Inside the Yankees-Red Sox London debut MLB really wants

TAMPA — Big Ben is about to get some big baseball company in big Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and a regular-season series between the Yankees and their biggest rival, the Red Sox, if the timing and details can be worked out.According to The Post’s Joel Sherman, MLB is hopeful of

It was a mistake for Bob Uecker to ignore this spider bite

A brown recluse spider took Bob Uecker juuuuuuuuuust a bit outside his comfort zone — and nearly out of the broadcast booth.The 84-year-old — getting ready for his 48th season calling games for his hometown Milwaukee Brewers — told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the poisonous venom of a brown recluse spider

Manny Machado on Aaron Judge tampering flap, free-agent future

PORT ST. LUCIE — Whether he lands in pinstripes or not, Manny Machado already has Aaron Judge’s back.Judge took heat from the MLB tampering police after he said Wednesday of the Orioles superstar shortstop: “Adding him to our lineup that we already got would be something special. I told him

Dodgers ready to rewrite saddest part of franchise history

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Think of the Dodgers as Sisyphus. Just they are pushing the rock up the hill in a Mercedes … with a chauffeur … while sipping Dom Perignon.They have been the team with everything — except a championship since 1988.And the last few years have been particularly taunting

One team just a step below MLB’s Magnificent Seven

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Talk to a baseball executive or check the Vegas odds and it will be clear a Magnificent Seven has formed for 2018. The Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers are strong favorites to win their divisions for at least a third straight year, the Astros for a second straight

Why Dodgers stars are holding a big Shohei Ohtani grudge

The Dodgers are still crying foul after Japanese two-way stud Shoehi Ohtani spurned them for the Angels in the offseason.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and infielder Justin Turner told the Los Angeles Times that they are still annoyed with Ohtani bolting to the other Los Angeles team. The pair broke away

Outspoken pitcher claims MLB tried to silence him

Trevor Bauer has long been one of baseball’s more active players on Twitter. Now he’s suggesting that MLB has tried to keep him quiet.The Indians pitcher said in a tweet Thursday that he had just been in a meeting that encouraged “all players to take a stance and be leaders

Supporting Actor: Derek Jeter? Here are the Baseball Oscars

It was a boring year for movies. Not at all for baseball.So our annual Baseball Oscars carry their usual wallop despite their cinematic inspiration being, well, not so inspiring.As always, we apply the actual Oscar categories — loosely, at least — to the past 365 days in baseball. And we

The 5 MLB contenders whose windows can slam fast

The devastation of the Royals did not begin this offseason with the free agent departures of Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and — we presume at some point — Mike Moustakas. ­ That they were free agents collectively was not a secret kept from the Royals. Kansas City saw the storm approaching and decided

The surprising potential victim of Trump’s tax cuts: MLB trades

TAMPA — Many high earners in the sports world will benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the prominent measure that President Trump signed into law on Dec. 22 after it passed through Congress. One unintended consequence from the act, however, is currently occupying Major League Baseball’s

MLB to honor Florida shooting victims with school’s hats

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Major League Baseball players will honor victims of last week’s shooting in Florida by wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hats at spring training games this week. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday all 30 teams will wear the school hats during pregame warmups for their

YouTube TV raises price as it adds Turner, NBA and MLB

Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner’s Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40

Pirates catcher’s mom rescued from alleged dirty-cop kidnappers

Venezuelan authorities said police have rescued the mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, three days after she was kidnapped. Zulia state Gov. Omar Prieto announced Sunday evening on his Twitter account that 72-year-old Ana Isabel Soto was rescued earlier in the day by judicial police, state police and other

Ex-Yankees pitcher busted as alleged drug kingpin

Journeyman starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday in San Diego with over 20 kilograms of cocaine and/or heroin, according to police documents. That translates to over 44 pounds of heavy drugs. Loaiza is being held in South Bay Detention Facility on $200,000 bail. His next court hearing is

