Edwin Díaz collapsed after closing out Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Recovery from knee surgery will take eight months.
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Joe Pepitone, Rowdy Star When the Yankees Faded, Dies at 82
He had All-Star years, won three Gold Gloves, hit with power and was a fan favorite, but as the team’s fortunes dimmed, his renegade lifestyle had its costs.
World Baseball Classic Is a Party in Miami for Latin American Teams and Fans
“This is our World Cup,” a fan said as the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela squared off at the World Baseball Classic.
Mike Trout Recruited MLB Stars for World Baseball Classic
When Mike Trout agreed to play in the World Baseball Classic, other stars flocked to join the United States squad. “I want in.”
Two Sports, Two Stories, Too Many Climbs
A former N.H.L. star in his 50s was still playing. Then the Czechs qualified for the World Baseball Classic, and a reporter booked a flight.
Cuba Allows Some Major Leaguers on World Baseball Classic Team
For the first time, Cuba will allow some M.L.B. players to represent the team internationally. But many of the country’s biggest stars were left out, or declined their invitations.
Before the Games Count, a Baseball Writer Is in Full Swing
Since 1998, Tyler Kepner has spent every March with baseball teams in Florida and Arizona. This year, along with the usual promise of possibility, spring training brings change.
How the Czech Republic Qualified for the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is a battle of the game’s top professional players. A scrappy Czech Republic team, full of guys with regular jobs, just might win your heart.
Pitch Clock Has MLB’s Pitching Coaches Working Overtime
Fans are eager to start the pitch-clock era, but baseball’s pitching coaches are hard at work trying to adjust to one of the biggest changes in M.L.B. history.
Bullying Accusations Snare K-Pop Stars and Athletes in South Korea
In South Korea, such allegations have affected the careers of public figures. The takedowns have public support, but critics wonder if some go too far.
Tim McCarver, 81, All-Star Catcher in Hall of Fame as Broadcaster, Dies
He played with four teams over four decades and won two World Series titles, then took his baseball smarts and gift of gab into the TV booth.
John Jaso Gave Up Baseball to Enjoy Life on a Boat
John Jaso walked away from Major League Baseball at 34, potentially leaving millions of dollars on the table. The sea was calling.
Ted Lerner, Developer Who Bought and Built the Washington Nationals, Dies at 97
A billionaire and Washington native, he gave the city its first baseball championship in 95 years, along with 20 million square feet of shopping malls and housing.
With Super Bowl Win, Eagles Would Match A’s in Philadelphia Titles
Despite having left town in 1954, the Athletics, with five championships, are still Philadelphia’s most decorated team. The Eagles could tie things up on Sunday.
Scott Rolen, a Slick-Fielding Third Baseman, Makes Hall of Fame
Rolen was elected on his sixth appearance on the writers’ ballot. Todd Helton, Billy Wagner and the other finalists will continue to wait.
M.L.B.’s Dream Series Hopes to Show Black Players They Belong
While no American-born Black players participated in this year’s World Series, an effort has been in place for years to reverse recent declines in participation.
Japan’s Kodai Senga Brings Ghost Fork Pitch to Mets
When pitchers and catchers report next month, the Mets will get a look at Kodai Senga’s signature pitch: the ghost fork. Those who have seen it say it delivers on the hype.
Spurning Mets, Carlos Correa Agrees to $200 Million Deal with Twins
On Dec. 21, the shortstop agreed to a $315 million contract with the Mets. Twenty days later, he agreed to a $200 million deal with Minnesota. What happened?
With $331 Million Deal, Red Sox Will Build Around Rafael Devers
“We want to build around him,” Chaim Bloom, Boston’s chief baseball officer, said of Rafael Devers, the star third baseman who is working to finalize a $331 million deal.
How to Prevent Shoulder Injury
Shoulder pain can make your days more challenging and keep you up at night. Ward it off with a few smart exercise habits.
Looking Ahead to 2023 in Sports
The rise of a new winter sports hero. The women’s soccer World Cup. A brisker pace of play in baseball. And, for heaven’s sake, less talk about pickleball.
Trevor Bauer Is Reinstated by Major League Baseball
An arbitrator reduced Bauer’s suspension to 194 games, making him once again eligible to play. Bauer, a right-handed pitcher, last appeared for the Dodgers in June 2021.
With Carlos Correa Deal, Steven Cohen Continues to Spend on Mets
Carlos Correa is the ultimate luxury: a $315 million player who plays the same position as another Mets star. But Steven A. Cohen worries about winning, not price tags.
Carlos Correa Expected to Join Mets on 12-year, $315 Million Deal
The star infielder agreed to terms on a 12-year, $315 million contract with the Mets after his agreement with San Francisco fell apart, reportedly over a medical concern.
Carlos Correa and the History of Baseball’s 10-Year Contracts
Carlos Correa, Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts were each signed to deals of 11 or more years this off-season. History suggests they could be on the move relatively soon.
