Kenny Mayne chats with Mariners ace Cliff Lee about what it felt like to be dealt to Seattle, which former teammate's house he's renting in the pacific northwest and whether or not it matters to him to be the No. 1 or No. 2 guy in the rotation.
In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant writes that Derek Jeter, though a great player statistically, can only truly be appreciated through intangibles: his amazing defensive moves, PED-free play and leadership of a franchise.
In ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating profiles Eric Van, the former sabermetrician for the Boston Red Sox, and other mathematical minds like him. Although MLB is more inclined toward numbers, the anti-geek culture hasn't changed.
In ESPN The Magazine, Matt Beardmore examines the decline in two-strike batting over the past 25 years. Pitchers are throwing more heat and working more efficiently, while batters are swinging freely -- to no avail.
In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant examines how the Oakland Athletics have found a way to win, despite being in an outdated ballpark and poor market for baseball. But the real question is: Why should they have to?