What Yankees’ AL East rivals have been up to this offseason

Here’s an in-depth breakdown of the Yankees’ NL East rivals: Manager: Buck Showalter (ninth year) Spring training site: Sarasota, Fla. Key additions: The Orioles are among the many teams that have had an unusually quiet offseason, but at least they have a new shortstop. Manny Machado, who once appeared to be

What Mets’ NL East rivals have been up to this offseason

Here’s an in-depth breakdown of the Mets’ NL East rivals: Manager: Brian Snitker (second season) Spring training site: Orlando, Fla. Biggest additions: Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir were picked up in the deal that sent Matt Kemp to the Dodgers. Adrian Gonzalez, who was also part of the trade, was

The 50 most interesting people in baseball for 2018

Giancarlo Stanton won the National League homer title by 20 last year over Cody Bellinger. No player had led a league by more since Babe Ruth doubled up Lou Gehrig 54-to-27 in 1928. Shohei Ohtani is expected this year to become the first major leaguer to start at least

Mother of Pirates catcher kidnapped in Venezuela

Days before catcher Elias Diaz was to report to spring training with the other Pirates pitchers and catchers, the Venezuelan native learned his mother was kidnapped in their home country. The incident was first reported by a Venezuelan local news organization, which said Diaz’s mother went missing Thursday afternoon.

Union considering opening up camp for unsigned free agents

TAMPA — Pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training sites around the majors next week, but the dozens of free agents who remain unsigned in this bizarre offseason have nowhere to go. That could change, as sources confirmed on Wednesday night that the players association is

Carlos Beltran on slow MLB season and White House invite decline

When Carlos Beltran interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial job, he didn’t get it — but general manager Brian Cashman did offer him a role working alongside him in the front office. Beltran declined and opted to stay home with his family for a year, though he didn’t rule out

Barry Bonds earns another step of MLB forgiveness

Barry Bonds still hasn’t found his way to Cooperstown, but he is getting one permanent place of MLB recognition in 2018. The Giants announced Tuesday they will retire Bonds’ No. 25 in a pregame ceremony Aug. 11. Baseball’s all-time home run king, Bonds hit 586 of his 762 home

Players takes aim at tanking to escalate MLB free-agency war

Players’ union head Tony Clark says the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport’s integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball. “A record number of talented free agents remain unemployed in an industry where revenues and franchise values

MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that the Players Association has threatened

Eagles lucky their play-calling madness didn’t give away title

Please excuse me. I have this, er, condition. In the words of Maynard G. Krebs — the G. was for Walter — “I’m not bad, just weak.” Often, you’re only as good or as bad as allowed. Thus, throughout Sunday night’s game I couldn’t stop thinking that the Pats,

Bartolo Colon gets another MLB chance

Texas just got a little bit bigger. The Rangers agreed to a minor league deal with former Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon on Sunday, including an invitation to spring training with an opportunity to make the big league roster. Colon, 44, will make a base salary of $1.75 million if he

“Outraged’ players should boycott over frozen free agency: agent

A prominent baseball agent says players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggests they consider boycotting spring training. Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball, floated the idea in a statement released Friday, less than two weeks before spring training workouts are to start in Florida and

MLB hot stove freeze reaches a dangerous boiling point

If THIS baseball offseason gets any uglier, we might yearn for the good faith and honest dealings of Capitol Hill. Spring-training boycotts? Collusion accusations? Good grief. Ever see an implosion before? The Players Association is laying the dynamite around itself as we speak. This historically slow free-agent market reached a

MLB taking forever to make pace-of-play changes

Even pace-of-play changes take forever in baseball. Just when it seemed MLB was set to implement a pitch clock in an attempt to shorten the time of games, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday those plans may not go into effect, after all. Instead, the switch may not be made until

The Astros superstar who never was is quietly fading away

He was supposed to be a major part of the Astros’ rebuild, as significant as George Springer and Carlos Correa. He was part of that 2014 Sports Illustrated article accurately predicting Houston to win the 2017 World Series. Except in the Astros’ magical run to winning it all in