Long-time MLB manager Buck Showalter joins Buster to look back on when he called up Deion Sanders, thinking the dugout would collapse after Don Mattingly's home run in the '95 ALDS, seeing Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera for the first time, and the Alex Rodriguez-trade saga in Texas (13:23). Plus, Joon Lee hops on to talk about baseball players keeping in touch through video games (2:58).
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Eric and Tristan talk about regression candidates, simulation stars, a Marte Party in Arizona and a move to points leagues.
Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr. and Bo Jackson lived up to their billing. Todd Van Poppel and Gregg Jefferies? Not so much.
Players and managers are intrigued by Major League Baseball's Arizona option: putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks.
William Weinbaum ESPN
On MLB's possible "Arizona plan," Ariz. Pub. Health Assn. head Will Humble, the state's fmr. health dir., said Tue., "I think it can be done, safely, without fans, if you did it the right way." The bar of screening, testing, monitoring, etc. protocols must be high & include independent verification, he said. "You couldn't do it until the final wave has hit Ariz., which is weeks behind N.Y....May is too early, but June could be doable." He added, "You can minimize risk, not eliminate risk."
Major League Baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May in greater Phoenix and has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials, sources told ESPN.
Can the 2011 Rangers change history? How about the '94 Expos? Baseball's best to miss out on Fall Classic glory start their road to redemption in our upset-filled opening round.
Our 32-team bracket is revealed. The tournament begins Monday.
Beer flights. Knife fights. Planes, trains ... and parachutes? These stories would have broken the internet.
Kyle Peterson joins Buster to discuss the major changes to the MLB Draft including the hard decisions college baseball players and coaches have to make in this time of uncertainty, the $20,000 cap on signing bonuses for undrafted players, teams that might look to save money by dumping players and what Kyle would do to help increase interest in baseball (1:40). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to talk about which players might've never made the big leagues under the new draft format and how players on short-term deals are likely to be hurt the most by teams looking to cut payroll (28:20).
For a single season, these players raised their game to levels they had never achieved before -- or would again.
We should be in the first week of baseball season, but...try not to think about that. Instead, ponder the future with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan. On the heels of MLB's hiatus deal with players around pay, service time and other issues, hear how it sets up the 2021 collective bargaining agreement. Plus, Bauer gets into the issues with training during all this uncertainty, whether baseball is too slow, and the sport's need for a media makeover.
From 20-strikeout outings to unforgettable no-nos, we look at the best gem ever thrown by each franchise and try to predict who could top it.
Unfortunately there is no action on the field, but we're still sizing up where all 30 teams stand on the day they would have been playing ball.
Wander Franco is just the tip of the iceberg for the Rays' system, but other organizations have their share of high-end prospects too. How does your team rank?
Will the Dodgers and Braves just keep getting better? We look at the top players on the rise for each NL team.
The Padres had been scheduled to play the Diamondbacks on April 18-19 in Mexico City, and the Mets were supposed to play the Marlins on April 28-30 in San Juan. The games will be rescheduled for the home teams' cities, MLB said.
Boog Sciambi dissects Buster's lists of top baseball movies and books to consume in self-isolation, and the guys discuss which classic games you should check out on YouTube (1:55).
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
As expected, both the Mexico City series scheduled for April 18-19 (Padres-Diamondbacks) and the San Juan series scheduled for April 28-30 (Mets-Marlins) have been canceled.
From stars we're often too hard on to veterans we don't talk about enough, baseball's extended hiatus is a good reminder to give these guys some more love this season.
Tom Brady is on the move after two decades in New England. That got us thinking about potential baseball equivalents.