Jayson Stark Archive 2001-2004

Updated: January 5, 2005, 11:24 AM ET
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December 13, 2004
Stark: Guaranteed risk
There's a reason Boston wouldn't approve four years for Pedro Martinez ... it's insane.

December 13, 2004
Stark: Winners and losers
It was a good year to be a free agent starter, many of whom landed premium contracts at the winter meetings.

December 12, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Astros are thinking five years, $70 million for Carlos Beltran. Problem is, that's less than half of what Scott Boras has in mind.

December 11, 2004
Stark: From the start ...
John Smoltz has longed for the day when he could start a game again. He'll get his chance in 2005.

December 11, 2004
Stark: Front and center
Will Carlos Beltran and Roger Clemens be teammates in 2005? It's truly a possibility, but not a certainty.

December 11, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
From Kevin Brown to Edgar Renteria to Barry Zito, talk is heating up at the winter meetings.

December 10, 2004
Stark: The waiting game
While Troy Glaus and Russ Ortiz are now on board, the big question remains: will the D-Backs keep Randy Johnson?

December 9, 2004
Stark: Players on the move?
Sammy Sosa and Tim Hudson head the list of players who could get traded at the winter meetings.

December 8, 2004
Stark: Shoppers' guide
Whether it's a blockbuster deal or free agency, the winter meetings has something for everyone.

December 3, 2004
Stark: Damage assessment
This isn't the Black Sox, or collusion. BALCO has created a mess for baseball. Now it's time to clean it up.

December 2, 2004
Stark: Into the void?
Jason Giambi's reported admission could give the Yankees a way to invalidate his contract.

December 1, 2004
Bronx bluff, or is Big Unit-to-Yankees dead?
And the winner of the Randy Johnson sweepstakes is ... not the Boss? If you believe the Yankees, they say they're out of the running.

November 19, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
A little friendly advice on how to spend your offseason cash from the office of the commissioner.

November 15, 2004
Stark: Tunnel vision
In winning his fourth straight MVP award, Barry Bonds had a remarkable year and put aside tremendous scrutiny.

November 15, 2004
Stark: All about Barry
Barry Bonds continues to amaze with the numbers he puts up, and is clearly playing on a level all his own.

November 12, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Though it's highly unlikely, it remains a possibility that Roger Clemens could call it quits and finally retire.

November 9, 2004
Stark: The gory details
Curt Schilling's injured ankle was a sight for sore eyes. And we have the photos to prove it.

November 8, 2004
Stark: The amazing race
The Rocket or the Big Unit? Who will add to his overflowing trophy case with the NL Cy Young today.

November 5, 2004
Stark: Box-score mania
From bloated ERAs to perfect ERAs, pitchers' stats were all over the map in 2004.

November 5, 2004
Stark: They said it
The 2004 season was one filled with some interesting and often off-the-wall quotes.

November 5, 2004
Stark: Heads up!
From blown out knees to sneezing attacks, the 2004 season had its share of ridiculous injuries.

October 28, 2004
Stark: The most amazing 11 days
When people look back on this event, how in the World Series will it ever be explained? Not just the fact the Boston Red Sox won, but how they did it.

October 27, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Game 4 of the World Series provided plenty of useless fodder for the information department.

October 26, 2004
Stark: Best for last?
Pedro Martinez's last game in a Red Sox's uniform? If so, it was fittingly inspired, Jayson Stark writes.



October 26, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Game 3 of the World Series provided plenty of useless fodder for the information department.

October 25, 2004
Stark: Wild indeed
The Red Sox's run shows how dramatically the wild-card has changed the game in the postseason.

October 25, 2004
Stark: Stuff of legends
In leading the Red Sox to victory in Game 2, it's just amazing to see what Curt Schilling is doing these days.

October 24, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Game 2 of the World Series provided plenty of useless fodder for the information department.

October 24, 2004
Stark: The Sox way
In their Game 1 victory, the Red Sox followed a familiar blueprint: winning ugly, but winning nonetheless.

October 23, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The World Series opener provided plenty of useless fodder for the information department.

October 22, 2004
Stark: No way an anticlimax
While the postseason has thus far been riveting action, don't think there will be any dropoff in the World Series.

October 22, 2004
Stark: Cards All Hearts
The Cardinals saw their season slipping away. That's when Albert Pujols did something about it, Jayson Stark writes.

October 20, 2004
Stark: Herculean effort
Jim Edmonds' homer capped off a thrilling Game 6. Now, here's hoping a classic NLCS finale awaits, writes Jayson Stark.

October 19, 2004
Stark: Must-win Categories
As Lance Berkman has educated us this postseason, not all must-win games are created equal, Jayson Stark writes.



October 19, 2004
Stark: Overlooked classic
Brandon Backe and Woody Williams battled it out in a dual for the ages in Game 5. Too bad America wasn't watching.

October 17, 2004
Stark: Lidge's domain
For the second straight day, Brad Lidge mowed down the Cardinals in recording a two-inning save.

October 17, 2004
Stark: Beltran's star rising
With one amazing swing in Game 4, Carlos Beltran put himself among the best all-time in the postseason, writes Jayson Stark.

October 16, 2004
Stark: Mission control
Houston needed something special for Game 3. As usual, the Rocket delivered again, Jayson Stark writes.

October 15, 2004
Stark: The JV tournament
While the Red Sox-Yankees series grabs the headlines, Astros-Cards continues to play second fiddle, writes Jayson Stark.

October 15, 2004
Stark: That empty feeling
With Game 2 as clear evidence, the Astros have no answer for containing the Cardinals' potent lineup, writes Jayson Stark.

October 13, 2004
Stark: Rockin' Rolen
In getting his first hit of the playoffs in the Cards' Game 1 win, Scott Rolen may well have found his stroke, writes Jayson Stark.

October 12, 2004
Stark: Burning questions
Do Clemens and Oswalt have enough left for the powerful Cards? It's among our key NLCS questions.

October 11, 2004
Stark: Those amazin' 'Stros
The Astros were left for dead two months ago, but now are in the NLCS. What a run it's been, writes Jayson Stark.

October 10, 2004
Stark: Scrap heap
Phil Garner pushed all the right buttons for nearly two months until his luck ran out in Game 4, Jayson Stark writes.

October 9, 2004
Stark: Maid in the shade
Houston's 19th straight home victory has the Astros knocking on the NLCS door, Jayson Stark writes.

October 7, 2004
Stark: Old school
John Smoltz and Brad Lidge combined for 17 outs and 84 pitches. What is this ... Gossage vs. Quisenberry? Jayson Stark explains.

October 6, 2004
Stark: Gut check
Roger Clemens might not have had a full tank, but there was still enough Rocket fuel to get a postseason victory, Jayson Stark writes.

October 5, 2004
Stark: Beantown bliss
Forget the curse, the Red Sox will win the World Series because no team can match Boston's overall talent.



October 3, 2004
Stark: History makers
It was another milestone season as several prestigious hitting and pitching clubs welcomed new members.

October 3, 2004
Stark: Season in review
Bonds' on-base crusade, Ichiro's hit parade, Expos' exodus: the 2004 season had plenty of highs and lows.



October 3, 2004
Stark: Weird, wild stuff
For those scoring at home, the Brewers' 5-2-9-4-9-1-6 putout gets the honor as the year's wildest play.

October 2, 2004
Stark: Bowa's firing inevitable
Larry Bowa wasn't going to be the manager of the Phillies next year. He wasn't even going to be the manager of the Phillies next week.

October 1, 2004
Stark: Award winners
We have the MVP and LVPs; Cy Youngs and Cy Yuks, tops managers and rookies for a memorable 2004 season.



September 29, 2004
Stark: Unanswered questions
The Expos will play in RFK next season, but there are plenty of issues that need settling fairly soon.

September 29, 2004
Stark: Enduring catch
Willie Mays' spectacular run, grab and throw in the '54 Series remains the top defensive play of all time.

September 24, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Making obscure history is better than making no history at all.

September 24, 2004
MLB sweetens Expos' D.C. deal for Angelos
MLB has offered Peter Angelos two incentives toward convincing the Orioles owner not to challenge an Expos move to Washington.

September 20, 2004
Stark: Doing it the hard way
The Cubs entered this season as big favorites. And while they've appeared to struggle, they still sit in a very good position.

September 20, 2004
Stark: All but done
The Marlins were all but eliminated Monday after splitting a doubleheader with the Cubs.

September 19, 2004
Stark: Really Useless Info
A Marlins-Expos barnstorming tour? Not quite, but they have played each other in four different parks this year.



September 17, 2004
Stark: Useless Blowout Information
Useless Info heaven: Royals 26 (opener) and 0 (nightcap) doubleheader and the Yankees' 22-0 debacle.



September 17, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Barry Bonds and Ichiro are headed for 2004 batting titles. If so, it would be the most diverse pair in MLB history.



September 14, 2004
Stark: When the pen hits the fan
Better security is item No. 1 on our list of Ways to Make Sure the Francisco Fiasco Never Ever Happens Again.

September 9, 2004
Stark: All-Bargain Free Agents
Chris Carpenter and El Duque both could be No. 1 starters in the playoffs. Not bad for a combined $2.5 million or so.



September 9, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Major League Baseball will be facing a total relocation fiasco if a decision on the Expos isn't made by October.

