Fri, 30 Sep 2005 11:06:05 EDT1. Who should win the Cy Young in the National League?
Fri, 23 Sep 2005 13:36:07 EDT1. If the White Sox don't win the AL Central, will it be the worst collapse ever?
Fri, 16 Sep 2005 11:30:57 EDT1. Is this the end of Joe Torre's run as Yankees manager?
Fri, 09 Sep 2005 11:15:04 EDT1. Why do the Mariners lead the league in steroid suspensions?
Fri, 02 Sep 2005 15:39:04 EDT1. Can two kids out of Class AA take the Marlins to the playoffs?
Mon, 29 Aug 2005 12:57:11 EDTWatching this weekend it was hard not to imagine he was exactly what the Nationals were missing -- determined, scrappy, feisty. David Eckstein does nothing splendid on the field. He is not a great hitter, a gifted fielder, he doesn't seem fast. His throws often skip in the dirt.
Fri, 26 Aug 2005 11:15:03 EDT1. Are the White Sox a postseason disaster looming?
Fri, 19 Aug 2005 11:42:02 EDTFive Questions
Thu, 18 Aug 2005 12:48:05 EDTPHILADELPHIA -- It was a job he did not want. What manager with a firm grasp of his sanity and a legacy bronzed in Cooperstown takes on disaster six games into its season?
Tue, 16 Aug 2005 13:06:09 EDTIt used to be they were the lumbering goliaths of the batting order, stepping out of the dugout only four times a game to strut to the plate, swing at a few pitches, maybe hit a home run, a double and then walk back their work complete. For years, the American League found a way to employee a dozen players who would otherwise be positionless by using them as designated hitters.
Fri, 12 Aug 2005 11:42:01 EDT1. How good can Felix Hernandez be?
Fri, 05 Aug 2005 11:48:01 EDT
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 11:03:02 EDTDeep beneath the RFK stands, in a room tucked behind the visitor's clubhouse, Dodgers Manager Jim Tracy is talking about a trade deadline that came and went, leaving his National League West as bad as when last weekend started.
Fri, 29 Jul 2005 13:03:05 EDT1. What happens to Phil Nevin now?
Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:45:00 EDTATLANTA -- It felt like October here on Tuesday night, with the stands full and the hands waving in the air. Something has changed in this city grown ambivalent by winning baseball. They sense a vulnerability in their Braves.
Wed, 20 Jul 2005 13:54:09 EDTThey have made do without much, squeezing together a roster of players nobody wanted. But the bigger issue hovering over the franchise that used to be the Expos is survival.
Fri, 15 Jul 2005 12:27:05 EDT1. Who are some players out there that might be available in the coming weeks?
Thu, 14 Jul 2005 14:42:02 EDTDETROIT -- The idea hit Gary Sheffield like a fastball in the ribs. Leave spring training for an international baseball tournament? For games that mean nothing?
Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:48:02 EDT1. Do the Padres have enough to hold on?
Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:51:03 EDTTrading Brian Giles hurt, so did Aramis Ramirez and Jason Schmidt. It hurt every time really. A baseball executive's job is to build, not tear down his team in an annual red tag sale.
Fri, 24 Jun 2005 13:08:10 EDT1. Can a team be in first place at the All-Star break and not have a player on the All-Star team?
Wed, 22 Jun 2005 11:50:08 EDTEven when the winning streak stopped, midnight didn't come for the Washington Nationals. They lost two in Texas, they dropped one in Pittsburgh and first place never fell away. Suddenly, the longer this goes on, winning the National League East doesn't seem so farfetched.
Fri, 17 Jun 2005 17:17:59 EDT1. Will Tomo Ohka find new life away from Frank Robinson?
Wed, 15 Jun 2005 13:37:00 EDTBALTIMORE -- The ball hurts, Craig Biggio will make no claims otherwise. He should know; the Astros outfielder has taken fastballs off his arm, leg, back, head, backside and foot. He's been knocked to the ground, sent spinning in the dirt and wondered if a blazing pitch had irreparably disfigured his face.
Fri, 10 Jun 2005 12:54:02 EDT1. Will Ugueth Urbina keep the Phillies in the race?
Thu, 09 Jun 2005 12:21:03 EDTPHOENIX -- The Washington Nationals career of Claudio Vargas was spectacular only in its failure. His first start in RFK Stadium lasted only 1 1/3 innings. His last start for Washington went only an out longer. In between he wasn't much good either, giving up five runs in less than four innings in Toronto.
Tue, 07 Jun 2005 11:29:14 EDTThe Nationals put 198 home runs and 379 stolen bases in the most social corner of their clubhouse, filling a gap in the vicinity of Jose Guillen, Cristian Guzman and Vinny Castilla. Barry Larkin sits in this space, sprawled across a folding chair, in shorts, a Nationals T-shirt and baseball socks rolled down around the ankles.
Fri, 03 Jun 2005 12:12:07 EDTThey can't ignore the past, it hangs above them on the façade of their own stadium. Thirteen pennants loom over the outfield, as the most tangible evidence of what the Atlanta Braves have been for the last decade and a half.
Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:02:15 EDTThis can't go on forever. One of these days the hits are going to come, Kelly Johnson is sure of this. They'll come in bunches, in crackling line drives and gentle little bloopers behind second base. They'll come so much he'll look back on this week, it's hopelessness and have a good laugh.
Fri, 27 May 2005 12:23:19 EDTCan fans really fire an owner?
Wed, 25 May 2005 13:47:18 EDTBALTIMORE -- He would not ride quietly into the baseball autumn. Pat Borders gave the game a ride as a catcher through 10 big league seasons, saving his best performances for the biggest stage, once winning the MVP of the World Series.
Fri, 20 May 2005 13:00:01 EDTPHILADELPHIA -- Endy Chavez was in Sacramento playing minor league baseball when the Washington Nationals finally gave up on him. This made things logistically difficult because everything he owns in his life was packed into three suitcases back in New Orleans where the Nationals banished him before the season started.
Wed, 18 May 2005 14:33:03 EDTThe golden voice of 56 baseball summers sang to Curt Smith on Pennsylvania Avenue one autumn night. The World Series was going on, and after a late evening at the White House, where he was a speechwriter for the first president named George Bush, Smith jumped in his car, turned on the radio, and Vin Scully was on the air.
Wed, 11 May 2005 14:41:59 EDTBALTIMORE -- This was before all the bad news came spilling down, back when the Orioles still seemed on top of the world and the dugout was filled with journalists from all over the country ready to document the amazing rise of the most unlikely division leader. Manager Lee Mazzilli leaned back on the dugout bench, looked at the field and said he loved what his team has become.
Tue, 03 May 2005 10:57:01 EDTBALTIMORE -- He never suffered the losing well. In the old days, after especially tough defeats, Lou Piniella would barricade himself in his office, refusing to open the door, shutting himself to the reality that burned on the scoreboard on the field outside.