Baseball season officially opened last week and already we’ve had a plethora of ridiculous defensive plays. Recency bias will always mean that we think these plays will be the best of the year, but we’ll more than likely forget them in a couple months.
With the pageantry and tradition of Opening Day, America’s pastime is officially back.
Alex Guerrero hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a four-run deficit for a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Collin Cowgill and David Freese each hit two-run homers in the fifth inning for the Los Angeles Angels, who rallied from an early deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Monday night.
Baseball fans were abuzz on social media following Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, in which a Dodgers fan, sitting in the front row behind home plate, was apparently forced to change out of his Dodgers apparel.
Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez homered during a five-run fourth inning against Jered Weaver, and the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals extended their season-opening winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Archie Bradley made a dazzling major league debut Saturday night, allowing one hit over six innings to outpitch Clayton Kershaw and lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Every year, it’s the same story: Fantasy baseball teams scramble in the first week to pick up that hot rookie or replace dud closer who has already gotten the hook from the manager.
So when you look at the roster right now, there aren’t many young, inexperienced players who have a chance to make a big impact on the Padres in 2015. One name that does come to mind, however, is pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.
The influx of Cuban players in MLB has been much discussed, and after the wild success Jose Abreu had with the White Sox in 2014, teams will continue to scout and give big money to defectors. Yasmany Tomas is a perfect example, as the D-backs gave him a six-year, $68.5 million contract as a 24-year-old this offseason.
The Baltimore Orioles have traded right-handed reliever Ryan Webb to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Albert Pujols hit his 521st home run to move into 18th place on baseball’s career list and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners Wednesday.
Joining the 40-40 club (40 homers and 40 steals in a single season) has always been a rare feat, evidenced by the fact that it’s been accomplished just four times in baseball history. But if you were to make a list of baseball’s top candidates to even have a shot at reaching the milestone, Astros outfielder George Springer would be at or near the top.
Adrian Gonzalez hit three home runs, becoming the first player in major league history with five in the season’s first three games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 Wednesday to win their opening series.
An 11th-round Draft choice by the Dodgers out of high school, Los Angeles knew it was taking a risk by drafting Joc Pederson, as he had pretty high bonus demands and had already committed to play baseball at USC. But the Dodgers were OK with the risk that late, and OK with giving him a hefty bonus, and now five years later it looks as though it’s all going to pay off.