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Some of baseball’s new experimental rules will be used in the Arizona Fall League

This likely gets some of them closer to being instituted in MLB games.

If you’re not following the American League wild-card race, you should be

The Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Athletics are going down to the wire. Only two of those four teams will make it to the postseason.

An update on Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and other former Cubs

With two weeks to go, some of these guys will have to get hot for their teams to make the postseason.

An update on Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and other former Cubs

Time for the weekly check-in on some of your old favorites.

An update on Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and other former Cubs

Here’s how some of your old favorites did over the last week.

It’s time for MLB to reduce the number of intracity ‘rivalry’ games

The current setup has far too many such games and it can lead to trouble in the stands.

Javy Báez has found himself in the middle of a New York City media war

Could the end result bring him back to the Cubs?

An update on Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and other former Cubs

Presented as a service for those keeping up with these players.

MLB wants to dramatically lower the luxury tax threshold

... and they are hoping if they dress it up as a salary floor you won’t notice

An update on Javier Báez, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and other former Cubs

You still follow these guys, so let’s have another look.

Old friend update: Here are all the former Cubs on current MLB active rosters

A lot of Cubs were traded away last week.

‘Guardians’ is fine as a name for a baseball team

And that’s just fine.

Rob Manfred says defensive shifts might be banned in 2022

Good idea? Bad idea?

2021 All-Star Game thoughts: Awful uniforms, Kris Bryant, fast pace of play

The 91st MLB All-Star Game is history, and here are some of the key happenings.

The Coors Field Home Run Derby did not disappoint

and Pete Alonso is the king of dingers

The Cubs, the Yankees, and Spiderman

The Cubs and Yankees are headed in the same direction, apparently, and not a place either would want to be. The game is changing.

A near-vacant venue in Melbourne, Australia, and MLB spending

What do these two things have to do with each other? More than you might think.

Here’s a possible compromise on the extra-inning runner on second base rule

It’s all part of the Theo Epstein-led effort to fix baseball.

MLB’s crackdown on foreign substances begins today

What could possibly go wrong?

How does the Marlins’ 40-man roster stack up for the series with the Cubs?

A look at the Cubs’ upcoming opponent. They’re struggling. Can the Cubs take advantage?

MLB is banning foreign substances on baseballs and it’s going to be a mess

What could possibly go wrong?

The Cardinals have a lot of pitching injuries. How will that affect the series with the Cubs?

The Cubs aren’t the only team with pitching issues.

MLB has signaled a crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on the ball

Will it actually change anything?

Patrick Wisdom and the NCAA college baseball field of 64

What does the newest Cubs hero have to do with this year’s college tournament? Plenty, if you look deep enough.

There have been 6 no-hitters in MLB so far in 2021. So what? They’re rare, celebrate them!

It’s not a portent or trend.

The spin is in: What’s up with the spin rate in baseball?

... it should make you want to hurl

The quality of Minor League Baseball is bad right now

Don’t worry, it will get better.

Yermín Mercedes is apparently in trouble with Tony La Russa for hitting a home run

This is not going to end well for La Russa

No, the Oakland Athletics aren’t going to move to Las Vegas — or probably anywhere else

Lots of sound and fury signifying nothing, in my view.

A look at the Cubs’ NL Central rivals

How are the Central teams doing, about five weeks into the 2021 season?

MLB teams can’t play games under protest anymore

This was sort of a stealth rule change for this season.

No Cardinal has done as much damage against the Cubs in the last 20 years as Albert Pujols

The future Hall of Famer was released by the Angels today

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