GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chicago White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet faced Shohei Ohtani twice during the 2021 season, striking out the superstar both times.
There was a little extra attention — much more than a typical Cactus League game — when the two squared off Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.
It was Ohtani’s first at-bat in a spring training ...Read more
TEMPE, Ariz. — Lost amid the narratives of Mike Trout’s injuries or whether he should ask to be traded is the underlying question about what he actually did while he was on the field last season.
The Angels’ superstar, a three-time American League MVP, posted numbers that were, across the board, the worst of his career.
Trout finished ...Read more
PHOENIX — The crowd gasped.
Was this really happening?
A dull desert afternoon suddenly became a noisy celebration of dazzling disbelief.
This was really happening!
Shohei Ohtani, down to his last pitch in what had been a failure of a first game in a Dodgers uniform, clubbed that pitch high into the blue midday sky, the ball soaring over ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — What would you do if you were Wander Franco’s boss?
Sounds like a simple question, seems like it should be an easy call. And, perhaps from the comfort of your living room, you’ve already decided.
But if you’re sitting in the owner’s suite at Tropicana Field, the fallout from the Franco investigation in the ...Read more
BRADENTON, Fla. — After trading for Chris Sale, Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos said the club would familiarize itself with the left-hander in hopes of keeping him healthy through the postseason. As they do with everyone, the Braves will formulate a plan for Sale’s workload and how to keep him fresh deep into the ...Read more
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Followers of sports teams have a tendency to heap criticism on an athlete missing substantial action with injuries, and those critics have been known to include members of traditional media.
Evidence of that surfaced again when Joe Mauer, with a blue-collar upbringing in St. Paul and a career spent fully with the Twins ...Read more
JUPITER, Fla. — Some time between finalizing his new one-year contract with the Cardinals and the official announcement of it, All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford got to work and took some groundballs on a back field not too far from his new clubhouse.
The Cardinals new addition and planned backup shortstop, who comes complete with four Gold...Read more
LAKELAND, Fla. — A lot of times when manager AJ Hinch singles you out during the morning team meeting, it’s for the purpose of using you as a comedic foil.
Like the time he asked Kenta Maeda what his favorite ballpark food was. When Maeda replied, “Hot dog,” Hinch quipped, “See you do speak English.”
But there was no joke attached ...Read more
PHOENIX — Going by conventional baseball wisdom, there was one version of the Dodgers' new-look batting order that seemed to make the most strategic sense.
Mookie Betts at the top as a power-hitting leadoff threat. Freddie Freeman behind him as an on-base specialist in the No. 2 spot. And then Shohei Ohtani rounding out the superstar trio as ...Read more
NORTH PORT, Fla. – Through the years and all they have brought – from the early struggles to a World Series ring to his status as one of the game’s aces – Max Fried has kept close a mantra he told himself when he was younger.
“Every opportunity that you get to take the mound,” Fried said, “make the most of it and leave everything ...Read more
PHOENIX — Of all the tools at the disposal of the Dodgers' player performance department, a small rectangular machine called 1080 Sprint is one of their preferred methods for improving quickness and speed.
A portable resistance training device, 1080 Sprint attaches a motorized wire to a harness strapped around a player's waist, slowing them ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. — A night before the Royals’ spring training opener, Vinnie Pasquantino had a conversation with his roommate about how his first game in nine months might unfold.
He figured he’d strike out a few times, surmised that excitement might get the best of him and predicted one thing with a bit more certainty:
“I’m ...Read more
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Considering what happened to Warming Bernabel, the question begged to be asked.
Do you feel lucky to be alive and playing baseball?
“Absolutely,” the Rockies’ soft-spoken, 21-year-old third base prospect said. “It was very scary.”
On Dec. 3, in his hometown of Bani in the Dominican Republic, Bernabel was shot ...Read more
PHOENIX — The Dodgers’ new-look roster isn’t set in stone yet.
On Monday, the team announced it had finalized a one-year contract with free-agent super-utility man Kiké Hernández after agreeing earlier in the day to trade outfielder Manuel Margot to the Minnesota Twins. The deal is worth $4 million, according to a person with knowledge...Read more
PHOENIX — The Dodgers' new-look roster isn't set in stone yet.
On Monday, the team agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Manuel Margot to the Minnesota Twins and, as a result, was closing in on a one-year contract with super-utility man Kiké Hernández, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation not authorized to ...Read more
PEORIA, Ariz. — Adrian Morejon is the answer to a nearly $80 million question.
In the "Jeopardy!" format: Who is the player who anchored a record-shattering international market spending spree by the San Diego Padres?
In 2016, the Padres snapped up the 17-year-old Cuban pitcher to anchor a cash-soaked class for $11 million. The financial ...Read more
What a surprise. A Pohlad has raised the ire of the fan base by revealing that the Twins will not make a late splash in free agency.
In the most recent case, Executive Chair Joe Pohlad said during a WCCO radio interview Wednesday that it is unlikely that the club would sign one of the top remaining free agents. Doing so would cost anywhere from...Read more
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There are a lot of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic who throw sizzling fastballs, mash line drives, field with aplomb and light up the basepaths.
Some possess the “it” factor.
Adael Amador had it when he was barely a teenager, and he’s flashing it now as he competes in his first big-league spring ...Read more
JUPITER, Fla. — The key juncture of Avisail Garcia’s offseason began with a phone call to Miami Marlins teammate Luis Arraez.
“He called me and said ‘Hey, can I hit with you?’” recalled Arraez, who has won a batting title each of the past two years. “I said, ‘100 percent yes. Let’s go. Let’s hit together.’ He worked hard. ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. – These have been trying times for Dustin May.
“You have no idea,” the 26-year-old right-hander said with all the weariness that two major elbow surgeries 26 months apart will bring.
“It was definitely not what I wanted to hear when I heard that I needed surgery again. … You can understand the first one. It’s, ‘...Read more
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