Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers pulled off a pretty big trade: Tigers slugger Prince Fielder for Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (and some cash, according to Yahoo! MLB columnist Jeff Passan). We'll have to wait until April to see how good the deal is for both teams, but as SI.com writer Jay Jaffe reported, it's "a move that not only fills persistent holes for both teams but also clears roster logjams by opening spots for their respective top prospects."
It's also a move that was sorta-kinda predicted in 2010. This morning, the MLB Fan Cave dug up an old ESPN Sunday Night Baseball commercial that featured Fielder and Kinsler talking about trades. Check it out:
As the MLB offseason starts up, one part of baseball is in full swing: Baseball bat production. Fall is one of the best seasons to get wood that is used to make bats. When I was in Cooperstown, NY, recently, I visited the Cooperstown Bat Factory and had a chance to see the process of how bats are made.
Last night, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced their finalists for the top end-of-year awards in baseball: Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, and MVP. The honors will be handed out starting next week beginning November 11. So that gives us almost a week to debate who we think will win!
Check out all the players up for awards and their 2013 stats and let us know in the comments section who you think will take home some hardware.
Right now, the Red Sox are one game away from winning the World Series. But no matter who comes out as champions, Boston's band of baseball beardos are already winners — they've been immortalized as Mr. Potato Heads!
On Friday, Hasbro and the Red Sox Foundation unveiled limited edition plastic spuds that capture the tuber essence of six Sox heroes: Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The toys were custom-made by Hasbro designers to capture the essence of each player through their beard. Gomes' Ironsides is here. So is Napoli's Siesta and Ortiz' Tease. (The designers even got the iconic gap in Ortiz's teeth!) Victorino's Pineapple? Saltalamacchia's Saltine? Check and check.
Take a closer look at each of the starchy stars and their special tater nicknames:
The World Series begins tonight! The St. Louis Cardinals meet the Boston Red Sox at Fenway for Game 1 of the Fall Classic, and it's a matchup of the two best teams in baseball.
The Cardinals had the best regular season record in the National League this year, then in the playoffs eliminated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Divisional round and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The Red Sox hit the playoffs with the best record in baseball. Boston dispatched the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round, then sent the Tigers back to Detroit in the ALCS.
The Red Sox-Cardinals matchup will be a duel between two clubs with power lineups and excellent pitching. The Series could go either way, but in the end there has to be a winner — and the editors of SI Kids think they know who that will be! Check our picks below, then hit the comments section to tell us what team you think will win the World Series and why!