The ALCS and NLCS are turning out to be, if Texas and San Francisco each win one more game, startling.

Rangers Ballpark at Arlington

With one more Rangers' win, Rangers Ballpark at Arlington will host its first World Series

I cannot say, to even a small degree, that I saw this one coming. We all understand that if the Phillies win three straight and the Yankees two straight, the World Series will feature the two best teams in baseball. All will be right in the world. But if Texas and San Francisco can each win just one more game, we’re going to see a World Series match-up that we’ve never seen before. And we’ll have a World Series champion that has never won it all, or hasn’t won since 1954 (as the New York Giants). (more…)

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All right, baseball fans, the NLCS and ALCS are poised to throw their first pitches as the path to the World Series continues.

Roy Halladay

In the NLDS, Roy Halladay dominated the Cincinnati Reds by not allowing them a hit

And these two LCS series, more than any other in recent memory, feature pitching match-ups that are a dream for baseball purists. The Phillies may have the three best starters with which any team has ever entered the postseason. And the Yankees are not far behind. That should make for some great LCS games…and two very deserving teams heading to the World Series. (more…)

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Exactly fifty years ago today, on Thursday, October 13, 1960, that the World Series saw its most exciting and dramatic finish ever.

Bill Mazeroski

Pirates' Bill Mazeroski reaches home after hitting the first-ever, game-ending home run in World Series history

Pittsburgh Pirates’ third baseman Bill Mazeroski reached out and poked a Bill Terry pitch high over the leftfield wall at Forbes Field. Maz’ homer ended the World Series – the first time the Fall Classic had ended with a walk-off home run. And it’s only happened once since. Joe Carter fans may remember that one. And remembering Mazeroski’s homer reminds us why there is nothing like the spectacle of sport. (more…)

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Major League Baseball’s postseason – the best postseason in sports – is here!

New York Yankees

An on-field celebration, like this one by the New York Yankees in 1996, is the culmination of the baseball's postseason - the best in professional sports (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Yep, MLB’s Division Series, Championship Series and World Series are the ultimate sports showdowns. Substantially better than the NFL Playoffs (which don’t even have an umbrella name!) and Super Bowl. Better than the NBA Playoffs and, yes, even more exciting, and much more meaningful, than the Stanley Cup Playoffs. MLB does a lot of things wrong…but they conduct their postseason almost perfectly. And the perfection begins even before the ALDS and NLDS begin. (more…)

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Today marks Cito Gaston’s final home game as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cito Gaston

Since he first took over the Blue Jays' dugout in May 1989, Cito Gaston has amassed an 890-836 record in Toronto

It’s time to say goodbye to the only successful manager in the history of the Jays. He’s the only one who’s taken the team to a World Series – twice. Thus, he is the Jays’ only successful skipper. And, from the day he took over the dugout the first time, Gaston put the Jays on the path to winning. (more…)

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