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.
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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.
Shane Victorino joins Buster to talk about how scouts spotted him in Hawaii, learning to switch-hit when he was 20, why Chase Utley was the toughest guy he ever played with, how Charlie Manuel hides behind his West Virginia accent and his grand slam off CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS. Later, Hembo hops on to discuss Noah Syndergaard's injury and to debrief on the Victorino interview as a Phillies fan (31:26).
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?
Marcus Stroman is recruiting a star-studded United States group for the 2021 World Baseball Classic, so we picked a roster using a few rules of our own -- and this squad is stacked.
Will the Dodgers and Braves just keep getting better? We look at the top players on the rise for each NL team.
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.
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).
It's NL East preview day! Buster talks Braves with MLB.com's Mark Bowman (3:26), Marlins with the Miami Herald's Jordan McPherson (11:31), Mets with SNY's Steve Gelbs (15:36), Phillies with The Philadelphia Inquirer Scott Lauber (23:47) and Nationals with The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli (33:23).
These players who didn't crack the top 20 could shake things up and break into the top tier with big years in the new season.
You know who's No. 1, but which two pitchers got into the top five? And who is the most surprising addition to the top 10?
The votes are in, and ESPN has picked its top 100 players. Members of our panel look at this year's most surprising rankings.
Phillies ace Aaron Nola was scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Yankees due to the flu. Manager Joe Girardi said with an off day Wednesday, Nola may rejoin the team on Thursday.
For the Philadelphia Phillies to compete in a tough division, they need better starting pitching. The team hopes it strengthened the top of the rotation by signing Zack Wheeler in addition to hiring Bryan Price as pitching coach.
Joe Girardi says he's fine with Bryce Harper facing high expectations in his second season with the Phillies. Harper, meanwhile, said the Phils have to step up their win total, not just talk about it, after going 81-81 in 2019.
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The Hall of Fame announced Thursday that David Montgomery, the longtime Phillies executive who died last May, will be honored with its Buck O'Neil Award for lifetime achievement. In a nearly 50-year career, Montgomery rose from the team's sales office to its chairmanship, overseeing a period when the Phillies won 5 straight division titles, 2 pennants and a World Series. He's also credited with leading the effort for a new ballpark and raising millions of dollars for charity.
Spoiler alert: Wander Franco leads our list. Which MLB stars of tomorrow follow the best prospect since Mike Trout in this year's rankings?
Prospect rankings, team lists and features -- here are all the links you need to follow this year's crop of future stars.
In 2019, the Nationals were the latest team to come from a bit off the radar to win it all. We look at how they did it and who fits the profile for 2020.
Players like Didi Gregorius have disappointed recently but could deliver big years for their clubs -- and for your fantasy team.