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  • Why Each Top MLB World Series Contender Could Lose in 2022 Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Don't worry about trying to slug through the final couple of weeks of the MLB regular season. Playoffs are around the corner, and we should have a good feel for who the top contenders will be in October. The NL East race is still compelling, with the New York Mets..." September 24

  • The shocking team in the Jacob deGrom free agency sweepstakes, revealed

    Clutch Points "The MLB offseason hasn’t even started, and the race for the top names in the league are on. One of the biggest names available in the offseason is Jacob deGrom, who has publicly stated that he will test free agency in 2023. Because of that, teams like the Atlanta Braves are already..." September 23

  • Only in Baseball: The Most Head-Scratching Results of the 2022 MLB Regular Season

    Bleacher Report "Over the course of a 162-game MLB season, the cream eventually rises to the top, and the bad teams lose roughly two out of every three games in the battle for draft position. But shrink the sample size down to a month, a week, a series or even a single game, and some truly weird..." September 23

  • Nico Hoerner showed the Cubs what he can do. Now it’s time to build around him

    The Athletic "The Cubs had already shut down Nico Hoerner for the season when he met the media in PNC Park’s visiting dugout late last September. There were questions about injuries, who would play shortstop next year and how the team could maintain or reestablish certain elements..." September 23

  • Every MLB Franchise's Most Heartbreaking Team Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "There is something about heartbreak as a sports fan that sticks with you above almost anything else, even the ultimate success. As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, the 2003 season is just as vivid a memory for me as the 2016 World Series title, and every fanbase has that missed..." September 23

  • Angel Hernandez rebukes MLB for referencing overturned calls outside scope of lawsuit

    The Athletic "Umpire Angel Hernandez responded to Major League Baseball in court Wednesday as part of his long-running discrimination lawsuit, accusing the league of a “hit piece” and “ad hominem attacks” for pointing out his three overturned calls in Game 3 of the..." September 23

  • Predictions for Top 2022-23 MLB Free Agents with Offseason Approaching

    Bleacher Report "For MLB fans of teams that have fallen out of the postseason race, the focus has already turned to the rapidly approaching offseason and what promises to be another exciting free-agency circus headlined by Aaron Judge and Trea Turner. As the regular season winds to a close and before..." September 22

  • MLB’s new rules could mean more steals, higher averages, but which players benefit most?

    The Athletic "We know the rules will be different next season. We don’t know which players will be hurt or helped the most, though. There will be a pitch clock, set at 15 seconds with nobody on base. The bases will be bigger. To combat excessive shifting, infielders will have to be..." September 22

  • MLB's All-Star Team for 2nd Half of 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "The Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks have been playing for a whole lot of nothing over the second half of the 2022 MLB season, but try telling that to Nathaniel Lowe, Joey Meneses and Zac Gallen, who have been producing at an All-Star level for the past two..." September 22

  • Mets set record for hit batsmen in season "One of the most inevitable subplots of the 2022 Mets season reached its climax on Wednesday, when the club set a modern AL/NL record with its 106th hit batsman of the season. It’s a mark that no one on the Mets wished to achieve. “It’s like a broken record..." September 22

  • MLB home run record: 15 current sluggers who could be next to make push for a 60-homer season

    CBS Sports "Aaron Judge is having a season for the ages. We already knew that, but he went deep again Tuesday night and it was No. 60. He's now the sixth player in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a single regular season.  One of the many topics on our minds is who..." September 21

  • Reds set MLB record with 99 hit batters in a season

    The Athletic "The Reds have a shot at becoming the first team in the modern era of Major League Baseball to hit 100 batters, setting a new record with 99 in 2022 on Tuesday. Reds rookie starter Nick Lodolo hit three Red Sox batters in Tuesday’s game to..." September 21

  • MLB teams that should consider unpopular trades of star players this offseason

    The Athletic "Being a general manager is not a popularity contest. Sometimes, making an unpopular trade is the right decision for a franchise. To most Nationals fans, dealing superstar Juan Soto to the Padres at the trade deadline was the most unpopular trade of the..." September 20

  • Six MLB Teams Set To Pay Luxury Tax In 2022

    MLB Trade Rumors "Six teams are set to pay penalties under the newly restructured competitive balance/luxury tax for their 2022 payrolls, per a report from the Associated Press. Each of the Mets, Dodgers, Yankees, Phillies, Padres and Red Sox is currently over the threshold. That marks just the second time..." September 20

  • 2 biggest World Series threats to Dodgers in National League

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Dodgers are not just the class of the National League, but the best team in all of baseball. But is this Dodgers team destined to reach the World Series. As baseball fans know, the best team doesn’t always reach the Fall Classic… just ask the 2019..." September 20

  • Wait, MLB tiebreaker games are gone? Here's what the rule change means for this season

    ESPN "There have been 12 single-game tiebreakers in MLB history. Each of them brought the nerves and anticipation of a playoff matchup, even though they were played as regular-season games -- but game No. 163 is now a thing of the past. With an expanded playoff format launching this..." September 20

