Joe Posnanski is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year.
|It wasn't getting to the ball that made the Adam Jones catch so dazzling. It was the pressure of the moment, the way he handled the wall, the perfectly times leap, the beautiful choreography of the play. The fact that he basically saved the game for the United States doesn't hurt either. With all that in mind, here then are the 10 greatest home run-saving catches.
More» Statcast tracks Jones' homer-robbing catch|
|Building a team like this -- which was inspired by the finals of the World Baseball Classic -- means several tough choices, but here it is: The all-time 25-man roster, where the only rule is that every player has to come from a different country.
More»Posnanski's all-time international team's top batters|
|It wasn't getting to the ball that made the Adam Jones catch so dazzling. It was the pressure of the moment, the way he handled the wall, the perfectly timed leap, the beautiful choreography of the play. The fact that he basically saved the game for the United States doesn't hurt either. With all that in mind, here then are the 10 greatest home run-robbing catches.
More» Statcast tracks Jones' homer-robbing catch|
|Javier Baez is the greatest tagger in baseball history. This is quite an achievement for a 24-year-old baseball player, but it's obviously true for one simple reason: Nobody even knew that was a thing before he came along.
More» Baez makes no-look tag while celebrating|
|Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein built a winner in Boston and then did so last fall with the Cubs. He's been humbled by what winning in those cities did for the fan base. "Total strangers come up to you, and they say, 'Thank you,'" he said.
More»Posnanski on Epstein enjoying Cubs WS more than Sox|
|It was just this goofy idea we came up with in the office: How good of a baseball lineup could you come up with if every player -- including the starting pitcher and potential closer -- was born in a different country? Here is the perfect way to build an all-world lineup.
More»All-International team of the World Baseball Classic|
|Gearing up to play baseball in Italy, Mark Teahen has been posting Instagram videos showing his training regimen, which is a bit unorthodox to say the least.
More»Soren, Teahen discuss life after baseball|
|It is fascinating to see the game through Zack Greinke's eyes, even a little bit. This is the part of the D-backs right-hander that is so easy to miss because he's so quirky.
More» Greinke's scoreless Spring Trainig debut|
|This seems like the simplest change, right? From now on, when a team wants to intentionally walk a batter, the pitcher will not have to lob the four pitches outside the strike zone. Instead, the team's manager can point the runner to first base. Simple rule. There really shouldn't be any questions. But, of course, I have a lot of questions. A LOT of questions. And I poked around and got some answers.
More»Hot Stove on rule modifications for 2017 season|
|You want to talk an extraordinary life ... Rangers reliever Jake Diekman's baseball story comes right out of "Field of Dreams."
More»Diekman on recovering from colon surgery|
|Felix Hernandez is different this spring. The right-hander isn't fooling around. Not this year. Not when the world begins to doubt him. That's what's different.
More»King Felix talks about his high hopes for 2017|
|Even though the Royals are only a season removed from their World Series victory, this isn't the same team. And as players approach free agency and get older, GM Dayton Moore will have some very difficult -- very emotional -- decisions to make about where to take the club.
More»Moore on their roster of both young and older players|
|There are people who noticed that the Oscar Azocar Awards -- the baseball awards we came up with to correlate with the Academy Awards -- seem to be based on a very flimsy coincidence: That "Best Pitcher" sounds a lot like "Best Picture."
More»Joe Posnanski talks Azocar Awards|
|Rob Manfred and baseball face a delicate challenge: changing the game without making it feel like change, keeping the continuity that captivates lifelong baseball fans while capturing new fans who are seeing the game for the first time. It isn't easy.
More»Posnanski on pace of play, future rule changes|
|It's hard to predict exactly what impact -- if any -- the anticipated new rule to point hitters to first base rather than throwing four balls will have. Best I can tell, the arguments on both sides are somewhat leaky.
More» Renfroe gets intentionally walked in debut|
|Will there ever be another 300-game winner? The answer comes from a different question: "Will anyone ever again want to win 300 games enough to actually do it?"
More»Will baseball see another 300-game winner?|
|Hall of Famer Goose Gossage doesn't want to be compared to modern All-Star closers such as Mariano Rivera, who are only asked to pitch one inning without inherited runners.
|In the minutes after the sad news reverberated on Wednesday that St. Louis phenom Alex Reyes would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the year - "It 'stinks,'" Reyes told reporters -- there was a wave of forced optimism.
More»Reyes discusses having to undergo Tommy John Surgery|
|"Believe it or not, something is happening in Cleveland." -- "Pow! Wow!" story in Sports Illustrated, April 6, 1987. Thirty years ago. Pow! Wow! If I could point to one moment when the mysteries of baseball first overwhelmed me, it would be when Sports Illustrated picked the Indians to win -- the single worst prediction, I contend, in sports history.
More»Posnanski on '87 Indians and worst prediction ever|
|If I had to pick one thing about Bill Belichick that makes him distinct -- one thing that Major League Baseball managers might take from his unprecedented football success -- it is something simple: Bill Belichick coaches to win.
More»Posnanski on if MLB managers can learn from Belichick|