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The USA TODAY Sports MLB team breaks down the week in baseball.


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The USA TODAY Sports MLB team breaks down the week in baseball.




Saluting Hall of Fame's three-man class, and looking ahead to 2018

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale discuss the election of Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Did the Baseball Writers Association of America get it right?


Cubs finally win the World Series

USA TODAY Sports' Steve Gardner and Jorge L. Ortiz talk about the aftermath of arguably the best seven-game World Series ever in major league history. The Chicago Cubs snapped a 108-year drought without ever winning a championship and won the World Series for the first time since 1908. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians, who haven't won since 1948, the drought continues.


Can anyone beat the Cubs?

With the National League playoffs set to begin, USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg is joined by MLB editor Gabe Lacques to discuss if anyone can beat the juggernaut Chicago Cubs, who won 103 games this season


Predicting this year's MLB's awards

With the regular season entering its final weekend, USA TODAY Sports MLB columnist Bob Nightengale joins Ted Berg to take a stab at the Cy Young, MVP and rookie of the year awards in the American and National leagues. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @BNightengale and @OGTedBerg.


Jose Fernandez's legacy, in baseball and beyond

USA TODAY Sports' Steve Gardner and Bob Nightengale remember the life of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning in Florida. Fernandez, the 24-year-old right-hander whose vibrant personality endeared himself to fans as much as his dominant fastball, was a Cuban-born pitcher who grew up in Tampa and was drafted 11th overall by the Marlins in 2011. He overcame Tommy John surgery in 2014 and returned to dominant form this season, winning...


How MLB's crowded wild card races will shake out

With the Fall Classic quickly approaching, the playoff race intensifies as the regular season comes to a close on October 2. USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Gabe Lacques discuss the postseason chances for contenders and the leagues' wild card picture in the latest Walkoff podcast. With the division races all but done in both the American and National League, the focus turns to the wild card race.


Breaking down the MLB playoff picture

With October quickly approaching, the playoff race for the division titles and wild card spots intensifies. USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale discuss the postseason races and both leagues' wild card picture in the latest Walkoff podcast.


Who won the MLB trade deadline?

Now that the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is officially over, everyone wants to know who the winners and losers are. USA TODAY Sports' Steve Gardner and Bob Nightengale discuss who made the right moves, and who didn't. The Rangers and Indians come out of the deadline as the American League favorites. In the National League, the Dodgers and Giants made aggressive moves to battle it out in the West division.


Who may be dealt at the MLB trade deadline

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale discuss which players may be on the move as the Aug. 1 trade deadline nears. Aroldis Chapman was the biggest name to be traded so far, when the Chicago Cubs acquired the closer from the New York Yankees. Yet, there are still a lot of big names tied to rumors, including Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce and Kansas City Royals reliever Wade Davis. The Walkoff discusses possible landing spots for them and more.


Who's buying, selling at the MLB trade deadline

With the Aug. 1 trade deadline approaching, USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale discuss which teams should buy, which should sell. Will the New York Yankees, sitting close to .500, be big time sellers? Will the Texas Rangers, with depth in the minors, be buyers? The Walkoff also discusses the careers of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.


Kenley Jansen, Matt Carpenter and top second-half story lines

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Gabe Lacques examine the top story lines of the second half of the season. The Chicago Cubs were the team of destiny when the regular season began, but have recently fallen on hard times. With the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in their rear-view mirror, the Cubs may opt to add another arm as the trade deadline approaches. And now it's the San Francisco Giants, not the Cubs, who are the best team in baseball to begin the second half. In the American...


MLB All-Star Game: Gwynn's legacy, Big Papi's finale

USA TODAY Sports' Gabe Lacques and Bob Nightengale examine the story lines leading up to the All-Star Game in San Diego. Tony Gwynn will be remembered for his greatness during his playing days in San Diego before the 87th Midsummer Classic. Gwynn -- Mr. Padre -- remained very loyal to the city and had a unique connection with the fans. The natural theme was supposed to be Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, the hometown kid who played for Gwynn, start the game. But a late scratch...


Assessing All-Star Game rosters

Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports take a look at the makeup of this year's All-Star Game rosters, which features a plethora of young superstars. Ted and Bob discuss baseball's position as a young man's game, the legitimacy of the Cubs landing five players in the starting lineup, the biggest surprises and snubs and specific roster strategy. Then the pair touch on the upstart Indians and Orioles, both which continue to prove they belong as contenders. Subscribe and rate us on...


Yes, the Indians and Orioles are for real

With the major league season nearing the halfway point, USA TODAY Sports' Gabe Lacques and Bob Nightengale ponder the legitimacy of some surprise first-place teams.


Lack of Latin-American managers worrisome in MLB

The Braves’ firing of Fredi Gonzalez left an absence of Latin Americans as major-league managers and brought to light Major League Baseball’s glaring need to reassess its process for incorporating minorities in front-office positions. Ted Berg and Jorge Ortiz of USA TODAY Sports have a strong discussion about what the league can — and should — do. Read Jorge's story at: Subscribe and rate us on...


Gauging the AL East and Matt Harvey's struggles

Live from New York it's Bob Nightengale and Ted Berg! The USA TODAY Sports duo catch a moment to sit down and dissect the AL East -- from the Blue Jays' surprising struggles to the Red Sox's first-place start and everything in between. Bob and Ted also tackle the curious case of Matt Harvey, and what it will take to get him going. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes!


Rangers-Blue Jays tensions boil over

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale discuss Sunday's fracas between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays and the possible punishments the players and managers involved will receive.


Vin Scully's final season as voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully is in 67th and final season with the Dodgers. USA TODAY's Ted Berg and Bob Nightengale discuss Scully's unprecedented career and greatest broadcasting calls.


Camp recap, setting up the regular season

Fasten your seat belts as USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg and Gabe Lacques summarize spring training and look ahead to the regular season with a division-by-division breakdown. The duo's in-depth analysis focuses on which teams won (and lost) the spring, and which players placed themselves on center stage as the curtain rises.


On A-Rod's future, the dominant Cubs and Dodgers dilly-dallying

USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale joins Ted Berg on The Walkoff to discuss talk of Alex Rodriguez's planned retirement after the 2017 and preview the playoff and awards races in both the National and American Leagues. Who will be Cy Young winners? MVP? What was Bob's favorite camp? They break it down.