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  1. How to Pick a World Series Rooting Interest As a Non–K.C. o...

    Michael Baumann

    Having only two teams in the World Series means that fans of the other ...; [fiddles with abacus] ...; 28 major league teams are forced to either jump on a bandwagon or view the whole thing as a neutral, which can get a little borin...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  2. Jason Heyward, Baseball Enigma

    Michael Baumann

    There was a moment after the 2010 MLB draft when four NL East teams suddenly had a young right fielder who was either in the majors or on the way there, and who was expected to one day challenge for MVP awards. Division partisans were suppos...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. Who Are Those Guys? Five September Call-Ups MLB Fans Need to Know...

    Ben Lindbergh

    "Who's That Guy" is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. This week, that landscape expanded along with MLB's active rosters to include several high-profile prospects who are ma...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  4. The 2014 Miami Marlins: The Dog That Didn't Bark

    Michael Baumann

    The 2014 season didn't have to be a moral victory for the Miami Marlins. To a certain extent, it still doesn't: The Marlins have quietly gone 19-12 since the All-Star break and sit 2.5 games out of the second NL wild-card spot. Ma...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  5. Houston, You Have a Problem

    Michael Baumann

    A little less than two months ago, the Houston Astros used the no. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft to select Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher out of Cathedral Catholic High School in California. Within 48 hours, they had agreed to pay the 17-year-o...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  6. Kyle Seager’s Ascent to Transcendence

    Michael Baumann

    There's a tired trope in romantic comedies: The leading man (or woman) bounces from dalliance to dalliance with a series of beautiful but ultimately disappointing people before eventually realizing that the steadfast best friend is his (or her) ...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  7. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jim Callis and Travis Sawchik

    Jonah Keri

    MLB.com's Jim Callis joins the show to discuss the 2014 draft. Then Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review comes on to talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter, and subscribe to the Grantl...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  8. Who’s That Guy: No. 1 MLB Draft Pick Brady Aiken!

    Michael Baumann

    Who's That Guy is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. And hey, baseball is part of that landscape! Who Is He? Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken. Where Is He From? Cardiff-by-the-Sea, C...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  9. Five Things You Need to Know About Tonight’s MLB Draft

    Michael Baumann

    Every year, the 30 Major League Baseball franchises send representatives to a TV studio in New Jersey and call the names of some 1,200 amateur baseball players. While the MLB draft lacks the pomp and circumstance and, uh, sartorial creativity that it...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  10. A Conversation With Jim Callis, the Greatest MLB Mock Drafter Who...

    Michael Baumann

    Do you know what the most incredible streak in baseball history is? It's not Orel Hershiser's 59 scoreless innings or Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak or the Oakland Athletics' 20 consecutive wins. It's Jim Callis's ...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  11. Stand up and Cheer for Hoosier: Kyle Schwarber Is About to Be on ...

    Michael Baumann

    Have you ever asked a question and, a fraction of a second into hearing the answer, felt like an idiot for failing to figure it out on your own? If you ask Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber which major league hitters he admires, that's how his...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  12. Why Haven't Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales Signed Yet? And...

    Michael Baumann

    MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is really cheesed off. Why is he so cheesed off? Oh, hello, useful question-asking personality device. It's good to see you again. Well, last week, Buster Olney talked to a bunch of executives about...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  13. Who's That Guy? Oakland Pitcher Sonny Gray!

    Michael Baumann

    The 2013 MLB playoffs are in full swing. Are you keeping up? Baseball has a lot of games, and also a lot of players. If you're overwhelmed, Michael Baumann is here to help. Brush up on Baumann's playoff starting lineup, then circle back throughout th...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  14. Who's That Guy? Stanford Running Back Tyler Gaffney!

    Holly Anderson

    Who's That Guy is an orientation tool for use in college football's vast landscape, and is filmed in front of a live studio audience. Who Is He? Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney. Where Is He From? San Diego, California (Cathedral Catholic). ...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  15. There Will Be No Hummers: The Personal History of a College Baseb...

    Justin Halpern

    I sat in the bullpen of Tony Gwynn Stadium, home of the San Diego State Aztecs, cleaning my cleats in case I got the call to get hot. Next to me were seven other relief pitchers, all of us watching our starter struggle through the second inning of a ...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  16. The MLB draft doesn't work and is quite possibly immoral; it's ti...

    Rany Jazayerli

    It doesn't work. It's quite possibly immoral. It's time to replace it.

    Story | Conversation | June 06, 2013