Will the Chicago Cubs move past the World Series champion core for good this winter? Or is a reunion (or reunions) in the cards? That’s been heavily debated among fans for the past month-and-a-half or so after Jed Hoyer sold off everything not bolted down at the July 30 deadline.
The San Francisco Giants were defeated by a final score of 2-1 in a winner-take-all game five against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It had its controversies at the end but it was the two best teams in the league playing a win-or-go-home type game in the postseason and it was only separated by one run. Those are the kinds of classic games you dream of as a baseball fan. Former Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant was heavily involved in this game and series.
It shouldn’t be a surprise given all that preceded it, or given his comments about being on the Giants this year. But just to sew things up on the Kris Bryant portion of the 2021 Trade Deadline: yes, by the time the deadline actually rolled around, Bryant was ready to go.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Bryant's final home run with the Chicago Cubs in the playoffs came against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The same can be said for his first postseason long ball in a Giants uniform. Bryant made his presence felt Friday night in the biggest way possible, finishing the...
This wasn’t the first September unkind to Kris Bryant. He’s not sure what it is about the ninth month of the year — could be fatigue of the season, could be random — but it’s been consistently the worst month for him as a hitter. His career .443 slugging percentage in September is worse than any other flip of the calendar.
As Kris Bryant reflected back upon the moments where he had been traded at the Major League Baseball trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs to the San Francisco Giants, he mentioned the frustrated feelings he had for Trevor Story knowing the All-Star shortstop wasn’t going to be traded away from the Colorado Rockies.
LOS ANGELES — After playing four different positions for the Giants during the final two months of the regular season, former Cubs star Kris Bryant will play at another new spot in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday at Dodger Stadium. With Dodgers ace Max Scherzer pitching for Los...
It was a tough year for anyone who tried to make any sort of prediction about how the San Francisco Giants would perform this season, but that didn’t stop the band Smash Mouth from weighing in on who would be the breakout hero for the team in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
The Giants have never been this powerful. Not in the days of Barry Bonds or long before then with Willie Mays and Willie McCovey in the same lineup. Never. In a season full of surprises, the Giants' ability to bash the long ball might be the biggest. Only one team -- the Toronto Blue Jays -- hit more home runs than the Giants this season. San Francisco's 241 home runs weren't just the most in the NL this year, it set a new franchise record.
LOS ANGELES — Once the Giants’ postseason ends, whether it’s weeks from now or this week, Kris Bryant will sit down and discuss his future in baseball and how San Francisco factors in the equation. Acquired at the July 30 trade deadline as a rental, Bryant has had time to...
Going into this offseason and free agency, the Chicago Cubs have three players under contract: Jason Heyward, Kyle Hendricks and David Bote. Beyond that, everyone else is still on their rookie deals. Of those guys, the one notable is Willson Contreras who is due to hit free agency next winter, barring an extension (or a trade) coming together beforehand.
In Game 5 of a National League Division Series marred by poor work by home-plate umpires, Kris Bryant endured one of the worst at-bats when it came to balls and strikes. Sure, the bad calls went both ways, as reflected by umpire scorecards that compile such data, but the opinion was pretty unanimous: Doug Eddings’ worst calls of the night Thursday in Game 5 came at Bryant’s expense in a key situation in a tight game: The Giants had one man on and no one out in the fourth inning, and Eddings called a 3-1 pitch outside the zone from Julio Urías a strike on the heels of also calling a 2-0 ball a strike.
SAN FRANCISCO — Fewer than three weeks after being traded from the Cubs to the Giants, Kris Bryant was pressed about his future. The former National League MVP and World Series champion was off to an outstanding start with his new club as Bryant endeared himself to the Giants by batting .321 with a .948 OPS in his first 15 games. He spoke glowingly of his new city, his new organization and his new teammates, who were thrilled to add an impact middle-of-the-order bat in their quest for a NL West title.
The Giants have some decisions to make this offseason. The NL West champs have a whopping 12 players who were significant contributors to the major league roster hitting free agency this winter, including nearly their entire rotation. Aside from aging homegrown stars Buster Posey ($22 million club option) and Brandon...
If the Boston Red Sox are going to take down the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game tonight, they’ll need to do it without star slugger J.D. Martinez. Martinez was not included on Boston’s roster for the AL Wild Card Game due to a sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Boston’s regular-season finale on Sunday.
The biggest winner of the 2021 major league season is … the 2017 Houston Astros. Settle down. I have not come to exonerate or forgive the sign stealers. I would not argue with anyone who feels the players got off easy by not facing suspension, and the bans on, say, Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch should have been longer than one year considering their one-year expulsions came in the one year the major league season was 60 regular-season games.
Baseball fans are about to see more of Joc Pederson over the next week as his Atlanta Braves get set to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. There is something fans should know about him: he just started wearing a pearl necklace during games. Yes, beginning last week, Pederson...
A Jose Altuve single would’ve kept the Astros alive in the top of the fifth inning in ALCS Game 4 but the umpires hosed Houston instead. The Houston Astros entered Game 4 of the ALCS in dire need of a win over the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, the umpire crew at Fenway Park wasn’t trying to do them any favors.