LATEST FROM Jon Paul Morosi

  • Cards miss chance to seize control
    October 28, 2013, 2:46 AM EDT
    Series is tied, which is fitting, but Cardinals know they could have taken control.
  • Great call: Umps untangle confusion
    October 27, 2013, 4:53 AM EDT
    The St. Louis Cardinals lead the Boston Red Sox, two games to one. But make no mistake: The umpires are winning the World Series.
  • Sox face Designated Hurdle in St. Loo
    October 25, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT
    With the World Series shifting to St. Louis, the designated hitter is out of play for the next three games. Boston manager John Farrell has made clear that David Ortiz, the usual DH, will start at first base in Game 3 on Saturday night. Mike Napoli, the Red Sox's regular first baseman, will be on the bench as a potential pinch-hitter or defensive replacement.
  • More success for model organization
    October 19, 2013, 5:29 AM EDT
    As the Cardinals celebrated the NL pennant, one player after another told Jon Paul Morosi how happy they were for one man: Carlos Beltran, who came up biggest to realize a long-deferred dream.
  • Baseball's cultural collision works
    October 17, 2013, 5:42 AM EDT
    As the population of major league players grows more international and diverse, the norms of what we see on the field will evolve, as well. And those bursts of self-expression -- celebrations ... elaborate fist pumps ... mouse ears -- should be cherished, not chastised.
  • Rookies get better of vets in NLCS
    October 16, 2013, 5:57 AM EDT
    For years, we've been told to expect that savvy veterans will get the better of precocious rookies in October.
  • St. Louis 'Kid-inals' stymie Dodgers
    October 12, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT
    The Cardinals have used five rookie pitchers in the NLCS, including four on Saturday. And they now lead the Dodgers two games to none.
  • Beltran's stature key for Cardinals
    October 12, 2013, 5:58 AM EDT
    Carlos Beltran drove in all of the Cardinals' runs in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series; the last came on his walk-off single in the 13th, an opportunity the Cardinals had because of Beltran's laser throw to nab Mark Ellis at the plate three innings earlier.
  • Salary edge won't ensure L.A. payoff
    October 10, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT
    The Los Angeles Dodgers have a payroll of more than $200 million, largest in the National League. The size of those paychecks will mean nothing when the first pitch of the NLCS is thrown Friday night.
  • Red-hot Hanley now a complete talent
    October 07, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

    In May 2010, Hanley Ramirez was pulled from a game because he loafed after a ball in the field. He compounded the issue by questioning his manager's authority, saying publicly that the man who benched him never played in the major leagues. The incident was viewed as being emblematic of Ramirez's immaturity as a young star with the then-Florida Marlins.

  • Puig provides spark early in NLDS
    October 04, 2013, 4:46 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig didn't cost the Dodgers a playoff game Thursday. In fact, he did quite the opposite. Aside from Clayton Kershaw, whose 12 strikeouts set a Dodgers postseason record for pitchers not named Koufax, Puig delivered the most impactful performance in a 6-1 win over Atlanta in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

  • Hometown boy McCann's last stand?
    October 03, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT
    Thursday night, as Atlanta fans welcome back icon Chipper Jones to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, they may begin saying goodbye to another local favorite.
  • Longoria, Price put Rays in playoffs
    October 01, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT
    Evan Longoria and David Price might not remain teammates for long, but they put the Rays in the playoffs with stellar performances Monday night.
  • Phillips: Baseball needs more swag
    September 26, 2013, 6:31 AM EDT

    It is a Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Reds are preparing for the teams' most anticipated series in more than two decades. Playoff spots are at stake. Brandon Phillips, the Reds' All-Star second baseman, is relaxing at his locker. I am standing beside him. We are talking about swag.

  • Money not on Mattingly's mind
    September 25, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT
    Don Mattingly deserves a contract extension, but he's not too concerned about when (or if) it will happen.
  • Yamauchi's death affects Mariners
    September 19, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT
    Hiroshi Yamauchi was one of the most significant - and least understood - owners in professional sports. His death leaves the Mariners with an uncertain future.