September 8, 2004
Stark: Storm surge
The Yankees and MLB are pointing fingers at each other over who's to blame in the fallout from forfeit-gate.

September 7, 2004
Stark: Blame MLB, not Yankees
The commissioner's office is totally in the wrong over how they handled the Yankees-Devil Rays forfeit feud.

September 2, 2004
Stark: Dangerous expectations
The Phillies cracked as heavy favorites in the NL East this season, while the Braves thrived as first-time underdogs.

August 25, 2004
Stark: All-Back From Dead Team
The National Pastime is also the sport of reincarnation. How else do you explain Ruben Sierra's season?



August 20, 2004
Stark: Wild Pitches
Adam Dunn just might have hit the most prodigious homer ever seen in baseball -- clear into another state!

August 19, 2004
Stark: Five suggestions for commish
Having signed a contract extension through 2009, Bud Selig needs to continue to focus on improving the game.

August 18, 2004
Stark: The waiting game
It's mid-August, and MLB has yet to decide where the Expos will relocate to. And a decision isn't imminent.

August 16, 2004
Stark: Waivers 101
How and why waiver deals get done in the month of August before setting potential playoff rosters.

August 13, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
We've seen Larry Walker go through waivers on his way to a new team. Who else is cleared for a possible trade?

August 10, 2004
Stark: One big struggle
While Josh Beckett was last October's hero, this season he's been plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness.

August 9, 2004
Stark: Useless Reader Information
In a recent game, the Cubs hit home runs in numerically correct order -- solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam.

August 6, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Not only is Johan Santana ultra-stingy allowing hits and runs, the Twins' ace has turned into a strikeout machine.



August 6, 2004
Stark: Useless Greg Maddux Info
As spectacular as 300 wins may be, Greg Maddux's brilliance can't be defined by his victory totals.

July 31, 2004
Stark: Winners and losers at trade deadline
While the Marlins vastly improved their team, the Dodgers certainly made some questionable moves.

July 30, 2004
Stark: Who's next?
Tom Glavine leads a short list of players who could be next to reach the 300-win plateau.

July 29, 2004
Stark: Players who could get traded
Randy Johnson remains the big prize as the clock ticks toward Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

July 29, 2004
Stark: Minor Rumblings
Placido Polanco could soon be traded to the A's while the Giants are looking into acquiring Jorge Julio.

July 27, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
With the Marlins and Phillies out of the mix, Steve Finley has narrowed where he'll agree to be traded to three teams.

July 23, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Rangers sit atop the AL West, but just lost a starter. What's John Hart to do? Wait patiently for the right deal.

July 20, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Will the D-Backs trade Randy Johnson? It remains up in the air as the trading deadline fast approaches.

July 15, 2004
Stark: All-Star Game changes?
The players' union isn't for continuing the present All-Star Game format, but favors changes to the playoff system.

July 13, 2004
Stark: Rocket rocked
The All-Star Game was set up to be a grand night for Roger Clemens. But it all went wrong in a matter of minutes.

July 13, 2004
Stark: Useless All-Star Info
It was everything and anything Roger Clemens at the Midsummer Classic.

July 12, 2004
Stark: Tejada towers at Derby
Hitting one bomb after another, Miguel Tejada put on quite a show to win the Home Run Derby.

July 12, 2004
Stark: Big Unit on the move?
Randy Johnson said Monday he'd like to win another World Series, which could lead to his leaving Arizona.

July 11, 2004
Stark: Infield of Dreams
Led by shortstop B.J. Upton, the U.S. infield at the Futures Game consisted of a collection of potential All-Stars.

July 11, 2004
Stark: Midseason awards
Handing out the first-half hardware to Cy Youngs and Yuks, MVPs and LVPs, rookies and managers in each league.

July 9, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
For those who think the Astros might deal Carlos Beltran or Roger Clemens, check the NL wild-card standings.

July 6, 2004
Stark: Useless Eric Gagne Info
How incredible was Eric Gagne during his streak? For starters, he totaled more saves (84) than hits allowed (71).

June 28, 2004
Stark: Useless Reader Information
Even a certain former owner of the Texas Rangers would have to applaud this year's No. 1 overall draft pick.

June 27, 2004
Stark: Really Useless Information
Barry Bonds is accumulating astonishing stats this year, such as having nearly as many intentional walks as hits.

June 25, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Rod Barajas leads all catchers in homers this season and that's not the only pre-All-Star fact you need to know.

June 24, 2004
Stark: A job well done
Royals GM Allard Baird had to trade Carlos Beltran, and what he got for him was a strong package of prospects.

June 24, 2004
Stark: Psychoanalysis
There's a mystic quality about the psyche of championship teams, something the Rays and Tigers saw firsthand.

June 22, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Eric Gagne or Mariano Rivera with the game on the line? Griffey or Thome for most career homers? Survey says ...

June 20, 2004
Stark: Really Wild Pitches
Ben Sheets and Brad Lidge set two strikeout records in the same game. Too bad it nearly wasn't noticed.

June 18, 2004
Stark: Wild Pitches
The National Pastime is a timeless sport without the need for clocks, but sometimes that can be a curse.

June 17, 2004
Stark: Healthy respect
Fans' perception of Mike Schmidt changed with homer No. 500. Now it's happening to Ken Griffey Jr.

June 14, 2004
Stark: One for the ages
On a night when Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Thome could've made home run history together only the latter did so.

June 10, 2004
Stark: Inter-woven
Traditionalists may never fully embrace interleague play, but Bud Selig's once- radical idea is a permanent fixture.

June 9, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Many say the Mets will pursue a big bat this offseason, with Magglio Ordonez prominently on their radar.

June 7, 2004
Stark: Useless Reader Info
When two-way player Brooks Kieschnick was walked intentionally in a recent game, history was rewritten.

June 4, 2004
Stark: Defensive darlings
From Scott Rolen to Torii Hunter to Greg Maddux, the game's best defensive players are a sight to see.

June 3, 2004
Stark: Really Useless Information
The Orioles can hit, but they sure can't pitch. If they keep up the routine, they could be in for an historic year.

June 2, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The triple crown edition of Useless Information in honor of Smarty Jones (and Carl Yastrzemski).

May 28, 2004
Stark: No big whiff
With steroid testing ongoing, the belief was power numbers would decline. Well, it just hasn't happened.

May 26, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Skeptics are in full force over the sizzling Reds, while the Expos' move to Washington D.C. is nearing reality.

May 26, 2004
Stark: D-Bunked
Randy Johnson would fetch a load of prospects in trade, but Arizona's brass says you can forget those rumors.



May 19, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
At the age of 40, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher to ever throw a perfect game.

May 19, 2004
Stark: Greatest lefty ever?
By the time Randy Johnson calls it a career, the Big Unit might well be the best southpaw of all time.

May 14, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Expos remain a team in limbo, but relocating the club to Washington D.C. seems more and more likely.

May 14, 2004
Stark: Having an impact
The Marlins' acquisition of Hee Seop Choi is among the more unheralded pickups of the past offseason.

May 12, 2004
Stark: Intentional grounding
Think Barry Bonds' free passes are getting out of hand? Here are five possible rule changes to fix the problem.

May 12, 2004
Stark: Really Useless Information
When's the last time the Braves lost four series' in a row? Hint: Their cleanup hitter was named Presley.

May 11, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Roger Clemens' amazing start with the Astros shouldn't surprise considering his previous uniform switches.

May 10, 2004
Stark: One-man staff
Curt Schilling's durability and desire to complete games makes the innings-horse his own best setup man.

May 9, 2004
Stark: Exit strategy
How important is knowing when to pull a pitcher? Just ask Grady Little about the consequences of waiting too long.



May 5, 2004
Stark: Really Wild Pitches
Brewers farmhand Jeff Liefer recently found the key to success: Getting locked in a dugout bathroom.

May 4, 2004
Stark: Wild Pitches
Only in Philly could a Billy Wagner 98-mph heater get booed. It's enough to bring Erik Estrada out of retirement.

April 30, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
For teams like the Blue Jays and Giants, the month of April was a disaster and may be difficult to recover from.

April 28, 2004
Stark: Really Useless Info
Mark Bellhorn and Barry Bonds have great patience at the plate, but that's where the comparisons end.

April 28, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Ten stats that sum up the season so far, and it's no surprise Barry Bonds is on top of the list.

April 27, 2004
Stark: Cup crazy in '05?
There are plenty of details that need to be ironed out, but expect to see a World Cup of Baseball in 2005.

April 23, 2004
Stark: Marlins moving?
The Marlins face a May 1 deadline that could determine whether the teams stays in Florida or relocates.

April 15, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Phillies, D-Backs, Mariners and Blue Jays have all struggled early on. Will they be able to right the course?

April 14, 2004
Stark: Aaron's record safe
Barry Bonds may still look unstoppable even at age 39, but it's still a long way to No. 756.

April 12, 2004
Stark: Unful-Philled
In typical Philadelphia fashion, the Phillies christened beautiful Citizens Bank Park with yet another loss.

April 9, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
In the first few days of the season, there have been wins -- and only wins -- for the once lowly Tigers.

April 5, 2004
Stark: Panic time yet?
This is the year Red Sox finally put an end to the curse. Sunday's opener, however, showed it won't be easy.

