| Mar 2, 2013
| 1:56 PM
One thing to keep in mind about baseball: It's all good.
Big-league baseball. Minor-league baseball. College baseball. Pony League baseball. Even, gasp, international baseball.
While many North American fans dismiss the World Baseball Classic —...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 6:53 PM
It wasn't so long ago that the big question heading into the All-Star break around here was not who would represent the Orioles in the midsummer classic, but whether anybody was deserving enough to get in without the help of the rule that requires at...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 5:46 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy took the lead in the most recent round of All-Star Game fan balloting among American League shortstops, giving the Orioles leaders at three different positions.
Chris Davis maintained his lead among AL...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that Chris Davis is leading all American League first basemen in the latest All-Star voting results released by Major League Baseball on Monday. The guy has been a monster from Day One and he’s leading the...
| May 25, 2013
| 10:47 AM
The play probably made no difference in the outcome of the game between the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers on Friday night, but first-base umpire Jeff Nelson clearly missed a call on a double-play attempt.
To make matters worse, when Mariners...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Down 2-0 to the Rays in the eighth inning Wednesday, the Rangers got runners to second and third with one out. Right-hander Joel Peralta was on the mound, and the Rangers had switch-hitter Lance Berkman and the left-handed-hitting A.J. Pierzynski on the...
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Bardball didn't start from a deep love of poetry, but from a swelling revulsion of Barry Bonds.
In 2007, friends were emailing scathing limericks back and forth about the chemically enhanced slugger. They were too funny to waste, so Stuart Shea and I...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 10:01 PM
A struggling Mariners offense erupted for three runs in the top of the ninth inning off Rangers closer Joe Nathan as Seattle snapped a seven-game losing streak to Texas with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night.
Kevin Millwood was outstanding in his Mariners...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Soccer-MLS Draft, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Men's College Basketball-James Madison at Virginia Commonwealth, 5 p.m. (ESPNU); Clemson at Boston College, 6 p.m. (ESPN); Wisconsin at Purdue, 6 p.m. (ESPN2); George Mason at Drexel, 7 p.m. (ESPNU);...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:44 AM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has put his team's playoff hopes in the hands of veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, who has been tabbed to start tonight's do-or-die American League wild-card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark.
By now, Saunders' career...