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Mets’ Kevin Pillar isn’t buying his defense may be regressing

Kevin Pillar’s reputation as a defensive whiz in center field contributed strongly to the Mets’ decision to sign the free-agent this offseason, but the metrics tell another story. A plus defender in center as recently as 2018, according to...

Fantasy baseball owners shouldn’t reach for Indians’ James Karinchak

Five things are pretty much certain heading into the 2021 fantasy baseball season: Liam Hendriks, Josh Hader, Aroldis Chapman, Raisel Igelsias and Edwin Diaz, in whatever order you like them, are considered the top five relievers. Beyond those, there...

Yankees glad to be playing in front of fans again: ‘Miss the excitement’

TAMPA — Steinbrenner Field was quiet again Saturday, as the Yankees took batting practice in an empty ballpark, something the players grew accustomed to a year ago. So when fans are allowed in to Sunday’s Grapefruit League opener against...

Pressing Yankees questions will begin being answered

TAMPA — On a beautiful Saturday morning at the Yankees’ player-development complex, Aroldis Chapman threw live batting practice to teammates on Billy Martin Field (Field 1. Get it?) as Zack Britton did the same on Derek Jeter Field (Field...

Mets’ reliever Sam McWilliams is showing off his ‘wow’ factor

PORT ST. LUCIE — Sam McWilliams has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues, but he received a major league deal from the Mets this offseason. The right-hander offered a glimpse of the reason why on Saturday. McWilliams,...

Gary Sanchez shows promising Yankees sign

Observations from Yankees’ spring training on Saturday. Severino progressing Luis Severino’s comeback from last year’s Tommy John surgery is still going smoothly after increased throwing this past week. He’ll continue to throw from 120 feet next week, and if...

MLB adding plexiglass to help limit COVID-19 spread

TAMPA — If you’re going to Steinbrenner Field Sunday — or pretty much any major league game for the near future — you’ll see a new feature above the dugouts: a large piece of plexiglass behind the netting. The...

Chris Russo should raise holy hell with disgraceful Pat McAfee

In the 1960s, Belle Barth, a late X-rated Miami Beach nightclub comic, would remark, “If I offend you, please tell your friends.” And that brings us to, of all people, Chris Russo. He and I have engaged in some...

Fantasy baseball draft: Don’t make this catcher mistake

The 2021 fantasy baseball draft season is upon us, and with its arrival comes a variety of strategies to test out and employ. Drafting with position scarcity in mind is something we see every year, and though the catcher...

MLB, union have to solve prospect issue: Sherman

Imagine you finish at the top of your class at Harvard law or Johns Hopkins medical and you are told at graduation that you are will not be hired for six months — not because you are unqualified, but...