April 4, 2004
Stark: And the winner is ...
The Boston Red Sox will win the World Series this year, rewriting their history instead of succumbing to it.

March 30, 2004
Stark: Sox, Jays go to head of AL East
The Red Sox and Blue Jays gained a half-game on the Yankees in the standings -- in their sleep.

March 29, 2004
Stark: Meet the candidates
Led by the defending champion Marlins, there's a long list of clubs who will contend for October glory in '04.

March 25, 2004
Stark: Bad beginning
There's nothing wrong with big league teams playing in Japan -- except when the games count in the standings.

March 24, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Devil Rays outfielder Delmon Young is among a handful of prospects who have been impressive this spring.

March 24, 2004
Stark: Habitat for sanity
The Expos face another season in limbo. What's worse is there's no indication that MLB has a solution.



March 21, 2004
Stark: Circuit training
Best golf courses. Worst restaurants. No one knows Arizona and Florida like the well-traveled Reggie Sanders.



March 18, 2004
Stark: One last piece
Greg Maddux followed Tom Glavine out the door, leaving John Smoltz as the final link to a storied Braves history.

March 16, 2004
Stark: No standing Pat
Pat Burrell enters 2004 with one thought: Put his abysmal play from '03 totally out of his mind.

March 12, 2004
Stark: Spring Fever
Given the chance to rid themselves of one bad moment during their careers, big leaguers sound off.

March 11, 2004
Stark: Where are they now?
You know the names: H-Rod, Nilsson, Vaughn, Lankford. They're our Invited to Spring Training All-Stars.

March 9, 2004
Stark: No need for concern
While Gary Sheffield will play despite having an injured right thumb, the Yankees could easily absorb losing him.

March 9, 2004
Stark: Double duty
The Red Sox may have found a lefty addition to their 'pen. Oh yeah, David McCarty also hit .407 last season.

March 7, 2004
Stark: Even trivial Yanks-Sox game counts
Sunday's spring training game between the Red Sox and Yankees was one of obsessive proportions.

March 5, 2004
Stark: Front and center
The steroids story isn't going away anytime soon. So, where is all this leading? Here's what we see.

March 4, 2004
Stark: No Joshing
Coming off a dominant postseason, Josh Beckett is out to prove he can excel over the long haul.

March 1, 2004
Stark: AL Least
Contrary to popular opinion, there are other teams residing in the AL East besides the Red Sox and Yankees.

February 27, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
While the Yankees' payroll continues to rise, MLB is looking into a way to slow their spending ways.

February 24, 2004
Stark: It's a new season ... really!
With all the offseason craziness, 2003 never really ended for the Red Sox. Now, it's time to move on.

February 23, 2004
Schmidt: Rose decision to come in 'near future'
Mike Schmidt thinks Pete Rose could be reinstated by Bud Selig "in some form" before opening day. But sources tell ESPN.com that is far from likely.

February 22, 2004
Stark: Being an Astro sinks in for Pettitte
The bunting-and-baserunning lecture on the first day of spring training did it for Andy Pettitte. He knew things were different.

February 20, 2004
Stark: In Billy they trust
With Billy Wagner being the last line of defense, the Phillies are in far better hands than they were last year.

February 18, 2004
Stark: Training day
Most improved. Least recognizable. Best, worst signings. Calling it a crazy offseason is an understatement.

August 26, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The trading deadline has seen its share of craziness over the years. And this year was no different.

June 25, 2003
Stark: Wheeler, dealer
Trading for Juan Gonzalez shows just how badly Expos GM Omar Minaya wants to win, and now.

May 1, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Kevin Millwood leads the list of players who will likely command big money this offseason.

February 16, 2004
Stark: Yanks still no lock
Even with A-Rod, here are 10 reasons the Yankees still won't win the World Series. Maybe... Possibly...

February 12, 2004
Stark: Useless 2000s Team Info
Looking at the good (Mariners and A's), bad (Tigers and Devil Rays) and plenty more from the 21st century.

February 4, 2004
Stark: More Useless 2000s Info
Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez so far are the premier pitchers four seasons into the 21st century.

February 3, 2004
Stark: Useless 2000s Information
Barry Bonds and Todd Helton so far are the premier hitters four seasons into the 21st century.

January 30, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Randy Johnson is among the players who need to rebound in 2004 in order for their teams to contend.

January 26, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
What do Pete Rose, Jesse Orosco and the Beatles have in common? They made our top 10 factoids of the week.

January 23, 2004
Stark: The waiting game
Ugueth Urbina is willing to stay unsigned for as long as possible until the right deal comes his way.

January 21, 2004
Stark: Analyzing Selig
How will Bud Selig's time as commissioner be ultimately viewed? Analyzing all the pluses and minuses.

January 16, 2004
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
With Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, the Astros now have a formidable rotation. But is it the best in the game?

January 14, 2004
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Roger Clemens' switch to the National League at age 41 will be unprecedented in many ways.

January 8, 2004
Stark: Slipping away?
Reinstatement once seem inevitable for Pete Rose. Now sources say the Hit King is sinking in quicksand.

January 6, 2004
Stark: My Hall ballot
Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley are fine choices, but voting for the Hall was again an agonizing process.

January 5, 2004
Stark: McGraw's pitch was love for life
There are certain people you meet on this planet who leave a whole different mark than just about everyone else. Tug McGraw was one of those people.

January 5, 2004
Stark: Not enough
Pete Rose's confession merely confirmed the obvious. What's missing, so far, is true remorse.

December 29, 2003
Stark: Strange but true feats of year
From Juan Pierre's lack of power to Roy Halladay's O-for-April, it was truly a bizarre season.

December 15, 2003
Stark: Unfinished business
The winter meetings are over, but there's still some unfinished business involving some top free agents.

December 15, 2003
Stark: Momentum building
Boston and Texas are tantalizingly close to pulling the trigger on one of the biggest deals in baseball history.

December 14, 2003
Stark: Birds of prey
The Orioles don't appear content to sign just Miguel Tejada with Pudge Rodriguez and Vlad Guerrero still available.

December 14, 2003
Stark: Clemens' decision
Roger Clemens is working out and getting ready, but might not decide on pitching next season until February.

December 13, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Out with the old: Greg Maddux. And in with the new: J.D. Drew. Yes, the Braves are changing once again.

December 12, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
With Andy Pettitte now a member of the Astros, it's a real possibility Roger Clemens could soon be joining him.

December 11, 2003
Stark: On the trade block
From Troy Percival to Freddy Garcia to Magglio Ordonez, several players could get traded at the winter meetings.

December 10, 2003
Schilling clause might not pass inspection
Curt Schilling negotiated many innovate clauses in his contract. One of them, though, may not pass muster.

December 4, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Few, if any, free agents are finding takers in the early stages of this offseason. And there's a reason.

December 4, 2003
Stark: How the deal got done
After finding out Javier Vazquez would likely flee after 2004, Expos GM Omar Minaya decided to trade him.

November 28, 2003
Stark: The smell of success
As the Phillies prepare to move into a brand new ballpark in 2004, excitement is growing in Philadelphia.

November 26, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The top 10 nuggets of the week, including crazy votes from the AL MVP balloting.

November 24, 2003
Stark: Checking the signs
Curt Schilling's talks with Boston will be no different from his approach to the game -- thorough and to the point.



November 21, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
There's one big problem with Vladimir Guerrero's free agency: Baseball still owns the Expos.

November 17, 2003
Stark: How A-Rod's 'value' was determined
After all these years, you'd think we'd have some idea what "valuable" means. But apparently not.

November 16, 2003
Stark: ALso-rans
With no clear-cut choice and a dozen or more candidates, the AL MVP race couldn't be more wide open.



November 15, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The top 10 nuggets of the week, including another Cy Young award for the Dodgers trophy case.

November 14, 2003
Stark: Five things you didn't know about baseball drug testing
ESPN.com's Jayson Stark looks at the agreement and finds five important details.

November 13, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Curt Schilling has moved to the front of the line as baseball's trade winds gain more and more force.

November 11, 2003
Stark: Late bloomer
Roy Halladay finished April without a win and a 4.91 ERA. That's when the Blue Jays' ace began his Cy Young run.

November 9, 2003
Stark: Lessons learned
The Angels and Marlins showed winning the World Series doesn't require a big budget or a "Moneyball" formula.

November 3, 2003
Stark: Impact deal
Closer Billy Wagner could be the missing piece that completes the Phillies' championship puzzle.

October 26, 2003
Stark: McKeon's age-old inspiration
At the age of 72, Jack McKeon took over the Marlins in May and led the team to a World Series title.

October 26, 2003
Stark: A gem for the ages
In throwing a five-hit shutout to win the World Series, Josh Beckett joins the short list of all-time great performances.

October 25, 2003
Stark: Useless Series Info
With the Marlins winning the World Series, they continue their amazing run of never losing a postseason series.

October 24, 2003
Stark: Wild about wild card
If the Marlins win their second title in seven years this postseason, it should be viewed as a positive.

October 24, 2003
Stark: Marlins keep on thrilling 'em
There's no such thing as an ordinary win for the Marlins. And Game 5 was a perfect example of that.

October 23, 2003
Stark: Useless Series Info
Alex Gonzalez's walkoff homer against the Yankees in Game 4 was the stuff of legends.

