RealClearSports
Advertisement

RealClearSports Major League Baseball

What MLB Players Really Think

Staff Report, ESPN The Magazine

A-Rod Hitting Ball - and Right Notes

Daniel Barbarisi, Wall Street Journal

Don't Blame Cubs for Demoting Byrant

Jason Catania, Bleacher Report

IT'S AN ODD-NUMBERED year, and you know what that means: A team not named the Giants actually has a shot at winning this year's Fall Classic. So who's up? According to the 117 ma...(full article)

The 162-game odyssey begins in just a few days, and after Opening Day, one of the biggest days on the MLB calendar is the non-waiver Trade Deadline. For general managers, it's ne...(full article)

Whenever Yankee manager Joe Girardi is questioned about how the media storm constantly hovering over Alex Rodriguez has impacted his spring training—and this being the Yankees,...(full article)

Kris Bryant, arguably the best prospect in baseball and inarguably the crusher of more home runs than any other player this spring training, will start the 2015 season in the minor...(full article)

When he’s right in heart and mind, when his chest and shoulders are swollen with muscle, when he stands in the clubhouse and laughs at the little stuff, when the ball is c...(full article)

More Recent Articles

Writing a Tough Letter to Big Papi

Dear David, How are you? It’s been a while since we spoke, and I suppose that’s my fault. Our last couple of conversations were a little contentious, and I have a sense you are...

Red Sox Banking on No Ace, No Problem

Any number of factors can conspire to decide a division race. But at the dawn of a new season, these are the five factors that look like they'll loom largest in the American League...

Washed Up, But Not Giving Up

The forearms are still a dead giveaway. Even after years of homelessness, sleeping in a car, snorting cocaine, smoking meth and abusing his body, the toned arms still look as if th...

Reinstate Rose? Don't Bet on It

New Commissioner Rob Manfred is trying to be all things to all people, and good for him. It can’t hurt to be player-friendly as well as owner-friendly like the NBA’s Adam Silve...

Long Title Drought Should End in Cleveland

If baseball’s playoffs used to be a crapshoot, as Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane liked to refer to them, over the past three seasons, they’ve become something ev...

Cubs Splitting Hairs on Baez, Bryant

MESA, Ariz. – There are times where it almost sounds like the Cubs are trying to find reasons to put Javier Baez on the team while keeping Kris Bryant off the Opening Day roster ...

Time to End Inane Kris Bryant Debate

JUPITER, Fla. — It’s time for everyone involved in the current Kris Bryant saga to shut up. For the good of the kid and — more vitally — the good of the game. Everyone has ...

Baseball Trades That Need to Happen

It's not often that you see major trades made in the week before Opening Day, which is a shame, because this should be a time when teams should be trying to fill holes that have ap...

St. Louis' Pride, But No Joy

Talk about a split personality. In a single news cycle St. Louis’ sporting pride and its shame were laid bare on Wednesday when Forbes magazine celebrated Cardinals fans as the b...

Dodgers Have a Fatal Flaw

This week, SI.com is previewing all 30 MLB teams, counting down to the No. 1 team in the league. At No. 2: the Los Angeles Dodgers. 2014 Record and Finish: 94–68 (.580), first pl...

NL Central the New AL East?

MESA, Ariz. -- When Joe Maddon took over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, lots of people -- Lou Piniella included -- felt they were on a dead-end street, trapped in the American League Ea...

Astros Validated in Fight Over No. 1 Pick

After seeing Thursday that 2014 First-Year Player Draft pick Brady Aiken had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, I waited a few hours to read some "Apology to the Astros" colum...

Capital Hoards a National Treasure

Since coming to Washington, the Nationals have not exceeded rational expectations for performance and future promise. They have obliterated them. It’s unlikely their fans have ...

Should Gordon Have Run? We'll Never Know

IT COULD HAVE BEEN one of the greatest endings to any World Series in history. It could have been the worst ending to any World Series in history. Or, as San Francisco Giants catch...

'I Never Knowingly Took Any Steroids'

I was ready to shoot somebody, man. Literally. I was sleeping at my house in the Dominican this winter when I heard a banging on my front door at 7:30 in the morning. Now, I got ...

Donaldson's Advice: Study, Study, Study

JOSH DONALDSON STANDS in the batter’s box at the quaint-yet-neglected Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla., taking one of his first hitting sessions of spring. Mike Mor...

Top 10 Landmark Franchise Relocations

The NFL owners meetings wrapped on Wednesday in Phoenix. A hot topic was the league's imminent return to Los Angeles as all signs point to one team - maybe two - moving to Southe...

Future Arrives Early for Young Cubs

We’re supposed to be living in the future by now. To an entire generation of Americans,1 “2015” has long been shorthand for a quasi-utopic vision of better living through tec...

Will Rose Follow Mantle, Mays?

