Blame MLB, not Apple, if you didn’t see Albert Pujols hit No. 700

Where were you when Albert Pujols became only the fourth big-leaguer to hit 700 home runs? In the dark? Because of a Major League Baseball decision, many now-grumbling Cardinals fans missed out on seeing live coverage of the milestone being reached on Friday night. The contest, an 11-0 Redbirds rout, was in a package of … Read more

Yankees clinch 2022 playoff berth with walk-off win over Red Sox

NEW YORK — Four feet separated Aaron Judge from deliciously making history on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the slugger’s ninth-inning drive exploding off his bat and soaring toward the legends’ Monument Park lair. Perhaps, on a warmer evening, the ball would have landed close to Roger Maris’ retired No. 9. We’ll never know. Because … Read more

Mets clinch 2022 playoff berth

MILWAUKEE — Almost exactly one year ago, the Mets watched from their dugout as the Brewers clinched a playoff berth at American Family Field. It had been a disappointing season for the Mets, whose promise never seemed to coalesce into quite enough success. As the Brewers celebrated at their expense, Francisco Lindor looked inward. “It … Read more

MLB’s rule changes are more aesthetic than anything

MLB’s new rules are trying to recapture a kind of baseball that will never exist against, due in part to bigger, stronger, faster players like the Yankee’s Aaron Judge.Image: Getty Images I don’t envy the task that MLB has. I also don’t believe that anyone in charge of it has any sense of the challenge, … Read more

MLB adopts pitch clock, ceiling limits, bigger bases for 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is introducing some of its most radical rules next season, adopting a pitch clock and limiting defensive shifts after concluding modern analytics created a slower, less entertaining sport. The decisions were made Friday by the sport’s 11-man competition committee over the unanimous opposition of the panel’s four players. … Read more

Mets sweep doubleheader from Pirates, retake first place

PITTSBURGH — Once again, reports of the Mets’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. Between games of Wednesday’s doubleheader at PNC Park, Mets starter Chris Bassitt went out of his way to reference the idea (which he called “obviously a little extreme”) that the Mets’ three-game losing streak marked the beginning of an irrepressible spiral. The … Read more