The Athletic’s 2020 college football Freshman All-America team

The 2020 college football season was unbelievably challenging for freshman players in so many ways. There was nothing normal about what they were asked to do, playing their first full season in the middle of a pandemic. The dramatically different offseason was bound to affect the development curve for young players. But so many still […]

Beyond Moneyball

Q Talks Podcast: John Dewan, a pioneer in the sports analytics field, and Zach Binkley, professor of sports management at Quinlan sit down with host Rick Sindt to discuss the history of Sports Analytics, how it is used today, and their predictions about how the industry will grow in the future. Click here to listen […]

Stark: The numbers that defined baseball in 2020, revisited

This is how it works around here. Every year, as Opening Day nears, I dust off my crystal ball and try to predict the future, with a little column we call “The Numbers That Define Baseball.” It’s fun. It’s eye-opening. And it reminds us, every darned year, that this sport is changing so rapidly that […]

Alabama’s biggest preseason question: Is the run defense ready to bounce back?

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the 2020 college football season is evolving. This story is part of a series examining programs’ biggest on-field questions as preseason camps open. When the final chapter of the 2019 Alabama season was written, how could the takeaway have been anything other than a missed opportunity? That may seem harsh […]

2020 MLB season preview: Power Rankings and everything you need to know for 60-game sprint

The 2020 major league baseball season will be like none that has ever come before it. MLB’s 30 teams will have just 60 games to try to streak into the postseason. Players and coaches will need to focus on the field while maintaining strict health and safety protocols off of it. There will be limited travel, empty […]

Report: Matt Kemp, Rockies Agree to Minor League Contract After Desmond Opt-Out

The Colorado Rockies have reportedly signed veteran Matt Kemp to a minor league deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. He will replace Ian Desmond on the roster after Desmond announced he would opt out of the 2020 season. The 34-year-old explained his reasoning in an Instagram post Monday: Click here to read the rest of the article on bleacherreport.com.

Baseball’s top 60 storylines for a 60-game MLB season

There is going to be a baseball season after all, one of 60 games, following a month of ugly public negotiations between the players and owners over how to navigate through the money of the shortened season. In the words of Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, “COVID-19 already presented a lose-lose-lose situation and we’ve somehow found a way to […]

Mets mailbag: Citi Field could make for messy spring training

From the players’ perspective, there is the obvious incentive of getting paid a fraction of their salaries as compared to the $300,000 veteran maximum if the season is scrapped entirely. Players also have concerns about how a missed calendar year would affect their skills. It’s one thing to work out independently and quite another to […]

Coronavirus pandemic slows contract talks between Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

The coronavirus pandemic has put on hold not only the 2020 major league season but also contract-extension talks between All-Star shortstop Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs. Baez, under team control through 2021, told ESPN that the Cubs and his representatives had what he characterized as multiple “really good” conversations about a long-term contract extension during the spring. Nonetheless, he […]

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