Rockies Bud Black is the perfect manager to turn the team around

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. Playing baseball in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at a far higher altitude than MLB’s other 29 teams has its advantages. The picturesque, snow-capped backdrop can’t … Read more

MLB star replacements: How Jeremy Pena, Matt Olson are faring

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. There’s a moment in 2010’s The Other Guys when superstar detectives Danson and Highsmith — played by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively — heroically and … Read more

Braves World Series repeat unlikely, future success is main goal

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. When Marquis Grissom caught the final out of the 1995 World Series to give Atlanta its first major pro sports championship, NBC announcer Bob Costas exclaimed, “The … Read more

MLB rule changes: Robo umps, shift banning, gambling are coming

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. “The most immediate and pressing need is to revive the public’s flagging interest, to recapture affections which baseball has studiously alienated, to reverse the game’s downward trend … Read more