Sports Photo

The Washington Strangler Takes His Leave

Sports PhotoEven if he hadn’t tried choking Bryce Harper last September, Jonathan Papelbon — now released by the NL East-leading Nationals — was an ill fit in Washington. Complete Story

Sports Photo

Fielder’s End is a Pain in the Neck

Sports PhotoA second surgery for herniated neck disks took Prince Fielder out for the rest of this season — and, apparently, will compel him to call it a career, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

A-Rod, Accepting the End is Near

Sports PhotoAlex Rodriguez was always his own worst enemy — until he announced his end as a player was near, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Retiring in Tears, with Class

Sports PhotoA great when his body allowed him to be, veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira made one Yankee rebuilding decision a lot easier when he announced his pending retirement. Complete Story

Emotion and Class at Cooperstown

Sports PhotoBaseball’s newest Hall of Famers — Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza — blended emotion and class at their Sunday induction, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

David Ortiz and the Unfair Shadow of Steroids

Sports Photo40-year-old Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is the best hitter in baseball. SC’s Brad Oremland explains why Ortiz’s success is one more reason to hate baseball’s Steroid Era, since it casts a shadow of blame onto aging athletes who continue to excel. Complete Story

Troublesome Homecoming

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman examines Jose Reyes’s return to the New York Mets after the Colorado Rockies cut ties with him following a domestic violence incident. Complete Story

Ass Ventura, When Nature Calls

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says the Royals may actually be getting fed up with Yordano Ventura’s schtick, after Ventura provoked yet another of the bench-clearing brawls at which he seems too expert doing. Complete Story

Blues For Vogelsong

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman prays Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong doesn’t suffer anything close to what Tony Conigliaro suffered after a frightful drilling in Monday’s game. Complete Story

One Ranger, One Riot

Sports PhotoEnough people — including the instigator — got the wrong messages from the Texas Rangers/Toronto Blue Jays brawl a week ago, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

More MLB Commentary

04.25.16 Milt Pappas, RIP: Infamy, Tragedy, and Beyond By Jeff Kallman
04.19.16 A Three-Man Rotation For Baseball By Brad Oremland
04.04.16 Pirates Open in Style Against Ailing Cards By Jeff Kallman
03.25.16 Joe Garagiola, RIP: An Erudite Everyman By Jeff Kallman
03.17.16 “This Game’s Supposed to Be Fun!” By Jeff Kallman
02.16.16 Three PED Strikes, Out For Mejia By Jeff Kallman
02.01.16 The DH in the NL? No. But Just Suppose… By Jeff Kallman
12.28.15 MLB 2015: It Got Late Early Out There By Jeff Kallman
12.21.15 Swinging Strike Three For Charlie Hustler By Jeff Kallman
12.02.15 Red Sox Pay the Price By Jeff Kallman
11.30.15 Tommy, Meet Timmy and the Ol’ Redhead By Jeff Kallman
11.16.15 HOF Ballot: The Holdovers By Jeff Kallman
11.13.15 HOF Ballot: The Rest of the Newcomers By Jeff Kallman