NL Cy Young Candidates: Zac Gallen and Logan Webb

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Zac Gallen had just been promoted to Class AA, and his first assignment for the Springfield Cardinals was to chart the pitches of a teammate. It was a routine task and Gallen was tired, but a coach gave him a tip: “You might want to pay attention to this.” The “this” in … Read more

AL Cy Young Candidates: Triston McKenzie and Logan Gilbert

PHOENIX — Triston McKenzie and Logan Gilbert both dress a few lockers down from a surprise American League Cy Young Award winner. In the Cleveland Guardians’ clubhouse in Goodyear, Ariz., it is Shane Bieber, who won in 2020; in the Seattle Mariners’, in Peoria, it is Robbie Ray, who won for Toronto the next season. … Read more

Japan Beats U.S. to Win World Baseball Classic

MIAMI — The matchup that many had dreamed about all along — between two of the world’s baseball powerhouses and two of its best players in Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout — is exactly what it came down to. Ohtani, the two-way phenomenon, was Japan’s designated hitter all game and took the mound in the … Read more

Jeff McNeil and U.S. Looking Forward to WBC Final

MIAMI — Jeff McNeil, a star second baseman and outfielder for the Mets, is an exceptional hitter with a standout ability to make contact. He won the 2022 National League batting title with a .326 average over 148 games. His average over his five major-league seasons is .307. Over the winter, the Mets rewarded the … Read more