So, the sun rose in the East this morning, traffic was a bear on the 405 and, since there is a new commissioner in major league baseball, Pete Rose is trying again to get back in t...

Villain? Vanilla? We Are Here to Judge

Disclaimer: The Villain to Vanilla axis is a complicated one, replete with examples hailing from the entire spectrum of the sports populace. On the far end of villainy, you ha...

Mets Star as Big as New York's Nightlife

Ian Schrager wants Matt Harvey’s workout advice. It’s a moment of insider New York cross-pollination, an elder luminary of the city’s social whirl reaching out across the ye...

Mariners Gaining Steam as AL Favorite

Something startling is starting to happen in the baseball world. You could hear the faint rumblings begin a few weeks ago. Then it started getting a bit louder, a crescendo emanat...

Who's Ready to Break Out in MLB?

The hardest part about identifying potential "breakout" players might be defining "breakout" itself. For example, I think this could be a breakout year for Yasiel Puig. A lot of y...

Time to Take Stand on MLB Service Time

If Kris Bryant starts the season at Triple-A, the union should file a grievance to restore his lost service time, even though it would stand little chance of winning the case. The ...

Boring Royals Want More of the Same

The Kansas City Royals have something unusual on their spring training credentials this season: “American League Champions.” Those three words force people to face a fa...

New Culture, Same Outlook for Kemp

He is now in another culture, albeit down the road apiece from Alvarado Street and the Hollywood Hills and Topanga Canyon. Matt Kemp still thinks about what got him here to the Pad...

Hamilton Decision Boxes in Manfred

Commissioner Rob Manfred is in a no-win position on Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton. No matter what Manfred decides, some will say that his suspension of Hamilton is to...

'The Capital Crime of Baseball'

Pete Rose is a lot of things to a lot of people. Charming anti-hero. Pariah who doesn't deserve to be. A guy who deserves another chance. A symbol of the way baseball used to be ...

Justin Verlander: Stop Coddling Pitchers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- One man is the ultimate workhorse pitcher of his generation, the other is a scientist who has spent his professional life trying to gain a greater understanding o...

Baseball Going for the Grand Finale

Late season baseball just got more interesting. MLB COO Tony Petitti said this week that in an effort to "amplify" the excitement of final day of the regular season, every game wil...

How Much Can MadBum's Arm Take?

Last October, Madison Bumgarner was superhuman—and that's barely hyperbole. You remember the image: the big left-hander, bearded and glowering, striding out of the bullpen and mo...

9-Point Touchdowns and Other Nonsense

On Wednesday, the NFL released a bunch proposed rule changes, one of which drew a lot of attention. The Colts want to make a nine-point touchdown a thing. If Indy gets its way, sco...

Prince Aims for Season Fit for a King

It is early morning in the desert, and there is every reason to be half-asleep right now. Gray skies. Chilly rain. Dog days of spring training. But inside the Texas Rangers clubh...

Painful Truth About Spring Injuries

We tend to prioritize that which is most recent, so maybe it's only short-memory perception that would lead one to believe there have been more substantial Spring Training injuries...

Time to Reconsider the Rose Situation

I find that most people made up their minds about Pete Rose and his situation a long time ago, and they’re not changing. But there might yet be some people out there who haven’...

Center of the AL Universe? The Midwest

SURPRISE, Arizona—Out here where they tell you to watch out for the scorpions, the first sound you hear is Salvador Perez, at first light, at stretching, around the batting cage....

The All-Sports All-Achilles Heel Team

If you’ve had the chance to watch the Los Angeles Clippers this year, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that DeAndre Jordan is having a breakout season. He’s leading the league i...

Cubs' Bryant in 'Service Time' Conundrum

Kris Bryant is a Major League-ready talent. That much isn't even worth debating anymore. He's clearly one of the Cubs' 25 best players, and he's without question a better option at...

Red Sox Can Win Without an Ace

FORT MYERS, Fla.—One of the sloppiest narratives of the spring is that the Red Sox' rotation is suspect because it lacks an ace. It has inspired the leaky faucet of ceaseless Col...

Just How Much of an Edge Do PEDs Give?

Major League Baseball implemented its testing policy for PEDs in 2005. The policy has exposed an unflattering side of baseball over the past decade, but it’s also given us 10 fu...

Delayed MLB Gratification Helps Nobody

So I asked some smart baseball people on Monday how to adjust the collective bargaining agreement to end the silliness of teams holding down top prospects such as Cubs third bas...

Players' Addictions Enrich MLB Owners

Josh Hamilton is scheduled to make $23 million from the Los Angeles Angels this season. He also may be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his recent cocaine relapse. These ...

Padres' OFs Carry Chips on Shoulders

They were dumped with no remorse, and dispatched without having a chance to say goodbye. This celebrated outfield trio, hailing from three teams in different divisions, were stunne...

