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The chance to hold one of Babe Ruth's bats was one of many awestruck moments for Craig Biggio, the longtime Astros second baseman who, along with his wife, Patty, was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday as part…Upvote Share Tweet
Scheppers working toward major role in bullpenRangers reliever Tanner Scheppers took a significant step on Wednesday by throwing off the mound in the bullpen for the first time this offseason. There is no doubting his importance to the club as Spring Training approaches and the bullpen is still bei…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 29 (yesterday)Baseball teams are romancing the past this week. Consider the Seattle Mariners' nice-looking new alternate jerseys and the San Diego Padres' announcement that they'll go retro with late '80s brown pinstriped uniforms for five games. One of the other mor…Upvote Share Tweet
Porter excited to reunite with Fredi in AtlantaAs Bo Porter distances himself from his days as the Astros' manager and prepares to assume his new role as the Braves' third-base coach, he is looking forward to the opportunity to be reunited with Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, the man who gave Porter…Upvote Share Tweet
Hicks knows Seahawks' Wilson is a winnerIn the National Football League, Russell Wilson is the little guy doing huge things as quarterback of the Seahawks. But Mariners catcher John Hicks remembers Wilson in a different way. To Hicks, Wilson was the big guy on their youth baseball team when t…Upvote Share Tweet
Around the Horn: Corner infieldThe Angels know Albert Pujols and David Freese will play the corners in 2015, marking the fourth time in the last six years they've shared the same infield (twice in St. Louis, twice in Anaheim). What they'll get out of them is a far bigger mystery.Upvote Share Tweet
Angels agree to deal with Freese, avoid arbitrationMLB.com Jan 28 (3 days ago)The Angels avoided arbitration with third baseman David Freese on Wednesday, agreeing on a $6.425 million salary that stood as the midpoint of the numbers previously exchanged by both sides.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Jan 28 (3 days ago)Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has worked out privately for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers and Brewers, according to sources. The Rays, Cubs, Phillies and Cardinals have also shown interest. The question remains: When will M…Upvote Share Tweet
Angels to keep Baldoquin in Minor League campMLB.com Jan 27 (4 days ago)The Angels have opted against inviting Roberto Baldoquin to Major League Spring Training, mostly because they'll have a lot of infielders competing for jobs, but also because they want to give Baldoquin a chance to develop on his own time without added …Upvote Share TweetThe Red Sox traded right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers on Tuesday for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross.Upvote Share Tweet
Prospect Watch: Top 10 third basemenMLB.com Jan 27 (4 days ago)If chicks dig the long ball, then there's no doubt third base is the sexiest position among prospects. It's home to the three best power prospects in the game in Kris Bryant (Cubs) and Joey Gallo (Rangers) -- the last two Minor League home run champions…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros' roster upgrades have Hinch raring to goMLB.com Jan 26 (5 days ago)The roster has been retooled and improved since A.J. Hinch took over as manager of the Astros last fall. The team has beefed up the offense, strengthened the bullpen and created competition that will take center stage at Spring Training next month in Ki…Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners close to reuniting with Endy, GutierrezMLB.com Jan 25 (6 days ago)Two familiar outfielders, Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez, are close to returning to the Mariners on Minor League deals with invitations to next month's Major League Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
Offseason spent in Texas agrees with DarvishMLB.com Jan 25 (6 days ago)This has been a winter of content for Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has spent most of it in Texas working out at the Ballpark.Upvote Share Tweet
Cruz highlights first day of Mariners FanFestNelson Cruz insists he's still a kid at heart, so the new Mariners slugger fit right in during his first public appearance with his new club on Saturday at Safeco Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Biggio reflects on Hall of Fame career at FanFestOne of the biggest events of Saturday's FanFest at Minute Maid Park was the Fan Forum session with Craig Biggio, the Astros legend who was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month.Upvote Share Tweet
A's, Abad avoid arbitration with 1-year dealThe A's have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with reliever Fernando Abad, thus avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Buster's Blog: The Intriguing Taijuan WalkerJan 28Buster Olney asks if Taijuan Walker can break into the Mariner's Mariners' starting rotation and why he's already getting some comparisons to Bob Gibson.
Greatest Dynasties In Baseball HistoryJan 26Cary Chow and David Schoenfield look at the greatest baseball dynasties and pick out where the current Giants fit on the list.
Keith Law's Top MLB ProspectsJan 26Keith Law breaks down the three best prospects from his list of the top 100 major league prospects.
Cubs Trade For Dexter FowlerJan 19Jerry Crasnick breaks down the trade that sent Astros OF Dexter Fowler to the Cubs for IF Luis Valbuena and RHP Dan Straily.
Darrell Bevell on the Chess Match with Belichick and Russell Wilson’s Unsh…Jan 30Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday
ESPN NowJan 30NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been in office for a year. How would Mavs owner Mark Cuban grade Year 1? "A-plus," Cuban said. "Love everything he's...
The Key to Super Bowl 49? Guy by the Name of GronkJan 30TEMPE, Ariz. — Did Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright’s sly smile tell it all? I’ve got this theory about Super Bowl 49 that isn’t exactly breaking news: Rob Gronkowski is the key player. If he blows up, New England wins. If Seattle manages to beat him up …
Pau Gasol exit a colossal blunder by Los Angeles LakersJan 29Pau Gasol's L.A. homecoming was a reminder how the Lakers have nothing to show for his departure, J.A. Adande writes.