Every baseball decade has its own flavor, a way to establish it as a clearly delineated period of time, an era with its own distinct personality. We had the rough-and-tumble 1970s, with its off-field drama, its Bronx-Is-Burning real-life parallels of chaos, its seemingly endless amount of body hair. The '80s were the speed decade; Astroturf, Whiteyball, Rickey Being Rickey. The '90s were heavy with import from start to finish, with labor strife knocking out a World Series but transitioning into the glories of Cal Ripken and the home run chase of 1998. The 2000s were the homer-happy decade, with records falling seemingly every year for reasons that are still being hotly debated today.
Crew brass 'making a statement' with overhauls
Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio missed last week's ribbon-cutting at American Family Fields of Phoenix because of an illness, so Tuesday afforded his first look at what $65 million and 500,000 man hours can build in 9 1/2 months.
How Manny's mega-deal impacts Bryce, others
Bryce Harper's future remains the primary topic around the game, but there are some other high-profile free agents still looking for deals. With Manny Machado off the board, the uncertainty surrounding the remaining stars should begin to sort itself out before too long.
Bauer addresses controversial tell-all story
All publicity is good publicity, according to Trevor Bauer.
Ichiro is back at Mariners camp and he's signing lightsabers for his teammates
He's got the force
Giants in no hurry to look for Bochy's successor
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi knows he will eventually have to start compiling a list of potential candidates to succeed Bruce Bochy as manager, but the upcoming search isn't currently at the forefront of his mind.
Tomas getting work in at first base
As the D-backs went through fielding drills Tuesday, Yasmany Tomas spent his time at first base rather than in the outfield.
Machado to Padres on record deal, sources say
Free-agent infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the Padres, sources have told MLB.com. The agreement is for a record $300 million over 10 years, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand confirmed.
Seager slimmer, eager for fresh start in '19
While general manager Jerry Dipoto went about his Mariners makeover this offseason, Kyle Seager underwent a personal transformation of his own back home in North Carolina.
And the No. 1 player in Fantasy Rankings is ...
Fantasy drafts are right around the corner, and MLB.com is here to help you prep. Here, you'll find MLB.com's list of the top 800 fantasy players for 2019, with stat projections courtesy of Steamer.
Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dies at 92
Don Newcombe, one of the greatest pitchers in Dodgers history and one of the franchise's final links to Brooklyn and the days of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. He was 92.
Smith embracing challenge of critical season
The flocks follow Peter Alonso everywhere he goes, snapping pictures, pining for sound bites, wondering whether he will make the team. Far more anonymous in the early days of camp has been Dominic Smith, spending the past two mornings swinging on a quieter back field.
Zimmer confident Tribe's OF mix will surprise
The Indians' outfield has drawn quite a bit of attention over the offseason, after losing Michael Brantley, Melky Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall. And even though Bradley Zimmer will not be ready for Opening Day, he's not worried about the team's strength in the grass.
Lifting off: Healthy Judge puts foes on notice
Aaron Judge's megawatt smile was on display at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by glimpses of his light-tower power. Any discomfort in his right wrist has long been extinguished, which has the Yankees dreaming of another big-time season from their slugging right fielder.
Riveting Max-Soto show follows intense D drills
Nationals manager Dave Martinez wants to run Spring Training a little bit differently this year. Yes, he still wants his team to have fun and stay loose, as evidenced by a cabbage race earlier this week, but this year he wants to put an even heavier emphasis on fundamentals.
Pitch clocks nothing new to younger players
Pitch clocks are set to make their Spring Training debuts this week, and it will be in games featuring hordes of players for whom playing on a timer is nothing new.
Rumors: Machado, Harper, Arenado, Red Sox
It's Hot Stove season, and MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.
With Manny off market, Phils' focus on Harper
Bryce Harper is the final superstar standing for the Phillies.
Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team
Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today.
Posey inspired for final season with Bochy
Buster Posey has known only one manager since making his debut with the Giants a decade ago. While it's hard for him to envision playing for someone other than Bruce Bochy, he wasn't surprised to hear about his longtime manager's plans to retire after the 2019 season.
Hoskins would love to play alongside Harper
Will Rhys Hoskins be bummed if Bryce Harper signs elsewhere?
Sano to be sidelined in boot for 7-10 days
Miguel Sano entered the Twins' clubhouse on Tuesday morning with a boot on his foot, the first visible indication of the laceration to his right heel area that has emerged as a slight stumbling block to his intense offseason of preparation.
