If recent history is any indication, the '06 wild-card winners should again be major factors when October rolls around.
With a number of matters that remain either undecided or unclear, here are nine innings of questions about the World Baseball Classic.
With roster moves, executive switches, Hall of Fame voting and more, there will be plenty of baseball news in the next five months.
Alan Schwarz offers nine innings of questions that open the second half and will take us to the end of the season.
Alan Schwarz walks through the entire thought process of making up the American League team.
The Blue Jays the best at spotting big leaguers? Alan Schwarz look at Opening Day rosters.
Strength of schedule may play a role in a team's final record, but it's usually not a major factor, Alan Schwarz writes.
The Expos move to D.C., the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes and BALCO will be among this winter's key issues.
Sources say pulling together a World Cup-style tournament by next March might not be possible.
With fewer inner-city children playing baseball, MLB has a plan in place to get more participation in the sport.
While some have flourished going right from high school to the NBA, don't expect to ever see it in baseball.
If baseball is all about stats, which ones matter? Those who interpret them, some for a living, tell us.
The Oakland A's history of horrendous baserunning in the playoffs caught up to them again in the ALDS.
Pressure? His manager calls him the most talented player he's ever seen. Welcome to Eric Chavez's world.