By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth When Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called free agent Ben Zobrist last winter, he made it a point to discuss a specific aspect of Zobrist’s game that he wanted to bring to the North Side of Chicago. “To provide a veteran example of having quality at-bats, taking […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth DENVER — For the 30th time in the 141-year history of Major League Baseball, a player has collected 3,000 hits. But the newest member of the exclusive club is unique in a way that transcends the game. On April 2, 2001, Ichiro Suzuki made his Major League debut at […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth It was here, 355 days ago, that Jason Grilli crumpled to the infield grass between the pitcher’s mound and first base in agony. Pitching for the Braves against the Rockies in a 2-2 game during the ninth inning at Coors Field, Grilli induced a ground ball wide of first, […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth The 27-year-old Duvall is getting everyday playing time in the Majors for the first time in his career. And he’s making the most of it: In May, he tied Oakland’s Khris Davis for most home runs in the Majors, with 11. Duvall’s 24 RBIs in the month were second […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth DENVER — “Ghidorah” is the infamous three-headed dragon bent on destroying Earth in the 1964 Japanese film “Three Giant Monsters: The Greatest Battle on Earth.” During the month of May, hitters around the Majors have seen baseball’s own Ghidorah. And while this monster isn’t devoted to obliterating the planet, […]

  By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth Bradley is now seven short of the franchise record: 34 straight games with a hit, set by Dom DiMaggio in 1949. If he gets a hit on Tuesday at home against Colorado, Bradley would then be halfway to the Major League record of 56 straight set by Joe […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth Is this finally the year Chris Sale claims the AL Cy Young Award? It’s amazing the hard-throwing left-hander — with a career 2.82 ERA and in his seventh season — hasn’t won one yet. But as good as he’s been to this point in his career, he’s been even […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth DENVER — “When things are going good, it feels like it’s in slow motion.” Things are going good for the best position player in the National League. They’re going real good. And no, this isn’t in reference to Bryce Harper of the Nationals, though the reigning NL Most Valuable […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth While the baseball world marvels at the 2016 Cubs’ stunning +98 run differential and their sheer dominance to this point, the North Siders’ early success begs the question: Can this Cubs team challenge the 2001 Seattle Mariners’ record for most regular-season wins in the 162-game era? Read full article […]

By Manny Randhawa/for Sports On Earth DENVER — David Freese stood in the visitor’s clubhouse at Coors Field Tuesday, not 100 feet from the locker of Neftali Feliz, his new teammate on the Pirates and a man with whom Freese will forever be linked in baseball history. “If you’re fortunate enough and play this game […]