October 23, 2003
Ride of his life? McKeon given a Mercedes
A Mercedes convertible sure beats a pink slip, and Jack McKeon has seen both from his teams' owners -- the former came from Jeffrey Loria on Thursday.

October 23, 2003
Stark: Clemens' last stand?
Emotions were at a high point in Game 4 as Roger Clemens made what was thought to be his final career start.

October 22, 2003
Stark: Useless Series Info
Combine all the Marlins who have pitched in this Series, what do you get? Not as many wins as Roger Clemens.

October 22, 2003
Stark: Marlins in major hole
With the Yankees winning Game 3, the Marlins are faced with a daunting task ahead.

October 21, 2003
Stark: Useless Series Info
Juan Pierre set the tone for this World Series by dropping down a bunt for a base hit.

October 20, 2003
Stark: World serious difference
The World Series goes from the house that Ruth built to Pro Player Stadium -- the house that Marino built.



October 20, 2003
Stark: Pettitte rescues Yanks again
Much like in postseasons of the past, Andy Pettitte has delivered for the Yankees this October.

October 19, 2003
Stark: Useless Series Info
Jack McKeon passed Casey Stengel as the oldest manager in the World Series, and that's not all.

October 19, 2003
Stark: Pierre propels Marlins
Speedster Juan Pierre dazzled his way to amazing success in Game 1.

October 17, 2003
Stark: Burning questions
Five key questions facing the Marlins and Yankees in the World Series.

October 16, 2003
Stark: Foiled rotten
Anger. Frustration. Disbelief. The Cubs' emotional ride came to a crashing, and surprisingly quiet, halt.

October 15, 2003
Stark: The teal deal
There won't be a World Series in Wrigleyville this season. That's because the better team won the NLCS.

October 15, 2003
Stark: A fan's cruel hand
It started out as a harmless flyball. It ended in disaster for the Cubs when a fan interfered with left fielder Moises Alou.

October 14, 2003
Stark: Say it ain't so
Needing just five more outs to secure their spot in the World Series, the Cubs did the unthinkable: they lost.

October 13, 2003
Stark: Destiny's Cubs
The Cubs can get one step closer to removing their curse, and their Lovable Losers label for good.

October 13, 2003
Stark: Mission impossible?
Besides history, the Marlins have two more immediate concerns -- Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.

October 12, 2003
Stark: Beckett blisters Cubs
In pitching the game of his life, Josh Beckett assured the Marlins that they're season is still very much alive.

October 11, 2003
Stark: Inching closer to the Series
Unbelievable as it may sound, one win separates the Cubs -- yes, the Cubs -- from a spot in the World Series.

October 11, 2003
Stark: Glanville to the rescue
Doug Glanville's game-winning RBI triple in Game 3 provided the Cubs with yet another postseason hero.

October 9, 2003
Stark: Best postseason ever
Not only is this the most memorable in 100 years of baseball, this postseason will top any in sports history.

October 8, 2003
Stark: Playing 'red-ivy baseball'
The Cubs enjoyed a blowout win in Game 2 at a park that is showing its beautiful side in October.

October 8, 2003
Stark: One that got away
Sammy Sosa sent Wrigley Field into a state of euphoria, except these Marlins weren't taking the bait.

October 4, 2003
Stark: A crashing finale
Pudge Rodriguez was in the middle of two home-plate collisions in Game 4. And he came out on top in both.

October 3, 2003
Stark: Marlins win an absolute thriller
Call it an 11-inning masterpiece. Yes, the Marlins' win over the Giants in Game 3 deserves its place in history.

October 1, 2003
Stark: Braves seize the moment
With an 0-2 deficit staring them in the face, the Braves responded just in time to even their series with the Cubs.

September 30, 2003
Stark: What big bats? Wood makes Braves 'sick'
Kerry Wood was spectacular in Game 1. And the next two starting pitchers for the Cubs figure to be pretty good too, and that's bad news for the Braves.

September 29, 2003
Stark: Award winners
Some choices are easy: Eric Gagne for NL Cy Young. But other picks will surprise, especially AL MVP.



September 28, 2003
Stark: Burning questions
Jayson Stark answers five key questions facing the Giants and Marlins in their first-round Division Series.

September 28, 2003
Stark: Ph-arewell, Vet
Veterans Stadium was never know for its cozy charm, but it sure wasn't lacking for memorable moments.

September 25, 2003
Stark: Don't underestimate the 'Fun Factor'
What comes first, the wins or the fun? With the Marlins, there has been plenty of both to go around.

September 24, 2003
Stark: Marlins' GM deserves much of the credit
They didn't get big headlines, but the Marlins' midseason acquisitions have paid huge dividends.

September 23, 2003
Stark: Fit to be tied
What happens if the Astros, Cubs, Marlins and Phillies finish with identical records? Then it gets really wild.



September 19, 2003
Stark: Really Useless Info
Greg Maddux has passed one Cy Young record, but other than that Young remains on his own level.

September 12, 2003
Stark: Playoff-ready 'pens
It's almost October, and the Dodgers and A's appear to have the top bullpens among each league's contenders.

September 10, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
It's a simple question: Who's the World Series favorite? A sampling of experts shows there's no obvious answer.

September 11, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Expos can control their home destiny next season. Unfortunately for the players, serious issues remain.

September 16, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
There's plenty of history to be made down the stretch. Some great (Albert Pujols), some not so good (Colby Lewis).

September 16, 2003
Stark: Advantage, Phillies
Five reasons to love Philly's chances in the NL wild card, including a final farewell to the Vet.

September 17, 2003
Stark: Conine contributes with glove, bat
He is the ghost of Marlins postseasons past. Uh, better make that postseason past.

September 19, 2003
Stark: Useless Reader Info
From So Taguchi's uniform No. 99 to Kerry Robinson's No. 0, there's history in the making in St. Louis.

September 22, 2003
Stark: Not an MVP
Alex Rodriguez could very well be the AL's best player, but one thing he's not is the league's most valuable.

September 18, 2003
Stark: Typhoon Thome
The hurricane blew into the NL wild-card race Thursday, but it was Jim Thome that took the Marlins by storm.

September 9, 2003
Stark: Useless Reader Info
With two more losses, Jeremy Bonderman could enter the record books alongside Hall of Famer Red Ruffing.

September 8, 2003
Stark: Coup d'feat
Brian Kingman no longer rules over 20-Game Loserville, but his reign was long and proud for 23 years.

September 4, 2003
Stark: Rookies must be rookies
With all due respect to Japanese players, they shouldn't be considered for Rookie of the Year awards.

September 3, 2003
Stark: Vlad is king
When it comes to this winter's free-agent class, there's Vladimir Guerrero and then there's everyone else.

September 3, 2003
Stark: Bowa constrictor
Larry Bowa's constant squeezing of his players has some asking if he's the right man to manage the Phillies.

August 27, 2003
Stark: Useless Reader Info
Trading an All-Star player is not exactly a rare occurrence, expect when it happened to Armando Benitez twice in a month.

August 26, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The Royals' amazing playoff run is truly astounding considering their pitching staff statistically defies all logic.

August 21, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
What Bud Selig and baseball will eventually decide to do with Pete Rose remains as unclear as ever.

August 21, 2003
Stark: Destination unknown
Where the Expos will call home next season is becoming a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma.

August 20, 2003
Stark: Really Wild Pitches
Injuries, quotes, factoids, historians and comedians of the month.

August 20, 2003
Stark: Wild Pitches
Ozzy Osbourne's rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field will go down in history.

August 20, 2003
Stark: World (Worst) Series
What would happen if the '62 Mets played the '03 Tigers? A computer-simulated, seven-game classic.

August 15, 2003
Stark: A tall task for Bonds
Hitting home runs seems all too easy for Barry Bonds. But breaking the all-time HR record still appears unlikely.

August 12, 2003
Stark: Radical to routine
Tommy John surgery has become such a success, it's almost fashionable for pitchers to have elbow reconstruction.

August 7, 2003
Stark: Keep 'em, trade 'em ...
Were the Expos given the green light to deal Vladimir Guerrero and Javier Vazquez? Some say yes, others say no.

August 7, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
From Freddy Garcia to Darin Erstad, a slew of players have cleared waivers and can be traded at any time.

August 5, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The trading deadline has seen its share of craziness over the years. And this year was no different.

July 31, 2003
Stark: Evaluating the winners and losers
The winners (Red Sox), the losers (Cardinals) and much more from baseball's trading frenzy.

July 30, 2003
Stark: Trade Rumblings & Grumblings
With the trade deadline fast approaching, contending teams have set their sights primarily on several key players.

July 28, 2003
Stark: Given a Code Red
Stuck with little payroll flexibility, Bob Boone and Jim Bowden were set up for failure in Cincinnati.

July 15, 2003
Stark: American idol
Hank Blalock could end up being the AL MVP come October with his unlikely heroics off the NL's elite closer.

July 15, 2003
Stark: Selig plans to keep one-for-all format
Bud Selig says the model of one representative per team will continue for future All-Star games.

July 14, 2003
Stark: Useless All-Star Info
The AL set a record Tuesday by fanning 11 times. Considering the outcome, Mike Scioscia likely won't care.

July 14, 2003
Stark: A blast after all
This year's Home Run Derby proves you don't need big swatters like Barry and Sammy to put on a good show.