The Legend That Is Juan Uribe

"Here I'll give you an example right here," says Justin Turner. "This will be a funny fucking Juan Uribe instance." Turner sits a few lockers down from Uribe at the Los Angeles Dod...

Mets' Plan to Build Rotation Blows Up

Sandy Alderson’s quest to build a sustained Mets contender was always going to have two enemies: ownership frugality and elbow fragility. He constructed methodically because...

Dodgers Post 2nd Straight Walk-Off

The only thing that is not fun for the Dodgers right now is watching the scoreboard. They keep winning - lately, in their final at-bat. A.J. Ellis' single in the bottom of the 11...

Perfect Into 6th, Darvish Cruises

Six pitchers combined to throw 273 pitches Monday afternoon, but two pitches in particular created the most excitement at Kauffman Stadium. One was a borderline pitch that could ...

Medlen's 12 Strikeouts Guide Braves

Less than 24 hours after being rejuvenated by Chipper Jones' thrilling walk-off home run, the Braves returned to Turner Field and provided some indication that they might have es...

1st Winning Season in D.C. Since '69

When the story of the Washington Nationals’ 2012 season is written, it’s expected to hold plenty more celebratory moments with which they cannot just mark their organ...

Reds 1st Team to Reach 80 Victories

The Reds have entered that rarified air. They’ve done something that the 35 teams that have come and gone since the back-to-back World Champion teams were unable to do. The...

Surging Pirates Blank Cards Again

Don’t tell the St. Louis Cardinals that Pedro Alvarez is an on-again, off-again hitter. There’s been no such thing as “off” for the Pirates’ third ba...

Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

NEW YORK — Marcus Stroman, regarded as one of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top pitching prospects who spent part of this season with the Vancouver Canadians, has been sus...

2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

The six runs the Rays racked up in the first two innings Wednesday, and the eight overall, including a pair of homers from Evan Longoria, served as makeup — well, maybe to ...

Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

Things were set up so perfectly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Sure they were trying to stop a losing streak, trying to return to the winning side of things they&...

Alvarez's 2 Homers Boost Pirates

With their flickering playoff hopes hanging in the balance Tuesday, the Pirates showed they still can pack a punch. The Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, and moved back...

Cubs Sign SS Castro to 7-Year Deal

The Cubs’ new deal with shortstop Starlin Castro, for seven years and $60 million, officially has been completed after weeks of peaceful negotiations. Castro, who will...

Season-Ending Surgery for Bautista

Jose Bautista felt no pain, but he could feel a tendon slipping and sliding in his left wrist. A specialist in Cleveland confirmed his suspicion. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger wi...

Dodgers Blanked in Beckett's Debut

Josh Beckett was decent in his Dodgers debut. On this night, though, he needed to be dazzling. The right-hander tried to keep the Dodgers in the game until the team's recently ob...

Slump Goes on for Pirates, Burnett

For the fourth consecutive time in a big August game, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett came up small Monday night and the club lost another game it badly needed, 4-3, to the St. Loui...

No Reason for Pirates to Panic

Oh, I suppose it would be easy to carve up Erik Bedard for getting crushed again. He’s the one the capacity crowd of 36,626 booed off the field Sunday at PNC Park after giv...

Orioles Get Saunders for Lindstrom

The Orioles had their focus on Joe Saunders since he was on the free-agent market this offseason, and the club had been discussing the possibility of acquiring the left-hander in...

Orioles' Davis Pounds 3 Home Runs

Chris Davis stood at his locker this spring -- in his first full season with the Orioles -- eager for the opportunity to get consistent at-bats and prove that he could be a succe...

White Sox Post Wild Walk-Off Win

A.J. Pierzynski best summed up the wackiest victory of the White Sox's successful season. "From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in about a two-minute span," Pierzynski ...

Nationals Edge Braves in 13th

The Washington area has waited a long time for pennant-race baseball deep in the summer. Then the opening game of the biggest series of the season to date for the Washington Nati...

Bumgarner Outduels Kershaw

Just one of 162? Baloney. It was Clayton Kershaw versus Madison Bumgarner in mid-August for first place in the National League West in the teams' first meeting since the Dodge...

Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

No official word has been offered as to why Ryan Dempster needed to step away from the Texas Rangers over the weekend, but whatever caused his hiatus clearly wasn't a distraction...

Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

Xavier Paul and Ryan Hanigan may not carry much juice in fantasy baseball, but the two Reds loomed large in the real world Sunday afternoon. Pinch hitter Paul started the ninth i...

How Cabrera Tried to Scam MLB

In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadve...

Varitek Would Fit for Red Sox

The Red Sox clubhouse has turned into Goldilocks, the players searching for the bed that is not too hard and not too soft, but just right. Last September, the clubhouse trampled ...

