, those hopes were finally dashed on Saturday. Regardless, now begins one of the most fascinating free-agent sweepstakes in..." October 24
Yardbarker "Dusty Baker is headed back to the World Series, after the veteran manager’s Astros triumphed over the Red Sox in the ALCS. This is the sixth time Baker has been part of the Fall Classic as a player (winning with the Dodgers in 1981), coach and manager, and he is the ninth manager to..." October 23
MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros will be playing in the World Series for the third time in five seasons, though only six players remain from that 2017 championship team, and only four of that group (minus the injured Lance McCullers Jr. and the non-rostered Marwin Gonzalez) actually appeared in..." October 23
Bleacher Report "Scan the headlines of the stories written about the Houston Astros over the last few weeks, and you'll notice the use of the word villain. Even this publication has used that word to describe the Astros, and it's not because we're running out of adjectives: It's..." October 23
USA Today "Jim Crane stood among scraps of confetti, joyous players and their children running amok on the Minute Maid Park grass late Friday night and pondered the meaning of a third World Series trip for his Houston Astros in five years. Not quite two years ago, the Astros owner was in the..." October 23
Larry Brown Sports "Throughout the 2021 MLB Playoffs, the Astros have again been accused of cheating. First, Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera accused them of stealing signs during the ALDS and then fans noticed some curious whistling during the ALCS — a cheating tactic the Astros..." October 23
CBS Sports "The Houston Astros are the American League champions in 2021 and a significant player in the ALCS outcome was designated hitter Yordan Alvarez. The 24-year-old power hitter had a monster series and takes home ALCS MVP honors. "It means everything,"..." October 23
Larry Brown Sports "Jim McIngvale, a businessman from Houston who also goes by the name “Mattress Mack,” is back in the news. The owner and operator of the Gallery Furniture retail chain is potentially in line for the largest payoff in legal gambling history. All he needs is for the Houston..." October 23
Bleacher Report "Most of the focus on MLB offseason roster moves will be on the free agents, who will become eligible to sign with new teams somewhere in the Nov. 4-8 range, depending on how long the World Series lasts. But offseason trades can also have a big impact on expectations for the..." October 22
The Athletic "As the Cubs prepare for what’s expected to be a busy winter of additions to their roster, they continue to add to an ever-evolving front office. Sources told The Athletic that team president Jed Hoyer is expected to bring in Ehsan Bokhari as assistant general manager, adding an executive..." October 22
ESPN "The 2021 World Series matchup will be decided this weekend. The Houston Astros have pushed the Boston Red Sox to the brink in the American League Championship Series, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have managed to stay alive in the National League against..." October 22
Bleacher Report "Earlier this week, we ran through every MLB team's biggest surprise of the 2021 season, highlighting the likes of Cedric Mullins, Robbie Ray, Austin Riley, Garrett Whitlock, Ranger Suarez, Frank Schwindel and others who exceeded expectations this year. Now it's..." October 21
The Big Lead "The Boston Red Sox are down 3-2 in the American League Championship Series after allowing the Houston Astros to walk into Fenway Park and win a trio of games. The team's fans are down very, very bad as they as they struggle to understand why a team anointed by the baseball gods to punish..." October 21
Sportsnet "Here’s a simple way for the Toronto Blue Jays to address their pitching needs this off-season: sign Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray. Or Kevin Gausman and Carlos Rodon. Grab Zack Greinke and Anthony DeSclafani while you’re at it. You can never have too much pitching, right? If..." October 21
"Before the robots take over - at least behind home plate - Major League Baseball ought to try something seemingly obvious: employ its best ball-strike callers as home plate umpires in the playoffs.
Remarkably, that's not something MLB is doing.
CBS Sports "Baseball's current landscape makes it hard to not think about Carlos Beltrán. Take a look this way, and two of the franchises Beltrán played for (the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets) are seeking new managers. Take a look that way, and two teams that his legacy will..." October 21
Larry Brown Sports "Chris Sale took the loss in his ALCS Game 5 start for the Boston Red Sox against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night and had an amazing quote about his effort. Sale was charged with four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Through the first five innings..." October 21
Mass Live "In Games 2 and 3 of the ALCS, the Red Sox slugged their way to an early series lead with 21 runs and 22 hits in two blowout victories. The last two games have told a much different story. In Games 4 and 5, the Sox’ offense has cooled significantly, putting up just three runs on..." October 21
Yardbarker "Alex Cora has generally made very good managerial decisions with his Boston Red Sox this year. But he made one terrible decision in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday that backfired. The Houston Astros entered the top of the sixth leading 1-0 on a second inning home run by Yordan..." October 20
"Death, taxes and fans complaining about calls that don't go their way.
