Baseball News

  • Doctors have recommended that Shohei Ohtani undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his pitching arm, which would keep the Los Angeles Angels two-way star from pitching for the entire 2019 season. The news hasn’t stopped Ohtani from maintaining his productive rookie season as a hitter, with two more home runs on Wednesday.
  • Cole Hamels is playing like it’s 2008 all over again, much to the delight of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were hoping the veteran pitcher could regain some of his all-star form when they took a chance on him at the trade deadline despite his struggles with the Texas Rangers, but after one month with Chicago, Hamels resembles the ace who was named World Series MVP a decade ago, and he’s already become the Cubs’ most important starter.
  • The Washington Nationals waited until after the non-waiver trade deadline to decide whether they were buyers or sellers this season, moving Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams to teams with better postseason ambitions on Tuesday and receiving little more than cash considerations in return. Murphy joins the National League leading Chicago Cubs, who have struggled at the plate recently, while Adams joins the surging St. Louis Cardinals, who have won eight of their last 10 and are in the thick of the NL wild card race.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays were obvious sellers heading into the 2018 MLB trade deadline after a disappointing season in which they couldn’t manage to maintain a winning record for any significant amount of time. Whether they could find a decent return for their players was much less certain, but the Blue Jays managed to unload two of their more marketable pitchers in J.A. Happ and Roberto Osuna, making this deadline a productive success even if they stay quiet on deadline day.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers took a big step towards returning to the World Series by acquiring Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles over the All-Star break.
  • The Washington Nationals are a far cry from where they thought they would be this season. Washington has been a playoff team for the last two years and three of the last four, but a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox has knocked the Nationals below .500 at the halfway point of the season, throwing their postseason ambitions into question. The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies both have some breathing room ahead of Washington in the NL East, and the Nationals won’t start closing that gap until they can win a series.
  • Shohei Ohtani’s stellar rookie campaign might already be over. The Los Angeles Angels placed Ohtani on the disabled list on Friday with a sprained elbow ligament in his throwing arm, and they are unsure whether the injury will require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Ohtani has been a revelation on the mound and at the plate, and losing him would deal a big blow to Los Angeles’ postseason contention.
  • The defending champion Houston Astros are off to a solid start, leading the American League West and sporting the lowest runs allowed in MLB by a sizable margin. Much of the credit for that impressively low total (126 runs allowed in 50 games) belongs to Houston’s pitching staff, which is led by veteran ace Justin Verlander.
  • Is a video game behind David Price’s ugly earned run average? That’s what Boston sports media are wondering, putting the popular online game called Fortnite into an unlikely spotlight. Price revealed his habit of playing Fortnite during downtime in the clubhouse last week in a recent interview, and he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome on Wednesday, leaving Red Sox beat reporters to connect the dots.
  • James Paxton has been turning heads this season wit
  • It’s not retirement, but it’s pretty close.
  • The Giancarlo Stanton era for the New York Yankees began with jeers and taunts from the home crowd at Yankees Stadium, but a month later he and New York appear to be rounding into form. The Yankees lead MLB with 172 runs scored and 44 home runs, which is a big reason why they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games to challenge the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead. Stanton has done his part to add to the slugfest with seven homers, although he could stand to strike out much less.
  • Shohei Ohtani’s rough time during spring training is already a distant memory. Ohtani’s MLB career is off to a flying start in every way imaginable, from crushing home runs at the plate to throwing 12 strikeouts in a near-perfect outing against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
  • Shohei Ohtani hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to North America. The Japanese star struggled throughout spring training, which is likely why he won’t make his MLB regular-season pitching debut for the Los Angeles Angels until Sunday, in the fourth and final game of a series against the Oakland Athletics.
  • The MLB offseason is basically over with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training next week. But unlike past offseasons where the biggest names attract lots of interest and big money, many of those big names are still free agents. Teams have left more than 100 free agents unsigned, leading some agents to speculate about boycotts and collusion while players and the players’ association consider their options.`
  • Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman are the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The four former players were selected in the annual round of Hall of Fame voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with each of their names appearing on at least 75 percent of ballots.
  • This offseason has been all about saying goodbye for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who bid farewell to their brief period of playoff contention by trading Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in separate deals just days apart. Pittsburgh made the postseason for three straight seasons, earning a wild-card berth in 2013, 2014, and 2015, but without Cole or McCutchen, the Pirates of 2018 are more likely to resemble the iteration of the team that languished in the NL Central basement for most of the previous decade.