July 14, 2003
Stark: Midseason awards
Carlos Delgado and Albert Pujols are the league MVPs so far. But who are the league LVPs?



July 13, 2003
Stark: Buzz continues to build on Harden
A's prospect Rich Harden only increased the buzz surrounding him with his performance at the Futures Game.



July 11, 2003
Stark: Wild Pitches
The half-year in review, including one manager's attempt to bond, er blonde, with his team.

July 7, 2003
Stark: Thanks, but no thanks
It was great that the players voted, but they unknowingly voted for the reserves instead of the starters.

July 6, 2003
Stark: Hacking into the system
Dontrelle Willis and Rocco Baldelli aren't All-Stars? Baseball's selection process needs some refining.

July 6, 2003
Stark: All-Star mistakes
A look at the mistakes made by the fans, players and managers, along with the biggest All-Star omissions.

July 3, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
When the Mets acquired Roberto Alomar, all seemed right in New York. Instead, it was the start of a nightmare.

July 3, 2003
Stark: An All-Star frenzy
A pitching matchup of young (Dontrelle Willis) vs. old (Jamie Moyer) would be ideal for the All-Star Game.

June 30, 2003
Phillies' Millwood won't discuss future -- for now
Phillies pitcher Kevin Millwood has had second thoughts about holding a round of contract negotiations with the Phillies during the All-Star break.

June 30, 2003
Stark: Sultan's Corner
The longball edition of the Useless Information Department, where home run knowledge is power.

June 29, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Giants slugger Barry Bonds just formed the 500-500 Club, but there won't be a line to get in for some time.

June 25, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
For the first time in decades, players will have an opportunity to vote on who belongs in the All-Star Game.

June 25, 2003
Stark: Kingman starting to sweat
Brian Kingman, baseball's last 20-game loser, is fearing his days being famous are numbered.

June 19, 2003
Stark: Useless Reader Info
Best of the best Useless Info from loyal readers.

June 18, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
From Ugueth Urbina to Chan Ho Park, the Rangers are hoping to be big sellers over the next month.

June 18, 2003
Stark: Phils the new Braves
The Phillies have built their team following the Braves' former blueprint -- strong starting pitching.

June 17, 2003
Stark: Plan B
Roger Clemens wants to be a Yankee in the Hall of Fame. But to be historically correct, he's Boston blue-blood.



June 16, 2003
Stark: Really Wild Pitches
Even more unlikely, improbable, extraordinary recent happenings from the National Pastime.

June 16, 2003
Stark: Wild Pitches
A six-man no-hitter, the Special K-K-K-K club and more unlikely, improbable, extraordinary recent events.



June 11, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
How do some players inexplicably become rejuvenated? Announcing the All-Contract Year Team.

June 7, 2003
Stark: Useless Reader Info
Best of the best Useless Info from loyal readers.

June 7, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
In his attempt to win 300 career games, Roger Clemens has unearthed many factoids.

June 4, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
How to make interleague play more fan-friendly: AL rules in NL parks, and vice versa, for one game per series.

June 3, 2003
Stark: Shattered image?
Thanks to the video age, Sammy Sosa's career will be forever linked with one splintering swing.

June 2, 2003
Stark: Some pizzazz, please
Baseball fans should have a draft in which they can immerse themselves. Here's a few ways to make it happen.

May 29, 2003
Stark: Good trade all around
Boston and Arizona both filled major holes in the deal involving Shea Hillenbrand and Byung-Hyun Kim.

May 29, 2003
Stark: Best-kept secrets
They're players you know but maybe not well enough, like the Twins little-known ace Kyle Lohse.

May 29, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Devil Rays are leaning toward selecting high school phenom Delmon Young first overall in Tuesday's draft.

May 20, 2003
Stark: After Maddux, then who?
Greg Maddux appears certain to join Roger Clemens in the 300-Win Club. After that the candidates a few.

May 18, 2003
Stark: Comparing milestones
Unlike the 500-Homer Club, don't expect to see many more joining Roger Clemens in the 300-Win Society.



May 23, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Roger Clemens wants to be a Yankee in the Hall of Fame. But to be historically correct, he's Boston blue-blood.



May 22, 2003
Stark: Useless Reader Info
Best of the best Useless Info from loyal readers.

May 21, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
Who do you want up if you need a homer to win? Believe it or not, it's Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

May 15, 2003
Stark: Break up the D-Backs?
Injuries and sluggish play have brought about the idea of possible changes taking place in Arizona.

May 15, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
With the June draft fast approaching, it appears there will be no changes to the current system this season.

May 8, 2003
Stark: Changes all around
From adding wild-card teams to shortening the regular season, changes could soon take place for baseball.

May 8, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Mike Piazza might be willing to play elsewhere, but a mystery clause in his contract could keep him a Met.

May 6, 2003
Stark: Useless Information Dept.
The Useless Information Dept. breaks down the toothless Tigers and much more.

May 1, 2003
Stark: The importance of April
For teams like the D-Backs, the month of April was a disaster. Does history say they can recover?

April 30, 2003
Stark: Really Wild Pitches
Some moments you might not have heard about from Kevin Millwood's weekend masterpiece.



April 30, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Kevin Millwood leads the list of players who will likely command big money this offseason.

April 30, 2003
Stark: Wild Pitches
Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell can finally call himself a triple threat. All it took was 2,041 at-bats.

April 28, 2003
Stark: Minor conspiracy
Baseball's greatest leadoff hitter playing for Newark? Rickey Henderson has a little theory on why.

April 27, 2003
Stark: On the money
The Phillies were willing to spend in the Kevin Millwood trade. On Sunday, the deal paid off big.

April 27, 2003
Stark: What's more likely
Things More Likely Than Maddux, Johnson and Pedro Giving Up 10 Runs in a Game.

April 25, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
This year's All-Star Game could very well be a far more competitive event than in season's past.

April 24, 2003
Stark: Beginning the great debate
It's been a superlative start to the season for the Yankees. But what does it mean after just 3½ weeks?

April 20, 2003
Stark: Useless info dept.
The Useless Information Dept. examines a rare week of implosions for three Cy Young winners.

April 18, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Need a lefty? This one won more second-half games than Roger Clemens last year and is available.

April 18, 2003
Stark: Trouble brew-ing
Baseball is making alcohol management its top priority in the wake of this week's attack on umpire Laz Diaz.



April 18, 2003
Stark: All-Winterball teams
A frosty start to the season inspired us to ask readers for their All-Winterball Teams. Check out some of the best.

April 16, 2003
Stark: Stop fans from reaching field
Baseball's senior VP for security said he intends to focus initially on what could be done to stop fans from being in position to get onto fields.

April 13, 2003
Stark: Really Wild Pitches
The first two pitchers to give up 10 runs in a game this year? Hint: they've won a combined nine Cy Youngs.

April 13, 2003
Stark: Wild Pitches
The start of the baseball season saw a premium on heaters, and we're not talking about fastballs.

April 9, 2003
Stark: Appo-Maddux for Braves?
Alarm bells are ringing in Atlanta, but the Braves' core insists they're not ready to surrender the NL East.

April 9, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
With no big-league takers, Rickey Henderson is expected to soon sign with an independent league team.

April 3, 2003
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark offers the best useless info from the first week, plus a special look at Opening Day.

March 31, 2003
Stark: Phillies' moves pay off on Opening Day
The Phillies' highly-paid acquisitions paid big dividends on Opening Day.

March 30, 2003
Stark: Fit 'em for the rings
A year ago, it would have sounded totally absurd. Not now. The Twins will win the World Series in 2003.

March 27, 2003
Stark: Thome's new world
It's not a cliche, it's true: Switching leagues isn't easy. Jim Thome is the latest to put it to the test.

March 26, 2003
Stark: So much for a laid-back spring
It's only spring training, but tempers have certainly been short, writes Jayson Stark.

March 24, 2003
Stark: Shock the world!
The Angels stunned the baseball world in winning it all in 2002. Who could pull off the trick this season?

March 21, 2003
Stark: Looking back on tragedy
Ten years have passed since the deaths of Steve Olin and Tim Crews. And the pain of their loss continues.

March 19, 2003
Stark: Spring Fever
From a bad start from Tom Glavine to a monster offensive game from Ricky Ledee, it's been a wild spring.

March 19, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
On the whole, Cuban pitchers have done little in the big leagues. Will Jose Contreras be a break from the norm?

March 13, 2003
Stark: Where will Vlad land?
In the crazy world that is the Expos, Vladimir Guerrero's status beyond this season remains one big question mark.

March 12, 2003
Stark: Oh, so many changes
From Danny Graves becoming a starting pitcher to Aaron Boone moving to second base, change is the key word in Cincinnati.

March 12, 2003
Stark: The center of attention
He started his career as a catcher before moving to second base. Now, Craig Biggio is set to man center field.

March 11, 2003
Stark: Mesa on Vizquel, 'I'll kill him'
It's been nine months since the release of Omar Vizquel's autobiography. And the barbs are still flying.

March 9, 2003
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark offers the best useless info from the teams in transition, plus a close-up look at closers.

March 4, 2003
Tax, casino issues won't stand in Rose's way
Though Bud Selig still has to make the final call, ESPN has learned that baseball's investigation of Pete Rose's tax problems and casino visits appears to suggest that neither would be a significant enough issue to prevent Selig from reinstating Rose in the next few months.



