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Another Bauble Could Be Waiting for Cubs

Phil Rogers, Sports on Earth

New MLB Boss Has the Right Idea

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Newcomer Manfred Batting .500 So Far

Jesse Spector, Sporting News

Next Player in 3,000 Club May Be A-Rod

Andrew Simon, Sports on Earth

This is probably going to sound a little over the top, so apologies up front. But the longer the James Shields market remains somewhere between publicly undefined and outright te...(full article)

Trying to solve baseball, a game that is unsolvable, is one of its central pleasures. But baseball has me. I might grouse about any changes the game might make, and complain about ...(full article)

I'm not sure where the New York Yankees have been for the past 20 years, but they should know the game got a little sideways on us for a while. In fact, not unlike the snow that ...(full article)

Rob Manfred’s tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball is off to a controversial start after he said that he would be open to the idea of eliminating defensive shifts to g...(full article)

On Sept. 28, Derek Jeter picked up his 3,465th and final hit as his 20-year career drew to a close. His departure leaves the Major Leagues without an active member of the exclusive...(full article)

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