Buster and Hembo analyze Stephen Strasburg's 7-year/$245M deal and how it impacts the free agency of Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole. Then, ESPN's Clinton Yates (and Nationals homer) offers his own reaction to the signing before discussing the trade market for Kris Bryant and why it's important for baseball's sake that Madison Bumgarner remain with the Giants (12:55). Plus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold on the Cardinals' offseason plans (22:37) and...does Scott Boras deserve a spot in Cooperstown?
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From the ace in the spotlight to why this year's meetings could actually produce some major moves, here's what you need to know as the hot stove's main event begins.
A Cardinals catching great and a revolutionary union leader get the recognition they've long deserved.
Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.
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The Hall of Fame Modern Baseball Era (1970-87) committee elected Marvin Miller & Ted Simmons to the HoF Sunday (8 fell short: Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker & Lou Whitaker). BBWAA voting will be announced 1/21 & answer 2 questions: will the writers make Derek Jeter a unanimous pick & will anyone else be elected?
Ten names from the modern era are under consideration for the Hall this weekend. Here's what our ballot would look like.
Kris Bryant to Cincy? Anthony Rendon on the Rangers? We dream up a major hot stove splash for every squad.
If you could have one thing you really wanted for your favorite team, what would you be willing to give up?
Here's a breakdown on all the winners -- from Rookie of the Year to Cy Young and MVP -- why they won and what it all means.
In his first full season at the helm, Mike Shildt led St. Louis to the National League Central crown, and on Tuesday, he was named the league's manager of the year, edging Milwaukee's Craig Counsell.
Free-agent pitcher Adam Wainwright, who is coming off his best season since 2014, will be back for a 15th season with the Cardinals after agreeing to a one-year deal.
St. Louis needs more pop despite adding Paul Goldschmidt, Chicago gets a new direction with David Ross and Milwaukee needs to bolster its rotation.
Will late injuries cost Mike Trout and Christian Yelich an MVP? Which Astros pitcher will win the Cy Young? Awards season is here.
Sorry, Detroit: Your team follows in the footsteps of other recent biggest losers. Where did every other club fall?
The Cardinals have extended the contracts of manager Mike Shildt, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak and general manager Mike Girsch.
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The HoF announced Mon. that 9 former players and pioneering union leader Marvin Miller are on its "Modern Baseball Era" (1970-87) ballot to be voted on 12/8 by a 16-member committee. Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker are the players. 75% of votes are required for election.
This winter's free-agent class offers the kind of aces contenders need, plus several solid hitters also worth top dollar.
Rockies star Nolan Arenado won his seventh straight Gold Glove Award on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of fourth place among third basemen. The Diamondbacks had four Gold Glove winners on their team this season.
Former big league players Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the eight finalists for the Ford Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting, presented annually by the Hall of Fame.
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The 8 finalists for the HoF's 2020 Ford Frick excellence in baseball broadcasting award were announced Friday - Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, Mike Shannon & Dewayne Staats. More than 200 broadcasters were eligible for the award, to be announced Dec. 11 (awarded this & every 3rd year to team-specific announcers — the other 2 years' winners are "national voices" & "broadcast beginnings" historic figures).
After a stunning World Series title, Washington faces some uncertainty this offseason. Will the Nats be No. 1 again or will the Astros or Dodgers take their place?
MLB teams looking to avoid unwanted affiliations, bad venues and poor facilities could be driving the agenda, but how would it work?
On the field and in the stands, how players and others react to MLB's newly juiceless baseballs off the bat tells a story.
The Nationals advance to the franchise's first World Series and Jon Sciambi joins Buster to discuss how Washington overcame a sub-par bullpen to "obliterate" the Cardinals and if they'll match up better with the Yankees or Astros (10:12). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (28:05), Josh Reddick calls out Yankees fans (33:04) and ESPN's Marly Rivera on New York's bullpen issues and struggles against Gerrit Cole last night (34:34).
Getting taken down by the Washington Nationals exposed St. Louis' shortcomings, starting with an underpowered outfield. But that isn't the only fix the Cards need.