March 4, 2003
Stark: The anti-Yankees
While the Yankees continue to spend and spend, the Twins are building a winner with little payroll flexibility.

March 3, 2003
Stark: Curing the Dodgers' blues
A healthy starting rotation would do a world of good for the Dodgers.

March 1, 2003
Stark: Spring Fever
From Barry Bonds' first home run to Manny Ramirez's hairdo, spring training is in full swing.

February 28, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Given $30M to spend on this past offseason's free-agent class, here's one formidable roster.

February 26, 2003
Stark: Committee's stance should surprise no one
In not electing anyone to the Hall of Fame, the revamped Veterans Committee has drawn a hard line in the sand.

February 25, 2003
Stark: It's now Hampton's turn
Putting on a Braves uniform has been like going to heaven for plenty of pitchers. Mike Hampton now gets his chance.

February 21, 2003
Stark: A societal problem
Don't believe the death of Steve Bechler is just a problem for baseball to deal with because it's far more than that.

February 20, 2003
Stark: Piniella catches some Rays
Is it nuts to think the Devil Rays can at some point measure up to their NFL neighbors? Lou Piniella doesn't think so.

February 17, 2003
Stark: Camp chaos? Make that camp normal
From Derek Jeter defending himself to just the sight of Hideki Matsui, the Yankees world is an interesting one.

February 17, 2003
Stark: Phils alive and well
The addition of Jim Thome has brought a spark to the suddenly exciting Phillies.

February 14, 2003
Stark: It's now Thome time
On the first day for Phillies pitchers and catchers, Jim Thome arrived and made his presence felt.

February 14, 2003
Stark: Wrapping up the winter
From the new darlings (Phillies) to the continued sad-sacks (Devil Rays), baseball had an interesting offseason.

February 7, 2003
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark offers the best useless info from the 2000s along with plenty more odd notes.

February 4, 2003
Stark: More Barry swinging, less walking
With an eye toward getting Barry Bonds more swings, baseball needs to address the intentional-walk rule.

February 3, 2003
Stark: Changing the rules
From using instant replay to adding a designated fielder, Jayson Stark proposes 25 rule changes.

January 27, 2003
Stark: More Rumblings
On the whole, players contracts have hit the skids this offseason.

January 27, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
From Jim Thome to Tom Glavine to Pudge Rodriguez, the NL East has a far different look to it.

January 22, 2003
Stark: Marlins view Pudge as 'special'
After three months of getting almost no free-agent offers, Pudge Rodriguez hit the Florida jackpot.

January 18, 2003
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark offers useless Hall of Fame facts along with plenty more odd notes.

January 17, 2003
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Will Pete Rose ever be reinstated by baseball? Still a tough one to answer. But here's what we know.

January 15, 2003
Stark: King George's madness
The luxury tax hasn't stalled the Yankees' big spending, but not everyone thinks that makes them an evil empire.

January 10, 2003
Stark: Smart thinking
Letting the All-Star Game winner decide the home-field advantage for the World Series is a great idea.

January 7, 2003
Stark: No respect for the '80s
After seeing the Hall of Fame results, Jayson Stark argues that the best players of the '80s are caught in Hall of Fame limbo.

January 6, 2003
Stark: My Hall ballot
Beginning with Eddie Murray, Jayson Stark lists the players he voted for on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.

December 16, 2002
Stark: Nothing is something
The story of the winter meetings wasn't what happened, it's what happens next.

December 16, 2002
Stark: A team-by-team rundown of the action
A team-by-team rundown of the active participants at the winter meetings Sunday.

December 15, 2002
Stark: Taking the next step
All-Star Jeff Kent decides to pass on Giants' three-year offer.

December 15, 2002
Stark: A's Beane gets his man
Athletics GM Billy Beane was extremely focused on acquiring Erubiel Durazo.

December 15, 2002
Slugger Durazo sent to Athletics in four-team trade
Diamondbacks first baseman Erubiel Durazo sent to Athletics in four-team trade.

December 14, 2002
Kent close to remaining with Giants after all
Second baseman Jeff Kent might be returning to the Giants after all.

December 13, 2002
Stark: Winter meeting tidbits
The most interesting rumor from Monday: Russ Ortiz might be heading to the White Sox.

December 13, 2002
Stark: Mr. Popularity
Expos GM Omar Minaya is garnering a lot of attention at the winter meetings.

December 11, 2002
Stark: Heatin' up in the winter
Bartolo Colon leads a long list of Expos who could get dealt during the winter meetings.

December 10, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark offers useless facts on Tom Glavine, longtime teammates and plenty more.

December 6, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The Phillies missed out on Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer, but they may be interested in Curt Schilling. Jayson Stark checks in from around the majors.

December 5, 2002
Stark: Tommy guns his way north
Tom Glavine in a Mets uniform? The team he's tortured for 17 career wins is now the home team.

December 3, 2002
Stark: Not about the money
You can stop calling him now, Philadelphia, Jim Thome has arrived with the Phillies.

December 2, 2002
Stark: Does the $85 million Thome wash statues?
For $85 million, Jim Thome ought to do more than just man first base for the Phillies, but on second thought, that's plenty, Jayson Stark writes.

November 22, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark is back with useless facts on managers, awards and plenty more.

November 20, 2002
Rumblings: Better times await Hampton
Mike Hampton was abysmal in his two years with the Rockies. He should be much better for the Braves.

November 16, 2002
Stark: Big challenge for Dusty
Dusty Baker led the Giants to the Series. Now he gets the chance to lead the Cubs to the promised land.

November 13, 2002
Stark: Alou correct choice for Giants
With a team filled with veterans, the Giants did the right thing in naming Felipe Alou as their new manager.

November 12, 2002
Rumblings: Thome tops the charts
With Jim Thome leading the way, Jayson Stark offers a preview of this year's free-agent class.

November 5, 2002
Stark: Schilling still searching
Will Curt Schilling's potential Hall of Fame chances be hurt by his lack of Cy Young trophies?

October 28, 2002
Stark: Heading in different directions
The Angels and Giants enter offseasons headed in much different directions.

October 28, 2002
Stark: A dream come true
The Angels finished 41 games out of first place last year. This season, they're World Champs. Who would've think it?

October 27, 2002
Stark: Game 7 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the sixth game of the World Series.

October 27, 2002
Stark: Angels pull off a miracle
With a season-ending loss staring them square in the face, the Angels did the impossible in Game 6: They won.

October 26, 2002
Stark: Game 6 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the sixth game of the World Series.

October 25, 2002
Stark: Bonds getting by with a little help from 24 friends
It may have been the final games for Jeff Kent and Dusty Baker at Pac Bell Park. What a way to go out.

October 25, 2002
Stark: A possible grand finale
It may have been the final games for Jeff Kent and Dusty Baker at Pac Bell Park. What a way to go out.

October 24, 2002
Stark: Game 5 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the fifth game of the World Series.

October 24, 2002
Stark: Check your pulse, Giants win
The Giants have been finding a way to win the close ones in the postseason.

October 23, 2002
Stark: Game 4 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the fourth game of the World Series.

October 23, 2002
Stark: Angels hit, hit and hit
Game 3 saw the Angels pour on the offense. The question is: Will they ever stop hitting?

October 22, 2002
Stark: Game 3 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the third game of the World Series.

October 21, 2002
Stark: Leathergate exposed
Just when you thought this World Series couldn't get any wilder, now it's turned into an Oliver Stone movie.

October 21, 2002
Stark: The wild and wacky
From game-winning homers to steals of home, Game 2 was filled with excitement.

October 20, 2002
Stark: Game 2 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the second game of the World Series.

October 20, 2002
Stark: Bonds proves he's the best ... again
With one swing of the bat, Barry Bonds proved to all the World Series is his stage and his stage alone, writes Jayson Stark.

October 19, 2002
Stark: Game 1 Useless Info
Jayson Stark has all the trivia and tidbits from the first game of the World Series.

October 18, 2002
Stark: It's wild! No complaints about system
An all-wild-card Series is fine with the Angels and Giants. But maybe a minor tweak in the system is needed.

October 18, 2002
Stark: Bonds no walk in the park
It's a question that teams have faced all year: Should you pitch to Barry Bonds or not? Mike Scioscia and the Angels are now on the hot seat.

October 16, 2002
Giants to start Schmidt in World Series opener
Dusty Baker isn't definitive, but gives clues as to what his World Series rotation will be.

October 15, 2002
Stark: Giants light up Pac Bell again
The Giants win the pennant. In another historic game, those words ring true again as the Giants defeated the Cardinals to head to the World Series.

October 13, 2002
Stark: Santiago's historic blast
After 16 long years in the majors, Benito Santiago finally has a shining moment to remember -- his game-winning homer in Game 4 of the NLCS.

October 12, 2002
Stark: The buzz about Barry
Even Cardinals pitchers appreciate the electricity when Barry Bonds steps to the plate. They just don't want to see electricity.

October 12, 2002
Stark: Style points not necessary
The Cardinals had to win Game 3 of the NLCS and they did ... but it sure wasn't pretty, writes Jayson Stark.

October 11, 2002
Stark: Giants as hot as ever
The Giants are riding a four-game winning streak and look nearly unbeatable heading into Game 3 of the NLCS, writes Jayson Stark.

