Outfielders Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, Giancarlo Stanton of Miami and Adam Jones of Baltimore and Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey headline the United States' provisional roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
When Jim Pohlad came to what he called "a stomach-churning" conclusion that general manager Bill Smith needed to be fired, the Minnesota Twins owner was making the kind of decision rarely seen in one of the most loyal and patient organizations in baseball
Tampa Bay is already a phenomenally talented team -- a glance at the roster could tell anybody as much. But the style the Rays play, with players flying around the basepaths, is causing problems for the opposition. Talent is great, but speed kills.
Baseball Prospectus brings out a new metric to predict MVP voting -- JUMP -- and finds that Joe Mauer doesn't have much of a chance at the AL award. The NL MVP, though, should be a runaway for Albert Pujols.