Will late injuries cost Mike Trout and Christian Yelich an MVP? Which Astros pitcher will win the Cy Young? Awards season is here.
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Here's what you need to know as baseball's best performers of the season get honored.
Sorry, Detroit: Your team follows in the footsteps of other recent biggest losers. Where did every other club fall?
Rockies star Nolan Arenado won his seventh straight Gold Glove Award on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of fourth place among third basemen. The Diamondbacks had four Gold Glove winners on their team this season.
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The 8 finalists for the HoF's 2020 Ford Frick excellence in baseball broadcasting award were announced Friday - Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, Mike Shannon & Dewayne Staats. More than 200 broadcasters were eligible for the award, to be announced Dec. 11 (awarded this & every 3rd year to team-specific announcers — the other 2 years' winners are "national voices" & "broadcast beginnings" historic figures).
After a stunning World Series title, Washington faces some uncertainty this offseason. Will the Nats be No. 1 again or will the Astros or Dodgers take their place?
The Boston Red Sox have hired Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom as their chief baseball officer, the team announced Monday.
Chaim Bloom, the Rays' senior vice president of baseball operations, is the favorite to become the Red Sox's next general manager, a source told ESPN.
MLB teams looking to avoid unwanted affiliations, bad venues and poor facilities could be driving the agenda, but how would it work?
On the field and in the stands, how players and others react to MLB's newly juiceless baseballs off the bat tells a story.
The Yankees need Masahiro Tanaka to be a "silent assassin" in tonight's Game 4 against Houston, says ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton, who also discusses New York's inability to drive in runs, how poor weather conditions will impact tonight's game, Joe Maddon's fit with the Angels and more (6:39). Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (21:34) and Keith Law talks about some of the game's top prospects and how they'll affect the futures of teams like the Rays, Twins, Rangers and Mariners (29:41).
Who impressed and who didn't? Check out the latest reports on some of the top prospects in baseball, including Astros righty Forrest Whitley.
Now that they're out of October, we review what went wrong and what these teams need to do to remain contenders.
"We didn't finish where we wanted to, but at the same time ... what a fun year," defensive wiz Kevin Kiermaier said.
Another dominant Gerrit Cole playoffs performance has Buster and Karl Ravech comparing the Houston ace to another all-time great (14:32). The guys also discuss Tyler Glasnow's pitch-tipping, X-factors in each championship series, the firing of Gabe Kapler and more. Plus, Rena Banena's "Bleacher Tweets" and some jovial conversations about underage drinking and baseball sitcoms (31:33).
While Rays starter Tyler Glasnow said it was "pretty obvious" he was tipping his pitches Thursday night, both Tampa Bay and Houston said that wasn't what did in the Rays in the ALDS.
Astros ace Gerrit Cole stifled the upstart Rays for the second time during the ALDS and continued his historic run with 10 strikeouts over eight dominant innings Thursday night.
Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
In the end, the Astros had Gerrit Cole and the Rays didn't. Behind eight more dominant innings from Cole, Houston beat Tampa Bay 6-1 and won the LDS series 3 games to 2. Cole went eight innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out 10. The Astros play the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
Second baseman Eric Sogard returned to the starting lineup for the Tampa Bay Rays for Thursday night's Game 5 of the ALDS against the Astros. Sogard hit a solo homer, but it wasn't enough as the Astros advanced with a 6-1 win.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Here are your lineups for Game 5. Different look for the Rays from their Game 2 meeting with the Astros' Gerrit Cole. Joey Wendle in for Yandy Díaz and Eric Sogard in for Brandon Lowe. For Houston against Tyler Glasnow, A.J. Hinch flipped Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve near the top of the order, while Martin Maldonado gets the call at catcher with Cole on the mound.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Yankee Stadium ready for the ALCS. Yankees await the result of Game 5 of Astros-Rays tonight to know whether they will host Game 1 on Saturday or travel to Minute Maid Park.
After the Dodgers fall short in October once again, Buster and Keith Law talk about Dave Roberts' handling of the bullpen and how Clayton Kershaw's poor performance affects his career narrative (20:43). Plus, they discuss Stephen Strasburg's resilience and the Cardinals' thrashing of the Braves. Sarah Langs also plays "The Numbers Game" (38:47) and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan previews tonight's ALDS Game 5 between the Astros and Rays (45:22).