CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a lead off home run in the first inning against National League All-Star Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

MLB finally nixes All-Star Game determining World Series home-field advantage

When looking back at Bud Selig’s legacy as commissioner of Major League Baseball, there are plenty of additions and innovations to the game for which he’ll be credited. Expanding to three divisions per league, for example. Adding wild card teams to the postseason. The wave of new ballparks being built throughout MLB. One stain on […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 10: Daniel Murphy #20 and Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals celebrate after the final out as the Nationals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Washington Nationals

Though it was surely foolish to think that any sort of window had closed on the Washington Nationals and their chances of winning a World Series, the team had failed to fulfill championship expectations during the past three seasons. Even worse, the New York Mets appeared to have overtaken the Nats as the best team […]

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 10: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox reacts in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the American League Divison Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Boston Red Sox

After emerging from the pile-up at the top of the AL East, the Boston Red Sox looked like a potential World Series team with a potent lineup, a good bullpen and a starting rotation led by one of the best pitchers in baseball. The storylines practically wrote themselves. How great would a Red Sox-Cubs World […]

TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 9: Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers reacts after getting the last out of the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during game three of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Texas Rangers

The postseason wasn’t supposed to go like this for the Texas Rangers. The Houston Astros may have looked like the new hotness in the AL West, but the Rangers were defending division champions and eventually asserted themselves as the best team in the American League. Time for a return to the World Series, right? Well… […]

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Matt Harvey #33 outfield the New York Mets is introduced prior to their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 New York Mets

The chances of making it to a second consecutive postseason did not look good for the New York Mets. As of Aug. 19, the team was third in the NL East behind the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins, while also 5.5 games in the wild-card standings and two teams ahead of them. Yet despite that […]

ST. LOUIS, MO – MAY 3: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourteenth inning at Busch Stadium on May 3, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 St. Louis Cardinals

Winning the NL Central probably wasn’t going to happen for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. Not with the rival Chicago Cubs assembling a juggernaut at the top of the division with eyes on a World Series championship. But the Cardinals always compete for a postseason spot and have proven that just getting into the […]

30 Sep. 2016: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) stands on the field with his teammates during a pitching change in the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Houston Astros

The Houston Astros certainly looked like one of MLB’s teams of the future last season, with several developing players emerging as stars. Houston made the jump from up-and-comer to contender, and aimed at further improvement in 2016. But following up on breakout success can be a difficult task for a young team. Would players continue […]

ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 28: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 28, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to contend for an AL West title or wild card spot in 2016, based mostly on the competition they faced within their division. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all looked like potential contenders, while the A’s were building for the future and likely to spin off veteran […]

PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 26: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds sits in the dugout during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 26, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Cincinnati Reds

With preseason expectations to be the worst team in baseball, the Cincinnati Reds have to be at least somewhat happy with at least not being that. Unless, of course, they really wanted that No. 1 draft pick. There isn’t much to get excited about with a 62-84 season (although they’ve already won enough to avoid a […]

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 07: Alex Rodriguez looks on before speaking during a news conference on August 7, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rodriguez announced that he will play his final major league game on Friday, August 12 and then assume a position with the Yankees as a special advisor and instructor. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Releasing Alex Rodriguez finally makes Yankees Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman’s team

Since virtually nothing at the tail end of Alex Rodriguez’s career has gone according to plan or followed the narrative he and the New York Yankees envisioned, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the announced end of his Yankees tenure hardly seemed ideal. One of the best players in baseball history — albeit a […]

CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 7: Closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees reacts after umpires call the last out after a review to give the Yankees the 5-4 win over against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 5-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Getting Aroldis Chapman settles season-long question for Cubs, boosts club morale

Getting Aroldis Chapman was the trade the Chicago Cubs had to make. Had the Cubs not acquired the rocket-launching left-hander from the New York Yankees (though Andrew Miller would have certainly sufficed) or ended up settling for a lesser reliever, doubts and questions would linger around the team throughout August and September, and into October. Going back […]

MESA, AZ – MARCH 6: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on March 6, 2015 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. The Reds defeated the Cubs 5-2. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Cubs’ recent struggles show grind of season, but also highlight concerns

Is it time to hit the panic button for the Chicago Cubs and their fans yet? Maybe that red button has already been pounded a few times over the past week or so. Following a dominating April and May during which the Cubs very much appeared to be the best team in baseball and entirely capable of […]

ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 27: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees works through batting practice before taking on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Yankees make Alex Rodriguez platoon player, trying to jumpstart playoff hopes

Alex Rodriguez made his debut as a platoon player Tuesday night, batting third as the designated hitter for the New York Yankees against the Texas Rangers. Left-hander Cole Hamels pitched for Texas, which is why A-Rod was in the starting lineup for the first time in three games. The Yankees haven’t made any sort of […]

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 07: Ryan Kalish (C) of the Chicago Cubs reacts after hitting a two RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning on May 7, 2016 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs at Nationals looks like mid-June NLCS preview

Monday night at Nationals Park, the two best teams in baseball match up in a three-game series. The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals face each other for the second time this season and have the top two records in the National League. (Over in the AL, the Texas Rangers have the same 39-24 record as […]