| Jul 6, 2013
| 8:59 PM
Terry Francona was run out of Philadelphia before he became an overnight success in Boston. Bobby Cox, who soon will be on his way to the Hall of Fame as a manager, ran up a 262-323 record in his first stint as Braves manager.
Clint Hurdle, the...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 9:50 AM
Talking baseball while wondering how the Blackhawks can overcome the Patrice Bergeron face-off factor.
1. The White Sox don’t play the Tigers until July. Could Jesse Crain be closing games against his old team when the teams meet in Detroit before...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Even genius seems replaceable in sports, including baseball.
Tony Gwynn and George Brett go into the Hall of Fame, and along come Ichiro Suzuki and Miguel Cabrera. Greg Maddux retires, and up pops Clayton Kershaw. Tony La Russa steps away, and the...
| May 23, 2013
| 8:20 PM
BOSTON — He loves the ballpark again. Not Fenway or Yankee Stadium or Progressive Field specifically — Terry Francona loves them all again.
"I get there absurdly early," he said Thursday. "I stay there absurdly late. I have no perspective."...
| May 18, 2013
| 2:04 PM
Is anything cooler than tennis' electronic replay system?
A player who isn't sure about a line call raises a finger immediately after the call. The chair umpire announces the challenge, and the Hawk-Eye animation system appears on a nearby video...
| May 13, 2013
| 5:44 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses
1. Rangers (1): It's safe to say that Ron Washington's hitters enjoyed their weekend in Houston — 24 runs overall and three homers in every game. Their assault on Philip Humber Saturday was vicious.
| May 7, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Almost 10 years. That's how long it has been since the Cubs beat the Cardinals in a series that mattered, not that St. Louis fans would remember it.
When Dusty Baker's 2003 team took four out of five from the Cardinals in a four-day September war that...
| Jan 15, 2012
| 3:51 PM
First in a series, counting down to the opening of spring training. First up: the Athletics, No. 30 in Phil Rogers' power rankings.
Loved the movie "Moneyball." If you weren't touched by Billy Beane's relationship with his daughter, you don't have a...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 4:25 PM
Fall Friday nights belong to the high school kids. Doesn't Major League Baseball understand that? Once again we have a big Friday night of local football and baseball playoffs going on at the same time. That means either some people will stay at home to...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 4:23 AM
Spent the night in Whitehall, watching the Zephyrs' 32-7 win over Central Catholic. Some things that were learned there, and elsewhere: 1. Nick Shafnisky is the real deal. I continue to be really impresed with the Whitehall senior quarterback ... his...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:41 PM
You'll hear a lot about presidential politics on Sunday morning, but CBS' “Face the Nation” plans a baseball panel to celebrate Washington's first postseason play in 79 years. The panel will feature former managers Tony La Russa of the St....