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, Howard Bryant writes about how Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera refuses to retire after his May 3 ACL injury. By not walking away from the game, the once-unknowable player has revealed his true self.
Returning to St. Louis and with his free agency looming, Albert Pujols remains at the epicenter of the World Series, and the enigmatic slugger has an opportunity to embrace the stardom he's tried hard to avoid.
Although there are more high-profile spots on the calendar, the next six weeks of the baseball season is by far the most intriguing. This period of discovery foreshadows the pennant finale and October glory.
Bud Selig talks about parity, but winter moves shift the power in baseball even more firmly to the east. A salary cap or other equalizing measure would limit the ability of its biggest, most watched teams to dominate.