Neyer's Wire

Who's the greatest Jewish Yankee?

With noted Jewish slugger Kevin Youkilis joining the franchise, it's the perfect time to revisit what used to be an easy question.

Can any force stop MLB's Death Star?

It looks like the Dodgers will just keep spending and spending, but does that mean they're going to win 100 games and the World Series every year?

Joe Girardi plays the odds ... until he doesn't

In Game 3 of the ALCS, Raúl Ibañez struck out to end the game, with a left-hander on the mound and Alex Rodriguez on the bench. Did Joe Girardi simply forget to manage in the ninth inning?

Jim Leyland Concerned About 'Wonderboy'

Does it matter that Mike Trout didn't begin his MVP campaign until early May?

Jered Weaver's 15-1 ... But Is He A.L.'s Best?

Jared Weaver's got the best record, the best ERA, and the best Thor haircut in the American League. But do those things make him the best pitcher?

Vote Of Confidence In Bobby Valentine Seems Real

Monday, high-ranking members of the Red Sox organization seemed to suggest that Bobby Valentine's job is safe for the rest of this season. But is it? And should it be?

Jose Mijares And The Politics Of Dancing

The Giants just got a pitcher with a low ERA and a lower salary for nothing. How does this happen?

Rating King Felix's Greatest Performances

Saturday in New York, Seattle's Félix Hernández pitched brilliantly against the Yankees, finishing with a two-hit shutout against one of the league's best-hitting teams. Was this one of King Felix's best ever?

Do Yankees Have 9 Hall Of Famers?

Are we looking at four future Hall of Famers in that photo? And do the current Yankees have five <i>more</i> on the 40-man roster. Well, it's not impossible but ...

Royals Cutting Ties With Unhappy Yuniesky Betancourt

Sunday, the Royals designated infielder Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment, reportedly because he wasn't happy with his playing time.

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Bryce Harper Destroys Bat, Apologizes

Teenagers do the darnedest things.

In 15th Inning, A's Capture MLB-Best 13th Walk-Off Win

Friday night, the Oakland Athletics needed 15 innings and some brilliant defense, but finally topped the Blue Jays for their MLB-leading 15th walk-off victory this season.

Reds Host Pirates In Weekend's Biggest Series

First place in the National League Central won't change hands this weekend, but the Pirates could make a big statement by sweeping the Reds in Cincinnati.

Handicapping The National League Cy Young Race

The Cy Young battle in the National League is wide open, and one observer thinks Washington's Jordan Zimmermann is winning.

Albert Pujols Is Back (All The Way, Though?)

Albert Pujols has been great since his early-season struggles. Will we ever see the Albert Pujols who used to be an MVP candidate every season, though?

Instead Of Trading For Veteran Starter, D'backs Recall Young One

There was talk about the Diamondbacks making a deadline deal for a veteran starting pitcher, but instead they're going to rely on their bumper crop of talented youngsters.

Kendrys Morales Becomes 3rd Major Leaguer With HR Feat

Monday night against the Rangers, Angels DH Kendrys Morales became just the third player in major-league history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in one inning. Oh, and the Angels pounded the Rangers.

Ned Yost Bans On-Field Fraternizing, But Why?

The last-place Royals have announced a ban on players "fraternizing" with the enemy during games. Should we all join the mockery?

MLB Trade Deadline: What Should Cleveland Do?

They're still technically within range of a playoff spot, but should the Indians be working on a move to bolster their pennant chances, or instead thinking about 2013 and beyond?

Memo To Chipper Jones: Please Don't Quit!

Chipper Jones has been on a season-long farewell tour ... but he's also been playing great baseball, which makes his retirement seem premature.

Christmas In July: Contenders' Wish Lists (N.L. Edition)

The Nationals could use 220 innings of Stephen Strasburg and the Mets could use a new bullpen. Plus, other things that other contenders could use down the stretch.

Christmas In July: Contenders' Wish Lists (A.L. Edition)

Hey, even the Yankees aren't quite perfect. The Blue Jays <i>really</i> aren't perfect. Here's what those two teams, along with every other American League contender, need the most for their stretch runs.

Whatever Happened To Michael Young?

An All-Star just a year ago, the Rangers' Michael Young is struggling through the worst season of his hitterific career. Does anyone have any recourse?

Mets' Matt Harvey Debuts With 11 Strikeouts

Thursday night in Phoenix, the Mets' Matt Harvey made his major-league debut and did some things that nobody's ever done before.

Will Fans Wait For Marlins To Get Good?

The opening of Marlins Ballpark, along with some expensive free agents and a famous new manager, brought such hope with the Marlins this season. But it's been a lousy season, and now it's all about the future.

Jason Kendall Calls Off Comeback

Last week, Jason Kendall -- who hadn't played baseball since 2010, because of a serious shoulder injury -- launched a comeback attempt, with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Royals' double-A...

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