Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy has dropped his appeal of the 10-game suspension he was given for his role in last Tuesday’s brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kennedy is now eligible to return on June 29.
The Houston Astros and Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, have reportedly come to terms on a deal. The Astros and the Stanford right-hander have agreed on a bonus of $6.35 million, the most any player has received under baseball’s new draft bonus rules. The preview high was the $6 [...]
When the Minnesota Twins made Byron Buxton the No. 2 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, they knew they were getting a supremely athletic, toolsy high school outfielder who could play some incredible defense. Buxton also had the added value of being a guy who will likely stick in center field. So far, the kid [...]
To be clear and fair, by “worst,” I mean the most disappointing, considering cities like Atlanta, Miami, Tampa and Charlotte have abysmal pro sports fans, and there are many places (New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, et al.) totally uninterested in collegiate sports. But what city currently has more disappointing sports teams, despite high payrolls and lofty expectations, than [...]
Over the past decade, it has been admirable the way that the Milwaukee Brewers achieved a balance between turning prospects into stars and adding veterans along the way to become competitive in the National League. Ryan Braun became the pinnacle of that success. He went from the fifth overall pick in the 2005 draft, to [...]
This serves as the seventh post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) After five days of ballparks and thousands of miles, it’s possible we saved the best stadium for last. Following 10 twisty, [...]
In baseball, unlike almost every other professional sport, the likelihood that the No. 1 overall pick is going to turn into a perennial All-Star and franchise player is quite small. In fact, none of the players drafted first overall have ever been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and they have earned just six [...]