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How MLB Playoffs Work
How the Major League Baseball Playoffs work, from the tiebreakers to the World Series.
Who Are the Top 10 Shortstops of All Time?
A countdown of the ten best shortstops in baseball history who have excelled as both hitters and fielders, including Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, and more.
The 14 All-Time Best Songs About Baseball
There's one baseball song that everybody knows, a few others that many people know, and a lot of other
Who Are the Top 10 Catchers in Baseball History?
A countdown of the top 10 catchers in Major League Baseball history.
Baseball's 10 All-Time Best at Each Position
Who is the best shortstop? The best center fielder? A look at the top ten players at each position on the diamond in Major League Baseball history.
Baseball for Beginners: The Basic Rules of the...
Learn the basic rules of baseball.
Baseball's 10 Best Second Basemen Ever
Ranking the top 10 second basemen in baseball history.
What Is A Magic Number?
How to derive baseball's magic numbers
Top 10 Third Basemen in Baseball History
A countdown of the top 10 third basemen in Major League Baseball history.
Using the Proper Symbols to Score a Baseball Game
Instructions about how to score a baseball or softball game, with the symbols, abbreviations and step-by-step examples from a major league baseball game.
Who Are the Top 10 First Basemen in Baseball...
A countdown of the top 10 first basemen in Major League Baseball history.
Who Are the Top 100 Major League Baseball...
A countdown of the top players in Major League Baseball history.
Top 10 Relief Pitchers In Baseball History
A countdown of the 10 best relief pitchers in baseball history.
Who Are the Top 10 Lefty Pitchers in Baseball...
The top 10 left-handed pitchers to ever take the mound in a major league game:
What They're Saying: Baseball Playoffs Expansion
Inside the debate about whether Major League Baseball should expand the playoffs, with an opportunity for readers to join in.
Who Would Be in the New York Yankees All-Time...
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the New York Yankees in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Who Are the Top 10 Center Fielders in Baseball...
A countdown of the top 10 center fielders to ever play professional baseball.
How Gatorade created a perfect goodbye for...
The 90-second commercial was a fantastic tip of the cap to one of the best shortstops in history.
How to Throw a Curveball Step-By-Step
How to Throw a Curveball. Baseball.
Top 10 New York Yankees Teams
A countdown of the top 10 New York Yankees teams of all-time, from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, Lou Gehrig to Mariano Rivera.
11 Baseball Game and Season Simulators
A review of baseball simulators, from intricate computer simulations such as Diamond Mind and Baseball Mogul to the old-school Strat-o-Matic and APBA.
Who Are the Best Right Fielders in Major League...
A countdown of the top 10 right fielders in Major League Baseball history - Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente and Tony Gwynn, among others.
Baseball Players Accused Of Using Performance-E...
A running list of Major League Baseball players accused of or suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, as named by the George Mitchell report in 2007 or by MLB suspensions.
Read Lou Gehrig's Famous Farewell to Baseball...
The text of the most famous speech in baseball history: Lou Gehrig's address in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
Breaking Down the Best Ways to Break In a...
Breaking down the best ways to break in a baseball or softball glove.
Derek Jeter
Profile of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter
Who Are the Top 10 Leftfielders in Baseball...
Countdown of the top 10 left fielders in baseball history.
Top 10 Managers In Major League Baseball History
A look at the top 10 managers in Major League Baseball history, part of a series of top-10 baseball lists.
Step-by-Step: Basic Hitting
How to hit a baseball or softball - learning the basics of the swing. Page 2.
Top 10 Baseball Broadcasters Of All-Time
A countdown of the top 10 baseball broadcasters in history.
10 Baseball Records That May Never Be Broken
A breakdown of ten baseball records that are the most likely to stand the test of time, including Cy Young's wins, Nolan Ryan's career strikeouts, and more.
A weekly look at the best teams in Major League...
A weekly look at the best teams in Major League Baseball. See which teams were No. 1 each week in 2014.
Free Agency Primer
An overview of the free agency rules in baseball, including the history of free agency, eligibility rules, the Rule 5 draft, arbitration, and more.
