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  • MLB’s manager carousel — 8 teams with decisions to make

    The Athletic "The Phillies, Blue Jays, Angels and Rangers must decide what to do with their interim managers. The Marlins need to find a replacement for Don Mattingly. The White Sox and Royals almost certainly will make changes in the dugout; and..." October 01

  • The No. 1 offseason question for each eliminated team

    ESPN "This year's MLB playoff format will include the largest field ever for a full season, with 12 of the 30 teams (40%) retaining title hopes. For the other 60%, the start of the 2022 postseason means the start of the offseason. For these 18 clubs, the focus is now on 2023 and beyond...." October 01

  • Alex Verdugo on Dodgers' 2020 World Series title: 'A 60-game season, it's still hard to judge to this day'

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers won their 109th game (LAD 10, COL 1) and clinched baseball's best record, and thus home field advantage throughout the postseason. The 109 wins are the most since the 2001 Mariners went 116-46, and the most by a National League..." October 01

  • Clayton Kershaw Making Out with a Baseball

    Egotastic Sports "LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has gone viral for what you'd probably thing was all the wrong reasons if you were Clayton Kershaw, but then again, you probably would have realized that your playing at the highest level of your sport and that there are a lot of cameras covering the game, making..." October 01

  • Ranking Aaron Judge's potential landing spots

    CBS Sports "Aaron Judge launched his 61st home run of the year on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, meaning he's now tied Roger Maris' single-season records for both the New York Yankees franchise and the American League as a whole. Seeing as how Judge is also..." September 29

  • The Most Important Question Every MLB Team Must Answer in 2022-23 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 MLB season is winding to a close, and for more than half the league the focus will shift to the offseason in a matter of days, as only 12 teams will punch tickets to the postseason. From legitimate World Series contenders to cellar-dwellers, every team has at least one..." September 29

  • 'The golden age of Dodger baseball'? L.A. sets franchise wins record -- again -- but has just one ring

    ESPN "On Sept. 29, 2019, the Los Angeles Dodgers, unbeatable for the final week of that regular season, claimed their 106th victory, surpassing a franchise record that had stood for 66 years. On Oct. 3, 2021, on the heels of another furious late-season winning streak, they matched it. And on..." September 29

  • What's at stake over the final week of the MLB season?

    The Score "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is heading toward the finish line, and there are a number of intriguing items that still haven't been resolved. From Aaron Judge's Triple Crown chase to some undetermined winners of baseball hardware, the campaign's final week should..." September 29

  • Pitch clock cuts 25 minutes off minor-league baseball games in 2022

    CBS Sports "Earlier this month, Major League Baseball's competition committee voted to implement several rule changes for the 2023 season, including the installation of a pitch clock. As part of commissioner Rob Manfred's latest attempt to combat the sport's perceived pace-of-play issues,..." September 29

  • Which MLB pitchers were we too high or low on? Examining the predictions we got wrong

    The Athletic "You remember the hits, of course. You remember when a pitching model that attempts to take the noise out by focusing on stuff and locations alone helps you find players like Shane McClanahan, Dylan Cease, Sandy Alcantara, Spencer Strider, Zac Gallen, Adam..." September 29

  • MLB playoff picture: Three impacts of baseball's new 12-team postseason format

    CBS Sports "Less than one week remains in the 2022 MLB regular season and next Friday the postseason will begin with the best-of-three Wild Card Series. Baseball has a new 12-team postseason format and it remains to be seen whether it improves the product. I was skeptical of the Wild Card Game at first,..." September 29

  • MLB playoffs worry list: Biggest problem facing each team in likely field of 12

    The Athletic "One of the most important lessons I learned working in MLB front offices for more than a quarter century, including 16 years as a general manager, is that a team’s weaknesses will be exposed in the playoffs. Every team has weaknesses, even the heavyweights in this postseason’s..." September 28

  • Previewing The 2022-23 MLB Free Agent Class: Second Basemen

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the offseason drawing nearer, MLBTR will be breaking down the free-agent class on a position-by-position basis. MLBTR’s Anthony Franco already profiled this winter’s crop of catchers and first basemen. You can check out the full list of this..." September 28

  • Dodgers’ Dave Roberts doesn’t commit to putting Craig Kimbrel on postseason roster

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts recently relegated Craig Kimbrel from the closer role after an up and down season from the veteran reliever. On Wednesday, despite defending Kimbrel throughout much of the season, Roberts wouldn’t even commit to Kimbrel having a spot on..." September 28

  • Potential MLB Sleeper Teams to Watch for In 2023 Season

    Bleacher Report "With focus shifting to the MLB postseason in less than 10 days, the majority of fanbases are looking ahead to 2023 with hopes they can be in this position next year. This season was full of surprises, from the Baltimore Orioles emerging from worst in the AL to above .500 playoff..." September 28

  • Prepare to Wait Decades Before Seeing MLB's Next Member of the 700 Home Run Club

