What has been a festive trip through Japan took a solemn but peaceful turn on Monday, when the traveling party of the Major League All-Star team visited one of the most impactful historic landmarks in the world.
BBWAA Awards Week to honor game's best
Baseball Writers' Association of America awards week is upon us, beginning with Monday night's 6 p.m. ET announcement on MLB Network of the American League and National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winners. The subsequent announcements of the AL and NL Managers of the Year (Tuesday), Cy Young Awards (Wednesday) and Most Valuable Player Awards (Thursday) are all scheduled for the same time and channel.
7 free agents have QO decisions to make today
Seven free agents have until 5 p.m. ET Monday to decide whether to accept or reject their teams' qualifying offer.
Rumors: Bryant, Arenado, Paxton, Thor, Marwin
Breaking down the latest MLB free agent and trade rumors.
Little kid makes ridiculous leap over catcher
What a hero.
Should the Cubs sign Machado and trade Bryant?
Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.
Nine stars we could see traded this offseason
This offseason seems to have a different feel regarding the trade market. That is, big names appear to be in play. Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Kluber. James Paxton and Billy Hamilton. This doesn't mean any of them will be traded.
The case for each AL Rookie of the Year finalist
The 2018 American League Rookie of the Year will be announced Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, and with a two-way sensation the likes of which we haven't seen since Babe Ruth, along with two Yankees sluggers being the finalists, the results -- like the race -- will be intriguing.
The case for each NL Rookie of the Year finalist
The National League Rookie of the Year race was tightly contested, with the three finalists each turning in an outstanding campaign worthy of recognition. The Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., the Nationals' Juan Soto, and the Dodgers' Walker Buehler each shined in big moments for their respective clubs, making the choice for the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 2018 a very difficult one. With the announcement of the winner coming Monday, here's a look at the case for each finalist.
Here's how it looks facing a submarine pitcher
How can anybody hit that?
Altuve aims to be '120 percent' ready for spring
Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he'll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months.
Most shocking free-agent decisions in MLB history
Since the first free agent signing of the modern era back in 1974, there have been several free agent deals that shook the baseball world and realigned power across the Majors. Here's a look at several moves that changed the landscape of baseball, and in some cases, were downright shocking:
Is M's Paxton an option for the Astros?
The already robust market for left-handed starters grew deeper when reports emerged that the Mariners are willing to trade "just about anyone" this offseason, including 30-year-old ace James Paxton, who will immediately become one of the most highly desired arms on the market. He was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a career-high 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 2018, when he also became the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter with his effort in Toronto on May 8.
Corbin or Happ likely to end up with Yanks
After a breakout 2018 campaign in which he tied for fourth among qualified hurlers in WAR (6.3, per FanGraphs) and ranked fifth in strikeouts (246), Corbin is now free to sign anywhere as a first-time free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.
Juan Soto was robbed of a HR ... by the roof
He's getting to know the roof quite well.
5 teams that should gamble on Pollock
Risk is plentiful on the free-agent market, but there may be no player this offseason who stands out as more of an intriguing gamble than A.J. Pollock.
Japan trip not one to miss for Enrique, Taylor
The Dodgers players participating in the Japan All-Star Series knew when they committed to this trip that there was a chance they'd have little downtime between the postseason ending and having to hop on a plane to fly to the other side of the world.
Yadi powers MLB All-Stars to 1st win in Japan
Powered by Yadier Molina's three-run homer, the MLB All-Stars captured their first win of the Japan All-Star Series on Sunday, handling Samurai Japan, 7-3, at the Tokyo Dome.
Maeda set for homecoming start in Hiroshima
For eight seasons from 2008-15, Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda was a star for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He parlayed that success into an impressive three-year run with the Dodgers, and on Tuesday, he'll be reunited with old teammates and fans when he takes the mound at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium.
The latest Keuchel free-agent rumors
After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.
These teams will fire up the Hot Stove
Here is MLB.com writer Anthony Castrovince's annual list of the team from each division with the most interesting Hot Stove situation.
Ockimey triumphs in Military Appreciation Game
Josh Ockimey reached Triple-A for the first time in his professional career during the 2018 Minor League season. Since then, the Red Sox's No. 10 prospect has continued to face tough competition during the Arizona Fall League.
