encarnacion bautista NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Edwin Encarnacion #10 and Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after both scored runs in the second inning against the New York Yankees after a double from teammate Russell Martin (not pictured) at Yankee Stadium on September 12, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

One-dimensional sluggers could be in for some big paydays this offseason

This winter’s MLB free agent class is generally pretty weak. There’s not an ace starting pitcher or even a dependable No. 2. There’s no mid-20s stud hitting the market early. If you need a middle infielder, your best bet might be Sean Rodriguez. If you’re looking for a catcher, your options are an injured Wilson […]

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets hits a home run at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Keith Law EVISCERATES Tim Tebow’s baseball career

Whether talking about baseball, sexism or evolution, Keith Law never bothers softening his opinions. This man calls things like he sees them. Which is bad news for Tim Tebow. As ESPN’s amateur and minor-league baseball guru, Law drew the assignment of scouting Tebow at the Arizona Fall League, as the quarterback-turned-outfielder attempts to stick in the Mets system. Law’s […]

Ex-Cuban WBC star Yasmany Tomas TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 11: Outfielder Yasmany Tomas # 27 of Cuba reacts after hitting a RBI single in the eighth inning during the World Baseball Classic Second Round Pool 1 game between Cuba and the Netherlands at Tokyo Dome on March 11, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Could defectors return to Cuban team for World Baseball Classic next year?

Now that the United States and Cuba are getting all cuddly around the baseball diamond, it only makes sense that at some point the island nation should welcome back the stars who have defected in recent years. And what better occasion than next year’s World Baseball Classic? Could we see a Cuban lineup featuring Jose […]

NEW YORK – JULY 20: New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner looks on during a press conference announcing that Yankee Stadium will play host to the 2010 Notre Dame v Army college football game on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The game is to be played on November 20, 2010. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hal Steinbrenner says family won’t sell Yankees anytime soon

Former Yankee owner George Steinbrenner set the standard for hands-on ownership. The Boss was involved in everyone’s business, calling out players for bad weeks and firing managers for bad months. By comparison, Steinbrenner’s sons Hal and Hank are much less present, taking care of the team’s finances while mostly staying out of baseball operations. Apparently that more […]

28 Mar 1999: The Baltimore Orioles and the Cuba National Team pause under the flags for the national anthems before taking the field at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havanna, Cuba. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman/ALLSPORT

MLB and ESPN to broadcast game in cuba in March

With relations between the United States and Cuba normalized, Major League Baseball will travel to one of the most baseball-crazy countries in the world for a game in March, Dan Le Batard indicated on his radio show Friday. Le Batard, who was unsure whether the plan to play in Cuba had been announced publicly, said he and […]

Omaha, NE – JUNE 22: The Virginia Cavaliers take batting practice before game one of the College World Series Championship Series against the Vanderbilt Commodores on June 22, 2015 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

NCAA allows high school baseball draftees to hire agents in negotiations

In a move toward common sense and fairness to athletes, the NCAA voted Friday to allow high school MLB draftees to negotiate with an agent without sacrificing college eligibility. Previously, high schoolers who hired agents to negotiate their deals were considered to have violated their amateurism and therefore could not return to college. This new allowance does not extend […]

Barry Bonds SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 31: Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds waves to the crowd during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade on October 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals to win the 2014 World Series. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

With Barry Bonds back in baseball, there is no argument for keeping him, Clemens out of the Hall of Fame

Earlier this month, the Miami Marlins hired former steroid-user Barry Bonds as their hitting coach, accepting him into their organization the way the Cardinals, Dodgers and now Padres have accepted Mark McGwire and the Cubs have accepted Manny Ramirez. The way the Orioles and Mariners have accepted Nelson Cruz, the Cardinals have accepted Jhonny Peralta, […]

Braves infielder Jose Peraza MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 13: Jose Peraza of the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minor League Baseball players deserve higher wages, no matter what baseball officials say

It’s getting harder and harder to deny: Minor League Baseball players get a raw deal. Beside the inconvenience and discomfort of riding buses hundreds of miles at a time, staying at bad hotels in towns you’d never voluntarily visit, and being jerked from one team to another at your organization’s whim, minor leaguers just don’t get paid much. From a […]