Since 1933 inception, All-Star Game has been blessed with plenty of history

The first All-Star Game was played in Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1933. Washington hosted its first All-Star Game in 1937. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was dealing with the controversy surrounding his plan to pack the Supreme Court with extra justices, attended the afternoon game in D.C. and threw out the first pitch from his presidential box. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover - as well ... read more

Bullpen needs will drive contenders' moves as trade deadline approaches

The Nationals struck early and acquired Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera. Seattle traded for Rays reliever Alex Colome, adding to an already-strong bullpen. Those acquisitions are likely just the beginning for contenders strengthening their bullpens, a necessary task for teams planning to be around in October. In the last few years, big-name players who have been traded - Andrew Miller, Aroldys Chapman and Justin Verlander - ... read more

Trade chatter will intensify until Orioles pull trigger on Machado deal

Think the Manny Machado trade talk is hot now? It's only going to get worse until the Orioles make the trade or the July 31 non-waiver deadline arrives. Speculation runs wild. The latest, from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, says the Yankees are interested. Apparently, the Yankees are going to cut into their rebuilding and offer a package that includes third baseman Miguel Andujar. Where will ... read more

Possible trade of Orioles' Machado could create an All-Star conundrum

The All-Star ballots are out. The last-place Orioles have one All-Star, shortstop Manny Machado, but speculation is heating up about the Orioles possibly trading him. So what happens to the Orioles' All-Star representative if Machado is traded before the July 17 game in D.C.? Would the Orioles go without an All-Star, even though All-Star teams are required to have at least one player from each ... read more

How robust is the market for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado?

If the Orioles are going to get top-market value in a potential trade for shortstop Manny Machado, they'll need the Phillies to stay close in the National League East. Then they'll need the Cubs and Cardinals lineups to continue to sputter, and hope that the first-place Brewers, after their best 50-game start in team history, attempt to block a trade to either of their rivals ... read more

Knowledge of rulebook served Twins' Quilici well

Frank Quilici, a little-known second baseman, manager and broadcaster for the Twins, died Monday at 79. He hit .214 with five home runs in five seasons with the Twins, but he had a unique place in baseball history for two reasons. One, playing for the Twins in the 1965 World Series, an injury forced him into the starting lineup for all seven games against the ... read more

Will Seager's season-ending injury spark Dodgers to inquire on Machado?

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is done for the season because of an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery. Does that mean that the Dodgers will be calling the Orioles about shortstop Manny Machado, who is eligible for free agency after the season? Like the Orioles, the Dodgers are off to a slow start. The Dodgers' problems are many. They have a thin bullpen and ... read more

April has been dreadful for Orioles, but all hope is not lost

The Orioles are having a miserable April, and while they are going to spend the next five months digging out, there's a chance - a slim one - that they could make the postseason or at least be a wild card contender. It's been done before. Check out Dan Duquette's 1996 Boston Red Sox, who started by losing 15 of 18 to bring newspaper headlines ... read more