Jeff McNeil agrees to extension with Mets

NEW YORK — The most prolific hitter in the Majors last season, a homegrown talent featuring defensive versatility and freakish bat-to-ball skills, is set to remain in Flushing for the foreseeable future. The Mets and Jeff McNeil have agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension that will keep the 2022 NL batting champion in-house … Read more

Four Thoughts on the Astros Hiring Dana Brown as GM

Astros owner Jim Crane promised a thorough vetting process when hiring the team’s next general manager. He lamented that the hiring of former GM James Click happened too quickly after the sign-stealing scandal and subsequent firing of Jeff Lunhow. Crane did as promised by waiting through much of free agency and at least a portion … Read more

Gammons, Stark and Rosenthal on the Hall of Fame results, and why Scott Rolen’s election mattered

Going into the final day of Hall of Fame voting, public balloting showed there was a real chance that the BBWAA would not elect a player for the second time in three years. Ultimately, Scott Rolen got in with 76.3 percent of the vote, while not electing Todd Helton (72.2 percent) and Billy Wagner (68.1 … Read more

Baseball Hall of Fame election: 5 takeaways from Scott Rolen’s triumph and a historic vote

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Some Hall of Fame third basemen make it easy. George Brett cruised into the Hall with 98 percent of the vote. Chipper Jones was never in doubt, with 97 percent. Mike Schmidt was just behind them at 96.5 percent. They all breezed into Cooperstown on the first ballot. No fuss. No muss. … Read more

Longtime Braves broadcaster Chip Caray leaving Atlanta for same role with Cardinals: Sources

After a months-long search, longtime Atlanta Braves television play-by-play broadcaster Chip Caray is leaving his position with Bally Sports South and will join the Bally Sports Midwest broadcasting team as the lead play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, multiple industry sources told The Athletic on Monday. Here’s what you need to know: Caray, grandson … Read more