How to Throw Various Types of Baseball Pitches
How to pitch a baseball slider, step by step.
Top 10 MLB Players from Japan
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Japan.
Baseball Definitions: What Are Sabermetrics,...
A glossary of sabermetrics statistics used in baseball, with abbreviations and explanations of formulas for hitting, pitching, fielding and baserunning.
How to Throw 4 Different Types of Fastballs
Step-by-step instructions on how to throw a split-finger fastball or splitter.
Baseball statistics glossary
A glossary of basic statistics used in baseball and softball, with abbreviations and formulas for hitting, pitching, fielding and baserunning.
Top 20 Right-Handed Pitchers In Baseball History
The top 20 right-handed pitchers to ever pitch in professional baseball in the United States.
Top 10 MLB Players From Dominican Republic
A look at the 10 best players, and much more, in Major League Baseball history from the Dominican Republic.
Top 10 MLB Players From Puerto Rico
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Puerto Rico.
Who Are Baseball's Best Players This Year?
About.com's look at the best players in baseball in 2014. We rank the top 10 at each position and give three honorable mention selections.
Top 10 MLB Players From Mexico
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Mexico.
Top 10 Designated Hitters In Baseball History
A countdown of the 10 best designated hitters in baseball history.
A Brief Illustrated History Of Baseball
An brief, illustrated history of the game of baseball, from its origins as rounders to today.
Step By Step: How To Throw A Changeup
How to pitch a baseball changeup, step by step. Page 2.
Yogi Berra
Profile of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra.
Career Hit Leaders, By Team
All-time hit leaders for each team in Major League Baseball.
Top 10 MLB Players From Venezuela
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Venezuela.
Top 10 MLB Players From Cuba
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Cuba.
One Last Look at the 2014 Postseason Race
A look at the best teams in Major League Baseball heading into Week 26 of the season. There isn't much drama left as MLB enters the final week of the regular season.
20 Home Runs Baseball Fans Will Never Forget
A countdown of the 20 most famous home runs in baseball history.
A Brief Illustrated History Of Softball
An brief, illustrated history of the game of softball, from its origins as an indoor alternative to baseball in the winter to today.
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.
Major League Baseball Payrolls by Team
A look at the 2014 payrolls for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. For the first time since 1998, the Yankees are the biggest spenders.
American League Most Valuable Player Award...
A rundown of all American League MVP Award winners, from 1931 to the present.
10 Worst Pennant Race Collapses
A countdown of the 10 worst pennant race collapses in baseball history
How To Throw A Knuckleball Step By Step
How to pitch a baseball knuckleball, step by step.
Ted Williams
Profile of Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame left fielder Ted Williams.
Top 10 Baseball Brothers
A countdown of the top 10 brother duos in Major League Baseball history.
Yadier Molina gets the call over Buster Posey...
Yadier Molina gets the call over Buster Posey as baseball's best catcher in 2014. We rank the top 10 backstops in MLB, plus give three honorable mention selections.
Five pitchers aiming for comebacks
Five pitchers aiming for comebacks
Alex Rodriguez
Profile of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
Cincinnati Reds All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Cincinnati Reds in the team's history, which dates to 1882. The Reds are the oldest team in baseball. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.
Johnny Bench
Profile of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.
Perfect Games In Baseball History
List of all perfect games in Major League Baseball history, including the three games that were unofficial, with teams, opponents, dates and scores.
Top 10 MLB Players From Panama
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Panama.
Top 10 MLB Players From Canada
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Canada.
2013 MLB Playoffs Central
A one-stop look at schedules and coverage of the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs.
Major League Baseball Stadiums Image Gallery
A photo gallery packed with information about the 30 major league baseball stadiums, with details about each, including costs to build, outfield dimensions, owners and much more.
The final power rankings of the season, and a...
A look at the best teams in Major League Baseball. The Angels end the regular season first in our rankings, followed by the two best teams in the National League.
Baltimore Orioles All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Baltimore Orioles in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
World Series winners
World Series winners, from 1903 to present.
Predicting the 2014 postseason participants and...
