At the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, I learned from a number of general managers that running an MLB team takes a lot more skill and tools than the typical baseball fan might think. More »
Jackie Robinson famously broke baseball's color barrier when he made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But it was not an easy journey for the future Hall of Famer. The new movie 42 (which opens on April 12) tells Robinson's story, including all the setbacks and triumphs he faced both on and off the field. SI KIDS caught up with its star, Chadwick Boseman (right), who had the tall order of playing the legendary Robinson.
Q. What did you do to prepare to play baseball like Jackie Robinson?
A. I just tried to keep it simple. I watched footage of him from the Hall of Fame to see the way he moved, the way he swung, the way he threw. Then it was all about getting coaches and feedback.
Q. How much time was spent working on baseball? More »
I recently spent three days in Phoenix, Arizona attending baseball meetings, panels, and competitions at the SABR Analytics Conference. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) uses a lot of new metrics to help solve debates on today’s game. More »
Over the next few weeks as you get ready for your little league season, SI Kids and Franklin Baseball will feature some great hitting tips from former Seattle Mariners All-Star second baseman and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds. Check out this week's video that explains how to get the perfect stance and grip at the plate! More »
The World Baseball Classic starts tonight at 11:30 pm on MLB Network! Australia takes on Chinese Taipei. Here's EVERYTHING you need to know about the WBC in one handy (big) infographic, courtesy of Major League Baseball. More »
We've been watching baseball a LONG time. We've seen some amazing plays. Home runs stolen by an outfielder climbing the wall. Shortstops going deep into the hole and having to jump and spin to nail the runner at first. A third baseman flying into the stands for a foul ball. But NC State centerfielder Brett Williams may have our favorite play. His dive is so crazy, it almost doesn't look real. More »
It's tough not to be a fan of San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson. Whether it's the cool way he gets to the ballpark or his amazing (and somewhat scary) Halloween costume, the guy marches to the beat of his own drum. And last night as the Giants battled back from being down three games to one against the St. Louis Cardinals to clinch the National League pennant, Wilson showed off how he plays that drum...using his teammates heads. We're just happy the Giants won Game 7 because it means we get to see Wilson get weird for a few more games.
What do you think of Brian Wilson's drumming? Tell us in the Comments below. More »