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Bob Nightengale


Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Bob:

Baseball Hall of Fame: MLB's home run king Barry Bonds is running out of time

Barry Bonds, one of the greatest players in baseball history, is on the outside looking in at the Baseball Hall of Fame. → Read More

Opinion: Astros are still talented, but they are leaderless and flawed

The Astros, who have won a World Series and two AL pennants the last three years, are reporting to spring training as a vulnerable team. → Read More

Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins reach agreement on four-year, $92M deal

The NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2019 moves back to the American League after agreeing to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. → Read More

Pete Rose supports MLB's decision on Astros cheating scandal, but wonders if players should be punished

Baseball's all-time hit leader is banned for gambling on the game, but concedes there is no correlation between his mistake and the Astros' scandal → Read More

Opinion: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora

Boston and their manager "parted ways" a day after MLB's report implicated Cora in the Astros' cheating scandal, when he was an assistant for Houston. → Read More

Red Sox say ditching with Alex Cora was an 'easy decision' – but they're still on the hook

Boston parted ways with their manager, but could still be hit with major punishments if an investigation showed the team cheated in 2018. → Read More

Opinion: In typical Mets fashion, Carlos Beltran's ousting was completely bungled

Beltran, hired in November, is out as the Mets' manager before he even got to manage his first game. → Read More

Carlos Beltran out as New York Mets manager in wake of Astros cheating scandal

The Carlos Beltran era is over before it even began for the New York Mets. → Read More

Commentary: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora

"We agreed that parting ways was the best thing for the organization,’’ Cora said in a statement. "I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward." → Read More

MLB hands down historic punishment to Astros for sign stealing, including suspensions for manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow

MLB suspended Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year for their role in using electronic equipment to steal signs. → Read More

Brewers stars Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich team up to give back to their L.A. and Milwaukee communities

Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich are helping out their home communities by hosting a charity event in Malibu and by rejuvenating downtown Milwaukee. → Read More

Legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons being honored by the people he covers

Peter Gammons, who has written about baseball for nearly 50 years, is being honored at the annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation banquet. → Read More

Decade of sports: Cubs winning 2016 World Series was best moment of the 2010s

The Cubs winning the 2016 World Series was the greatest moment in sports this past decade -- ending a 108-year title drought. → Read More

Agent Scott Boras gets money flowing back into baseball

Boras will likely wind up negotiating in excess of $1 billion worth of major league contracts before the winter ends. → Read More

After winter meetings spending spree, attention turns to MLB's trade market

The winter meetings saw the top three free agents sign enormous deals, and those who missed out on the stars still have holes to fill. → Read More

Astros fire assistant GM Brandon Taubman, apologize for his tirade toward female reporters

The Astros fired assistant GM Brandon Taubman after discovering he lied to them about his expletive-filled tirade toward a group of female reporters. → Read More

Manager Joe Maddon, who led Chicago Cubs to a World Series title, will not return in 2020

Manager Joe Maddon, who led the Cubs to a World Series title in 2016, will not return next season. → Read More

Opinion: Cody Bellinger, Alex Bregman for MVP, AL Cy Young award remains a tight race

USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale makes his picks for the 2019 award winners. → Read More

Opinion: Cubs' weekend meltdown officially signals the end of the Joe Maddon era

After being swept in a four-game set at Wrigley Field, the Cubs' postseason hopes are all but finished, and this core's run may very well be over. → Read More

Opinion: Red Sox must answer some big questions after firing Dave Dombrowski

Boston parted ways with Dave Dombrowski, who helped construct the 2018 World Series champions. Why is the Red Sox's GM spot so unstable? → Read More