It seems more and more teams have willingly punted on the present, fielding subpar rosters in hope of a better tomorrow. For some, tomorrow might be next year. For others...how does 2024 sound? So which teams are most hopeless?
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have a long way to go in their respective contracts, but let's take a look at the early returns of their decade-plus commitments. How does each grade out three-quarters of the way through Year 1?
It's a test of skill and endurance so stringent that no major league batter has passed it since World War II. The stories of two minor leaguers who have since hit baseball's magic number—one in the Jim Crow South, one in an independent hardball outpost—are monuments to the resolve it takes to succeed in the game.
The Rockies' rather anonymous star doesn't crave any part of the spotlight. He avoids public places, takes practice swings in the elevator and enjoys surfing movies. He also remembers the last book he read in high school.
He might be the most beloved—and famous—person in the Dominican Republic. So why would someone shoot David Ortiz? And how could it be mistaken identity, as police have said? A visit to the island yielded few answers—but raised plenty more questions.