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MLB: Offseason Brings Big Changes For NL East

Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Madson celebrates after he closed out the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, September 27, 2008. The Phillies clinched the NL East title after defeating the Washington Nationals 4-3. (Michael Perez/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)
February 27, 2020

After a 2019 season that saw two NL East teams reach the postseason, one of which went on to take home a franchise-first world series, the division is shaping up to be equally competitive in 2020. The...

Dodgers Land Betts In Blockbuster Trade

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) runs to first as he watches his hit during the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. (Peter Joneleit/CSM/Zuma Press/TNS)
February 13, 2020

As pitchers and catchers begin to report to spring training, several new faces will be arriving at camp for the Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins. After a week of renegotiation and concern that trade talks would...

MLB Roundup: Outfielders Find New Homes

The St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna hits a two-run single in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game 1 of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. St. Louis won, 7-6. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
January 30, 2020

In stark contrast to the previous two offseasons, the 2019-2020 winter has moved quickly, and now, after the signings of Marcell Ozuna and Nick Castellanos, the free agency pool is all but dried up. The...

Astros Sign-Stealing Scandal Rocks MLB

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January 23, 2020

Last week, MLB announced the results of their investigation into the Houston Astros’ 2017 illegal sign-stealing scheme, a developing story that will continue to dominate baseball storylines throughout...

Phillies Land Free Agent Zack Wheeler

The New York Mets' Zack Wheeler pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/MCT)
December 5, 2019

In contrast with the previous two MLB offseasons, signings of some of the top free agent players have been occurring somewhat early this year. With the Baseball Winter Meetings — where representatives...

John Collins Receives 25-Game Suspension

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) presses against Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The Mavericks won, 114-107. (Daniel Carde/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)
November 7, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Johns Collins, a former Wake Forest basketball star and current Atlanta Hawks forward, was suspended for 25 games without pay after violating the NBA’s drug policy. Collins tested...

Nationals Capture Franchise-First World Series

Nationals Capture Franchise-First World Series
October 31, 2019

It took seven games and some late-game heroics, but for the first time in franchise history, the Washington Nationals are World Series champions. Describing their road to the title as “bumpy” or “unorthodox”...

Nats Head Home With 2-0 World Series Lead

Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Ryan Zimmerman #11 after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 16, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**
October 24, 2019

Despite the Astros’ supposed superiority and home-field advantage, the underdog Nationals marched into Houston and won a Game 1 nail-biter and cruised to a Game 2 blowout. Now, both teams head to D.C....

Nationals Win Franchise-First NL Pennant

The Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting the game-tying home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning during Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
October 17, 2019

NLCS After an offseason that saw the departure of Bryce Harper, once the face of their franchise, the Washington Nationals responded by shaking the postseason monkey from their backs, toppling the Dodgers...

Previewing The 2019 MLB Postseason

The Houston Astros celebrate after a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
October 3, 2019

The 2019 season, particularly in the American League, saw the gap between the haves and have-nots of baseball widen further than it ever has in history. A record four teams passed the 100-loss mark, and...

Robot Umpires Would Create New Problems For MLB

Robot Umpires Would Create New Problems For MLB
September 12, 2019

As MLB continues to adapt its rulebook in an effort to modernize and to standardize the game, the advent of the post-umpire era draws nearer and nearer. Specifically, so-called robot umpires calling balls...

Verlander Adds Third No-Hitter To Career Resume

A reporter from the Detroit Free Press was denied access to the Houston Astros' clubhouse and pitcher Justin Verlander following Wednesday's loss to the Detroit Tigers.
September 5, 2019

Though Astros starter Justin Verlander already seemed a worthy candidate for the 2019 AL Cy Young award, his performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday thrust him ahead of the competition and...

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