Grantland’s Jonah Keri on His Beloved and Extinct Montreal Expos

What if I told you that there was a fun-loving, oft-forgotten baseball squad that wouldn't earn five minutes in a Ken Burns documentary because they always leaned more "Pee-wee's Playhouse" than PBS? A team that featured announcers calling knuckleballs balles papillon (the latter being the word for butterfly in French),… » 4/24/14 10:31am Today 10:31am

Which MLB Teams Does Your Town Root For? NYT Interactive Has Answers

Last month, when we showed you the most accurate map of MLB fandom, it was the most accurate in that it was based on the most accurate data. In the time since, the New York Times has gotten its hands on that data and made this interactive, which is awesome. » 4/24/14 9:04am Today 9:04am

Holy Shit, The Marlins And Braves Cannot Stop Striking Each Other Out

Remember last night, when the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins combined to strike out 28 times, a thing that had never before occurred in the modern era? Well, those crazy free-swingers went and did the exact same thing today, and they didn't even need a full nine innings to do it this time. » 4/23/14 4:23pm Yesterday 4:23pm

Rare Photos Of Wrigley's Scoreboard Mark Its 100th Anniversary

[A view of the field from inside Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard during a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. With Boston's Fenway Park and Wrigley the only two stadiums in the majors with primary manual scoreboards, it has been a job largely shrouded in mystery until the Cubs allowed The… » 4/23/14 2:07pm Yesterday 2:07pm

Matt Harvey Tweets Bird-Flipping Picture, Immediately Deletes Account

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey tweeted out this picture today as a way to mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery. It's a silly and harmless picture, but Harvey, or someone within the Mets organization, thought that its existence was offensive enough to warrant Harvey deleting his entire Twitter account.… » 4/22/14 1:18pm Tuesday 1:18pm

Down With Baseball's Fun Police

As much as I love baseball, no sport gets further up its own ass when it comes to players being allowed to look like they're having fun. Take the bench-clearing brawl in yesterday's Brewers-Pirates game, sparked by Carlos Gomez taking time to admire what he thought was a home run. Words were exchanged, punches thrown,… » 4/21/14 11:16am Monday 11:16am

"I Haven't Had Any Affairs Yet," Said The All-Star's Wife, "But ..."

When Pat Jordan went to do a story on Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey and his wife, Cyndy, for Inside Sports in 1980, he never expected trouble. After the story appeared, the Garveys sued Jordan and the magazine, and though the suit was eventually settled—and though the Garveys would soon be divorced—Jordan for a… » 4/18/14 2:55pm Friday 2:55pm

Masahiro Tanaka And His Splitter Are Not Fucking Around

In the third start of his major-league career, Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 Cubs in eight innings. In each of his two previous starts, he pitched seven innings, striking out eight batters against the Blue Jays and 10 batters against the Orioles. That's 28 strikeouts in 22 innings for the 25-year-old Japanese import,… » 4/17/14 11:03am 4/17/14 11:03am