  • Previewing The 2022-23 MLB Free Agent Class: Catchers

    MLB Trade Rumors "There’s only two weeks left in the regular season, and half the league is all but officially out of postseason contention at this point. All 30 teams are assuredly looking ahead to the offseason to some extent, and that’s all the more true for the clubs that are merely playing out..." September 20

  • The 10 MLB prospects who had breakout seasons in 2022

    ESPN "With the end of the season nearing, it's time to look back at some of the best performances of the season in the minors. I want to apply the way scouts grade specific players' tools -- for the bigger fans of the prospect game, you're well acquainted with the 20-80 scouting scale --..." September 19

  • MLB’s new rules: How pitch clock, shift ban and bigger bases will — and won’t — change the game

    The Athletic "There’s a thing I’ve noticed about sports: When you change the rules, stuff happens. So here we are, a week or so after baseball announced its three most tide-shifting rule changes in almost half a century — pitch clock, shift limits and bases the size of..." September 19

  • Biggest Regrets From the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Pretty much every Major League Baseball team regrets something it did or did not do at the trade deadline on August 2. But some of those regrets are bigger than others. Could the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox have done more to improve their rosters ahead of the..." September 17

  • How to give good news: The art of telling a prospect he’s going to the big leagues

    The Athletic "The photo is fuzzy, snapped in a surreptitious hurry, but its lack of focus does little to obscure what appears to be obvious: T.J. Friedl is straight up not having a good time. The outfielder stands in the middle distance, arms crossed and hips slightly forward, eye black on and his cap pulled..." September 17

  • Ranking Trea Turner's Potential Landing Spots In Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "With mere weeks standing between him and a date with Major League Baseball's free-agent market, Trea Turner just made it easier to speculate about where he'll end up. Though the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop told Bill Plunkett of the Orange..." September 16

  • Aaron Judge and the Best Contract Years in MLB History

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge is putting the finishing touches on one of the most impressive contract years in baseball history, and a massive payday awaits this offseason as he tests the free-agent waters for the first time in his career. That got us to thinking about some..." September 16

  • The drink that has taken over baseball "It's getting late in the day and Giants reliever John Brebbia has just finished his workout. He can already feel the soreness creeping in. He gathers up his glove and bags and begins heading home. There's an afternoon game tomorrow, so he has to get to bed early. But..." September 16

  • Every MLB Team's Most Important Upcoming Free-Agent Decision

    Bleacher Report "Two of the best players in baseball are set to reach free agency for the first time this winter as New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner will take their tremendous talent to the open market. Whether those two major market teams are able..." September 15

  • Trea Turner: 'Everything is in play' for impending free agency

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star shortstop Trea Turner will be one of this offseason's marquee free agents and he says he's keeping his options open. "I'm an East Coast guy. But with free agency, you get a chance to pick and control it as much as you can in..." September 15

  • Will MLB's shift ban make a noticeable difference?

    CBS Sports "Throughout the season the CBS Sports MLB experts will bring you a weekly Batting Around roundtable breaking down pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we debated the NL East race. This week..." September 15

  • 13 MLB players who need to step up as the postseason races heat up

    The Athletic "Only three more weeks remain in the MLB regular season and the postseason races are heating up. The Braves trail the Mets by only half a game in the National League East and the White Sox are just three back of the Guardians in the American..." September 15

  • Why rival evaluators believe Willson Contreras might stay with Cubs

    ESPN "Before the Aug. 2 trade deadline, the goodbyes and tributes for Willson Contreras seemed to occur almost daily. The cheers and tears were heartfelt and voluminous, curtain calls for one of the last Cubs remaining from the 2016 championship team. But in the end, Contreras..." September 15

  • The 10 Matchups We Desperately Want To See in 2022 MLB Postseason

    Bleacher Report "Regardless of who faces whom, Major League Baseball's 2022 postseason will be a thrilling ride for 26-30 days. But there are a handful of possible matchups that would really move the proverbial needle. For this discussion, all forms of matchups are on the..." September 15

  • MLB Predictions for Stretch Run of 2022 Regular Season

    Bleacher Report "The Major League Baseball season is in its stretch run midway through September. It's the time of year when records are being chased and awards positioning is solidified. This season particularly is compelling with Aaron Judge chasing Roger Maris' home run record, Shohei..." September 15

  • Minor-league baseball players unionize: Minor leaguers officially join MLBPA after authorization

    CBS Sports "At long last, there will be a union for minor-league baseball players. The news has been building the last few weeks, and on Wednesday, an arbiter approved the MiLB players union authorization cards, which showed there was enough support from minor leaguers to join the MLB Players..." September 15

  • Across MLB, spin rates are back up near their peak. Is the sticky stuff here to stay?

