What’s next for Rays after MLB nixes Montreal ‘sister cities’ plan?

The out-of-the-box franchise blueprint proposal championed by the Rays — to split their seasons between Montreal and Tampa, after new ballparks/multi-use facilities were built in both locations — has been squashed by Major League Baseball, more than two years after it was originally given the green light, and despite comments by Rays ownership that they … Read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani weighs in on being the face of baseball, addresses Stephen A. Smith criticisms

Shohei Ohtani is the entire show, and he welcomes the idea. After an utterly historic season by any measure of the word, the Angels’ two-way superstar almost instantly surpassed teammate Mike Trout to become the preeminent (and somewhat mythical) “face of baseball” in 2021. Ohtani, winner of Sporting News’ 2021 Player of the Year Award, … Read more

Here’s why you shouldn’t expect a flurry of trades immediately after MLB’s lockout ends

Baseball’s annual Hot Stove season has gone cold, frozen by a lockout that has ended all communication between teams and players until the two sides come to terms and sign the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. There has basically been no movement on the CBA negotiating front since the lockout went into effect in early December, … Read more

Ken Rosenthal broke an MLB commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of Rob Manfred

MLB Network: Happy talk about the national pastime, all the time. But. The league’s media arm executed the “or else” recently by failing to renew network whistleblower Ken Rosenthal’s contract. Your offense? According to Andrew Marchand of the York Post, he wrote half-hearted words about MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on the pages of one of … Read more

Shohei Ohtani is the 2021 Sporting News Athlete of the Year

Choosing an Athlete of the Year is often a daunting task. There is a lot to consider: What criteria do you use? Statistics Leadership? Achievements off the field? Everything? None? A subjective mix? And then what statistics are most important? Which are more impressive? Which sport presents the most difficult challenges for its participants? Those … Read more