Mets Will Add Japan’s Kodai Senga on 5-Year, $75 Million Deal
Kodai Senga will bring his “ghost fork” pitch and his championship pedigree to the Mets in a deal that will push the team’s 2023 spending past $400 million.
MLB Teams Spend More Than $2 Billion on Free Agents
Baseball was in a spending mood at the winter meetings, where the Mets added Justin Verlander, the Yankees kept Aaron Judge and San Diego splurged on Xander Bogaerts.
Aaron Judge and Yankees Agree on Deal That Works for Both Sides
In a monster deal that was fueled by a team’s desperation and a player’s desire for a legacy, Aaron Judge will stay with the Yankees. His marching orders are clear: Win.
Aaron Judge Returning to Yankees on $360 Million Deal
Judge, who hit 62 home runs in 2022 and won the A.L.’s Most Valuable Player Award, will commit to nine more seasons with the club that drafted him.
Yes, the Players in the World Cup Do Keep Falling Over for No Reason
Different conventions in different sports can be equally morally acceptable.
Fred McGriff Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
A popular first baseman who had a season in each league as the home run leader, McGriff was elected by a committee that rejected Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame Pitcher With a Doctoring Touch, Dies at 84
He won 314 games and recorded 3,500 strikeouts, but he’s remembered as much for his acknowledged spitball, with saliva just one substance in his arsenal.
Hall of Fame Committee Will Consider Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens
Sunday’s vote on players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will be secret, but past statements from committee members indicate a hard line on players accused of cheating.
Aaron Judge of Yankees Beats Shohei Ohtani for AL MVP Award
Judge, a slugging outfielder for the Yankees, swatted 62 home runs and beat out Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ two-way superstar, for the American League’s top honor.
Aaron Judge’s Record-Setting 62nd Home Run Ball Will be Auctioned
In a sports memorabilia market flush with cash, the ball could set a record for game-used baseballs by selling for more than $3 million.
Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis Cardinals Wins NL MVP Award
Goldschmidt, a first baseman for St. Louis, flirted with the triple crown and beat out San Diego’s Manny Machado and his fellow Cardinal Nolan Arenado for the award.
Justin Verlander and Sandy Alcantara Win MLB’s Cy Young Awards
In his comeback after two lost seasons, Houston’s Verlander emphasized quality over quantity. Miami’s Alcantara, meanwhile, looked like the Verlander of yesteryear.
Buck Showalter and Terry Francona Are M.L.B.’s Top Managers
Showalter led the Mets to the second most wins in franchise history, while Francona won a division title in Cleveland despite having the league’s youngest roster.
Dusty Baker Finally Gets a World Series Title as Manager
Dusty Baker’s first World Series title as a manager is a crowning achievement for a beloved player, manager and person.
Jeremy Pena of Houston Astros Wins World Series MVP
Jeremy Peña had big shoes to fill when Carlos Correa left the Houston Astros. Peña responded by being the first rookie position player to be named World Series M.V.P.
Phillies Focus On Future After Losing World Series
A team that came out of nowhere to reach the World Series is doing its best to focus on a promising future rather than a disappointing present. “We should definitely be proud.”
Houston Astros Win World Series
Dogged by criticism that they could not win without sign-stealing, Houston beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to complete a nearly perfect postseason.
World Series: Catches by Chas McCormick and Trey Mancini Saved Game 5 for Astros
Chas McCormick grew up near Philadelphia in a family of Phillies fans, but his catch at the wall in Game 5 has Houston one win away from a World Series title.
World Series: Justin Verlander and Astros Beat Phillies in Game 5
Justin Verlander finally got his first World Series victory, Jeremy Peña carried the offense and Houston has Philadelphia on the ropes as it heads home for Game 6.
Cristian Javier, Framber Valdez and the Astros Pitching Factory
Cristian Javier and Framber Valdez were never considered top prospects, but the young starting pitchers are leading the way for the Astros in the World Series.
Dusty Baker Has Managed in Two of Three Postseason No-Hitters
Manager Dusty Baker has been in a dugout for two of Major League Baseball’s three postseason no-hitters: Roy Halladay’s in 2010 and the Astros’ combined effort in Game 4.
Christian Javier and Astros Throw Second No-Hitter in World Series History
Cristian Javier and three relievers shut down the powerful Philadelphia Phillies, tying the World Series and accomplishing a feat that hadn’t happened since 1956.
The Pieces Around Them Change, but Houston’s Core Sets the Tone
Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman have reached the A.L.C.S. in six straight seasons. Through triumph and scandal, they have taught a rotating cast of teammates how to win.
Why Does Twitter Verify Some Accounts?
Elon Musk, who recently closed a deal to acquire the social media company, could soon charge a monthly fee for the blue verification badge that indicates a Twitter account is authentic.
Alec Bohm of Phillies Connects for 1,000th World Series Homer
Jimmy Sebring hit the first World Series homer back in 1903 and in the third game of the 118th Fall Classic, Alec Bohm of the Phillies hit the 1,000th.