October 11, 2002
Stark: Cards a resilient bunch
Despite being down 0-2 in the NLCS it wouldn't be wise to say the Cardinals can't get back in the series, writes Jayson Stark.

October 10, 2002
Stark: Schmidt decks Cards
Armed with a blazing fastball for the entire game, Jason Schmidt made it look easy for the Giants in Game 2, writes Jayson Stark.

October 9, 2002
Stark: Emotions run high for Giants, Cards
When the Cardinals and Giants emptied their benches in Game 1, this NLCS took on an added excitement, writes Jayson Stark.

October 9, 2002
Rolen on NLCS roster, but leaves Cards short on bench
The Cardinals added Scott Rolen to their roster Wednesday in the hope of using the All-Star third baseman later in the NLCS.

October 8, 2002
Stark: Useless postseason info dept.
Jayson Stark has the facts, figures, numbers and hard-to-believe info from the postseason.

October 7, 2002
Stark: Five questions for ALCS
Jayson Stark runs through the key questions for the Angels and Twins in the ALCS.

October 5, 2002
Stark: Elimination? Twins feel no pressure
The Twins knew how to handle the pressure of an elimination game, writes Jayson Stark.

October 4, 2002
Stark: Get your bloopers!
Crazy, wild, wacky. That was the scene during Game 3 at the Metrodome, writes Jayson Stark.

October 3, 2002
Stark: Scioscia proves his point
Angels manager Mike Scioscia makes all the right moves in Game 2, writes Jayson Stark.

October 2, 2002
Stark: Must be the pinstripes
It's October and the Yankees are once again rallying from an eighth-inning deficit, writes Jayson Stark.

September 30, 2002
Stark: No favorite this year
The team with the best record rarely wins the World Series, making this year's playoffs more wide open than ever.

September 28, 2002
Stark: Box score lines of year
Check out the gory details of some of the more ugly box scores from the 2002 season.

September 28, 2002
Stark: Year in review
Jayson Stark collects all the wacky, wild and unforgettable highlights and moments of the 2002 season.

September 27, 2002
Stark: Cards-Rolen a perfect match
Though the Cardinals spent a boatload of money to re-sign Scott Rolen, it was money well-spent.

September 27, 2002
Stark: And the winners are ...
From the MVPs to the Cy Youngs to the Cy Yuks, Jayson Stark hands out end-of-season awards.

September 24, 2002
Stark: Useless Sammy Sosa info
Jayson Stark offers the best of Slammin' Sammy info, the Sultan's Corner and other tidbits.

September 24, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark is back with the good, the bad and the goofy things to watch for in the season's final week.

September 22, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
The latest edition of the weird and wacky from baseball, including a long roll call in San Diego.

September 19, 2002
Rumblings: Yankees appear vulnerable
Jayson Stark's latest rumblings, including why the Yankees are beatable and why Randy Johnson may open the playoffs for Arizona.

September 19, 2002
Stark: Another year in isolation
As baseball plays the waiting game with the Expos, it looks like another unfortunate year in Montreal awaits, reports Jayson Stark.

September 14, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark is back with remarkable AL West information, the Sultan's Corner and other tidbits.

September 13, 2002
Stark: A-Rod's great, but Tejada's the MVP
While Alex Rodriguez is having a spectacular season, Miguel Tejada is the AL's MVP.

September 10, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Jayson Stark returns with all the weird and wacky events in baseball from the past month.

September 6, 2002
Rumblings: Time to promote the game
Now that we've got a labor deal, Jayson Stark reminds us that baseball remains a great game.

September 6, 2002
Stark: The streak debate
The 1916 Giants won 26 games in a row. Ahh, but there's a rub: they had a tie mixed in.

September 5, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark is back with Mark Grace-turned pitcher info and other tidbits.

September 5, 2002
Stark: Useless A's info dept.
Jayson Stark is back and offers tons and tons of A's tidbits related to their 20-game winning streak.

August 30, 2002
Q & A: How the labor deal works
ESPN.com's Jayson Stark breaks down the issues of baseball's labor agreement.

August 28, 2002
Stark: World Series of Labor heading into seventh game
Come on. Did anybody think this World Series of Labor wasn't going to go the full seven games?

August 28, 2002
Stark: Selig's arrival has significant consequences
Bud Selig's arrival in New York on Wednesday doesn't necessarily mean he's ready to ride in on a white stallion and save his sport from disaster. But it does have significance in a whole bunch of ways:

August 27, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark is back with some players who may be looking forward to a strike and other tidbits.

August 15, 2002
Stark: Answers to current labor issues
Questions and answers to what's keeping the players and owners apart.

August 14, 2002
Stark: Talks starting to get ugly
You had to know a day like this was coming on the baseball labor front.

August 12, 2002
Stark: Do the right thing
There's a deal at the end of the labor tunnel, and Selig and Fehr have no excuse but to get it done.

August 8, 2002
Stark: Surveying the waiver-wire
Paul Byrd will remain in Kansas City, but others (Livan Hernandez) could be moved before the end of August.

August 6, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
The usual assortment of did-you-knows, including the history of wild-card races.

August 6, 2002
Stark: Useless Bonds info
Barry Bonds useless information is here for your reading pleasure.

July 31, 2002
Stark: Breaking down Deadline Day
Trade Deadline Day was quiet this year, but August may prove busy. Jayson runs down Wednesday's deals that were made -- and not made.

July 30, 2002
Stark: Three Who Could Go
With Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline (4 p.m. ET) now less than 24 hours away, here's a look at three players who could get traded by the deadline.

July 29, 2002
Hit King speaks out: 'I'm a good guy'
From the amazing-but-true files: Pete Rose actually feels sorry for Bud Selig. Jayson Stark reports.

July 29, 2002
Stark: Rose has soft spot for Selig
From the amazing-but-true files: Pete Rose actually feels sorry for Bud Selig. Jayson Stark reports.

July 27, 2002
Stark: The Wizard of Oz
From diving stops to back flips to a master in turning the double play, Ozzie Smith was a magician with a glove on his hand.

July 26, 2002
Stark: Who's headed where?
What's the latest on Scott Rolen? Get that and more as Jayson Stark addresses the latest trade news.

July 25, 2002
Stark: Who's going where?
Will Scott Rolen be traded? How about Jim Thome? Jayson Stark looks in on the latest trade news.

July 23, 2002
Stark: No minimum payroll, no guarantee of competitive balance
The only way to make a new labor deal work is to make sure it includes a minimum payroll.

July 20, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Comedians of the week, box score line of the week, bobbleheaders of the week and much, much more.

July 19, 2002
Stark: All are winners in recent Yankee deals
Are the Yankees ruining baseball? Believe it or not, their recent deals have been good for all concerned.

July 16, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
The usual assortment of did-you-knows, including players who have made a run at .400 over the years.

July 16, 2002
Stark: When it was a game
Remember when pitchers went three innings? Or the starters played the entire game? Jayson Stark tracks down the de-evolution of the All-Star Game.

July 10, 2002
Stark: Baseball's image takes another blow
This All-Star tie was another debacle for a sport that seems to be cornering the market on debacle production these days.

July 9, 2002
Stark: All-Star useless information dept.
Labor problems, steroids, the Expos: sadly, the issues being talked about in Milwaukee aren't about baseball, writes Jayson Stark.

July 8, 2002
Stark: Cloud hangs over All-Star break
Labor problems, steroids, the Expos: sadly, the issues being talked about in Milwaukee aren't about baseball, writes Jayson Stark.

July 7, 2002
Stark: Midseason awards
Jayson Stark hands out his midseason awards and has a surprise pick for NL MVP.

July 5, 2002
Stark: Who's now the Greatest Living Player?
Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial now lead the list of Greatest Living Players.

July 2, 2002
Stark: Record chasers
Barry Bonds isn't on pace to challenge a new home-run record, but he still has some impressive marks to go after this season.

July 2, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark checks in with his usual assortment of did-you-knows, including the best current players never to make the All-Star Game.

July 1, 2002
Stark: All about the money
The reason why the Blue Jays dealt Raul Mondesi to the Yankees is a simple one: Money.

June 30, 2002
Stark: Cast your vote
The 30th Man is a great idea, an idea that maybe can actually improve the All-Star Game as well.

June 27, 2002
Stark: Miscellaneous Rumblings
Jayson Stark has more rumblings from the game, including the D-Backs scouting Jeff Weaver very closely.

June 27, 2002
Stark: Cleveland not the only seller
Bartolo Colon is gone, and the Indians aren't the only team looking to trade away players.

June 25, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Sluggers of the week, box score lines of the week, bobblehead of the week and much, much more.

June 20, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark checks in with his usual assortment of hard-to-believes and did-you-knows from around baseball.

June 19, 2002
Stark: Strike? No way
Jayson Stark tells why he believes there won't be a work stoppage this season.

June 18, 2002
Stark: Griffey not going anywhere
Ken Griffey Jr. isn't going anywhere, but the Reds may still be looking to trade for a starting pitcher.

June 13, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Jayson Stark checks in with his usual assortment of hard-to-believes and did-you-knows from around baseball.

June 12, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Sluggers of the week, box score lines of the week, bobblehead of the week and much, much more.