    Bleacher Report "It's only been a couple of days since Albert Pujols joined Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron and Barry Bonds in Major League Baseball's hallowed 700 home run club. You can expect the wait for the next new member to last not days, weeks, months or even years, but decades. Is this stating..." September 28

  • Everything to Know on MLB Playoff 2022 Races, Tiebreakers, Best Matchups, More

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's 2022 regular season will end in a little over a week on Oct. 5, so it's about time to get to know the playoff picture in depth. This is the part where everyone should take a deep breath, because suffice it to say, there's a heck of a lot that still..." September 27

  • Ranking the Top 10 MLB Hitters for the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Welcome to our final regular-season edition of the 2022 MLB hitter rankings, otherwise known as "Aaron Judge and the Mere Mortals." St. Louis' Paul Goldschmidt had been holding down our No. 1 spot for months, but while the Cardinals first baseman has faded in recent..." September 27

  • Previewing The 2022-23 MLB Free Agent Class: First Basemen

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the offseason approaches, MLBTR is taking a position-by-position look at the upcoming free agent class. Today, we’ll focus on first base, a group with a few well-regarded veterans coming off quality seasons at the top.   Top of the..." September 27

  • 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

  • Albert Pujols not worried about HR ball for No. 700: 'Souvenirs are for the fans'

    The Score "St. Louis Cardinals legend and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols isn't concerned about getting the ball he blasted into the bleachers at Dodger Stadium for his 700th career home run. "Souvenirs are for the fans," Pujols said postgame Friday..." September 24

  • Albert Pujols on Reaching 700 HRs: 'It Was Always About Winning Championships'

    Bleacher Report "St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols called hitting his 700th home run "pretty special" but said he won't focus too much on his individual accomplishments until retirement. Pujols, who became the fourth player in MLB history to reach the 700-homer plateau Friday..." September 24

  • MLB Network host absolutely nailed his stunning Albert Pujols prediction

    Larry Brown Sports "Greg Asminger of MLB Network shall henceforth be known as Nostradamus. Albert Pujols made history on Friday night when he belted the 700th home run of his career. The 42-year-old became just the fourth player in MLB history to hit that mark. Most people were skeptical that Pujols..." September 24

  • Cardinals' Albert Pujols becomes fourth MLB player to hit 700 career home runs

    USA Today "In what may be a fitting capstone to a Hall of Fame career, Albert Pujols on Friday connected for his 700th home run as a major leaguer, a feat accomplished by only three other sluggers in baseball history. The milestone homer – Pujols' second of the night – came in..." 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

  • Dodgers' Dave Roberts: Craig Kimbrel's 'stuff is starting to slide'

    True Blue L.A. "We end the week with a Leading Off with True Blue LA podcast that looks at Craig Kimbrel, whose hold on the Dodgers closer role is as tenuous as it’s been all year. The Dodgers rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday, but had to do so after..." 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

  • Dodgers exercising team option on Daniel Hudson for 2023 season

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers are picking up right-hander Daniel Hudson's $6.5 million option for the 2023 season, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. The 35-year-old Hudson suffered a season-ending torn left ACL in June when his knee buckled while..." 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

  • Clayton Kershaw 'leaning towards playing' another season

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw doesn't seem ready to hang up his cleats after this season. "As of now, I haven't really thought a whole lot about next year. But I do think I'm leaning towards playing over not, for sure," Kershaw..." 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

  • Poking Holes Into Historically Great Dodgers' Chances of Winning World Series

    Bleacher Nation "So you want to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs. That's going to be the extreme opposite of easy, what with their steady march toward historic greatness and all. Still, there might be ways. We'll get to those in a moment, but it's not a spoiler to..." September 21

  • 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

  • How is Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw still so good? His fellow MLB pitchers break it down

    The Athletic "During his days as a Dodger, Zack Greinke puzzled over the tendencies of his most venerated teammate. Clayton Kershaw, Greinke thought, was entirely too predictable. The curveball had made Kershaw famous. In spring training, Kershaw tinkered endlessly with a changeup...." September 20

  • David Price contemplating retirement after '22 season "Dodgers pitcher David Price might be retiring after the 2022 season -- but he hasn't quite decided yet.  "It’s just time," Price told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in a report on Sunday. "Everything on my body hurts." News..." September 19

  • 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 Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman became the Dodgers' leading men

    ESPN "Mookie Betts was on still on the injured list when he initiated the most consequential conversation of the Dodgers' 2022 season, walking up to manager Dave Roberts in the dugout during a June game with a question. "What are you going to do with the lineup?" Betts wanted to..." September 17

  • Here's how close Albert Pujols is to 700 home runs

    ESPN "Albert Pujols is one of the greatest hitters of all time, a force at the plate who racked up three MVP awards and two World Series titles. Now, near the end of his incredible career, he's about to add a rare honor to his collection of achievements. Pujols..." September 17