| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:19 PM
SEATTLE -- A dark cloud hung over Safeco Field on an otherwise clear and sunny day Monday, when the San Diego Padres found out that they had lost the greatest player in their franchise's history to a battle with cancer.
The news of Tony Gwynn's...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:18 PM
The Dodgers have the best starting rotation money can buy.
Best pitcher in baseball? Keep him, for $215 million. Best pitcher in free agency, in the first off-season under new ownership? Buy him, for $147 million. Best pitcher to come out of South...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:51 AM
What happens when Javier Baez comes up? Does Starlin Castro get traded? -- Hank, Rock Island
There are many considerations. Assuming Castro rebounds and Baez earns a major league promotion, I believe Baez would move to second or third base. If Darwin...
| May 16, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Contrary to the headline implication in The Times, the Clippers didn't lose to the Thunder because of Donald Sterling; they lost because Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook outplayed Blake Griffin and Chris Paul when it counted.
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:47 PM
Before Arte Moreno resolves the cold war between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, the Angels' owner ought to invite Mike Trout to lunch.
Trout could be the first player to wear an Angels cap in Cooperstown, if he sticks around. He could have won the most...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 7:20 PM
Pitching wins. Especially in the playoffs.
That's one of those baseball adages, like the infield fly rule, that everyone simply accepts but no one has really proved.
"There's no question pitching's at a premium because every team in the postseason has...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Will we ever see the Giants coming?
The team Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy put together since saying goodbye to Barry Bonds is the only National League team to win the World Series twice within three seasons since the Big Red Machine, yet the Giants...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 5:30 PM
It's all about Luke Gregerson. Says a lot, doesn't it?
Over the last two seasons, the best thing about the Padres has been their bullpen. It carried Bud Black's team to the threshold of the playoffs in 2010 and was the backbone of a bad team last year as...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 1:01 PM
GLENDALE — After suffering a shoulder injury that stemmed from a violent home-plate collision last season, Gregg Zaun found himself behind home plate for the first time Sunday during a spring training contest against the Oakland Athletics at the...
| May 30, 2012
| 7:28 AM
Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly, take note: Now Dodgers first baseman James Loney is calling for as much video replay as possible.
“Whatever it takes, just get it right,’’ Loney said Monday after an umpire ruled his foot was off the base...
| Oct 12, 2011
The Angels have been granted permission by the New York Yankees to interview front-office executives Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler for their vacant general manager position, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. An Angels spokesman would...