Giants' Lineup Potent With Sandoval

With Pablo Sandoval back, the Giants finally have the 3-4-5-6 portion of their lineup set up the way management envisioned when it dealt for Hunter Pence. When Melky Cabrera, Bust...

Hamels Fires 2nd Straight Shutout

Down another outfielder, Charlie Manuel briefly contemplated life Monday with no certainties. Solutions are in short supply for the season's final seven weeks, a time when the st...

Lowe Gets Save in Yankees Debut

Monday marked the first of two starts CC Sabathia will miss during his stay on the disabled list. So far, so good. David Phelps gave the Yankees five solid innings, while Nick Swis...

Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

A visitor to Fenway Park last summer asked, "What are the numbers up there on the right-field roof?" He was told that they were the retired numbers of Red Sox Hall of Famers Ted W...

Questions as Postseason Draws Near

A'musings on a steamy afternoon as the dog days of August pose a myriad of unanswered questions to a baseball season that's winding down much too soon. And as the song goes, next m...

Will Cabrera Ever Win MVP Award?

The typical season for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera goes like this: He puts up MVP numbers. Then he doesn't win the MVP. The most-valuable-player award always eludes Cabr...

Rangers' Offense Bails Out Dempster

Better days are ahead for Ryan Dempster over his next two months as the Texas Rangers' rotation rental. But that's based solely on the assumption that things can't go much worse th...

10 Biggest Impact Moves

Zack Greinke traded to Angels: Starting pitching is the name of the game when it comes to postseason play and the Halos went out and got the best starting pitcher on the market....

Plan B Working Well for Braves

  When this season started, Ben Sheets was a youth-league coach in Louisiana and Kris Medlen had pitched 2 1/3 innings in 20 months, the byproduct of Tommy John surgery. The...

Mets Waste Davis' 3 Home Runs

This season is a hunt for individual meaning now, with no wild-card race to create a common purpose. And few Mets will live as meaningful a day this summer as Ike Davis did Satur...

Kemp, Billingsley Crush Giants

In the past 24 hours, the Dodgers parlayed the five tools of Hanley Ramirez and the five tools of Matt Kemp. Don Mattingly can do the math and it comes out like this: five plus fiv...

Hamels, $144 Million Richer, Beaten

Cole Hamels wandered aimlessly around the infield grass Friday night after his $144 million arm failed once again. He peeked toward center field, and not yet knowing the ball's f...

Astros Suffer 11th Straight Defeat

Special occasion that it was, the Astros sure made tying the franchise record for consecutive losses feel special. There was absolutely nothing normal about this 6-5 loss to the P...

Plenty of Contenders Seek Greinke

The season hasn't worked out like the Brewers hoped. But at least the Zack Greinke Derby is shaping up to be a real winner for them. With Cole Hamels off the market, Matt Garza n...

Haren Strong in Beating Rangers

It looks like Dan Haren's problems are behind him – but in a good way now. Haren returned from his first trip to the DL of his career and pitched six strong innings as the A...

Karstens, Pirates Take 5th in Row

Unlike any other player in the Pirates’ clubhouse, Jeff Karstens can remember those ugly, brutal days. He was around for the 95-loss season in 2008, the 99-loss team in &rsqu...

A's Take 3rd Straight From Yanks

The heroes change each night for the A's. The results remain the same. On Saturday, it was Jarrod Parker becoming the latest rookie starter to shut down the New York Yankees. It...

White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that Brett Myers was acquired for bullpen depth, not to replace Addison Reed as the closer, despite his valuable experience in that r...

Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

Yorvit Torrealba, still sleep-deprived after the birth of his daughter last week, made an alert decision before the Texas Rangers took the field for the first time Saturday. The ...

Lannan, Harper Help Nationals Split

John Lannan had experienced most every slice of the Washington Nationals’ history, but Saturday night, tinged with desperation for his teammates, felt fresh and new for him...

Day of Big Returns in Boston

If they didn't already have baseball's highest prices, the Red Sox might have been able to get away with charging extra when they come home Monday night to play the Chicago White...

Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

Scott Rolen's bat still has a little life in it. Rolen's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a sellout cr...

Gallardo Strikes Out 14 Pirates

Just like his teammates, Yovani Gallardo is well aware of how important it is for the Milwaukee Brewers to play well to start the second half of the season. On Sunday afternoon h...

Lincecum Shines as Giants Regain 1st

The crowd of 42,171 knew the stakes maybe more than the pitcher did. From the moment Tim Lincecum led the Giants onto the field Saturday night, the fans seemed intent on coaxing a ...

Braves Batter Dickey, Win 6th in Row

Because there are so many baseball games, it’s tricky to ascribe any lessons to any single game. But the doings Saturday, I submit, showed us the 2012 Braves for better and...

Scores and Schedule

Top MLB Sites

MLB Power Rankings