White Sox pick up $16 million option on Kimbrel

The Chicago White Sox are exercising their $16 million club option on reliever Craig Kimbrel, the team announced Saturday. Kimbrel, a July trade-deadline acquisition, compiled a 5.09 ERA over the final two months of the season as the White Sox’s primary eighth-inning pitcher after sporting a 0.49 mark as the

From one Buster to another: The true value of Buster Posey, future Hall of Famer

Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty” When you’re named Buster, you meet dozens and dozens of dogs and cats that share your name. But the only adult human I’ve met with the same name as my own is Buster Posey,

Where Buster Posey stands among the all-time great catchers

Covers MLB for ESPN.com Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 When Buster Posey hit that two-run home run off Walker Buehler in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 of the division series between the Giants and Dodgers, it felt like San Francisco’s

Reports: Mets fire GM Scott 2 months after DWI

NEW YORK — Acting general manager Zack Scott will not return to the New York Mets after being placed on administrative leave following an arrest on drunken driving charges in August, according to multiple reports. Scott’s dismissal is hardly a surprise after New York fell apart in the second half

The most legendary curses and jinxes in sports

During Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, local businessman William Sianis was thrown out of Wrigley Field after fellow spectators began complaining about the stench of the pet goat he had brought with him into the stadium. As an angered Sianis

Analytics? Ha! Braves went old school in pulling Ian Anderson from World Series no-hit bid

Senior Writer for ESPN The Magazine Columnist for ESPN.com Author of five books (3 NYT best-sellers) ATLANTA — Here it comes, the ultimate analytics move, another egregious attack on the heart of the game. After five no-hit innings in Game 3 of the World Series, manager Brian Snitker walked toward

Best MLB trade deadline ever? Where Braves’ additions rank in October history

Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com ATLANTA — You might have heard by now that Alex Anthopoulos, the Atlanta Braves’ fourth-year general manager, resurrected his team’s season by acquiring four new outfielders before the end of July. It was a

Ohtani, Harper among Players Choice winners

Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com Shohei Ohtani, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray highlighted the list of those who claimed Players Choice Awards for the 2021 season. The awards, announced Thursday on ESPN, are presented by the Major

Braves turn on power, Charlie Morton breaks his leg and other big moments in Game 1 win over Astros

The big story of Game 1 of the World Series was Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton’s fractured fibula that knocked him out in the third inning and the rest of the contest against the Houston Astros. The top highlight of the game might be the Braves’ ace striking out Jose

Braves and Jorge Soler begin Game 1 with a bang

The 2021 World Series has arrived. The Atlanta Braves face the Houston Astros in Game 1 on Tuesday night. The Astros, with their sign-stealing scandal hanging over the past two years, are in their third Fall Classic in the past five seasons. The Braves return for the first time since