DENVER — Wade Davis doesn’t like to think about baseball when he wakes up in the morning. He said as much after closing out the Rockies’ 10-8 victory over the Mets on Wednesday. “You’ve just gotta free your mind,” said Colorado’s closer. “You’ve gotta have your outs.” By “outs,” the 32-year-old right-hander probably meant something […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com Last Friday night in Anaheim, Mike Trout ripped a line drive with an exit velocity of 118.0 mph at Twins shortstop Gregorio Petit. The result was an out to end the game — a 5-4 loss vs. Minnesota — but it was the hardest batted ball any Angels player has […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com DENVER — When it comes to making diving attempts in the outfield, one particular play from nearly a decade ago is never far from Carlos Gonzalez’s mind. “We were playing in Dodger Stadium, and I was playing center field,” Gonzalez said. “For some reason, I had a chance to make […]

By Manny Randhawa for Sports on Earth Giancarlo Stanton’s baseball history began with photographs of a man he’d never met and had no relationship to, which were prominently displayed in his home as if this person was a member of the family. “My mom really liked Roberto Clemente, which is why I did,” Stanton told […]

By Manny Randhawa for Sports on Earth DENVER — “I know I’m not the best hitter in the game.” Nolan Arenado is realistic about his place among baseball’s elite. When he hears the chants of “MVP, MVP!” from the Coors Field crowd after a dramatic home run, he takes it in stride, well aware of […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com DENVER — Many consider Coors Field a homer hitter’s paradise, where it’s easier to deposit a ball over the fence due to the altitude of Denver. But just how “easy,” relatively speaking, is it to homer in this ballpark? With Statcast™, we have tools at our disposal to measure that. […]

By Manny Randhawa / for Sports on Earth Since the start of the 2016 season, a starting pitcher has gone at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs 1,071 times. In one out of every three of those instances (350), the starter did not register a win. In 102 of those cases, […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com During the Hot Stove season it’s always fun, and in some cases even instructive, to look back at the best free-agent signings in MLB history. Will some of this winter’s moves, including Edwin Encarnacion to the Indians, Dexter Fowler to the Cardinals and Mark Melancon to the Giants, end up […]

By Manny Randhawa / for Sports on Earth DENVER — “I can’t ever remember playing first.” By “can’t ever remember,” Ian Desmond was referring to his entire baseball life — tee-ball, Little League, everything. Naturally, there’s been a lot of curiosity surrounding the Rockies’ decision to sign the 31-year-old shortstop-turned-outfielder to a five-year, $70 million […]

By Manny Randhawa / for Sports on Earth Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. That’s not news, particularly after Trout was named American League Most Valuable Player for the second time in his five-year career last Thursday. But for all the comparisons to some of the greatest players in baseball history, and all […]