White Sox prepared to move on from Machado
The White Sox rebuild has never been about one player, a point reinforced by general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday as he addressed the media after reports of Manny Machado's signing with the Padres for a reported 10-year, $300 million deal.
Pedro, Sale wowed by E-Rod's BP outing
Eduardo Rodriguez threw a pitch in the bullpen on Tuesday morning that was so on point, it prompted ace Chris Sale to laugh
Shoulder concerns sideline Carlos Martinez
Concerned about the strength of the muscles around his right shoulder, the Cardinals transferred right-hander Carlos Martinez to a no-throw program for the next two weeks, manager Mike Shildt announced on Tuesday.
The top eight things San Diego will love about Manny Machado
He's got style on and off the field.
For Padres, Manny's magic worth every penny
This is how free agency is supposed to work, whether you agree with 10-year contracts in baseball or not, whether you think the San Diego Padres just made a good $300 million bet on Manny Machado or not. The Padres spent this big to buy hope in San Diego, where fans haven't seen a World Series in more than 20 years.
Hall of Famer Biggio visits camp, shares wisdom
The first Hall of Famer to join the Astros at Spring Training is Craig Biggio, who was in uniform for morning workouts on Tuesday and will remain with the team throughout the week.
Baez expects more from self, Cubs' lineup
On Tuesday morning, Javier Baez met with the media for the first time this spring, discussing last year's abrupt finish for the Cubs and his goals for the season ahead. He expects to see more daily urgency from the players, and he's hoping to once again hear those M-V-P chants from the fans pouring into Wrigley Field.
Analyzing every big offseason move (thus far)
There have been dozens of moves so far this winter, including trades, free-agent signings, waiver claims and so on, and we'll be examining each of them right here.
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.
Gallo, Mazara open to long-term deals
Outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara are both interested in long-term contract extensions if that's something the Rangers want to talk about in earnest this spring.
McMahon hopes adjustment leads to 2B job
Ryan McMahon and the Rockies hope the struggles of 2018 lead to an immediate payoff. McMahon is a prime competitor for regular starts at second base, and those will come his way if he realizes potential for power and run production.
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:
Machado in '19, '20, '21 ... projecting star's future
Sabermetrician Brian Cartwright provided MLB.com with a seven-year projection for Manny Machado, via his Oliver system, which factors in a player's recent performance and age.
Kershaw to make 9th straight Opening Day start
Clayton Kershaw, signed to a three-year, $93 million extension over the offseason, was again named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter by manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday. The Dodgers open the season March 28 against Arizona at Dodger Stadium.
Biggest free-agent contracts in MLB history
Manny Machado has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres, which would be the new biggest free-agent contract in MLB history. Here are the Top 10.
Humble Bochy to get well-deserved victory lap
Bruce Bochy announced on Monday that his 25th season as a manager -- his 13th in an absurdly successful run with the Giants -- would be his last. In making the announcement, Bochy is going to give all of us the opportunity to say thanks during a 2019 season that will be something of a victory lap whether he likes it or not.
7 important MLB trends to watch in 2019
The game is changing, perhaps more quickly than ever. Forget comparing the sport to what it looked like in the 1960s or the '80s; the game has changed massively in just the last half-decade. Remember, just five years ago, we were all talking about the lack of power ,and no one was talking about launch angle or spin rate. Things are slightly different now.
Official: Brewers ink Mike Moustakas to 1-year deal
It was just a day earlier when Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw said he would welcome Mike Moustakas back to the Brewers with open arms, even though it could cost Shaw his primary position.
'Great swing': Bregman tweet thrills young fan
It took only two words for Alex Bregman to send 9-year-old Jax Nystrom into a frenzy, but this kind of reaction -- young people freaking out at the slightest bit of attention from him -- has become commonplace for the Astros' All-Star third baseman.
Here are the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects
The Phillies list isn't quite as strong as it once was because of the Realmuto deal, but there's still some very good talent at the top and some exciting players on the rise.
Here are the Nationals' 2019 Top 30 Prospects
Victor Robles and Luis Garcia headline a group of 28 homegrown players on the Nationals' preseason Top 30 list.
Here are the Mets' 2019 Top 30 Prospects
While there are 24 homegrown players on the new Mets Top 30 list, it's only fair to wonder how different the list could look a year from now as the front office continues to address its short-term needs.
30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team
The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs.
Diaz catapults to top of fantasy relief rankings
Here's how the fantasy tiers of relievers break down for 2019.
R.B.I. Baseball 19 hits consoles on March 5
Can't wait for Opening Day? Good news -- you can take the field early when R.B.I. Baseball 19 is released on March 5.
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