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 takes a look at 17 pitchers who were younger than Seattle's Felix Hernandez when they debuted.
Alan Schwarz looks back at a young and impressionable Alex Rodriguez, when he first broke into the majors in 1994.
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.
Ichiro, batting nearly .500 since the break, could surpass George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits.
Sources say pulling together a World Cup-style tournament by next March might not be possible.
Ichiro broke into the majors in 2001 with a bang. He's now facing an uphill battle to live up to his reputation.
Paul Konerko is among a number of players who enter 2004 looking to rebound from poor seasons in '03.
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.