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Washington Nationals in first place despite struggles of their star outfielder
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Fri, 4 October 2013

Are the upstart Browns a symbol of change, or merely Cleveland's latest sign of false hope?

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Wed, 2 October 2013
Every time an undeniably great baseball player retires — the latest being Mariano Rivera — there will be a handful of people who will wonder: Is he finally the one? Will he become the first unanimous Hall of Famer? In a way, it’s a bizarre concept. How could there have never been a unanimous Hall…
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Wed, 2 October 2013
When I was a kid, I loved the annual awards column that would run in the local newspaper. It does not really matter WHICH local paper I’m talking about now because some version of that column ran in every newspaper in the United States. The columns always picked the writers’ baseball award winners and, along…
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Thu, 26 September 2013

Mariano Rivera was the perfect athlete long after the ideal of perfection ceased to exist.

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Wed, 25 September 2013
Peyton Manning has an amazing 134.7 passer rating after three games. Of course, passer rating is generally a silly statistic, but it works for this exercise.
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Wed, 25 September 2013
You know that dream where you are running and running but are not actually getting anywhere. I know people have all sorts of theories about this dream and what it means. Some say it indicates that you have too many things going in your life and can’t quite keep up. Some say it’s the body…
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Tue, 24 September 2013
At some point in the eighth inning, I remember going out to concourse of old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta and watching Atlanta Braves fans slowly shuffle toward the exits and their cars and another long baseball off-season. It is all well and good to say that baseball fans should stay to the end but…
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Tue, 24 September 2013
So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…
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Mon, 23 September 2013
A fantastic point here made by Tom Tango, and I have to admit that it has made me (for the nine millionth time) rethink the Baseball Hall of Fame. As you might have heard, Fangraphs asked a bunch of writers to name the three best eligible players not in the Hall of Fame. They asked the writers…
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Fri, 20 September 2013

How, exactly, did the Dodgers go from buried in last place three months ago to 2013's first division winner?

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Thu, 19 September 2013
Traditions become traditions the same way that people win dance marathons. Traditions simply outlast detractors. A tradition simply keep going, through all of the “that’s stupid” and “we should stop doing that” and “can’t we just find something new?” that everyone casts its way. Tradition’s aren’t necessarily SMARTER or BETTER than the fads that disappear.…
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Thu, 19 September 2013

It was Norton’s fate to linger just beneath the great fighters of his day.

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Wed, 18 September 2013
Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…
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Tue, 17 September 2013
Not too long ago, I was working on a project that (sadly) never quite got off the ground — it was a project to explore why we still love sports. Here we are surrounded by the horror of concussions and NCAA hypocrisy and PED use and countless other unsavory things … but we still love…
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Fri, 13 September 2013

Pete Carroll's positive, profound approach to football makes him unlike any other coach in the NFL.

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