Our forecast for the division winners, wild cards and playoffs. Will it be $235 million very well-spent for the Dodgers?
A-Rod, Cano and Pujols: the Top 15 Contracts in...
Alex Rodriguez has signed the two biggest contracts in MLB history. His first one worked out just a bit better than the second.
Baseball Strategy: Why Managers Use Multiple...
Why managers use relief pitchers in the late innings of baseball games to face certain hitters. Left-handed pitchers fare better against left-handed batters, and right-handed pitchers fare better against right-handed batters.
Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
The Best Apps for Baseball Fans
A review of the best baseball apps for the Mac and Android systems that provide news and stats, are useful to coaches and umpires, and are just plain fun.
San Francisco/New York Giants All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the San Francisco Giants and New York Giants in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
2014 Major League Baseball preview
A look ahead at the 2014 baseball season. With predictions, lineups, rotations, key additions, key losses and key questions.
Rick Ankiel
Profile of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel
Top MLB Players From Outside United States
A look at the top 10 players from several countries that feed players to Major League Baseball, including Cuba, Dominican Republic, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and more.
Lou Gehrig
Profile of Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig
A Look at the Most Lucrative Contracts in...
The top 10 player contracts in baseball history, both by total value and annual salary.
Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Kansas City Royals All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Kansas City Royals in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
National League Most Valuable Player Award...
A rundown of all American League MVP Award winners, from 1931 to the present.
National League Cy Young Award Winners
A rundown of all National League Cy Young Award winners, from 1956 to the present.
College World Series Champions
Winners of the college baseball NCAA championship at the World Series by year since 1947.
World Series Quiz
World Series Quiz Trivia About The Fall Classic Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript
American League Cy Young Award Winners
A rundown of all American League Cy Young Award winners, from 1958 to the present.
Longest MLB Hitting Streaks
The longest hitting streaks in the history of Major League Baseball.
Little League World Series
All About The Little League World Series
New York Mets All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the New York Mets in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history.
Umpires
All about umpires, the person or people in charge of the calls and the rules interpretation of any organized game of baseball.
Cal Ripken Jr.
Profile and bio of the Baltimore Orioles legendary shortstop Cal Ripken.
Toronto Blue Jays All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Toronto Blue Jays in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Detroit Tigers All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.
Boston Red Sox All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history.
Top 10 Baltimore Orioles Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Baltimore Orioles teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team, which also includes its seasons as the St. Louis Browns.
Is Jeter the second-best shortstop ever?
When my friend and former colleague Scott Kendrick ranked the best shortstops in history for this site in 2009, he placed Derek Jeter third all-time at
St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Seattle Mariners All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Seattle Mariners in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
2014 MLB postseason schedules, results,...
Your home for 2014 playoff scores, schedules and picks. The Angels and Nationals have home-field advantage, but they might not be the favorites.
How does a double-elimination tournament work?
Frequently asked questions about the NCAA Division I college baseball tournament. How the tournament is formatted, how teams are selected, how teams become a host school and how teams qualify for the College World Series.
Mike Trout is an obvious choice at No. 1, and a...
Mike Trout is an obvious choice as the top center fielder in baseball, and there's a reigning MVP at No. 2. We rank the top 10 and give three honorable mention picks.
Olympic Softball Stars: Where Are They Now
What are the top softball players from previous Olympics doing these days?
Baseball Curses
A countdown of the best (or worst) curses in baseball.
Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber are in heated...
The Mariners' Felix Hernandez and the Indians' Corey Kluber are in a heated competition for the award.
Cleveland Indians All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Cleveland Indians in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Roberto Clemente
Profile of Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente.
Chicago Cubs All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Chicago Cubs in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
The 10 worst contracts in Major League Baseball
Alex Rodgriguez has baseball's largest -- and worst -- contract. But there is plenty of competition in the latter category.
Chief Bender
Profile of Hall of Fame pitcher Chief Bender.
Fantasy Baseball: The Most Hitter-Friendly...
A look at the best hitters' parks from a fantasy baseball perspective. A breakdown of the most hitter-friendly parks in Major League Baseball. Is Coors Field the best hitters' park in baseball?
