Ever since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away.
Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Brian McCann are among the players seeking to cash in from a free-agent class lacking any ace starting pitchers.
Retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was voted Marvin Miller Man of the Year for excellence on and off the field, and Rivera was also picked as the AL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox have never previously met in the playoffs. Both teams are led by super sluggers in Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz.
Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.
How could this happen? Matt Harvey was a pitcher, a max-effort guy, but with a clean delivery that certainly didn’t look like he was putting undue stress on his arm.
Scherzer joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season.
Although fresh faces are taking over, that doesn’t mean all the old guys are out. Rivera, Hunter and Beltran are back at the All-Star Game, bringing decades of experience and wisdom.
The Yankees are off to a 1-4 start to begin the season after failing to the Tigers 8-4 on Saturday.
It looks like the World Series will go the distance and seven games for the second straight year.
Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit’s starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.
The Yankees kept their lineup the same as it would have been on Wednesday — with Rodriguez on the bench for the third time in nine postseason games. A-Rod is 3-for-23 with no RBIs in these playoffs.
Game 4 of the AL championship series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees has been postponed by bad weather in the area — although Comerica Park itself was still dry when the game was called.
Raul Ibanez’s role will increase against the Tigers’ parade of right-handed starters and will be a key figure in the Yankees’ hopes of reaching the World Series.
CC Sabathia went 8 strong innings on Sunday as the Yankees defeated the Tigers, 6-2.