ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 21: Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers runs to third base against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 21, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Add Prince Fielder to the list of players who appear to be done

A number of prominent MLB players have seen their careers come to a close in 2016. It appears you can add Rangers DH Prince Fielder to the list. Fielder is just 32, and hasn’t played for the Rangers since July 18th. For the season, he’s hitting a paltry .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs. Last season, […]

Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, right, strikes New York Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez at Fenway Park in Boston. The two fought after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch by Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The Red Sox won, 11-10, with a 9th-inning game winning home run by Bill Mueller. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox won’t honor Alex Rodriguez this week

Alex Rodriguez is heading to Fenway Park for the final time as a member of the Yankees this week, but the Red Sox don’t plan on honoring him like they did Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter. According to a report from ESPN, Rodriguez will be “acknowledged” by the Red Sox, but we won’t be subject […]

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the ninth inning during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Zach Britton is a dominant relief cyborg

Orioles reliever Zach Britton is having another fantastic year in his third season as Baltimore’s closer after starting his career off as a struggling starting pitcher for the Orioles. But while Britton was great in 2014, and fantastic in 2015, he’s taken his game to another level so far in 2016. In 46 2/3 innings, Britton […]

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 7: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins tips his hat to the crowd after hitting a seventh inning triple against the Colorado Rockies for the 3,000th hit of his major league career during a game at Coors Field on August 7, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Ichiro Suzuki’s amazing career could have been even better

On Aug. 7, Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club. By the time the 2016 season is over, Ichiro will likely end up 25th on baseball’s all-time hit list. If he comes back next season, Ichiro could end up cracking the top 20 of MLB’s all-time hit leaders. And while that’s a phenomenal […]

Chris Sale SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox and the American League pitches in the first inning during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Chris Sale is a trade chip the likes of which we haven’t seen before

Lost in all the fracas of the “Chris Sale cutting up jerseys” incident and the suspension that resulted from it this past weekend was a pretty major bombshell about the White Sox ace: Chicago is listening to offers for him in advance of next Monday’s trade deadline. It doesn’t seem all that likely that a deal will […]

awards winner Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium on June 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

MLB awards races wide open heading into July

We’re coming up on the halfway point of the 2016 MLB season, and it’s been a pretty wild one so far. The American League is thoroughly mediocre! The National League has no middle class! Yet, when looking at the major awards in both the American and National Leagues as we approach the halfway mark, one […]

Allan Dykstra of the Las Vegas 51’s is introduced into the starting lineup for the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team with his home run derby championship belt prior to the start of the 2014 Triple-A All Star Game on Wednesday, July, 16, 2014, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

Major League Baseball in Las Vegas is a silly idea

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has created plenty of waves during his year-and-a half on the job, mainly because he never outright dismisses anything when it comes up in conversation. Banning the shift? Universal DH? Pitch clocks? The return of the Montreal Expos? All have been points of discussion for Manfred, and he hasn’t said “this […]

Jonathan Lucroy PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 29: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers attempts to throw out Cesar Hernandez #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies who bunted but Lucroy made a throwing error and Ben Revere #2 scored during the first inning of a MLB game at Citizens Bank Park on June 29, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Setting odds for Ryan Braun’s possible landing spots

Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy contract, which when combined with his […]

:WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 08: Pitcher Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals throws to a New York Mets batter in the ninth inning of their 2-1 win at Nationals Park on April 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

MLB’s fascination with Cuban players hasn’t worked out too well recently

Hey, remember when Cuban baseball players were poised to take over the league, led by Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yasiel Puig? Teams saw the modest investments made in these players by the Reds, A’s, and Dodgers, respectively, and started raiding the Cuban market for every player with a pulse. But as we now enter […]

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 14: Pitcher Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Dodger Stadium August 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the 10th time in 10 starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of […]

SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 17: Fredi Gonzalez #33 manager of the Atlanta Braves looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park August 17, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Don’t cry for Fredi Gonzalez – his firing was a long time coming

On Tuesday morning, word began to leak out that the Atlanta Braves had fired manager Fredi Gonzalez. Sure enough, as morning shifted to afternoon, the news was confirmed by the team – Gonzalez was out after five-plus seasons in charge of the Braves. Strangely, the reaction from Braves fans and media wasn’t uniformly positive – there […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 19: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants strikes out in his first at bat since breaking his arm at Spring Training in the bottom of the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on May 19, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The Giants swept the NL West leaders during the last homestand in San Francisco. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum is on the verge of joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Tim Lincecum Showcase Showdown looks to finally be over, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have bid closest to his actual retail price without going over. They get Lincecum, a set of kitchen appliances, and a new TV. Actually, they only get Lincecum, but that’s enough of a prize for the pitching-starved Angels. […]

Stephen Strasburg against the at Nationals Park on April 24, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Stephen Strasburg’s extension cripples this winter’s MLB free agent market

On Monday night, the Washington Nationals shocked the baseball world by signing Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension. It wasn’t the size of the extension that shocked people — it was the fact that Strasburg, a Scott Boras client, even signed the extension before reaching free agency. And while the team most […]

Pablo Sandoval FORT MYERS, – MARCH 14: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the Boston Red Sox knocks the ball down at third base on the ground ball from Jason Rogers (not in photo) of the Pittsburgh Pirates an makes the play to first base for the out during the fourth inning of the Spring Training Game on March 14, 2016 at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South, Florida. The Pirates defeated the Red Sox 3-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pablo Sandoval’s long-term contract is another ill-advised third baseman signing

On Monday, Pablo Sandoval’s tenure with the Boston Red Sox took another hard left turn when it was revealed the third baseman’s impending shoulder surgery likely would end his season. Sandoval made $17 million in 2015 for a below-average season of production, and is making $17 million this year for a season that will likely only include […]

SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 08: A general view of ceremonies prior to the home opener between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on April 8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With new gaming console coming, Nintendo bows out of Seattle Mariners’ ownership

Hours after announcing its plans to release a new console in 2017, Nintendo is stepping away from its majority ownership of the Seattle Mariners after 24 years, the team announced Wednesday. The Mariners announced the decision on their Twitter account hours before Seattle takes on the Houston Astros. According to the team, Nintendo will retain 10 percent of […]