| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:05 PM
My 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines and Edgar Martinez.
That means, for myriad reasons, no Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, a pair of 300-game winners renowned for a decade of excellence atop the Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation, and Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday by the Baseball...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 11:58 AM
OK, I get it: steroids are bad and cheating is worse.
What I don't get is why Hall of Fame voters have decided to draw this line at this time.
Long-time members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America, who sit as judge and jury to decide who gets...
| Jan 12, 2014
The house was quiet, the kids were out, and Betty and I were alone, like in the old days, watching the White Sox on TV.
Except not in January. She'd turned to a Comcast Sports broadcast, a replay of a program about the great Sox hitter Frank Thomas....
| Jan 13, 2014
| 9:33 PM
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games.
He is 70, going on 45. What we remember — the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies — remains the essence of who he is and what he will always...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:11 AM
Everybody clinches something at Wrigley Field.
In the last week, the Braves and Pirates clinched a division title and a playoff spot, respectively, while the Cubs clinched the most home losses in team history and the worst attendance since Sammy Sosa...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 6:38 PM
SAN DIEGO — If the Dodgers are to go far in October, they're going to have to start winning in September. At least that has been the trend recently, with three of the last five World Series winners posting the best record in the last full month of...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 10:38 PM
It was taunt and tense. It was a sweaty, nervous little game.
And ultimately, one extremely frustrating game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers lost the opener of the National League Championship Series, 3-2 in 13 innings, on Friday night when...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 7:32 PM
ST. LOUIS — Yasiel Puig had nothing to show for the day. Neither did the Dodgers.
That could have changed, for Puig and for the Dodgers, with one swing in the ninth inning. The count was full.
Puig did not swing. He moved tentatively toward...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:54 PM
WEST HARTFORD — If a St. Louis Cardinals fan died and went to Redbird heaven, chances are strong it would look exactly like the basement of Mel Roder's home on Avon Mountain.
When Roder invited us over to take a look at what he called his Cardinals...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:08 PM
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and...