• Yankees’ long-term issues have been exposed: Sherman

    Yankees’ long-term issues have been exposed: Sherman

    They were 84-59, cruising to a division title and looking every bit the champion of the two previous years. Then the 2000 Yankees forgot how to win. For three weeks, they were the majors’ worst team. No hyperbole — the worst team. They closed at 3-15 and were outscored by 89 runs (the average game …
  • Padres went all out at MLB’s strangest trade deadline ever: Sherman

    Padres went all out at MLB’s strangest trade deadline ever: Sherman

    October matters. Even when it is preceded by no games in April, May, June and most of July. Even in a season of seven-inning doubleheaders, tricked-out extra innings and a schedule made and remade in real time. For teams like the Dodgers and Yankees, the playoffs are nearly birthright. They have a magic number when …
  • MLB trade deadline fears could prevent deals: Sherman

    MLB trade deadline fears could prevent deals: Sherman

    Place competitive people in a competitive environment and they historically act competitively. Which is why one AL assistant GM, when asked if he thought there would be a lot of action before the Aug. 31, 4 p.m. deadline, said, “I think there will be. Teams have holes, and there is still an expectation that you …
  • MLB’s biggest obstacles in keeping season afloat: Sherman

    MLB’s biggest obstacles in keeping season afloat: Sherman

    A few days of no new COVID-19 positive tests raised hopes within MLB. Maybe they could get on a roll. Push toward as close to normalcy as you will get in 2020. But that is not this season. MLB was so close on Friday to a full slate of games — all 30 teams playing …
  • MLB at a crossroads seeking answers to coronavirus questions: Sherman

    MLB at a crossroads seeking answers to coronavirus questions: Sherman

    MLB is a guinea pig, a crash test dummy. The league is trying to learn in real time how to play a regular season in a pandemic, which falls into the category of trying to learn to swim while surrounded by great white sharks. Maybe you will succeed, but good luck. Additional members of the …
  • MLB playoff expansion would be better with elimination twist: Sherman

    MLB playoff expansion would be better with elimination twist: Sherman

    The playoff system, in the best of years, causes debate and frustration. Should a team play 162 games and really have its season come down to one three-hour, sudden-death game? Are 10 teams too many for a postseason? Too few? There is no perfect setup, so imagine how imperfect it was going to be this …
  • Alex Rodriguez makes valid point with controversial message: Sherman

    Alex Rodriguez makes valid point with controversial message: Sherman

    Alex Rodriguez was the wrong messenger. In a conference call Thursday, Rodriguez recommended players accept a revenue-sharing plan before attempting a clarifying tweet Friday that he “never mentioned the word salary cap.” A-Rod often has trouble with words, including that salary cap is not a “word,” but two of them. He also has difficulty with …
  • The biggest Yankees losers with MLB on hold

    The biggest Yankees losers with MLB on hold

    Had it all gone as planned, Gerrit Cole would be through his season-opening start, his Yankee Stadium debut and, this weekend, the righty would have been involved for the first time in The Rivalry. Oh yeah, he also would already have banked about $9 million of his pitching-record contract. Instead, Cole plays catch occasionally with …
  • The biggest Mets losers with MLB on hold

    The biggest Mets losers with MLB on hold

    The Mets were the accidental contenders of 2019. When they tried, they failed. When they surrendered, they succeeded. Brodie Van Wagenen provided the words. In January 2019, before even his first spring training as GM, he assessed the Mets as the NL East favorites and challenged the rest of the division to “come get us.” …
  • Ex-‘Hardball’ host Chris Matthews admits to ‘inappropriate’ behavior at MSNBC

    Ex-‘Hardball’ host Chris Matthews admits to ‘inappropriate’ behavior at MSNBC

    Former MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews has spoken out publicly for the first time since retiring amid sexual-harassment allegations nearly two months ago — and admits he was “inappropriate” and even found his accuser’s story “very credible.” “I didn’t argue about it, I didn’t deny it,” Matthews told Vanity Fair magazine of journalist Laura Bassett’s claim …