Paul Sullivan: Tim Anderson is selling the White Sox — and himself — with his new YouTube channel
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Near the end of his latest YouTube video, White Sox star Tim Anderson reveals the reason he has taken it upon himself to bring more life to Camelback Ranch.Yolmer Sanchez is gone, Anderson explained, and someone had to fill the void.“You know the type of guy Yolmer was,” Anderson said Thursday morning at Sox camp. “He was bringing the excitement, keeping everybody in a positive way, always being funny and loud. I’ve just got to pick up the energy for him, I guess — keep everyone positive, keep pushing and motivating everybody to deliver something that can be real dope.”So can...
Work just getting started for Padres' Taylor Trammell
PEORIA, Ariz. — Walter Trammell spent more than nine years in the Navy as a linguist. After a stretch in the private sector, he wound up at the post office in 1993 and has been there ever since.He clocks in at 4:30 a.m. for each shift. More often than not, he stays longer than eight hours.Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.At 59 years old, Walter Trammell is eligible for early retirement later this year and nothing would please his youngest son more than to finally see his father fish whenever he likes.It’s an ongoing conversation Padres prospect Taylor Trammell...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Will A's be target of Astros' beanballs after Fiers outed Houston's cheating?
MESA, Ariz. — Retribution in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal is expected to be handed out in the form of beanballs and brushbacks.But Astros batters might not be the only ones with a target on their backs this season.Outfielder Mark Canha is one of several A’s players who say they are concerned Oakland players will be targets of Astros pitchers looking to settle the score with A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, who publicly outed Houston’s cheating scheme.The shots have been coming at Fiers ever since he blew the whistle on his former team over the winter. Death threats. Rat emojis....
The Mercury News
Twins' Max Kepler, a big draw in Germany, is spreading the word about baseball
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Max Kepler couldn’t believe it. Everywhere he looked, he saw young, smiling faces eager to hear his message and tap into his knowledge.The clinics were a big draw. He took part in one event in a mall in which the line snaked throughout the facility, making him wonder if there were more than 1,000 fans in attendance.To Kepler, that’s a lot of fans in a soccer-mad country like Germany. But that was the reception he received back in November when he toured his native country to spread the word of baseball to children.“It shows that the game is spreading,” Kepler said.He spent a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Larry Stone: Kyle Seager speaks out about Astros' sign-stealing scandal, which touched his brother on the Dodgers
PEORIA, Ariz. — Players around baseball have been spitting out venom toward the Houston Astros all spring, ignoring the code of silence that traditionally governs such dealings.For MLB, it is the story that simply won’t die. Oh, Commissioner Rob Manfred would love to pour the dirt, but instead all he’s done is pour gasoline on a raging fire with some ill-chosen words.When Mike Trout, both the most talented and controversy-averse player in the sport, starts throwing jabs, you know you’ve lost the hearts and minds of the masses.Not much noise has come from the Mariners, however. They are, after ...
The Seattle Times
Ronald Acuna's versatility an asset in handling Braves' outfield depth
NORTH PORT, Fla. — In some ways, it’s hard to believe the Braves are entering Year 3 of the Ronald Acuna era.Acuna, then baseball’s No. 1 prospect, was promoted in late April 2018 and has since captivated audiences with his power, speed and oozing charisma. The Braves have made the postseason in both seasons of Acuna’s career. He’s become one of the sport’s exciting, marketable stars.In 2019, his first full season, Acuna left little on the table: The All-Star outfielder hit .280/.365/.518, generating a legitimate pursuit of 40-40 that fell just shy at 41 homers and 37 steals.That’s why when be...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After Tommy John surgery, Mets' Drew Smith, Franklyn Kilome are brothers in arms
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Drew Smith and Franklyn Kilome have been Tommy John surgery patients, rehabilitation buddies and, in recent weeks, catch partners. And this spring training they are a pair of potential difference-making wild cards in the Mets’ 2020 pitching plans after being relegated to irrelevancy last season.The righthanded Kilome, 24, is 16 months removed from his operation. Smith, a 26-year-old righty reliever, is approaching his one-year anniversary next month. They won’t be ready for the start of the season, but somewhere along the way they could carve themselves spots on the majo...
New York Daily News
Finally in camp, Tigers new second baseman Jonathan Schoop ready to hit the ground running
LAKELAND, Fla. — Manager Ron Gardenhire guessed Jonathan Schoop would maybe be a day or so behind once his work visa was stamped and he got into camp.Incorrect.Schoop, the Tigers new second baseman, showed up for work Thursday and announced he was ready to go – like, right now.“Yeah, he said he’s ready to go,” Gardenhire said. “He looks great.”Schoop, whom the Tigers signed this offseason on twin $6.1 million contracts along with first baseman C.J. Cron to form a rebuilt right side of the infield, will be in the starting lineup on Saturday when the Tigers open their Grapefruit League season ag...
The Detroit News
Whether baseball expands playoffs or not, Cardinals chairman advocates for shrinking regular season to 154 games
JUPITER, Fla. — A proposal to expand Major League Baseball’s postseason to a larger field of teams and introduce some reality-TV twists to the selection process has been kicked around within owners meetings, and regardless of where those discussions go Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. has an idea for the schedule.The regular season should be shorter.“I personally am in favor of a shorter season regardless of what the playoff structure is,” DeWitt said, watching his team go through spring training drills. “I think 162 games is a lot of games. I’m an advocate for going back to 154. It’s a grin...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Royals may have interesting decision to make at first base between O'Hearn, McBroom
SURPRISE, Ariz. — For the time being, neither Ryan O’Hearn nor Ryan McBroom will let himself get wrapped up in the numbers game of figuring out how many players at various positions can make the Kansas City Royals roster.They know the drill. They know they’d both like to end spring training as the club’s starting first baseman. They’re determined, however, not to let that distract them from what they each need to do or get in the way of their friendship.“I love Broomie,” O’Hearn said. “Broomie and I have become close. We hang out and do our workouts together every day. We’re in the same groups...
The Kansas City Star