Big characters up for Best Personality Award

The group of nominees for the Esurance MLB Award for Personality of the Year is a quality quintet that exudes hardball charm. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor and Yasiel Puig are among…


Craig Kimbrel posting historic strikeout rate

A well-placed landmark sign might inform gawkers that Kimbrel also posted the first such season in 2012. Lowering the minimum, only Aroldis Chapman’s late-starting, 54-inning 2014 season has crossed the threshold. Outside of that, no…


Which Trade Deadline moves worked out best?

• Dress for October: Shop for postseason gear The weeks leading up to the end of July were unique this season because at least 20 teams were still seriously in the mix, all thinking they…


J.D. Martinez’s incredible 2017 is camouflaged

• Esurance MLB Awards: Vote J.D. But the other player’s slugging percentage is 45 points ahead of Stanton. The other player is the first Major League history to win a Player of the Week award…


12 unlikeliest MVP Award winners

Ramirez is still very much an underdog in the AL MVP Award race; Houston’s Jose Altuve seems the clear frontrunner, and perennial best player in baseball Mike Trout has been so absurdly good that he…