As long as sports have existed, there has been an element of error that comes with living, breathing human beings officiating those sports.
Mass Live "A total of 309 pitches were thrown between the Red Sox and Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night. One stands out above the rest. With the game tied, 2-2, and the potential go-ahead run on second base, Sox starter-turned-reliever Nathan Eovaldi found himself in a two-out battle..." October 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds were competitive in 2021 but ultimately came up short of a Wild Card berth. Cincinnati now faces the potential departure of one of their middle-of-the-order hitters, which would leave general manager Nick Krall needing to find some other way to bolster the offense while restructuring a..." October 20
"Was anyone a bigger surprise during the 2021 MLB season than Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins?
That's certainly up for debate, but each team had at least one player who surpassed even the most optimistic expectations over the course of the year.
Bleacher Report "Three of the last four World Series champions are still alive in the 2021 MLB postseason. The Boston Red Sox, who won it all in 2018, hold a 2-1 ALCS lead over 2017 winner Houston, while the reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers face a 2-0 NLCS deficit to..." October 19
TMZ "Twenty-one baseball fans headed for the Red Sox vs. Astros ALCS game in Boston were involved in a horrific plane crash Tuesday ... but somehow, they all miraculously survived. Officials say a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 carrying the nearly two dozen people attempted to take off from..." October 19
Bleacher Report "The MLB offseason is right around the corner, and it's never too early to start setting the landscape for another busy winter of wheeling and dealing on the trade market. Last month, we counted down the top 25 upcoming free agents, and now it's time to turn our attention to..." October 19
Sportsnaut "As the 2021 season concludes, baseball fans and teams are excited for the exciting crop of MLB free agents who will be available this winter. From young shortstops like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager to future Hall of Famer pitchers like Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, a lot of money will be..." October 19
New York Post "The Hot Stove League can’t begin soon enough for most New York baseball fans, and that explains why the most intriguing person of this American League Championship Series might very well be a guy who isn’t even here. Unless the concept of Justin Verlander pitching for the..." October 19
MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve taken a position-by-position look at the upcoming free agent class at MLBTR in recent weeks. With the position players now all covered, we turn our attention to the starting pitching market. Each winter, free agency offers a wide variety of starting pitching tiers. There..." October 19
"This has gotta sting!!
Alex Rodriguez was just trying to talk some baseball during American League Championship Series coverage on Monday ... when Boston fans used it as an opportunity to ruthlessly troll the hell out of him about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.
USA Today "Upbraided by his manager on national television, Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez struck a remorseful tone after he mocked Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa upon finishing six innings of superb work. Rodriguez even said that after pointing to his wristwatch in..." October 19
ESPN "The new and old school ways of baseball etiquette clashed during the Boston Red Sox's 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night when Carlos Correa grounded out to second baseman Christian Arroyo to end the sixth inning. As Red Sox pitcher Eduardo..." October 19
MLB.com "Zack Greinke pitching a must-win postseason game was among the surest of sure bets during the six-time All-Star’s peak. It’s explicitly why the Astros acquired him ahead of the 2019 Trade Deadline. Now, with a 2-1 deficit in the American League Championship Series and..." October 19
CBS Sports "Nearly two weeks have passed since the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler following a disappointing 2021 season. It wasn't all Tingler's fault, of course; the Padres suffered from myriad injuries, especially on the pitching side, and their underlying measures suggested they..." October 18
CBS Sports "The Houston Astros lost Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday to the Boston Red Sox by a 9-5 margin (box score), thereby evening the best-of-seven series at 1-1 as the setting shifts to Fenway Park. More damaging to the Astros than the loss itself is what Game 2 did to..." October 18
ESPN "Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN. While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare..." October 17
Bleacher Report "No MLB postseason series lead is safe. According to Matt Kelly of MLB.com, there have been 14 instances in history when a team has blown a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. Those 14 losing teams make up our list of contenders for the title of worst playoff collapse in MLB..." October 17
Larry Brown Sports "Alex Rodriguez had a message for the “analytics people” in MLB on Saturday. Kiké Hernandez has been on fire this postseason. He hit two home runs in Game 1 of the ALCS and another homer in Game 2 on Saturday. He entered Game 2 of the ALCS batting .500 in the..." October 17
MLB Trade Rumors "As the offseason gets underway, players around baseball continue to elect minor league free agency. While the threshold for big league free agency (six-plus years of Major League service time) is well known, there are several methods of qualifying for minor league free agency. The..." October 17
The Athletic "So who is worth more, Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa? Oh, I know. Lindor signed a $341 million extension with the Mets because the team’s new owner, Steve Cohen, wanted to make a splash, show his fans he was willing to spend big. I can hear rival..." October 16