MLB farm system rankings: Keith Law ranks all 30 teams on prospects, Dodgers stay No. 1

As part of my prospect rankings, I rank all 30 major-league teams’ farm systems, with a brief explanation of why they’re in this order — although I think you’ll get an even clearer picture of each by reading the team reports that are rolling out next week. Bear in mind that these rankings only consider … Read more

Gammons, Stark and Rosenthal on the Hall of Fame results, and why Scott Rolen’s election mattered

Going into the final day of Hall of Fame voting, public balloting showed there was a real chance that the BBWAA would not elect a player for the second time in three years. Ultimately, Scott Rolen got in with 76.3 percent of the vote, while not electing Todd Helton (72.2 percent) and Billy Wagner (68.1 … Read more

Baseball Hall of Fame election: 5 takeaways from Scott Rolen’s triumph and a historic vote

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Some Hall of Fame third basemen make it easy. George Brett cruised into the Hall with 98 percent of the vote. Chipper Jones was never in doubt, with 97 percent. Mike Schmidt was just behind them at 96.5 percent. They all breezed into Cooperstown on the first ballot. No fuss. No muss. … Read more

MLB international signings 2023: A look at the most notable players and where they landed

Major League Baseball’s 2023 international signing period opened Sunday and teams kicked it off by handing out significant bonuses. The biggest splash on Sunday’s opening was made by the Padres. They signed Ethan Salas, a Venezuelan catcher widely regarded as the best available prospect in this year’s signing class, for a $5.6 million bonus. Salas … Read more

Every MLB team’s best international signing of the last decade

Baseball’s international signing period for 2023 opens Sunday, which means this would be a good time to see which clubs have most effectively tapped into this critical talent pipeline. We asked The Athletic’s baseball writers to name each team’s best international free agent signing of the last decade. The answers reveal which teams have done … Read more

Kraken to host 2024 NHL Winter Classic, face Vegas at Mariners stadium

BOSTON — The Seattle Kraken will host the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic at T-Mobile Park on Jan. 1, 2024 against the Vegas Golden Knights. The first NHL outdoor game in Seattle will pit the two most recent NHL additions against each other at the home of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners. “We’re pretty excited,” … Read more

Stark: It’s over for Bonds, Clemens — 5 things we learned from the Hall of Fame Contemporary Era election

SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t just an election. It was a proclamation. The headlines will say that the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee unanimously elected Fred McGriff to the Hall of Fame on Sunday. And that in itself is cause for celebration. But in elections like this one, it isn’t just the player who got elected … Read more

2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone … Read more

Law’s Arizona Fall League takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, everything I saw in 12 games

I’m back from my six-night, 12-game run through the Arizona Fall League, so I’m emptying the notebook to finish off what I started in last week’s post. I saw every team at least three times, so I’ve got notes on almost everyone on the rosters, barring a few starting pitchers, although in some cases I … Read more

Yordan Alvarez plays hero again, hits historic go-ahead blast to lift Astros to Game 2 win over Mariners

HOUSTON — Yordan Alvarez and his mighty bat did it yet again, launching a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning off Seattle ace Luis Castillo that lifted the Houston Astros over the Mariners 4-2 on Thursday for a 2- 0 lead in the AL Division Series. Alvarez was the Game 1 hero with his … Read more