Stark: It’s over for Bonds, Clemens — 5 things we learned from the Hall of Fame Contemporary Era election

Stark: It’s over for Bonds, Clemens — 5 things we learned from the Hall of Fame Contemporary Era election

SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t just an election. It was a proclamation. The headlines will say that the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee unanimously elected Fred McGriff to the Hall of Fame on Sunday. And that in itself is cause for celebration. But in elections like this one, it isn’t just the player who got elected … Read more

MLB Hot Stove matchmaking: A free-agent fit for all 30 teams ahead of the Winter Meetings

MLB Hot Stove matchmaking: A free-agent fit for all 30 teams ahead of the Winter Meetings

Happy week before the Winter Meetings! It’s been a slow free-agent signing season so far, with only six players from my top 25 list off the board. José Abreu and Tyler Anderson landed three-year deals with the Astros and Angels, respectively, while Edwin Díaz, Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw and Martín Pérez (accepted the qualifying offer) … Read more

2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone … Read more

Law’s Arizona Fall League Takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, Everything I Saw in 12 Games

Law’s Arizona Fall League Takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, Everything I Saw in 12 Games

I’m back from my six-night, 12-game run through the Arizona Fall League, so I’m clearing out the notebook to finish what I started in last week’s post. I’ve seen each team at least three times, so I’ve got notes from almost everyone on the rosters except for a few starting pitchers, although in some cases … Read more

Yordan Alvarez plays hero again, hits historic go-ahead to take Astros to Game 2 win over Mariners

Yordan Alvarez plays hero again, hits historic go-ahead to take Astros to Game 2 win over Mariners

HOUSTON — Yordan Alvarez and his mighty bat did it again, launching a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning off Seattle ace Luis Castillo who lifted the Houston Astros 4-2 over the Mariners on Thursday for a 2- 0 lead in the AL Division Series. Alvarez was the Game 1 hero with his gut-punch, … Read more

Yordan Alvarez’ walk-off homer soared to new MLB postseason heights: Stark’s Weird and Wild on Division Series Day 1

Yordan Alvarez’ walk-off homer soared to new MLB postseason heights: Stark’s Weird and Wild on Division Series Day 1

It’s October Madness, and it’s quite a niche I carved for myself here at October Weird and Wild World HQ. I watch post-season baseball games 12 hours a day. And I’m here to testify that it’s a good performance. So on day one of the Division Series marathon, my day went like this: I watched … Read more

Yordan Alvarez hits 3-run walk-off HR as Astros win Game 1

Yordan Alvarez hits 3-run walk-off HR as Astros win Game 1

HOUSTON — Yordan Alvarez hit a game-ending, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Robbie Ray, disrupting the Seattle Mariners’ strategy of using a Cy Young Award winner in a rare relief role and the Houston Astros to an 8-7 win on Tuesday in their playoff opener. After a poor start from … Read more

2022 MLB playoffs – Dodgers, Braves, Yankees on upset watch?

2022 MLB playoffs – Dodgers, Braves, Yankees on upset watch?

Our first look at baseball’s new MLB playoff format was intense, compact, frenetic and, let’s face it, a little bit random. One team whose spot in the tournament wasn’t clinched until the closing days of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies, earned a date with the defending champion Atlanta Braves. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals — … Read more

Mariners, Guardians Deliver a Day of Historic Comebacks, Scoreless Innings: Stark’s Weird and Wild on MLB Playoffs

Mariners, Guardians Deliver a Day of Historic Comebacks, Scoreless Innings: Stark’s Weird and Wild on MLB Playoffs

Have you heard the October story about the team that cleared a seven point deficit? What about the story of an unreal game in Cleveland where nearly five hours went by without anyone scoring a point? Maybe you were lucky enough to see those games. But maybe you were running errands, hitting golf balls, or … Read more

Mariners in ALDS after unlikely comeback completes Blue Jays sweep

Mariners in ALDS after unlikely comeback completes Blue Jays sweep

TORONTO — Fueled by an unlikely comeback, the Seattle Mariners find themselves in the American League Division Series on Saturday with a 10-9 victory to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays in their AL Wild Card Series. The Mariners trailed 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring four runs in … Read more