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  • MLB's Top Candidates for Positive and Negative Regression at Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "With the Major League Baseball regular season nearly six weeks old, there are a few statistical anomalies that appear to be unsustainable. Justin Verlander and Michael Wacha cannot possibly maintain their historically great marks in batting average against and baserunners stranded,..." May 17

  • Evaluating 3 best David Price trade options for Dodgers

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is looking for an opportunity to start and it seems the club wants to make it happen. With Peter Gammons of The Athletic reporting the Dodgers’ willingness to move Price, he’s now one of the leading MLB trade..." May 16

  • In Defense of Umpires: Why Complaints About MLB's 'Ump Show' Problem Miss the Mark

    Bleacher Report "Take it easy on Major League Baseball's umpires, would ya? Yeah, I know. This isn't an easy ask in the best of times, and the 2022 season has only been the best of times for umpires if one unironically enjoys what they call the "ump show." To..." May 14

  • 3 best Xander Bogaerts trade destinations

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox entered 2022 hoping to compete for a World Series and to sign a Xander Bogaerts contract extension. Nearly two months into the season, neither seem like realistic possibilities as Boston plummets down the MLB standings. Bogaerts, the..." May 13

  • PitchCom -- aimed at foiling MLB's would-be sign-stealers -- is (mostly) winning over the skeptics

    ESPN "Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow was skeptical about PitchCom at first. The electronic device, used to transmit pitch signals from the catcher to the pitcher in an effort to curb sign stealing, is brand new in Major League Baseball this season, and Barlow wondered what..." May 13

  • MLB Report Card Grades for All 30 Teams Early in 2022

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is nearly 20 percent completed (five out of 26 weeks), which is the perfect time for some early report card grades. Marks for each team are based on how their play has compared to preseason expectations. (Win totals via DraftKings.) In other..." May 13

  • 10 Potential MLB Trade Deadline Rental Bats Off To Strong Starts

    MLB Trade Rumors "As always, this year’s trade deadline will prominently feature many players who will be eligible for free agency after the season.  Here’s a look at 10 rental hitters off to strong starts who could be available in trade.  All of the teams included in this post currently..." May 11

  • MLB regular season games to be played in London starting in 2023

    Clutch Points "The MLB has announced future plans for games held in the city of London, beginning in 2023. The partnership features regular season games in 2023, 2024, and 2026. The MLB held games in London for the first time in its history back in 2019, where the Red..." May 11

  • Three MLB pitchers who are off to surprisingly strong starts in 2022

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's regular season is now more than a month old. Every team has played at least 25 games, or 15 percent of its schedule. In other words, it's that time of the year when people start wondering, is their team's seemingly overperforming player for real? After all,..." May 11

  • Rob Manfred says league's goal for baseballs is consistency, gripping agent could be approved by next year

    CBS Sports "Just over a month into the 2022 Major League Baseball season, unfortunately, one of the biggest stories to this point has been the ball. The actual, physical orb we have long called a baseball is a discussion point, and mostly a negative one.  Here at CBS Sports, Mike Axisa..." May 10

  • Shohei Ohtani: 2022 baseballs 'aren't as juiced' as they used to be

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani believes the new baseballs being used this season have been responsible for a dip in offensive production throughout the league. "I do feel it personally, and just by watching the games, I feel like the balls aren't..." May 10

  • Nationals Select Carl Edwards Jr.

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced a trio of roster moves, including the selection of Carl Edwards Jr.’s minor league contract to the active roster.  To create space on the 26-man and 40-man rosters, the Nats optioned right-hander Andres Machado to Triple-A and moved..." May 10

  • Study Confirms Which MLB Team’s Fans Drinks The Most Alcohol

    Total Pro Sports "It’s no surprise that sports fans consume a ton of alcohol at games, but which fan base drinks the most in Major League Baseball. NY Gambling Online surveyed 2,000 MLB fans across the country to see which teams have the “booziest” fanbase. " May 10

  • Nationals Gerardo Parra Retires

    MLB Trade Rumors "After 12 Major League seasons, Gerardo Parra has decided to retire, as reported by MASNsports.com’s Dan Kolko during today’s broadcast.  Parra will move into a new role as a special assistant in the Nationals front office. Parra (who celebrated his 35th..." May 08

  • How much impact has MLB's universal DH had?

