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Bryce Florie pleads with pitchers to protect themselves and wear headgear
It doesn't take another pitcher going down after a shot to the head to evoke his brutal memory of 16 years ago this week at Fenway Park. What happened to Bryce Florie that day, Sept. 8, 2000, has been on his mind every day since. But when the Angels' Matt Shoemaker took a line drive off the right
Are statheads responsible for the most exciting postseason in years?
There was a time 10 years ago when it was considered normal to poison your neighbor's cat if he (your neighbor) didn't agree with you about statistics in baseball. It sounds absurd, but sabermetrics was the biggest issue in the 2006 mid-term elections. Activists outraged at the inclusion of VORP in
How to appreciate the Cubs' defense from your couch
You can't huck a paper airplane in Wrigley Field without hitting something the Cubs are the best at. They have the National League's best offense (by OPS ), the NL's best pitching (by ERA ), the NL's defending Manager of the Year and, since the trade deadline, arguably the NL's best bullpen. Their
How Theo Worked His Magic
How Theo Worked His Magic Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in 2011 after a 71-win season. This year, they won 103 games -- the most for the franchise in 106 years. How did it happen? We examine all his moves, big and small. By Bradford Doolittle and Luke Knox The Chronology How did Epstein build a
2016 Week 26 MLB Power Rankings
Our final rankings of the season start the way they began, with our preseason No. 1, the Chicago Cubs . The Cubs spent 25 of 27 weeks (including our preseason rankings) at No. 1, and they enter the playoffs as the unanimous top team in baseball. Behind them at No. 2 are the Boston Red Sox , who
The biggest myths of October baseball -- debunked!
People say a lot of things about the postseason. Here's one thing that I completely agree with: Anything can happen. Everyone has tried to find a Holy Grail for predicting the playoffs. In recent years, popular explanations have focused on contact rate for offense and bullpen dominance on defense.
Big Papi's ballpark tour: Tracking David Ortiz's farewell season
Editor's note: We'll be tracking Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz 's final major league journey all season long. Check back here for highlights, recaps and photos from his last stop at each stadium. David Ortiz is ready to say goodbye. Never mind that the iconic Boston Red Sox designated hitter
Awards watch: Betts and Ortiz battling for AL MVP
Let's have one final awards watch. As always, we start with Dan Szymborski's odds, based on historical stats of previous winners. The thing that jumps out: David Ortiz has climbed to a close second on the MVP board: Some quick thoughts on each award: AL MVP: The Red Sox's clinching pf the AL East
Beyond the Ivy: The story of every club NOT called the Cubs
We interrupt our ongoing 183-part series, "The Year of the Cubs," for this important reminder: ESPN investigators have uncovered the shocking news that 29 other teams did in fact play a regular season this year. And we just want to assure all of you out there that we did notice. Seriously. So now