It’s hard to miss Oakland’s can’t-miss prospect: Sean Manaea stands tall, at 6-foot-4, and the lefty pitcher looks even taller. A Samoan Afro — a “Samoa-fro,” he said — sits neatly atop his head, drawing just as much attention as his bullpen sessions.
The no-hitter he threw against the Dodgers last year will follow right-hander Mike Fiers for the rest of his life, and he’s cool with that. He also has so much more to prove in his career, and finds himself in what figures to be an intriguing battle for one of the final spots in the […]
TOKYO (AP) Former Major League Baseball player Yamaico Navarro has been arrested in Japan for concealing a bullet in his luggage.
The baseball world began joining Rockies prospects Jeff Hoffman and Kyle Freeland at the hip since college. Now they’re trying to make Rockies’ pitching staff together.
If the axiom is “you coach what you tolerate,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss will preach intolerance — but in a fun way. He’ll attack last season’s lack of offensive efficiency.
A few days into Spring Training and all seems to be fine thus far with Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco and his surgically repaired left hip. Mesoraco hasn’t been held back yet from drills or activity, and he has been rotated in and out of catching bullpen sessions.
Ryan Vogelsong was most recently with the Giants, where he was an integral part of two World Series championships. But 15 years ago, the Giants, who drafted him, traded him to the Pirates, where things did not go well. He’s hoping for better results during his latest stop with the Bucs.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon and reliever Jared Hughes tested out a new Major League Baseball-approved protective cap during Sunday’s Spring Training workout. Both pitchers came away impressed, albeit with a split decision about whether they’ll keep wearing it.
The Phillies opened last season with Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles and Jake Diekman in the back end of the bullpen. Fast forward one year. Nobody can say with any certainty who the team’s closer will be Opening Day, much less hit the trifecta and name the seventh-, eighth- and ninth-inning guys.
Pete Mackanin has talked a little bit about the importance of leadership in the Phillies’ clubhouse this season. Do they have any vocal leaders in there?
The Phillies are not expected to challenge for a National League East title anytime soon, but it does not mean team president Andy MacPhail doesn’t expect to see some improvement in 2016.
As a 22-year-old in the big leagues for the first time, there were, as you might expect, many times last season when Padres catcher Austin Hedges wished he could slow the game down. “It’s not that easy, though,” Hedges said. “There are only so many ways that you can slow the game down.”