    The Athletic "Is the battle against spin hopeless? Spin rates around baseball are climbing back up — almost back to where they were before baseball started to more actively enforce the foreign substance rules mid-season last year — and it’s probably due to some sort of evolution in the..." September 14

  • 2022-23 MLB free agency tiers

    ESPN "Less than a month remains in baseball's regular season, and with October bound to breeze by as it always does, free agency is nearly upon Major League Baseball. The 2022-23 class is solid, headlined by a mix of MVP-caliber hitters and elite, wizened pitchers. If you need a..." September 14

  • Hot-Seat Rankings for the MLB Managers Most Likely to Be Fired

    Bleacher Report "If the New York Yankees don't at least make it to the World Series next month, will Aaron Boone return in 2023 as the manager of the pinstripes? Is the sixth losing season in seven years under Don Mattingly enough for the Miami Marlins to move on from Donnie..." September 13

  • MLB's new rules look positive, but what are the unintended consequences?

    The Score "Last week, Major League Baseball announced it will implement three dramatic rules changes next year: a pitch clock, a shift ban, and larger bases. They are some of the most significant on-field rule changes since lowering the height of the pitching mound in 1969. What type of impact..." September 13

  • 8 MLB players who've seen their values skyrocket this season

    USA Today "Every year, a few weeks before the autumn leaves, the collective mindset of fantasy baseball managers begins to change. And the boys of summer cede the spotlight to the gladiators of the gridiron. But that doesn’t mean we can just forget about our fantasy baseball teams. As..." September 13

  • Rawlings to award Gold Gloves to utility MLB players starting this season

    The Athletic "Rawlings will begin awarding Gold Gloves to utility players from the American and National Leagues, effective this season, the company announced Tuesday. This is in addition to the nine Gold Gloves given to the top defensive position players in each league. “We’re thrilled..." September 13

  • The Best and Worst MLB Trades from the 2022 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's been more than a month since Major League Baseball's trade deadline came and went on Aug. 2. That's enough time for knee-jerk reactions to have given way to first impressions. So, let's discuss which trades are working out for the best...and for the..." September 12

  • Why having enough left-handed hitting is crucial in October for MLB teams

    ESPN "Brian Cashman must feel cursed. For years, the New York Yankees general manager has been on a mission to find balance in his lineup, and just when he thought he had finally captured it, it vanished. The Yankees have fallen on hard times, and it's in part because of..." September 12

  • What MLB players and managers are saying about the rule changes for 2023

    The Athletic "Major League Baseball’s competition committee approved a slate of rule changes that will go into effect for the 2023 season. The changes include the implementation of a pitch clock, restrictions on defensive shifts and larger bases. The new rules sparked varied reactions from..." September 12

  • MLB rule changes are a net positive, but the league still isn't addressing its biggest issue

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball officially revealed Friday that there will be some high-profile rule changes for the 2023 season. The rules contain details upon intricacies, but the "yada yada yada" version is:  The bases will be bigger There will be a..." September 10

  • Every MLB Team's Biggest Second-Half Surprise of the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "The MLB season is a long one, and sometimes a player's full-season worth of stats don't tell the entire story. A poor first half can make it difficult to return a season stat line to respectability before the end of the year, which can in turn mask a stellar second-half..." September 10

  • Reds Claim Luke Farrell

    Redleg Nation "The Cincinnati Reds have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from the Chicago Cubs via a waiver claim. Farrell was placed on waivers earlier this week when the Cubs activated former Red Wade Miley from the 60-day injured list and needed to create a roster spot. Luke Farrell..." September 09

  • What you need to know about MLB's 2023 rule changes

    ESPN "Change is coming to the major leagues! On Friday, Major League Baseball's competition committee voted to implement rule changes that will begin in 2023. All of these rules have been in place in the minor leagues over the previous seasons, leading to wide-ranging changes in pace of..." September 09

  • White Sox Claim Nicholas Padilla, Designate Anderson Severino

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox have claimed right-hander Nicholas Padilla off waivers from the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte, tweets Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Southpaw Anderson Severino was designated for assignments to open a spot on the 40-man..." September 09

  • Rob Manfred Notified MLBPA That MLB Will Voluntarily Recognize Minor League Union

    Bleacher Report "A majority of minor league baseball players have voted to unionize and allow MLBPA to represent them at the bargaining table. With that in place, Commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledged Friday that MLB will voluntarily recognize the new union.   The..." September 09

  • MLB's new pre-arbitration bonus program includes money based on new version of WAR, according to memo

    ESPN "Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease could win the American League Cy Young award and Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen has thrown 41? consecutive scoreless innings, but both trail the leader in the Wins Above Replacement metric that will award money for..." September 09

  • MLB expected to approve pitch clock, shift bans for 2023

    The Score "Significant rule changes are about to come to Major League Baseball. MLB is expected to approve several changes for the 2023 season in a vote Friday, including a pitch clock and defensive shift bans, sources told Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The..." September 08

  • A guide to MLB’s stretch run: 8 things we’ll learn in September

    The Athletic "The calendar says it’s September, and how the heck did that happen? But we interrupt your fantasy football draft for this important announcement. We have four weeks left in this fascinating baseball season. So just think about all there is to be decided. Think about everything..." September 08