After improving by 16 wins and coming within one game of tying for their first playoff berth in 13 years, Seattle appears poised to make a postseason push in 2015. There is much work to be done and questions still to be answered, but the Mariners clearly have put themselves back into the conversation in the American League West and will head to Spring Training in February with renewed optimism.
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays finalized their coaching staff Friday, adding Dane Johnson as bullpen coach and Eric Owens as assistant hitting coach.
Tony Oliva looked like a Hall of Famer more than four decades ago. And for many of us who saw him play then, that notion has not changed. One more vote for him among those 16 committee members would have been, even after all this time, fair and fitting.
Bill Kearns was a baseball lifer, and he spent the last 39-plus years of his life as a full-time scout with Mariners, seeing as many as 200 games in the New England area annually even in his 90s.
Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York and an avid baseball fan, passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Cuomo was also a ballplayer, seeing time in 81 games with the Class-D Minor League Brunswick Pirates during the 1952 season.
Those who braved the winter weather at Nationals Park on Thursday saw a thrilling finish between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals, with Troy Brouwer scoring the go-ahead goal for the hometown team with 12.9 seconds left in the NHL Winter Classic.
The Blue Jays fully admit that 2014 ended in disappointment, but instead of trying to rebuild, the club decided to retool with the expectation of a better outcome next year.
No longer will the Marlins be flying under the radar. A string of impressive personnel moves has raised the club's profile and placed them in position to go toe to toe with the rest of the National League East.
On paper, the Nationals look unbeatable. They have an outstanding rotation led by Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg. With the exception of second base, the starting lineup is expected to give opposing pitchers problems. But the 2015 season is still a ways off, and the Nationals still have some questions.
Bill Kearns, who was a Mariners scout in the New England region since the club's inception in 1976, died of a ruptured aorta on Thursday morning.
The Yankees kicked off the new year with a transaction, acquiring right-hander David Carpenter and left-hander Chasen Shreve from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Manny Banuelos, who was once regarded as one of the team's brightest prospects.
Will it be enough for the Yankees to bring back a similar roster, or -- as some rival executives believe -- are they gearing up to make yet another a winter splash? Here are the Yankees' 10 biggest questions as they head into 2015.
The Braves traded right-handed reliever David Carpenter and left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to the Yankees in exchange for lefty Manny Banuelos on Thursday.
It wasn't until his ninth year of eligibility that Goose Gossage received that phone call from Cooperstown. "The longer you wait, the sweeter the moment," he'd say, but the longtime relief ace would have liked the opportunity to have shared the moment with his "biggest fan."
Alan Trammell isn't even a close call when it comes to Hall of Fame voting. At least he shouldn't be. He helped define the position of shortstop during his 20 seasons. He did that both offensively and defensively. That's the thing voters apparently have overlooked.
When Spring Training opens in 2015, the D-backs will have a new general manager in Dave Stewart and a new manager in Chip Hale. There are promising young pitchers as well as Cuban free-agent slugger Yasmany Tomas. But can the D-backs compete in 2015?
The incredible year of 2014 exited with an appropriate holiday explosion when the transaction wires went haywire one last time at the Winter Meetings in San Diego in early December.