As far as how the season finished, the New York Yankees can’t be happy about where they finished. While they may have ended with a better record than many expected, New York missed the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons — and just the fourth time since 1993. Fear not, Yankees fans, we have four reasons why they’ll turn things around in 2017. 1.
If you love baseball and care about the Hall of Fame, it is time to familiarize yourself with a principle called "The Observer Effect." It is chronicled in science, but it is about to be a real thing in baseball. It could shape who ends up with a coveted spot in the sport's shrine in the coming years. The basic idea is that a process is changed when we are able to see it. This comes into play next year when the secret balloting by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the Hall of Fame becomes public. On the next ballot, every voter's choices will be revealed and open to scrutiny. Plenty of ballots were made public before Wednesday night's announcement that Jeff Bagwell, Tim
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, became one of the most important people in Major League Baseball by following a rule that fast-tracked his career. It set him up to achieve what many thought was impossible, a resurrection of the Chicago Cubs. After 108 years, the team won the World Series again in 2016. "Whoever your boss is, or your bosses are, they have 20 percent of their job that they just don't like," Epstein tells David Axelrod on his podcast, "The Axe Files." "So if you can ask them or figure out what that 20 percent is, and figure out a way to do it for them, you'll make them really happy, improve their quality of life and their work experience." In