MLB Power Rankings: Picking baseball’s best infields as Astros and Cubs battle for top spot

In “normal” times, we’d be looking at the fifth installment of the Official Internet MLB Power Rankings here on CBS Sports. The Major League Baseball season would be some 30-ish games deep for each team.  Instead, we’re left looking at the still-blank standings and day-dreaming as to what could have Read more

MLB 2020 season simulation: Astros remain in last place; Syndergaard signs long-term extension with Mets

Major League Baseball was supposed to launch the 2020 regular season four weeks ago, on March 26. The spread of the novel coronavirus, however, forced MLB to delay Opening Day to some unknowable future date that is dependent on the effectiveness of the containment strategies imposed across the country in Read more

Alex Cora says he takes ‘full responsibility’ for role in Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

On Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred released his report detailing MLB’s investigation into the 2018 Red Sox. The Red Sox were said to have illegally stolen signs that season — a World Series championship season — and Manfred’s report confirmed those suspicions. Video replay operator J.T. Watkins was found to have used Read more

Red Sox MLB punishment: What we learned from 15-page report, including why Astros got harsher penalties

Major League Baseball released findings Wednesday from its investigation into the 2018 Red Sox for electronic sign-stealing. They were hit a lot less hard than the Astros were for their scheme, and most of the wrongdoing was pinned on one person: video replay room operator J.T. Watkins. The Red Sox Read more

MLB hands Alex Cora one-year suspension for role in sign-stealing with Astros, not Red Sox

MLB on Wednesday announced a rather light suite of penalties against the Red Sox for their sign-stealing during their championship 2018 season. Part of those penalties is a ban levied against former Red Sox manager Alex Cora for the entirety of the 2020 season.  Although commissioner Rob Manfred found that Read more

Astros, Red Sox sign-stealing scandal timeline: Everything we know as MLB announces Boston’s penalties

In recent months, revelations of sign-stealing in Houston and Boston have cast genuine doubt upon two of the last three World Series outcomes and scandalized baseball. Along the way, outrage has bubbled over, and dozens of reputations — some of them mostly sterling before any of this happened — have Read more

Brian Dozier bangs on trash can to troll Astros while rewatching 2019 World Series

The Houston Astros cheating jokes involving trash cans are still not old. The Washington Nationals proved that during their World Series virtual reunion this week, which included multiple digs at the Astros. Last season, the Nationals defeated the Astros in seven games to take home their first title in franchise history. Shortly Read more

MLB 2020 season simulation: Slump continues for last-place Astros; three players ink contract extensions

Major League Baseball was supposed to launch the 2020 regular season last month, on March 26. The spread of the novel coronavirus, however, forced MLB to delay Opening Day to some unknowable future date that is dependent on the effectiveness of the containment strategies imposed across the country. Because we Read more