  • For a while it appeared as though Evan Longoria would play his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays, but he was traded to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in exchange for a package of four players. Longoria played for a decade in Tampa Bay, winning Rookie of the Year in 2008, the same season the Rays made their only World Series appearance, and his departure leaves the franchise without a notable identity.
  • The floodgates are open on the MLB offseason. Every team was waiting to see where Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani would sign, and he made his decision on Friday when he joined the Los Angeles Angels. The following day, the New York Yankees took advantage of a Miami Marlins salary dump by trading for Giancarlo Stanton, uniting the home run leaders from both the American and National Leagues on the same team.
  • Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton finished their tremendous years by each taking home their first MLB MVP award on Thursday. For Altuve, the award caps a championship season with the Houston Astros, where Altuve developed into the American League batting champion over the last seven years. For Stanton, the National League home runs leader, winning MVP provided a more bittersweet moment in the wake of reports the lowly Miami Marlins are looking to trade him.
  • Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died on Tuesday at the age of 40 when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was a two-time Cy Young Award winner who was also widely respected for his work off the field, and his loss is being mourned beyond the baseball world.

    Flying was Halladay’s other passion, but one he couldn’t pursue until his baseball career was over. He was flying an ICON A5 when he crashed off the coast of Florida, and authorities found his body in shallow water.
  • It didn’t have the excitement of Games 2 or 5, but Wednesday’s Game 7 victory was the most meaningful one for the Houston Astros. The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to capture the franchise’s first World Series title since joining the league more than 50 years ago, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the hurricane-ravaged Houston area.
  • Game 5 of the World Series had a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of home runs. The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers combined for seven home runs on Sunday, raising the series total to a record 22 homers with at least one more game to play as Houston prevailed 13-12 to take a 3-2 series lead.
  • If Game 1 of the 2017 World Series was all about pitching, Game 2 was all about the home run. It took the Houston Astros until the ninth inning to hit a ball over the fence at Dodger Stadium, but the top of their batting order exploded for four home runs to win Wednesday’s extra-innings thriller and take control of the series from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • The weather isn’t the only thing red-hot heading into Tuesday’s World Series opener in Los Angeles, where temperatures are expected to reach summer levels. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting the Houston Astros in the first World Series meeting between two 100-win teams since 1970, and both teams have the tools to make this a memorable championship.
  • The New York Yankees are on the cusp of a World Series berth following three wins at home in the ALCS. They will have an opportunity to close out the series in Game 6 on Friday, but to do so they will need to find a way to defeat the Houston Astros in Houston, which has yet to happen in the postseason.
  • The defending World Series champions lived to fight another day on Wednesday. Down three games to none to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs did just enough to avoid being swept out of the postseason unceremoniously after their historic championship run last season, winning 3-2 to force one more game at Wrigley Field.
  • The New York Yankees were down when they trailed the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in their ALDS series, but they weren’t out. The American League wild-card winner rallied to win two at home and capped the series on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory in Cleveland, securing a spot against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
  • Jose Altuve is coming off an incredible season for the Houston Astros that put him in the conversation for AL MVP, but it appears he saved his best for the playoffs. Altuve hit three home runs on Thursday to help the Astros open their postseason by beating the Boston Red Sox 8-2, becoming the 10th player in MLB history to accomplish the feat.