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29 Mishaps That Defined the Royals' 29-Year Postseason Drought

The Kansas City Royals have waited quite a while for this—29 years, to be exact—but at long, long, looooong last, they're returning to the postseason. With their 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, the Royals clinched a playoff berth for the first time since— c'mon, you can do the math!—1985. Show More Summary

Walt Jocketty, Reds Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Cincinnati Reds may have had a disappointing season on the field, but that doesn't mean ownership has lost faith in the work of general manager Walt Jocketty. Per Major League Baseball's official Twitter account, Jocketty has agreed...Show More Summary

MLB Rookies Who Will Play Huge Roles in 2014 Postseason

With the regular season coming to an end in a matter of days and the postseason set to begin next week, every playoff team will soon be forced to make difficult decisions regarding its roster. The number of players a team can roster will drop from the 40 previously allowed in September back to the standard 25 next month. Show More Summary

2015 MLB Free Agents: Under-the-Radar Players Available This Winter

Not every team will have the luxury of signing superstars like Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez during the 2015 offseason, which is why it is worth looking at some under-the-radar options who will be on the market. The good...Show More Summary

5 Biggest Takeaways from the Final Week of 2014 Pennant Race Action

Baseball season is long. Seriously, think about what you were doing in late March. Doesn't that seem like a long, long time ago, if you can conjure it at all? Yet, here we are. The final week of the 2014 MLB campaign. Not everythingShow More Summary

Mike Trout Robs Kendrys Morales with Spectacular No-Look Catch

When Mike Trout misjudges a batted ball, he compensates by pulling off a superhuman web gem. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder took a rather poor angle on a liner from Seattle Mariners designated...Show More Summary

Playoff-Bound Royals Must Overcome Historically Deficient Postseason Offense

Now it is time to worry about their chances to stay alive. The Kansas City Royals finally — finally! — spewed buckets of water all over their 29-year playoff drought Friday night, beating the Chicago White Sox to clinch at least an American League wild-card berth. Show More Summary

Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2014 MLB Regular Season

From the historic dominance of Clayton Kershaw to the epic collapses of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves, it's been a memorable 2014 MLB regular season. Simply put, there have been major winners and serious losers from all around the league. Show More Summary

Royals Clinch 2014 Playoff Berth: Highlights, Twitter Reaction to Celebration

There will be an air of royalty to the 2014 MLB playoffs. The Kansas City Royals clinched a spot in the postseason with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie was brilliant on the mound, and the three runs the offense pushed...Show More Summary

Seattle Mariners Find SIlver Lining on Disastrous Road Trip

A disappointing 4-7 road trip has left the Seattle Mariners on the brink of playoff elimination. The Mariners dropped crucial series to the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays, leaving them two games out of the AL wild-card race with three to play. Show More Summary

Kirk Gibson Fired by Diamondbacks: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Shortly after the hiring of Dave Stewart as the Arizona Diamondbacks general manager, it was clear changes were coming. On Friday afternoon, it was announced that manager Kirk Gibson was fired from his position. The Diamondbacks' official...Show More Summary

Derek Jeter Truther Wants You to Know the Captain's Final Home Game Was Rigged

You might have tuned into NBC Sports last night and thought “Damn, this is a long Derek Jeter commercial.” And you wouldn’t have been entirely wrong. Reality twisted into fiction at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, with real-life taking...Show More Summary

Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement After 18-Year MLB Career

After quietly returning to the big leagues in 2014 after a one-year hiatus, New York Mets outfielder Bobby Abreu has officially called it a career. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Abreu made the announcement on Friday with a simple, quiet message: You could be forgiven if you forgot Abreu was still a Major League Baseball player. Show More Summary

Like Last Year, Justin Verlander Turning It on When Tigers Need It Most

Justin Verlander has struggled this year. Actually, that’s a bit generous. Sugarcoating aside, he has been terrible. His current 4.54 ERA is the second-highest of his career, and his strikeout total is at its lowest since 2006, his first full season in the big leagues. Show More Summary

Attempting to Find the Bright Side of the Oakland A's Collapse

My mama always told me, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Well, if you go by that philosophy, there hasn't been much to say about the Oakland A's over the past two months. But with the A's looking likely to fall backwards into the postseason, fans are looking for something, anything, good to say about this team. Show More Summary

Highlighting the 12 Biggest Heroes of the 2014 MLB Pennant Races

When things get tight at the end of the MLB season, some players show up and guide their teams into the playoffs. Last season, it was right-hander Michael Wacha, who joined the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation in early September...Show More Summary

Cold Hard Fact for Friday, September 26, 2014

Fact: With Adrian Beltre's walk-off home run tonight, all 30 teams have a walk-off home runs in a season for the first time since 2003. Source: ESPN Stats & Info Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Angels' Matt Shoemaker Sets Franchise Rookie Wins Record

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker, who is hoping to return from an oblique injury for the playoffs, set a franchise rookie record in recording 16 wins this season, per MLB Stat of the Day. The previous record of 14 was held by...Show More Summary

Phillies' Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd Are 1st Teammates to Strike out 180 Times

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and outfielder Marlon Byrd are the first teammates in MLB history to each strike out 180 or more times in a season, per Lee Sinins of Complete Baseball Encyclopedia. Following Thursday's...Show More Summary

What It Would Take for New York Mets to Land J.J. Hardy

While many teams are likely to try to sign big-name free-agent pitchers this offseason, the New York Mets do not really have a problem with their starting rotation. In fact, the 2015 rotation will very likely include Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom. Show More Summary

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