Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have a long way to go in their respective contracts, but let's take a look at the early returns of their decade-plus commitments. How does each grade out three-quarters of the way through Year 1?
A multibillion-dollar business that embraces advanced technology and cherishes precision, Major League Baseball would prefer not to need an oozy substance harvested by one family in a secret location along the Delaware River. But for decades it has, and that won't change anytime soon.
The Rockies' rather anonymous star doesn't crave any part of the spotlight. He avoids public places, takes practice swings in the elevator and enjoys surfing movies. He also remembers the last book he read in high school.
He might be the most beloved—and famous—person in the Dominican Republic. So why would someone shoot David Ortiz? And how could it be mistaken identity, as police have said? A visit to the island yielded few answers—but raised plenty more questions.
The future of Major League Baseball is unfolding nightly in the Atlantic League. Players are stealing first base, umpires are using AirPods to call balls and strikes and defensive shifts are prohibited. This is what it's like to spend time in MLB's ever-changing laboratory.