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MADDON-ING

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday and fans and media in New York are furious. Bizarre? Not really. Six consecutive losing seasons -- and counting -- in Flushing has a way of changing culture. In … [read more]

Q & A: MADISON BUMGARNER

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner, the ace of the San Francisco Giants pitching staff, starts Game One of the 2014 World Series tonight in Kansas City. Bumgarner has pitched 249 innings this season and tonight will mark his fifth start of the post season. Does the … [read more]

WORLD SERIES Q & A: JAMES SHIELDS

James Shields

James Shields will start Game 1 of the 2014 World Series for the Kansas City Royals, opening tonight in Kansas City. The Royals ace faced the Giants once earlier this year, tossing a complete game shutout. The Q&A begins on that subject. … [read more]

FROM DYNASTY TO DISAPPOINTMENT

johnson

The New York Mets finished the 1989 season in second place. Six weeks into the 1990 season Davey Johnson was fired. He won 1,012 games as manager of the Mets, one World Series and two division titles. Johnson's teams won an average of 95 games from … [read more]

A BAG OF BALLS, A LOT OF QUESTIONS

carter

Former New York Mets catcher Ed Hearn says he has a bag of baseballs in his cellar. They are all from 1986; all from the National League Championship Series; all evidence that Michael Warren Scott cheated. … [read more]

Q & A WITH JAMES SHIELDS

James Shields

The Kansas City Royals are just as excited as their fan base to return to the postseason. But there not satisfied just making the playoffs. The Royals are hungry to win a World Series. Game 3 between the Angels and Royals is tonight Kansas … [read more]