New skipper Dusty Baker brings impressive pedigree to Nationals

Bud Black is out. Dusty Baker, who was in the on-deck circle for the Braves the night Henry Aaron his 715th home run in April 1974, is in as the Nationals' new manager. It was a bizarre twist given that Black, the former Padres manager, reportedly was going to be the one that replaced Matt Williams. But on Tuesday morning, the Nationals made it official ... read more

Royals are comeback kings who have earned their World Series crown

This week, the news converges: The Kansas City Royals celebrate their first World Series title in three decades and the Nationals will announce that Bud Black will be their new manager. Black, a left-handed pitcher, was the Royals' No. 4 starter in 1985, the year the Royals beat St. Louis in seven games in the World Series. Black started Game 4 in Busch Stadium, getting ... read more

With Nationals, Black will have to learn to adjust to higher expectations

Back when Buddy Black, the Nationals' new manager, was a left-handed pitcher in the American League, he once stood below the Metrodome roof in Minnesota and counted the squares - and the holes in the squares - in the light-colored plastic roof. "Sometimes, you just have to find things to do," Black says. "I've been coming here for years and wondered how many holes there ... read more

Meet the Mets, who are playing in their first World Series since 2000

The Mets are heading to the World Series, a big accomplishment considering they were two games over .500 in the National League East on July 30. But, they reinvented their roster and finished 31-11 to buzz by the favored Nationals to win the division without drama. The Mets continued to knock off favorites in the postseason. They beat Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers ... read more

Royals return to Fall Classic with more power added to speed, defense, pitching

The Kansas City Royals, a team that had nine consecutive losing seasons (including four seasons of at least 100 losses) from 2004 to 2012, are making a repeat visit to the World Series. The Royals are the first team to win consecutive American League pennants since Texas in 2010-2011, but the Rangers lost both World Series. Toronto won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992-1993. Not ... read more

Previewing the NLCS between the Cubs and Mets

The Mets and the Cubs are playing in the National League Championship Series, and if the Cubs win, they'll put an end to a longtime drought of not appearing in the World Series. The Cubs haven't won a World Series since back-to-back titles in 1907 and 1908 and haven't been to a World Series since 1945, the year they lost to Detroit. The Cubs haven't ... read more

Breaking down the Blue Jays-Royals battle in the ALCS

The Kansas City Royals will take aim at their second consecutive American League pennant when they play the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series. The last time the Royals were in the World Series was in 1985, the year they beat the Blue Jays in the ALCS. That series was the first of baseball's expanded series format, going from the five- to ... read more

Checking out the four teams competing in the National League Division Series

The Dodgers, Mets, Cardinals and Cubs are playing in the National League Division Series for a chance to play for the NL pennant. Here's a primer: * The Dodgers last won the World Series when they beat Oakland in 1988 after winning the National League Championship Series against the Mets. The Dodgers won in seven games with Orel Hershiser the pitching star. He threw eight ... read more