MLB News

Right on Q: Cuban baseball and unique stress.

The story of Yasiel Puig's defection illustrates the unique pressures faced by Cuban baseball players.

Following up: Avisail waits for spring training

Plus: Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski discuss South Side situations, and the service-time debate rages in Arizona

Catching up: Conference call; Montreal baseball

White Sox's senior director of baseball operations talks to bloggers, and Olympic Stadium hosts Major League Baseball again

Expanded replay not leading to reversals

Umpires' original calls stand despite video evidence to the contrary this week

Ruminations on early extensions for pitchers

Risk aversion becoming a popular route, even though John Danks shows how patience pays

Reading Room: Don Cooper developing disciples

Plus: Bo Jackson drops into White Sox spring training, Matt Lindstrom is still sore, and more talk about the future of analytics

Spring training a minefield for contenders

White Sox managing their share of injuries, but lower expectations make them far less critical

White Sox get first look at instant replay system

Robin Ventura will be able to challenge a call for the first time on Monday, but everything has been upheld so far

Flowers OK with new rule; Pierzynski protests

Rule 7.13 aims to protect catchers from baserunners and themselves, but some say they don't need the help

White Sox lack extension candidates

Jose Quintana is a possibility for a new contract, but he may be in the large group that's at least one year away


New umpires, old beefs

The seven umps promoted to full-time MLB duty have butted heads with various members of the White Sox over the last few seasons

Arbitration situations could decide closer

Overemphasis of saves in salary determinations spurred trade of Addison Reed, and it might alter plans for Nate Jones

Reading Room: To Gordon Beckham's health

Plus: Nate Jones drops some twang slang, Rick Hahn might've won the winter, and more MLB news

Williams says White Sox would sign gay player

White Sox president says MLB teams are ready for sport's equivalent of Michael Sam, but strong, cohesive leadership is needed

Reading Room: Spring training for one

Plus: Pitchers and catchers arrives too soon for some players and teams. and new names for old things

Pursuit of Tanaka a successful vision quest

Failure to land prized pitcher ends dreaming, but leaves them no worse for the wear

Hall of Fame induction weekend information

Attention, Frank Thomas fans -- the Baseball Hall of Fame set the times for its official events from July 25 to July 28

The return of the Reading Room

Plus: The Cubs' first-ever mascot is poorly received, and a new approach to signing Masahiro Tanaka

The dangers of dismissing the Steroid Era

Attempting to invalidate the history of the last 25 years risks alienating the fans who enjoyed it

Tim Raines misses the Hall of Fame cut again

The White Sox will have to settle for one Hall of Famer, as Rock comes up short in his seventh year of eligibility

Terrerobytes: Adam Eaton's Arizona goodbye

Plus: The White Sox are much more budget-friendly, Lou Whitaker is candid, and Jerry Coleman is no longer with us

Frank Thomas carrying Chicago in HOF voting

So far, all public ballots from current and former Chicago baseball writers support the Big Hurt's Cooperstown case

Rumors & signings: Floyd close to deal with Braves

Plus: Juan Uribe returns to Dodgers after thinly sourced rumors tied him to White Sox, and Twins triple down on questionable pitchers

Winter meetings, Wednesday recap

Agents take center stage, in the hotel and in the parking lot

Winter meetings, Day 1: Sale speculation abound

White Sox add Felipe Paulino, but that's not enough pitching-related movement for rumormongers

Who needs the winter meetings?

While Paul Konerko deliberates, the baseball world spins out of control with multiple trades and huge contracts, rumored and official

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