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Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities

Commissioner Rob Manfred’s all-star break wasn’t only spent sandbagging his sport’s best player. He also took some time to throw his support behind expanding MLB to two more cities.

Angels Defend Mike Trout After MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says He Should Market Himself More [Update] Angels Defend Mike Trout After MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says He Should Market Himself More [Update]

MLB czar Rob Manfred had a pretty short-sighted take to lob at Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Manfred said that Trout—the man who is on pace to beat Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle for the highest all-time WAR total before their age-27 season—had to “make a decision to engage” in order to be more marketable. The Angels felt…

The Dodgers Have Won The Manny Machado Sweepstakes, Finally The Dodgers Have Won The Manny Machado Sweepstakes, Finally

Manny Machado is heading west. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported yesterday that the Baltimore Orioles had the framework of a deal in place to trade Machado to the Dodgers for a bushel of prospects, and the trade finally went through today after a “brief medical blip” caused both parties to stay at the negotiating…

Gleyber Torres's Video Isn't The Best Way To Watch Aaron Judge's All-Star Game HR, But It Is The Funniest Gleyber Torres's Video Isn't The Best Way To Watch Aaron Judge's All-Star Game HR, But It Is The Funniest

Gleyber Torres thought he was taking horizontal video of his teammate Aaron Judge’s dinger in last night’s All-Star Game. He was not. Good effort, though.

Many A Dong Was Blasted Into The Night In The 2018 All-Star Game Many A Dong Was Blasted Into The Night In The 2018 All-Star Game

Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game started slowly. It was a 2–2 game headed into the eighth inning, and the most memorable part of the game, to that point, had been the broadcast team prompting Mike Trout on two separate occasions to discuss the weather. All four runs had been scored on solo dingers, the crowd was…

Serving Up A Three-Run Homer Is Somehow Only The Second-Worst Part Of Josh Hader's Night Serving Up A Three-Run Homer Is Somehow Only The Second-Worst Part Of Josh Hader's Night

Brewers reliever Josh Hader pitched just a third of an inning during Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game, and allowed a mighty three-run Jean Segura tater that put the American League ahead in the eighth. His hair was perfect, but it was otherwise not a great night for Milwaukee’s closer. But getting donged up is not…

Rich Dauer, Astros Coach Who Nearly Died During 2017 Championship Parade, Joins All-Star Game Coaching Staff Rich Dauer, Astros Coach Who Nearly Died During 2017 Championship Parade, Joins All-Star Game Coaching Staff

This is very cool. Rich Dauer has been out of baseball since he collapsed during the Houston Astros championship parade last November and nearly died of an acute subdural hematoma. He had to undergo emergency brain surgery, and endured a lengthy recovery process; the closest he’s come to baseball since then was an…

MLB Commissioner: Actually It Is Mike Trout's Fault That He Is Not More Popular MLB Commissioner: Actually It Is Mike Trout's Fault That He Is Not More Popular

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says Mike Trout, the very best baseball player in the world and one of the best in history, isn’t popular enough because he doesn’t want to do commercials:

Watch This Weird Old Japanese Home Run Derby Featuring Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, And Bernie Williams

MLB’s single-elimination bracket format has revitalized the Home Run Derby—last night ruled—but can we do even better? As with game shows, the Japanese remain light years ahead of us in Home Run Derby technology.

Joe Maddon Shamelessly Reams Out Umpire Without Getting Tossed Joe Maddon Shamelessly Reams Out Umpire Without Getting Tossed

There’s no lip reading required to figure out why Cubs manager Joe Maddon was pissed off in Sunday’s 7-4 win over the Padres. Home plate umpire Ryan Blakney’s strike zone was indecipherable all day—both teams complained about it—so in the eighth inning, Maddon had had enough.

10 Years Ago, Two Trades Broke The Mold For MLB Deadline Deals 10 Years Ago, Two Trades Broke The Mold For MLB Deadline Deals

In the days and hours before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31, contenders across baseball will make their moves. Manny Machado will likely take his MVP-caliber bat and NASA-caliber arm to the left side of some new and less bleak team’s infield; the Yankees are thought to be looking for starting pitching and the…

There's A New Co-Leader In The Manny Machado Sweepstakes There's A New Co-Leader In The Manny Machado Sweepstakes

Manny Machado homered in his first-at bat, his 24th of the year, and then left the game after the fourth inning, because of wet grass following a rain delay. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said, without outright saying, what we all know: that Machado is currently more valuable to the Orioles on the bench and healthy…

Pirates Plunder Walk-Off Win On Basically The Open Sea

Playing extra innings on Sunday in a ballpark that had essentially become an extension of the Allegheny River, the Pirates managed to capture a walk-off victory. First baseman Josh Bell was the one who showed off his sea legs and sent Milwaukee to Davy Jones’s locker, crushing the ball about 60 fathoms deep into…

Starling Marte And Gregory Polanco Combine For Rare Slice Of History With Double-Header Dingers Starling Marte And Gregory Polanco Combine For Rare Slice Of History With Double-Header Dingers

History has a habit of repeating itself over and over in sports, especially in baseball. Saturday afternoon Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco got in some history-making of their own: they became the third teammates in MLB history to amass back-to-back home runs in both games of a double-header. This unlikely…

Indians Cede Winning Run To Yankees On Delightful Little League Homer

The Indians and Yankees were tied at four apiece in the top of the seventh Saturday night when Austin Romine stepped to the plate and smoked a double to right center field. A slicing, dangerous hit, an easy stand-up two-bagger. Until!

Chaotic Cardinals Season Continues With Mid-Season Firing Of Manager Mike Matheny Chaotic Cardinals Season Continues With Mid-Season Firing Of Manager Mike Matheny

The St. Louis Cardinals axed manager Mike Matheny Saturday night, following an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The loss was their fourth in five games, and 10th in their last 15 games. The Cardinals are now 7.5 games back in the NL Central. The Cardinals announced Matheny’s firing via a team release late Saturday…

Boston's Blake Swihart Embarrassed On Base Path By Blue Jays Trickery

The timing on this is very fun. Red Sox first baseman Blake Swihart singled in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday, with one out and the the Red Sox down a run. Three pitches later, Sandy León skied a fly ball to left field, a harmless out that earned León’s disappointed body language. And that was before he saw…

Hmm, Maybe We Could Come Up With A Different Way To Praise Athleticism? Hmm, Maybe We Could Come Up With A Different Way To Praise Athleticism?

By far the funniest thing about Fangraphs contributor Mike Werner’s reaction to video of Billy Hamilton’s insane catch Friday night is the possibility that Werner previously doubted the existence of spider monkeys, and understood this video of Billy Hamilton to be persuasive evidence of their existence.

Billy Hamilton Cannot Possibly Be Human Billy Hamilton Cannot Possibly Be Human

Billy Hamilton’s season at the plate has improved significantly from its dismal start. Where he was producing an awful .517 OPS in early June, and considering dropping switch-hitting as a potential remedy, he is now producing a more recognizable .636, in line with what he’s generally done over the past four seasons.…

It's Time To Take The Oakland A's Seriously It's Time To Take The Oakland A's Seriously

The start of this Oakland Athletics season started out in unsurprising fashion, by which I mean everything went wrong.

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