Showing 1 - 10 of 604 Stories for Tom Verducci
O.K., Bryce Harper, as a rookie you put up the best season by a teenager in history. Guess what? It's time for you—and the rest of last year's smashing rookie class—to do it again. Now about that sophomore jinx ...
5 Outs Away
A year ago the Cubs and Red Sox each came that close to the World Series, only to see it all blow up in eerily similar—and all-too-familiar—fashion
Happy Mother's Day
What would be the perfect Mother's Day story? How about a soft-tossing, off-the-radar lefty who lost his mom to cancer throwing the 19th perfect game in baseball history
Sportsmen of the Year
The 2004 Boston Red Sox staged the most improbable comeback in baseball history and liberated their long-suffering nation of fans
Turn up the Heat
October baseball is simple. If you want to win, you better bring a staff full of power arms—guys like Rays ace David Price (the game's hardest-throwing lefty starter). And postseason secret weapon Aroldis Chapman (the hardest thrower, period), who's breathing fire in the Reds' bullpen. Get ready. The next four weeks will be a gas.
Highly drafted catchers who can hit and play defense come around less often than playoff games at Camden Yards—which is why Baltimore has built a suddenly promising future around Matt Wieters. No two ways about it: The Orioles are sitting on the most sought-after commodity in the game.
I Was a Toronto Blue Jay
In five days as a major leaguer, the author saw the splendors of baseball—and its hard reality—from the best perspective: inside the game
Derek Jeter: 2009 Sportsman of the Year
It is not so much what he accomplished at 35—a fifth World Series ring capping a historic season, to be sure—as how the Yankees' shortstop arrived at his iconic place. Being the ultimate team player and a role model synonymous with winning has brought him still another title
The Art of Winning an (Even More) Unfair Game
Eight years after it forever shifted baseball's tectonic plates, Moneyball is a Brad Pitt movie, but its ethos has changed. Intellectual firepower is mandatory, but no guarantee of success now that the game's financial giants have cracked the code. Competitive advantage: Red Sox