    CBS Sports "The designated hitter rule, in which pitchers are not forced to humiliate themselves at the plate, is now a permanent presence in Major League Baseball. The DH has of course been in force in the American League since 1973, and the National League used it during the COVID-abbreviated 2020..." May 07

  • 1 Takeaway For Every MLB Team 1 Month Into 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Exactly one month ago today, the 2022 Major League Baseball season finally began after a protracted lockout and a shortened spring training.  We don't know everything about all 30 of the league's teams just yet, but we know a lot more than we did before. As such, it's..." May 07

  • What April attendance reveals about MLB's worrying trend

    The Score "MLB avoided the worst outcomes of losing regular-season games to the lockout, but the sport's overall attendance trends are still pointing downward. While no games were lost, the lockout generated significant negative publicity. That's nothing new. Attendance has declined..." May 07

  • MLB State of the Position 2022: Every Team's 5-Year Plan at Second Base

    Bleacher Report "The second base position is not the deepest in baseball right now, though young stars like Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jake Cronenworth, Jorge Polanco and Jonathan India are capable of making a major impact. The next generation of players at the position is led by Nick Gonzales..." May 07

  • Twelve MLB hitters doing things right but getting the wrong results

    The Athletic "If you listen to the podcast, you’ve heard the secret sauce: chase rate, barrel rate, contact rate. Give me a hitter who knows the strike zone, has bat speed, and can put the bat on the ball, and I’ll show you Mike Trout. What’s even better about these..." May 06

  • Padres' Manny Machado and the 10 Players Defining MLB's 2022 Season so Far

    Bleacher Report "If you had to sum up the entire 2022 Major League Baseball season in just 10 players, could you do it? We're not talking about a ranking of the 10 best players. That's easy. I mean, it's subjective and would start a lot of arguments, but it's easy to just pick and rank..." May 06

  • Dinelson Lamet trade scenarios: 3 best fits for San Diego Padres’ hurler

    Sportsnaut "According to The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, the San Diego Padres have discussed trading right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet. The 29-year-old has been in and out of the Padres’ starting rotation the last four years due to injuries and the team’s rotation glut of late..." May 05

  • What's been the biggest surprise so far of the 2022 MLB season?

    CBS Sports "We are now a full month into the 2022 MLB regular season. The sample sizes aren't so small and fan bases are gaining and losing hope with each passing day. That said, there is still a lot -- A LOT -- of season to play, and plenty of teams are still vying for a spot in the new 12-team..." May 05

  • 7 Early Predictions for the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 MLB trade deadline is still three months away, but it's never too early to start envisioning what teams might look like as the time nears.  By mid-July, the landscape will be much clearer, and that's when fans can expect the market to move. Contenders..." May 05

  • MLB Teams Should Keep An Eye On These Pitching Trade Targets

    MLB Trade Rumors "Less than three months remain until the August 2nd MLB trade deadline, and starting pitching is always a hot commodity.  Here’s a look at 18 starters who might be available in the coming months.   Top of the..." May 05

  • Swinging less could be the answer to MLB’s offensive woes. But is it bad for the sport?

    The Athletic "Ted Williams’ first rule of hitting was “get a good ball to hit.” In today’s game, there is, of course, still value in patience. But if you think that analytics have made baseball more boring, it’s yet another strategy that could hurt the sport’s..." May 05

  • Rays’ Wander Franco can spearhead the action revolution that MLB so badly desires

    The Athletic "Call them “action guys.” For lack of a better phrase, that’s how I would describe the high-contact, extra-base threats who embody the kind of excitement Major League Baseball wants to restore to the game. Action guys are not the only kinds of hitters who..." May 05

  • Nationals, Franklyn Kilome Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals recently signed right-hander Franklyn Kilome to a minor league contract, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He has been assigned to the team’s Florida complex but will likely head to Triple-A Rochester after spending some time building into..." May 05

  • Potential MLB Landing Spots for Robinson Cano After Mets Release

    Bleacher Report "Robinson Cano and the New York Mets are parting ways, but he may yet get to write a final chapter to his MLB career with another team. The 39-year-old began the 2022 season as their starting second baseman but hit just .195 through 12 games. This was on the heels of a season-long..." May 04

  • What the heck is going on with the baseball? Everything you need to know about MLB's scoring drought

    ESPN "Tune in to an MLB game on any given night, and there's a good chance the conversation will turn to the topic that's dominating the sport so far this season. The latest exploits of Shohei Ohtani? Nope. The red-hot starts both New York teams are off to in 2022? Try again...." May 04

  • Stunning MLB Predictions That Could Actually Happen in 2022

    Bleacher Report "Now that it's May, enough time has passed in the 2022 Major League Baseball season to accept some early trends as absolute truths and adjust expectations accordingly. So, here are seven outrageous predictions that might just come true. In putting these predictions..." May 03

  • 11 Potential Landing Spots For Robinson Cano

    CBS Sports "Robinson Canó's time with the New York Mets is over. The Mets designated Canó for assignment on Monday, the day teams must trim their rosters from 28 players to 26. New York opted to keep JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, and Dominic..." May 03

  • Who Are the 20 Best MLB Players Right Now?

    Bleacher Report "Voting for Major League Baseball's 2022 All-Star Game won't even begin for another month, but it's never too early to start arguing over who is currently the best in the business. This ranking of MLB's top players is not exclusively rooted in 2022 production...." May 02

  • How bad is it for MLB hitters? Baseball has its worst batting average in history

    USA Today "Hitters across Major League Baseball can take heart: They were, in fact, getting robbed of hits and extra bases all throughout April. The anecdotal factors at hand – a deadened baseball, the use of humidors in every major league stadium, expanded pitching staffs to mitigate a..." May 02

  • How MLB stadiums have stayed flush with hot dogs – in spite of inflation, supply chain problems

    USA Today "Go to a Major League Baseball game, and the invisible effects of analytics are everywhere – from the pitches being thrown, to the positioning of fielders or the swing plane of the hitters. And even the hot dog you might enjoy at the ballpark. Two years of shuttered,..." May 02

  • Where Do Seiya Suzuki, Steven Kwan Rank Among Best MLB Rookie Starts Since 2000?

