As the COVID-19 shutdown keeps today's biggest stars off the field, here's what Willie Mays, Ted Williams and other Hall of Famers show us about how it could alter baseball history.
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From "The Bird" to "The Hammer" and the original Baby Bomber, we tell the stories of stars who burned bright but flamed out, having a brief time in the spotlight.
Nowadays, fans look upon Michael Jordan's foray into another sport 26 years ago as a whim and conclude that his baseball career was a bust. They could not be more wrong.
Kyle Peterson joins Buster to discuss the major changes to the MLB Draft including the hard decisions college baseball players and coaches have to make in this time of uncertainty, the $20,000 cap on signing bonuses for undrafted players, teams that might look to save money by dumping players and what Kyle would do to help increase interest in baseball (1:40). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to talk about which players might've never made the big leagues under the new draft format and how players on short-term deals are likely to be hurt the most by teams looking to cut payroll (28:20).
From 20-strikeout outings to unforgettable no-nos, we look at the best gem ever thrown by each franchise and try to predict who could top it.
Jason Grimsley pulled off a Mission Impossible-style heist for teammate Albert Bell. He recounts the tale with Buster and the two reveal the previously unknown role played by commissioner Bud Selig (2:28). Plus, Todd Radom on Citizens Bank Park and this week's quiz (23:33).
The 23-year-old right-hander missed last season after having Tommy John surgery in September 2018, but he hit triple digits during spring training this year.
Unfortunately there is no action on the field, but we're still sizing up where all 30 teams stand on the day they would have been playing ball.
Wander Franco is just the tip of the iceberg for the Rays' system, but other organizations have their share of high-end prospects too. How does your team rank?
From Twitter to Twitch, these players are providing a window -- often silly, sometimes serious -- into an unprecedented time in baseball history.
Boog Sciambi dissects Buster's lists of top baseball movies and books to consume in self-isolation, and the guys discuss which classic games you should check out on YouTube (1:55).
From stars we're often too hard on to veterans we don't talk about enough, baseball's extended hiatus is a good reminder to give these guys some more love this season.
Trevor Bauer and other major leaguers are looking to start a pickup game -- and we'll take any baseball we can get right now -- so we chimed in with our top choices for a sandlot hardball showdown.
MLB suspends the start of the season. Buster and Karl Ravech talk about a historic day in baseball (3:02). Later, Hembo drops by to lighten the mood as the guys talk biggest home runs, golf-foursomes and what they're most looking forward to when the season starts (19:08).
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Here is the quote from Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker regarding Illinois-based sports events: : "I have spoken with the owners of all of our major sports teams and I've asked them to cancel all of their games or play without spectators until May 1. All of the owners that I spoke with told me that they completely understood and were more than willing to comply with this guidance."
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker just announced that he's asked the owners of all Illinois-based sport franchises to cancel or play without spectators for live events through at least May 1. Added that all the owners agreed to comply. No baseball in Chicago at least through the month of April.
How much depth do the Rays have behind Wander Franco? Is there any hope for the Orioles? We break down the AL.
Michael Kopech threw 11 pitches in his return from Tommy John surgery, with six of them reaching 100 mph and his final pitch hitting 101.