Ichiro Suzuki
Profile of Seattle Mariners center fielder Ichiro Suzuki
Jennie Finch: Softball Superstar
Profile of USA Softball Pitcher Jennie Finch
Top 25 Free Agents Before 2014
Rankings of baseball free agents after the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Top No. 1 Overall Draft Picks
Ranking the top 10 No. 1 overall picks in the 43-year history of the baseball amateur draft.
Fantasy Baseball: The Most Pitcher-Friendly...
A look at the best pitchers' parks from a fantasy baseball perspective. A breakdown of the most pitcher-friendly parks in Major League Baseball. Is Petco Park the best pitchers' park in baseball?
Andy Pettitte
Profile of former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte
Top World Series Feats
A countdown of the top 10 individual feats in the history of the World Series.
Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics...
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.
Chicago White Sox All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Chicago White Sox in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.
How stacked is this position? Giancarlo Stanton...
Right field is so stacked Giancarlo Stanton couldn't crack the top two and Carlos Beltran didn't make the top 10.
Mickey Cochrane
Profile of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane
1973 MLB First-Round Amateur Draft Choices
First-round choices in the Major League Baseball amateur draft from 1973, with teams, schools and draft order.
Babe Ruth
Profile and bio of the New York Yankees legendary outfielder Babe Ruth.
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos All-Time...
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Washington Nationals in the team's history, which extends back to the 36 years the team was the Montreal Expos. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.
Earl Weaver
Profile and bio of former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver.
Arizona Diamondbacks All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
American League Rookies Of The Year
A rundown of all American League Rookies of the Year, from 1949 to the present.
Florida/Miami Marlins All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Florida/Miami Marlins in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Minnesota Twins All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Minnesota Twins in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
Is Justin Verlander still among the 10 best...
Is Justin Verlander still among the game's 10 best right-handers? The top two pitchers on the list were much easier choices -- Felix Hernandez and Yu Darvish.
20 Biggest Flame-Outs In Major League History
To make this list of the 20 biggest flame-outs in big-league history, they had to be great for at least a brief period. For some, it was part of a season, or a time when they really came through. And then they went away just as fast.
Troy Tulowitzki is an easy choice as the top...
Troy Tulowitzki is an easy choice as the top shortstop in baseball. We rank the top 10 in MLB, plus give three honorable mention selections.
The Tigers' \$292 million man is an obvious...
Miguel Cabrera is an obvious choice as the top first baseman in baseball. We rank the top 10 at the top position, plus give three honorable mention selections.
Who Created Fantasy Baseball?
Learn who is credited with creating fantasy baseball. The beginning of fantasy baseball dates back to 1980, and it is believed to have been started by a group of friends in New York City in 1980.
When You Should Draft Your First Pitcher in...
A look at the strategy involved with drafting pitchers in fantasy baseball, including which round to draft and what mistakes to avoid.
Clayton Kershaw is an easy choice as baseball's...
Clayton Kershaw, the game's best pitcher, is an easy choice as the top lefty in baseball. We rank the top 10 southpaws, plus give three honorable-mention selections.
10 Most Influential Baseball Books
A look at the books that are must-reads for every baseball fan, the 10 baseball books that have the best shelf life, or changed the game.
National League Rookies Of The Year
A rundown of all National League Rookies of the Year, from 1947 to the present.
Top 10 St. Louis Cardinals Teams
A countdown of the top 10 St. Louis Cardinals teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.A countdown of the top 10 St. Louis Cardinals teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.
Milwaukee Brewers All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.
The Basic Rules of Fantasy Baseball
Learn the different types of fantasy baseball leagues. Each rotisserie league has its own set of rules, formats and draft types. How to understand the different fantasy baseball formats. This is fantasy baseball for beginners.
Barry Bonds
Profile of San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds
Learn To Pitch: How To Throw Several Different...
Step-by-step photo tutorials on how to throw several different pitches.
Philadelphia Phillies All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history.
Using Sabermetrics In Fantasy Baseball
Can using Sabermetrics - the complex new statistics invented in the past couple of decades - help in fantasy baseball evaluation?
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