    Bleacher Report "Both Seiya Suzuki and Steven Kwan have gotten out to fantastic starts for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Guardians, respectively. But how do those debut months stack up with what we've witnessed since the beginning of the millennium? Because both Suzuki and Kwan made..." May 01

  • Padres discussing Dinelson Lamet trade with other teams

    The Score "The San Diego Padres are discussing potential trades involving right-hander Dinelson Lamet with other clubs, sources told The Athletic's Dennis Lin. San Diego is looking to create some flexibility for potential offensive additions, and clearing Lamet's..." April 30

  • After 11 years, Jason Krizan rewarded with MLB debut

    MLB.com "When he was selected by the Tigers in the eighth round of the 2011 Draft, ?Jason Krizan? received a piece of advice from his father: “Play until someone doesn’t give you a uniform anymore.”  Krizan took those words to heart, though his resolve was tested as he..." April 30

  • Ranking the Top 25 MLB Players of Upcoming 2022-23 Free-Agent Class

    Bleacher Report "Following a loaded 2021-22 MLB free-agent class, this upcoming offseason could be a letdown by comparison, but that's not to say big names couldn't change teams. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner and New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge are..." April 29

  • MLB's Ball Controversy Could Define the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Another year, another whirlwind of distrust over just what the heck is going on with Major League Baseball's baseballs. In the back half of the 2010s, there were questions abound about whether the ball was juiced as home run rates soared to record highs. Three years..." April 29

  • Ranking MLB's 10 Most Dangerous Offenses So Far in the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "At this time of year, pitchers are typically still ahead of hitters in the MLB season. Offensive struggles are to be expected early on, but some teams stand out from the beginning.  Even this year, with a shortened spring training, there are offensive juggernauts worth..." April 28

  • With the ball again a topic of conversation, a pre-tacked version can’t come soon enough

    The Athletic "The ball. Every year it’s something with the freaking ball. The current season is only three weeks old, and already the ball is the subject of two debates — whether it’s too dead and whether its surface is too inconsistent, creating frustration for..." April 28

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Teams' Homegrown Talent for the 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "In an ideal world, every MLB draft pick and amateur free-agent signing would develop as hoped and go on to make an impact at the big league level. But that's simply not how things play out. For small-market teams, finding young, cost-controlled assets is the key to..." April 28

  • Nationals, Zack Burdi Agree To Minor League Deal

    CBS Sports "Burdi was cut loose by the Diamondbacks in mid-March but has now latched on with the Nationals. He made seven appearances between the White Sox and Orioles last season and allowed six earned runs with a 7:5 K:BB over 10 innings. " April 28

  • 10 MLB Prospects off to Red-Hot Starts in the Minor Leagues

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 minor league baseball season is in full swing, and while the standout rookies at the MLB level generate the bulk of the attention, it's worth shining some light on some of the standout performers still rising the minor-league ranks. Ahead we've highlighted..." April 28

  • What to believe — and not believe — in the first month of the MLB season

    The Athletic "I love the fact that no matter how much we all like to make predictions based on scouting reports, analytics, algorithms, development projects or the eye test, baseball players will prove that heartbeats and guts are just as important as their individual history and projections. How many people..." April 27

  • The Newest Trend Taking over MLB in 2022 and Beyond

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's new market inefficiency is the reliable middle reliever. The art of the complete game has long been in a state of radioactive decay with a half-life of roughly a decade. There were 734 in 1982, 419 in 1992, 214 in 2002, 128 in 2012 and just one..." April 27

  • Several factors suppressing baseball scoring this season

    The Score "On April 16, Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal launched a fly ball off of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Corey Kluber to deep left-center field. Grandal appeared to believe he had homered, dropping his bat with confidence and momentarily admiring the ball flight. The ball very likely would have..." April 27

  • Everything I Love and Hate About the MLB 2022 Season Right Now

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season has been going for almost three weeks now. How you feel about it so far is up to, well, you. As for me? There are some things that I love and other things that I don't. I figured I might as well let it all out in an article..." April 26

  • MLB, MLBPA Allowing 14 Pitchers On Active Rosters Through May 29; 13-Pitcher Limit To Take Effect Thereafter

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to a 14-pitcher limit on active rosters between May 2 and May 29, the league announced this morning. As previously announced, the active rosters will still shrink from 28 players to 26 on May 2. The league and..." April 26

  • Tommy Hunter Works Out For Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever Tommy Hunter didn’t pitch after May 18 last season, spending the remainder of the 2021 campaign on the injured list — first with the Mets and then with the Rays, who acquired him as a financial counterweight in the trade that sent Rich Hill from..." April 26