By Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle Updated 10:37 pm CDT, Friday, July 26, 2019 St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, left, and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly, right, watch Goldschmidt's three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) less St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, left, and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly, right, watch Goldschmidt's three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in ... more Photo: Jeff Roberson/Associated Press Photo: Jeff Roberson/Associated Press Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, left, and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly, right, watch Goldschmidt's … [Read more...] about Astros drop series opener to Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals
Whether you’re a Major League Baseball fan or not, it’s been nearly impossible to avoid the news of superstar Right fielder Bryce Harper and his record-breaking 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.Harper’s mind-boggling agreement surpassed that of Giancarlo Stanton, who had signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Miami Marlins back in 2014, three years before Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees. 33 PHOTOS MLB players who have switched teams over the 2018-19 offseason See Gallery MLB players who have switched teams over the 2018-19 offseason INF Manny Machado Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the San Diego Padres (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) OF Bryce Harper Left the Washington Nationals in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) OF Yasiel Puig Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the … [Read more...] about The highest-paid MLB player of 2019 season isn’t Bryce Harper
A team-by-team look at the National League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:Colorado RockiesManager: Bud Black (third season).2018: 91-72, second place, wild card, lost to Milwaukee in Division Series.Training Town: Scottsdale, Arizona.Park: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.First Workout: Feb. 13/18.He's Here: 1B Daniel Murphy, 1B Mark Reynolds.He's Outta Here: 2B DJ LeMahieu, RHP Adam Ottavino, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Matt Holliday, OF Gerardo Parra, C Drew Butera.Going campin': Colorado came so close to capturing the first NL West title in franchise history last season, losing at Los Angeles in a tiebreaker game. Instead, the Rockies settled for a wild card and beat the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field before losing to Milwaukee in the Division Series. The team was carried by a young pitching staff that turned in 84 quality starts. A rotation led by Kyle … [Read more...] about Baseball is back: A look at the Rockies and the rest of the NL West
Since the inception of the Cactus League in 1947, when the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants set up shop in Tucson, the month-plus long exhibition has evolved into 15 teams and 10 stadiums across metro Phoenix. Whether you’re headed down to Arizona for a spring break trip or simply plan on keeping tabs on the action from afar, here’s a preview guide to the 2019 Cactus League, including story lines to know, top prospects to watch and more. Drama to watch for. Beyond the Rockies’ clubhouse, where there will be an open competition for the second-base job, more intrigue abounds as spring training fires up. Will Arizona, sans departed stars in Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin, find traction in its next batch of farm players, or will Salt River reveal that a full rebuild is in order? And what about the Dodgers? The two-time defending National League champs were busy this offseason, and it’ll be interesting to see how … [Read more...] about Cactus League preview: Story lines to know, prospects to watch and more analysis entering spring training
Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag. Hey Patrick! I’ve never loved Charlie Blackmon in center field. I’ve always seen him as sub-par defensively and would rather not see him burn himself out playing center in that huge outfield at Coors Field. I know Garrett Hampson is naturally an infielder but what are the odds they try him out in center and to utilize his crazy speed?— Blake Coulter, Littleton Blake, there certainly is a chance that Hampson gets a look in center field during spring training, but David Dahl also will get a shot, as well Ian Desmond, whom both general manager Jeff Bridich and manager Bud Black have said will move from first base to the outfield. Hampson remains in the running to replace DJ LeMahieu at second base, where he’ll be competing with Ryan … [Read more...] about Rockies Mailbag: Fans not impressed with lack of offseason moves from Bridich and Co.