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The slow demystification of defensive statistics

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:54:47 EST

Yes, it's been tough to trust the metrics measuring any player's defense -- even Mike Trout's -- but here's why that's about to change.

Yanks' Bird to see specialist for inflamed foot

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:44:28 EST

Tests on Saturday revealed that Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is suffering from an inflamed right foot, and comments from Bird to team personnel indicated that the soreness is related to an ankle injury that sidelined him for much of last season.

Rangers instructor HoJo hit in face by foul ball

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:01:26 EST

Rangers hitting instructor Howard Johnson was taken to a hospital after being hit squarely in the left side of his face by a foul ball during Saturday's spring training game. The team said he was resting comfortably at the hospital.

Bumgarner has surgery, out at least 2 months

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:54:50 EST

Madison Bumgarner will have three pins in his pinkie for a month, according to manager Bruce Bochy. It will be another two weeks after that before the 2014 World Series MVP can resume throwing.

Ohtani off again but Scioscia calls outing 'great'

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:28:46 EST

Angels starter Shohei Ohtani continued his spring troubles on Saturday in his final tune-up before the regular season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia called it a "great outing" for the young Japanese pitcher.

Ichiro passes concussion protocol after beaning

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:53:41 EST

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki did not play Saturday, but he cleared concussion protocol, and the Mariners are hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day after being hit in the batting helmet by a pitch.

Phillies cut K-Rod, set Arrieta debut for April 8

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:16:33 EST

The Phillies released six-time All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez after eight appearances this spring. They also announced that newcomer Jake Arrieta will make his Phillies debut at home on April 8.

Rangers release Colon from minor league deal

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:10:20 EST

Right-hander Bartolo Colon, 44, was released by the Rangers after giving up 19 hits, including four homers, over 18 innings this spring.

A's tweak Giants fans with parking surcharge

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:01:05 EST

The Oakland Athletics announced Saturday a playful pricing plan for parking at their stadium for games against the Bay Bridge rivals.

Tyler Wade might be the one Baby Bomber you've never heard of

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:24:58 EST

Remember all the hype this spring about the Yankees' prized infield prospects? Well, this unheralded guy actually won a starting job. So who is he?

2018 fantasy baseball rankings, sleepers, cheat sheets and more

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:55:34 EST

Get everything you need to prepare for your fantasy baseball drafts here, including rankings and analysis from ESPN's team of experts.

Tristan's bold predictions for 2018

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:54:39 EST

Draft lists and cheat sheets are all about ranking the most-likely season from each MLB player. However, most leagues are won and lost by looking at the extremes. To that end, Tristan H. Cockcroft offers up his 2018 bold predictions in fantasy baseball.

Madison Bumgarner's unfortunate break could be enough to sink Giants' season

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:11:08 EST

San Francisco was hoping to ride its rotation to a bounce-back year. But with MadBum sidelined, the Giants could instead be headed to rebuilding mode.

The 2018 Uni Watch MLB preview

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:12:25 EST

It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.

Cubs front office gets last laugh in prank war with Tommy La Stella

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:50:03 EST

In the latest round of a running gag between Cubs honchos and the reserve infielder, the brass got an assist from one of the team's star players.

The rookie and the veteran: Can opposite ends of the MLB manager spectrum both succeed?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:59:08 EST

The Tigers went old-school with a rebuilding club, and the Yankees picked a rookie to lead a team with massive expectations. The two extremes are playing out 35 miles apart this spring.

Baseball's new World Series-winning philosophy? Lose. A lot

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 03:05:53 EST

The Process, the five-year plan, Moneyball: Whatever you call it, MLB's new -- cough, cough -- "strategy" just means ignoring the present (sorry, 2018) in hopes of a ticker tape parade down the line. This is the story of how baseball got weird.

Sizing up Mike Trout and the Sultan of Swat, most unseriously

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:25:02 EST

Sure, Mike Trout is great at baseball, but could he carry Babe Ruth's spittoon? Humorist Steve Etheridge digs into advanced analytics to conclusively settle this debate for the ages.

Fun-fact faceoff: Why 2018 could be monumental for Trout

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:25:33 EST

Just how good is Mike Trout? He's so good, it took three rounds of swapping astounding stats to decide which numbers best cement his growing stature in baseball history.

Olney: Aaron Judge, Manny Machado among underrated -- yes, underrated -- in fantasy rankings

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:01:08 EST

They're among MLB's biggest stars, but they might be even better than the experts think. Here are nine players ranked too low, or too high, this year.

Welcome to Kyle Schwarber's comeback season

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:20 EST

A winter mission to transform his body was just the beginning. Everyone who has seen the Cubs this spring agrees: Schwarber is ready to do big things.

Sorry, haters: The Yankees are loaded -- and there's more talent on the way

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:57:43 EST

From top-flight starting pitching prospects to a speedster you have to see to believe, the Evil Empire is stacked down on the farm.

Yanks' Stanton: I'm prepared for NYC scrutiny

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:53:33 EST

Reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton said he has calibrated his expectations for the "magnified" nature of performing well -- or poorly -- in the Big Apple.

Barry Bonds' legacy? Always wanting more

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:54:43 EST

In ESPN The Magazine's ranking of the most dominant 20 athletes in sports, Tim Keown shares his lasting memory of Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king and un-asterisked captain of controversy: Not the bombs, but the desperation to create a legacy.

Way-too-early MLB trade deadline preview: Which buyers should be all-in?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:36:42 EST

A powerful bat to put Cleveland over the top? An AL ace ticketed for New York? July is still months away, but it's never too soon to take a look at every 2018 contender's potential summer shopping list.

Inside the mask: An umpire crew chief on mound visits, mad managers and having your call overturned

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:58:14 EST

In a candid conversation, 20-year veteran major league ump Ted Barrett discusses everything from how MLB's new rule changes will work to being heckled and the most talkative players.