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Getting calls right is important, but so is getting lost in emotional ebbs and flows of the game
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Wed, 13 November 2013
Fun story here about Joey Votto and the continuing disdain some people in and around Cincinnati seem to have for his patient approach at the plate. My favorite quote in there was actually a question Dennis Janson says he asked when Bryan Price was introduced as Reds manager: I asked Walt Jocketty if Price is up to the…
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Wed, 13 November 2013
Let’s start with something completely different. Pete Rose played almost his entire career in a terrible hitting environment. People rarely talk about this because, well, with Pete Rose, there are always more interesting things to talk about. But it’s true. Rose played for 24 years when pitchers dominated the game. The average run-scoring environment in…
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Sat, 9 November 2013

Former Packer Bill Curry has a story about bullying, though maybe it's not about bullying at all.

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Thu, 7 November 2013
Why is Nick Saban so good at this? Because he's driven to perfection with a fury that exceeds all of his competitors.
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Tue, 5 November 2013
Our continuing series on the 12 players on the Baseball Hall of Fame Expansion Era ballot. * * * Steve Garvey Summary: First baseman who played 19 seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Winner of an MVP Award (1974), the Roberto Clemente Award (given for great play and contribution to the comminutey),…
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Tue, 5 November 2013
OK, so you have probably heard — there are 12 finalists on what the Baseball Hall of Fame is calling the Expansion Era Ballot. These are players, managers and executives who contributed during what the Hall (naturally) calls the Expansion Era — from 1973 to the present. Only problem is, that’s not really the Expansion Era.…
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Fri, 1 November 2013
So, a couple of friends suggested to me that instead of making this a series of rule changes I would like to see (and will never happen), I should instead come up with “Five things that might make you think differently about baseball.” That does seem to make a bit more sense. My first rule…
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Thu, 31 October 2013
These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…
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Wed, 30 October 2013
Question 4. Statement: In baseball, the MVP award unequivocally should go to the best player. Strongly agree. Of course. What other option is there? 44.8% Agree. In close races, I might consider team performance and big moments. 40.7% Neutral. 2.7% Disagree. “Most valuable” is different. Factors like clutchiness and team performance must be considered. 9.2%…
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Mon, 28 October 2013
We sports fans will argue about anything. ANYTHING. Everyone knows that. We will not only argue about who the American League MVP should be, we will argue about the Dolphins’ new helmet (old one better), we will argue about Frank Caliendo’s best impression (Morgan Freeman), we will argue about the strongest arm in the NFL…
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Fri, 25 October 2013

The baseball world buried David Ortiz years ago. He was too old, too slow, too big. Somewhere along the line, he became a ghost -- a home-run-hitting, series-winning ghost.

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Thu, 24 October 2013
BOSTON – You ever had one of those days when nothing goes right? I’m not talking about big and tragic things going wrong, no, just little things. Little stupid things. You wake up a half hour late because a blackout knocked out your alarm clock. Because of the blackout, the water in the shower is ice.…
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Wed, 23 October 2013
BOSTON — There seems to be quite a bit of talk about continuity going into this year’s World Series. Well, hey, it’s the Cardinals and the Red Sox again. Fourth time. That was the matchup in ’46, with Stan Musial and Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Pesky, Red Schoendienst and Bobby Doerr and that…
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Tue, 22 October 2013
What a fascinating baseball career Jim Leyland has had. He was born and raised in Toledo, less than an hour from Detroit, and he was a no-hit minor-league catcher for the Tigers for seven years. He was one of those ballplayers everyone knew from the start would coach; Leyland was the sort of player who…
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Fri, 18 October 2013
So, you probably know that this year Boston’s Koji Uehara proved to be harder to reach base against than any pitcher in the history of baseball. That’s a pretty good thing. Here’s the list of the Top 10 WHIPs in baseball history, pitching at least 50 innings: 1. Koji Uehara, 2013, 0.565 2. Dennis Eckersley,…

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