MLB Articles

Cal Ripken Jr.'s home
Have you ever wondered what Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.'s house looks like? Well, some lucky baseball fan with deep pockets will find out first hand. Cal's palatial 24-acre estate is located in...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Nolan Arenado
The Rockies finally became relevant last year, breaking a franchise-record-tying string of six straight losing seasons and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2009. They won 87 games, the third most in franchise history, and were the...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Nelson Cruz
It’s the goal for every team each season to make the playoffs in some capacity. But for the Mariners, it means just a little more since they have the longest current postseason drought in baseball. Their last trip to the playoffs came in 2001...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
After an exhilarating return to the postseason in 2017, the Diamondbacks have the goods to contend in the NL West again, although slugger J.D. Martinez — one of the best trade-deadline acquisitions in recent history — will be missed....
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Elvis Andrus
The Rangers’ reign atop the AL West came to an end after two seasons as the Houston Astros stormed to the division title and then all the way to the world championship. In so doing, they became the first Texas team to win the World Series and...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Mike Trout
Two years ago, when Billy Eppler was hired as the Angels’ general manager, there was a legitimate debate about whether the team should trade superstar Mike Trout to jump-start a rebuilding process. The Angels were saddled with regrettable...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Florida finally made the most of a College World Series appearance, as the Gators won their first national championship in baseball to finish their 2017 season. Even though Florida had been to Omaha 10 times previously, the Gators continued the...
Eric Sorenson
6 months ago
Buster Posey
The Giants could do no right in 2017. Even when Pablo Sandoval ended the regular season with a walk-off home run, giving the crowd at AT&T Park a rare thrill at the end of a forgettable summer, it cost the organization the No. 1 overall pick in...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Khris Davis
The A’s are one of the most optimistic last-place teams in history. Yes, they finished at the bottom of the AL West a third straight year. But, no, they’re not anticipating much more gloom and doom. Not after they played their best...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Josh Bell
The Pittsburgh Pirates won 98 games in 2015 but had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, finishing second in the National League Central to the 100-win St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh then ran into a pitcher on a historic...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Miguel Cabrera
Four months into a brutal 2017 season, on their way to 98 losses and a third straight year missing the playoffs, the Tigers finally took the drastic steps they probably should have taken far earlier. Starting in July, they traded outfielders J.D....
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Yadier Molina
To fans and free agents alike, the Cardinals sell their history and their intent to be an annual fixture in the playoffs. They measure themselves by Octobers. The past two autumns have fallen short as the team slipped from National League champ in...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Kris Bryant
After a shorter offseason than any team in baseball history had ever known, the Cubs got off to a very slow start in 2017. By the end of the year, though, they reached their third straight NLCS. In 2018, they have a good chance to reach a fourth...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Travis Shaw
Despite surprising everyone with 86 wins and remaining in playoff contention until the penultimate day of the 2017 season, the Brewers head into Year 3 of their organizational rebuild with patience remaining the buzzword. No one could fault fans...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Byron Buxton
The last time the Twins made a double-digit improvement in wins, going from 70 in Ron Gardenhire’s last year to 83 in Paul Molitor’s first, they immediately face-planted en route to a franchise-worst 103 losses in 2016.   How...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Joey Votto
The Reds are four years into their rebuild. So the question on the mind of fans is: Will we see the results, i.e., more wins? No less of an authority than owner Bob Castellini says yes. “I think we have tremendous potential to be a...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Francisco Lindor
The Indians are good enough to win their third straight AL Central title in a division in which their four rivals are in various stages of rebuilding. The question is, what happens then? The Indians have had five straight winning seasons under...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Salvador Perez
Still-vivid memories of the 2015 World Series championship parade will have to sustain the Royals’ fan base as the slog back to respectability begins. The club’s championship core — most notably, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Jacob deGrom
The Mets hope they can be postseason contenders, but reality may intervene. After a 2015 World Series appearance and the 2016 Wild Card Game, the team bottomed out last season by losing 92 games. They won’t bring the same high expectations...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Yoan Moncada
Scoreboard watching will not focus on Cleveland and Minnesota at Guaranteed Rate Field this summer. Charlotte, Birmingham and Winston-Salem will be the preferred ballparks to watch — again. That is a kind way to say the rebuild will continue...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Most Valuable Baseball Cards
Collecting rare baseball cards is a billion-dollar business. What was once an innocent hobby enjoyed by schoolkids and fanboys has become a booming industry in which the contents of a shoebox or three-ring binder can be flipped for millions of...
Nathan Rush
6 months ago
Jose Urena
Let the rebuild begin. After losing the late Jose Fernandez in 2016 and falling short of the postseason the past few seasons, the window of opportunity closed for the Marlins. The new Bruce Sherman/Derek Jeter regime decided to break up a talented...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Chris Archer
The Rays will look different in 2018. No matter what other moves they make, their place in the baseball world changed forever with the Dec. 20 trade of franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to the Giants. Just about every great moment in their last...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Freddie Freeman
Here’s what you need to know about the Braves in 2018: Freddie Freeman is good. As for the other 24 Brave men on the roster, we don’t know what to tell you. The problem with a rebuilding team — other than the 90-loss seasons...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago
Marcus Stroman
The Toronto Blue Jays enter the 2018 season straddling the line between legitimate postseason contender and also-ran. Certainly if things break right, their health improves dramatically and they get some bounce-back from some underperformers last...
Athlon Sports
6 months ago

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