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A visit to the Arizona Fall League

A report from the Mesa vs. Salt River game Tuesday.

The sacrifice bunt and intentional walk are vanishing from baseball

And this is a good thing.

Ball-and-strike challenges could be coming to MLB in 2023

There’s more testing going on in the Arizona Fall League.

Rob Manfred says fans like the placed runner in extra innings and it’s probably staying

NARRATOR: "He’s wrong about the fans."

A Cubs fan’s guide to the World Series

All in for Red October

A Cubs fan’s guide to the American League Championship Series

The battle of the evil empires

A Cubs fan’s guide to the National League Championship Series

I’m not sure I can choose who I want to win this series

The pitch clock will speed up games in 2023, but the average MLB game time already went down in 2022

We are trending in the right direction.

A Cubs fan’s guide to the 2022 MLB Division Series

It’s time to blow up baseball’s Death Stars

2022 season wrap: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

Let’s have a look at how these ex-Cub favorites did over the season’s final week, and overall.

Here are all the former Cubs in the 2022 postseason

The Cubs, obviously, won’t be there. But some old favorites will.

A Cubs fan’s guide to the MLB Wild Card Series

There are lots of things to cheer for in this playoff picture

September 27 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

Two of these players are likely headed to the postseason. And two ... are not.

A visit to the Oakland Coliseum and an Athletics game

I had the chance to go Thursday, so now, dear reader, you’ll see some of the issues the A’s face.

Javier Báez is providing free meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona

He’s always been a star on and off the field

September 15 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

Time to check in with old friends again.

A few more thoughts on MLB’s 2023 rule changes, with comments from Ian Happ

The Cubs outfielder was an alternate on the Competition Committee.

The pitch clock, shift restrictions, larger bases and other changes are coming to MLB in 2023

The sport’s Competition Committee will be voting on these Friday.

September 5 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

Of these four, only one or two will make the postseason.

They’re testing a ball/strike challenge system in the minor leagues

This is quite intriguing.

The Blue Jays have a different take on home field advantage in 2022

Teams are playing different rosters at the Rogers Centre

August 26 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

Time to catch up with old friends.

August 16 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

Time to check in on some of our old favorites again.

A visit to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa

All of this began with a movie that isn’t really about baseball at all.

2022 MLB Field of Dreams Game Baseball Bingo

It’s not ESPN, but this national TV broadcast is definitely worth a bingo card!

In appreciation of Vin Scully, who has passed away at age 94

And calling him just an "announcer" doesn't even come close to his impact on the game.

August 2 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, and trade deadline open thread

It’s trade deadline day, so I thought I’d revisit several Cubs who were traded at the deadline a year ago. How have they done over the last week or so?

What are the logistics for a player when he gets traded?

Hugwatch is on — but once a player is traded, what happens?

July 27 update: Former Cubs Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber

It’s been a while. How are these old favorites doing?

Let’s talk about MLB expansion, again

... because it was a topic Rob Manfred and Tony Clark brought up at the All-Star Game.

Once again, hints that a pitch clock is coming to MLB in 2023

... as well as some other rule changes.

A look at the 2022 All-Star Game by the numbers

Some stats on the AL and NL rosters for the Midsummer Classic.