Three things they teach you in Little League: Ready position, keep your eye on the ball and catch it with your jersey. OK, so maybe no Little League coach ever said that last one, but Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta did it anyways Monday night. Pivetta was facing the Los Angeles Dodgers — specifically catcher Austin Barnes — and when Barnes ripped a comebacker right at Pivetta, the pitcher pulled off the type of catch you don’t often see.
Pat Neshek (left) aired his beef with Zack Greinke on an online collecting forum. Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Pat Neshek is MLB’s most avid baseball card and autograph collector. Neshek collects a lot more than 1985 Topps, though, so when he was chosen for the All-Star game this year in Miami, Neshek was asked which player’s autograph he was most eager to try to get.
Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" Follow on Twitter Yu Darvish is known to put pressure on himself and, since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, there is a sense around that team that he wants to prove himself to his new teammates. The perception in the room is that he wants to demonstrate that he was a worthy addition as a finishing piece to a championship-caliber team. Human nature. As if all of that isn’t enough: Darvish has many tens of millions of dollars on the line as a potential free agent this fall, and the 2017 season hasn’t gone according to plan for him.