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  • Rob Manfred standing down on Atlanta's tomahawk chop, nickname

    USA Today "There has been no pressure placed on Atlanta towards changing its nickname or banning the Tomahawk Chop by its fans, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday, supporting Atlanta’s stance. “I think it’s important to understand that we have 30 markets in the..." October 26

  • How prosperous starting rotation got Atlanta Braves to the World Series

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Braves are in the World Series for the first time since 1999. Overcoming the devastating Ronald Acuña injury and a sub-.500 record at the All-Star Break, the Braves found a way to win the NL East. Once in the postseason, Atlanta took out the Milwaukee..." October 26

  • Joc Pederson Writes Letter to ATL

    The Player's Tribune "Getting traded sucks. Like, I won’t lie — I wasn’t looking to leave Chicago. I enjoyed playing for the Cubs, enjoyed the city, enjoyed Wrigley….. plus I’d already changed teams last offseason. I wasn’t exactly dying to do it twice in a..." October 26

  • How the Braves saved their season

    The Score "On July 10 in Miami, Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. raced back to the right-field warning track, chasing a fly ball off the bat of Jazz Chisholm. Acuna leaped and landed awkwardly, twisting his right knee. He crumpled to the ground, tried to walk off, then fell to the turf again. He held..." October 26

  • 7 important questions as baseball work stoppage appears likely this winter

    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

  • Astros’ Lance McCullers will not pitch in World Series vs. Braves

    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

  • Bold Predictions for Braves vs. Astros Showdown

    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

  • 2021 MLB Free Agents: Latest Rumors, Predictions Before World Series

    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

  • MLB 'almost certain' to have first work stoppage in 26 years

    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

  • 2 trades Dodgers need to make 2022 World Series

    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

  • The 10 Players Who Will Decide the Astros vs. Braves 2021 World Series Winner

    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

  • Fixing MLB's Problems Being Exposed During the Postseason

    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

  • How the NL champion Braves were built

    The Score "While the Houston Astros are making their third World Series appearance in the past five years, the Atlanta Braves haven't advanced to the Fall Classic since 1999. The club was in the middle of what was a slightly underwhelming dynasty that ended up winning 14 straight division titles from..." October 25

  • Will the 2021 MLB playoffs spell the end of starters pitching in relief?

    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

  • Where Will Max Scherzer Land in Free Agency?

    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

  • Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton to start Game 1 vs. Astros

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Braves right-hander Charlie Morton will see some familiar faces on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series. The Braves announced Sunday that Morton will start the opener of the best-of-seven series against the host Houston Astros, the team he played for from 2017-18. October 24

  • There’s never been a World Series team quite like these Braves — Jayson Stark’s Weird and Wild

    The Athletic "It was 11:43 p.m. in the Eastern time zone when the baseball earth shifted. Will Smith rocked and fired one last spinning four-seam fastball. AJ Pollock sizzled a ground ball toward short, where Dansby Swanson was waiting. For a pick. A spin. One final throw to first. And..." October 24

  • Braves' Eddie Rosario named NLCS MVP after record performance "Eddie Rosario’s son, Lucas, bounded back and forth between the front edge of the podium and the spot where his father was standing a few feet away. Lucas wore a blue-and-red jacket over a blue-and-red T-shirt, and he clutched a pop-it toy in one hand. He looked around in awe as tens of..." October 24

  • Dave Roberts makes cryptic comment in postgame press conference

    Larry Brown Sports "Dave Roberts made a cryptic comment in his postgame press conference after his Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from the postseason on Saturday night. The Dodgers’ season came to an end with a 4-2 loss in Game 6 of the NLCS in Atlanta. The Dodgers had the second-best record..." October 24

  • Manager forgot his name; GM couldn't even watch: Meet Braves' playoff hero

    USA Today "Tyler Matzek stood alone on the infield grass late Saturday night, listening to the sellout crowd still roaring, Braves teammates and family members hugging one another, trying to understand what just happened. Matzek was out of baseball four years ago. He was living in an RV three..." October 24

  • Travis Tritt to Sing Nat'l Anthem at NLCS Game After Vaccine Stance

    TMZ "Travis Tritt took a hard-line stance on performing at places requiring anything to help stop the spread of COVID-19 -- and in return, he's singing at a playoff MLB game. The country star is set to belt out the National Anthem Saturday at Truist Park, where the Braves are..." October 23

  • Realistic MLB Trades That Could Happen in 2021 Offseason

    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

  • Freddie Freeman responds to narrative that Braves are playoff chokers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves are hearing some familiar and unwelcome music after Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. Now one of their stars is admitting that they have to confront their demons head-on. Speaking with reporters after the Game 5 defeat, Braves..." October 22

  • Who's going to the World Series? Answering the big questions left for Astros-Red Sox and Braves-Dodgers

    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

  • 4 stats about Chris Taylor’s huge night in NLCS Game 5

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided elimination by beating the Atlanta Braves 11-2 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. They got the win largely due to Chris Taylor’s monster effort. Taylor went 4-for-5 with three home runs and six RBIs in the win. He was one..." October 22

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Disappointment of 2021

    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

  • Atlanta Braves eye World Series trip in Game 5 at L.A.