MLB, US Embassy host clinic for Japanese youth
While much of the focus of the tournament is directed toward the on-field play between the Major League All-Stars and Samurai Japan, the youth element is always present, as was the case Saturday at the Tokyo Dome, hours before Game 2 of the six-game tournament.
Rhys Hoskins and Whit Merrifield starred in their own mini-travel show, enjoying the sights (and food) of Tokyo
The food did look pretty great.
Youth Academy standouts reveal college picks
More than 500 student-athletes who have come through the MLB Youth Academies have gone on to participate in college baseball and softball programs. More than 160 have been drafted by MLB clubs, including last year's No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene. Seven more student-athletes joined those ranks Saturday and were recognized at the Compton academy as they committed to play on the college level on National Signing Day.
Verlander, Upton introduce baby daughter
One of baseball's top power couples is now a power trio.
One under-the-radar free agent at each position
While the top of this free-agent class is getting much of the attention, let's consider nine under-the-radar free agents.
Astros' Toro trending up after big day in AFL
Abraham Toro, a switch-hitter, came to the Arizona Fall League with a few goals in mind from each side of the plate. From the left side, the Astros' No. 21 prospect went wanted to work on hitting the ball to the opposite field. From the right side, Toro said his goal was to elevate the ball more -- something he accomplished as he went deep and led Scottsdale to a 5-3 win over Glendale on Saturday afternoon.
Any chance of Braves-Kimbrel reunion?
Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.
Bryce almost went to Astros at '18 Deadline
The coming weeks will determine whose uniform Bryce Harper wears next, but the superstar outfielder very nearly switched uniforms at last season's Trade Deadline.
The latest Harper free-agent rumors
After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
Correa undergoes surgery for deviated septum
Carlos Correa underwent surgery this past Monday to repair a deviated septum. Correa said he was having trouble breathing through his nose while running the bases, but hopes the surgery will help alleviate the issue moving forward.
In the past 12 months, Mookie Betts has played in the World Series of both baseball and bowling
What can't Mookie do?
Nationals could be dark horse for Eovaldi
One of the best Trade Deadline additions any team made in 2018, Nathan Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA over 12 regular-season appearances (11 starts) with the Red Sox before shining in the postseason for the World Series champions. Having boosted his stock considerably, Eovaldi should draw significant interest on the free-agent market. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.
Yuki Yanagita and his wacky swing are back and once again dominating the Japan All-Star Series
It doesn't have to be pretty to be effective.
Not-so-crazy trade proposals for Kris Bryant
What if the Cubs would actually consider trading Kris Bryant? It's difficult to imagine it happening, but it's plenty of fun to consider. Here are three somewhat-plausible ideas for a trade.
Former Dodgers coach Howell passes away
The Dodgers organization is mourning the loss of former reliever and coach Ken Howell, who passed away on Friday at age 57.
Who will designate Nelson Cruz to hit for their team?
Yanagita, Japan overpower MLB All-Stars
Yuki Yanagita was the MVP of the last Japan All-Star Series in 2014. With his play in the first two games against the MLB All-Stars, he's making another bid for that honor.
Arenado, Chapman win Platinum Gloves
Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders in their leagues as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards.
Who will be dealt? Each team's top trade chip
Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball's Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB's general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options. Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year's free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we'll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.
Mauer retires after 15 years, 6 All-Star nods
Joe Mauer, one of the greatest catchers in MLB history, is set to officially announce his retirement after a storied 15-year career with the Twins that saw him win an unprecedented three American League batting titles as a catcher, the 2009 AL MVP Award, surpass 2,000 career hits and earn six All-Star selections.
Donaldson's suitors could be in double digits
Josh Donaldson has battled injuries in recent seasons, but his track record of MVP-level production should make him a coveted free agent nonetheless this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the third baseman.
5 pitchers whose talent the Astros could unlock
The Astros have a need in the rotation, and they've also gained a reputation as a franchise that can do a great job helping pitchers improve. Who should they go after next? Here are five possibilities.
Where is Bryce Harper going to sign?
Let's break it all down
Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams
An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.
2018-19 free agents, position by position
See which players are set to hit free agency during the 2018-19 offseason, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
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