| 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 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...
| May 2, 2014
| 9:25 PM
MIAMI -- The tale of Yasiel Puig's death-defying escape from Cuba has proved so captivating, Hollywood has already bought the movie rights.
But there's at least one part his story that hasn't been fully told. Before he defected and signed with the...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Why is L.A. so upset with Mike D'Antoni and Lakers management? We all knew this was a patchwork team that had no chance of actually winning anything this year. Myopic Lakers fans should cheer D'Antoni for not bailing on this squad, and praise Pau Gasol...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 5:20 PM
DETROIT — Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
This is a tale of two interviews. Well, two halves of the same interview.
The first, sunnier half is the best reason to talk to John Turturro (whose “Fading Gigolo,” which he wrote, directed and stars in, opens Friday): He’s been part...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:09 PM
The number that matters most is not 500.
The number that matters most is 0.
That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols.
He got a mighty sweet serenade in the visiting clubhouse in...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 1:11 PM
For more than 30 years, Ken Burns has created documentaries about United States history.
Baseball is part of that history, and Burns' Emmy Award-winning series on the sport 20 years ago examined the national pastime through the years.
Burns will be at...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 2:48 PM
It struck me as presumptuous and self-righteous that columnist Bill O'Reilly blasted the San Francisco Giants earlier this month for allowing Barry Bonds to return as a hitting coach for a week.
In O'Reilly's view, Bonds is an unrepentant cheater who...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:50 PM
SAN DIEGO -- For what it's worth, Yasiel Puig said he is listening.
To his teammates. To his coaches. Even players on other teams.
Over the last week, the Dodgers' problem child made it a point to speak with Albert Pujols of the Angels during the...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:02 PM
Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett was saddened but not shaken at a level some might think. He knew Tony Gwynn and was hit hard by the news Monday that Gwynn had died of cancer.
Yet, what had not really registered with Beckett was an element he shared with...