    Sportsnaut "Freddie Freeman made it clear late Wednesday night that he was not in the mood to compare strikingly similar scenarios. Up 3-1 in last year’s National League Championship Series, Freeman and the Atlanta Braves were bowled over by the Los Angeles Dodgers and missed their chance..." October 21

  • Two teams the Blue Jays should call for high-end pitching trade options

    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

  • MLB's best home plate umpires aren't working its biggest games

    The Score "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. October 21

  • Will Carlos Beltrán get second chance as MLB manager?

    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

  • Why Robot Umps Aren't the Best Solution to MLB's Umpiring Problem...Yet

    Bleacher Report "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. October 20

  • With 1 Cody Bellinger Blast, Dodgers Regain NLCS Edge and Have Braves Feeling Deja Vu

    Bleacher Report "Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 3 of the 2021 NLCS, it felt like the series was over. The Atlanta Braves were ahead 2-0 in the series and led 5-2 in the game. Luke Jackson (1.98 ERA during the regular season) and Will Smith (five scoreless innings of work thus far..." October 20

  • What’s Next For Reds Once Nick Castellanos Makes Opt Out Decision?

    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

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Surprise of 2021

    Bleacher Report "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. October 20

  • World Series 2021 Predictions: Full Schedule and Picks for Fall Classic

    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

  • Ranking Top 25 Potential Trade Chips of the 2021-22 MLB Offseason

    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

  • Top MLB free agents of 2021-2022

    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

  • Joc Pederson says he’d have stayed in L.A., but the Dodgers weren’t interested. Now it’s costing them

    The Athletic "On the first day of free agency, Joc Pederson’s phone rang. On the line was Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. He was not calling to discuss a new contract. He was calling to say goodbye. Pederson had spent a decade in the Dodgers organization...." October 19

  • Previewing The 2021-22 MLB Free Agent Class: Starting Pitchers

    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

  • Padres managerial candidates: Five names San Diego should consider, including Ron Washington and Mike Shildt

    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

  • Major League Baseball to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022

    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

  • Ranking the Worst MLB Playoff Collapses of All Time

    Bleacher Report "No MLB postseason series lead is safe. According to Matt Kelly of, 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

  • Alex Rodriguez has message for the ‘analytics people’ in MLB

    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 Players Recently Electing Free Agency

    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

  • Despite being part of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Carlos Correa should hit it big in free agency

    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

  • Previewing The 2021-22 Free Agent Class: Corner Outfield

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the League Championship Series having kicked off tonight, we’re moving ever closer to the offseason. With free agency approaching, MLBTR has taken a position-by-position look at the options who’ll be available on the open market. Today, we turn our attention to the..." October 16

  • Max Scherzer plans to 'party first,' then likely start NLCS Game 1

    Yardbarker "Three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer picked up the first save of his decorated career to secure the Los Angeles Dodgers a spot in the National League Championship Series. Less than two days after those late-game heroics, Scherzer is expected to be on the mound again for Game 1..." October 15

  • Ranking the Cardinals' four best manager candidates to replace fired Mike Shildt

    Sporting News "Mike Shildt is out as the Cardinals manager, fired during a Thursday morning meeting with John Mozeliak, the club’s president of baseball operations.  It was a surprise to Shildt, as characterized by Mozeliak, who cited “philosophical..." October 14

  • Best and Worst Landing Spots for MLB's Top 5 Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "When the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason concludes in a few weeks, suitors will start lining up for one of the best free-agent classes in recent memory. It'll be up to those free agents to choose their next homes wisely. October 14

  • Ron Washington? Buck Showalter? Breaking down possible Mets managerial candidates.

    Yahoo! Sports "Round and round and round we go. For the fifth time in a five-year span, the Mets are searching for another manager. Following Terry Collins’ stretch at the helm from 2011-17, the Mets have gone through three managers and recorded losing records in three of their last four..." October 14