June 10, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
With Scott Rolen remaining unhappy in Philadelphia, the Phillies aren't ruling out exploring trade possibilities.

June 10, 2002
Stark: Yankees good for baseball
Enough of the complaints from baseball officials about competitive balance problems. You don't hear David Stern trashing his sport.

June 4, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Curt Schilling is piling up strikeouts and wins ... but not walks. Plus much more useless info.

June 3, 2002
Stark: Scouts say talent thin
In a draft that's a crapshoot to begin with, this one is practically a spin of the roulette wheel.

June 3, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Injury of the week, box score line of the week, bobblemania of the week and much, much more.

June 3, 2002
Stark: Martinez saw the inevitable
Buck Martinez knew back in spring training that it was inevitable that his days as Blue Jays' skipper were numbered.

May 29, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
It only took Shawn Green three weeks to join Mike Cameron as players to hit four homers in a game.

May 21, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
The Yanks are homer-happy, Jimmy Rollins is homer-happy, Greg Vaughn is finally homer-happy.

May 20, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Injury of the week, box score line of the week, bobblemania of the week and much, much more.

May 16, 2002
Stark: Strike date not surprising
A possible strike date for August isn't surprising, writes Jayson Stark. But it's a huge concern since it means progress isn't being made on labor peace.

May 16, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
After intense research (hint: BCS baseball style), here's how the standings should really look.

May 15, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
The Devil Rays' recently-ended 15-game losing streak calls for all kinds of useless information.

May 15, 2002
Stark: Most devastating pitches in the game
Baseball's best pitches ... from Randy Johnson's "Mr. Snappy" to Mariano Rivera's cutter and more.

May 15, 2002
Stark: Most devastating pitches in the game
From Randy Johnson's "Mr. Snappy" to Mariano Rivera's cutter, Jayson Stark polls those in the game on baseball's best pitches.

May 11, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
"Spider-Man" is a smash hit. But due to a real-life spider, Dave Hollins can't begin his season.

May 10, 2002
Stark: Week in Review
Balls used at Coors Field are now being kept in humidors. Jayson Stark offers up other great ideas.

May 9, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The labor situation is looking rather bleak. That's why the owners and players need to come up with creative ideas ... and fast.

May 8, 2002
Stark: Oswalt fast becoming a star
Roy Oswalt has gone from a small-town nobody to a big-time name in a short period of time.

May 8, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Mike Cameron's four-homer game calls for all kinds of useless information from Jayson Stark.

May 4, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
There are plenty of different uniform combinations out there nowadays. Astros pitcher T.J. Mathews knows all too well.

May 3, 2002
Stark: Week in Review
Mike Cameron tells Jayson Stark he can't stop laughing after hitting four home runs in one game.

May 2, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
April was a bad time to be a manager. Jayson Stark reports why four got fired so quickly. Plus, other rumblings (Cliff Floyd to Yankees?).

May 1, 2002
Stark: Good news for Reds, Pirates
Can the Reds and Pirates keep up their surprising starts? Maybe not, but April does matter.

May 1, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Derek Lowe's no-hitter stirred up some thoughts on what has happened since the last no-no at Fenway Park.

April 27, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski had two 13-pitch at-bats in a recent game. And he got a hit both times.

April 24, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Though he's considered baseball's best closer, Mariano Rivera continues to show a few chinks in his armor.

April 23, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
The Mariners started 16-4 in 2001. And they started 16-4 in 2002. How many teams have done that?

April 23, 2002
Stark: Labor strife would mean ugly future
MLB better settle its issues; if it doesn't, the damage will be far larger than players and owners could imagine.

April 20, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
The Expos won a historically strange game. And more oddities, too.

April 19, 2002
Stark: Week in Review
The wacky news of the week, including items you won't want to buy, coverage of Detroit's epic losing streak, and the epic online battle between Curt Schilling and Doug Glanville.

April 18, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Davey Lopes got the boot in Milwaukee, but four other managers are also on the hot seat.

April 18, 2002
Stark: Lopes' leash ran out
Under Davey Lopes, the Brewers kept striking out and losing games.

April 17, 2002
Stark: No Maddux? No Glavine? Could be
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are free agents and there is no guarantee they'll return to Atlanta.

April 16, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Facts, follies and much, much more from the baseball world.

April 13, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
John Smoltz's ERA may not recover until possibly the All-Star break after a disastrous inning against the Mets.

April 11, 2002
Stark: Useless info dept.
Facts, follies and much, much more from the baseball world.

April 10, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Jayson Stark's news nuggets include some raised eyebrows over Omar Minaya trading Scott Strickland to the Mets.

April 9, 2002
Stark: Bonds belongs in best-ever debate
Ruth? Mays? Cobb? When talking about the greatest players of all time, it's time to start talking Barry Bonds as well.

April 8, 2002
Stark: Dombrowski makes his mark
Dave Dombrowski was brought to Detroit to revive a franchise that had fallen down and forgotten how to get back up. He just took his first step.

April 6, 2002
Stark: Wild Pitches
Phillies pitcher Vicente Padilla leads a long list of wacky happenings from the opening week of the season.

April 1, 2002
Stark: Anything possible on Opening Day
There's nothing like Opening Day to provide an official reminder that It Isn't Last Year Anymore.

April 1, 2002
Stark: Time for Operation Shape-up
The Pirates lost 100 games last year and could well reach the century mark in defeats again in 2002.

March 28, 2002
Stark: A story better than fiction
"The Rookie" is a movie so good it must have happened in real life. The amazing thing is that it did.

March 26, 2002
Investment advice: Power players
Jayson Stark polled those in the game to see which young players are most desired over the next 10 years.

March 26, 2002
Stark: Dunn's deal is the real deal
Everyone in baseball expects Cincinnati's Adam Dunn to be a prodigious slugger over the next decade.

March 23, 2002
Stark: Rollins for real
Jimmy Rollins stands just 5-foot-8, but he plays much bigger than that once he takes the field.

March 20, 2002
Stark: Spring Fever
Ten errors in a win? Four homers allowed in one inning? Disabled by spider bite? Jayson Stark has all the oddities from spring training.

March 20, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Jayson Stark provides the latest trade rumors (Hank Blalock to the Blue Jays?) and notes from around the majors.

March 20, 2002
Stark: Martinez on hot seat in Toronto
Buck Martinez understands that new Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi may not be patient with a manager he didn't hire, reports Jayson Stark.

March 13, 2002
Stark: Explaining the 60-40 rule
Jayson Stark explains why enforcing this new rule could work as a de facto salary cap.

March 11, 2002
Stark: Pressure? Narron doesn't mind
Rangers manager Jerry Narron appears to be in a no-win situation. Unless, of course, he wins.

March 8, 2002
Stark: Spring Fever
Jeff Kent's broken wrist leads a wild and wacky list of spring happenings.

March 8, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
From coaches to even computers, former Expos execs took all they could when they moved to Florida.

March 1, 2002
Stark: The man with the plan
Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi has jumped into his new job with the idea of making smart moves now -- and later.

February 23, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Increased scrutiny brought on by Sept. 11 is the main reason why the true age of players is being found out.

February 20, 2002
Stark: Spin doctors busy with Abreu's deal
The Phils put on happy faces for Bobby Abreu's signing, but the Scott Rolen situation has the franchise rattled.

February 18, 2002
Stark: Twins happy to be alive and well
On the first day of camp, the Minnesota Twins indicated a desire to prove Bud Selig wrong this season.

February 16, 2002
Stark: Rolen speaks out
Despite having the opportunity to cash in big time with the Phillies, Scott Rolen has opted for his freedom.

February 15, 2002
Stark: Spring time is good time
With the near-disastrous offseason now over, the sweet smell of spring training is back for another year.

February 6, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
The threat of contraction is over for the 2002 season, but don't believe it's a dead issue.

January 25, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Baseball in Montreal. Make that a farce in Montreal. Such is the case with the 2002 Expos.

January 17, 2002
Stark: New flexibility could bring solutions
With its nod toward relocation, baseball would be choosing a much better option than contraction.

January 16, 2002
Stark: Owner shifting leads to confusion
Ownership changes have created a logistical nightmare and some bizarre questions that need answered.

January 11, 2002
Stark: Rumblings & Grumblings
Fifteen years on the Hall of Fame ballot is too many. Jim Kaat -- 14 years on the ballot -- agrees.

January 7, 2002
Stark: Tough calls for the Hall
Jayson Stark agonized over the names to put on his Hall of Fame ballot.

November 16, 2001
Rolen tells Phillies he wants to test free agency
Scott Rolen has told the Phillies he wants to test free agency next winter.

November 4, 2001
Selig mum on contraction, sees lack of minority hiring
The commissioner of baseball sat in a chair Sunday, just up the tunnel from where Game 7 of the World Series was about to be played. The subject was contraction -- a subject Bud Selig said he didn't want to talk about anymore -- until the World Series fades into the rear-view mirror.

September 17, 2001
Stark: A victory for the country
On baseball's Re-Opening Day, players got the powerful feeling that they were all part of the same team.

September 13, 2001
Stark: The struggle of a lifetime
Deciding whether to play baseball wasn't just a hard choice for Bud Selig. It was the burden of a lifetime.

September 13, 2001
Stark: Bud's tough decision
Baseball came close to playing games over the weekend, reports Jayson Stark.