Around the Majors: Beltran is traded to the Astros

The Royals trade Carlos Beltran to the Astros in a 3-team trade, the Royals and Astros might not be done trading, Mike Lowell sets a team record, Aaron Boone may have found a new team and the rest of the news around the majors.

Smart Growth and MLB:  A Virtual History

There were many different scenarios under which MLB might have captured its new markets over the past half century. Steve offers a virtual history in which all existing markets (and then some) are served, with only one franchise relocation ever occurring. It’s a scenario sure to please all except greedy soulless millionaires. Oh, and lovers of the Wild Card, Interleague Play, the DH, or artificial turf.