|Craig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, his third year on the ballot. Nothing about his career changed over those three years, but his vote total went up each year. And when he was elected, he celebrated.
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|Some free-agent signings seem inevitable. These are the ones in which everyone wins. That's especially true now with the start of Spring Training a mere month away.
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|Kris Bryant is still smiling, and why not? His team just won the World Series. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. And, on top of all that, he married his longtime sweetheart last weekend.
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|As the Cubs gather this weekend for the Cubs Convention, beginning to turn the page from Game 7 to Spring Training, this is a franchise that is capable not only of repeating as World Series champs but also of putting together the most sustained run since the Yankees went to the Series five times in six seasons, winning four championships. Here are 10 reasons the Cubs' future is as bright as their immediate past.
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|Although winning 300 games is not a must for a starter to make it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it certainly has been a benchmark. No longer. Thus the criteria to judge Hall-worthy starters must change.
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|Say hello to baseball's busiest general manager. How busy? Jerry Dipoto made two more trades on Wednesday, running his total to 11 this offseason and 36 since he took over the Mariners 16 months ago. Yes, 36.
More»Justice on Mariners' exciting offseason of trades|
|From Wayne Garland and the Indians in 1976 to Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins in 2015, there have been 14 players sign contracts with guarantees of 10 or more seasons, eight of them in the current decade. The payoffs for the investments have been mixed at best.
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|The main goals of bringing Jewish-American baseball players to Israel were to help those who will be representing Team Israel in the upcoming World Baseball Classic connect on a deeper level with the country while at the same time helping to grow the sport in a nation not used to playing it.
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|In the opening days of December 2000, the Rockies went on a free-agent pitching splurge, initially signing Denny Neagle to a five-year, $51.5 million deal, and then giving left-hander Mike Hampton a record-setting eight-year, $121 million deal. It became another chapter in a learning process for the Rockies, underscoring the fact that proven big league pitchers struggle to survive at Coors Field.
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|David Ortiz captured the attention of Red Sox Nation with cryptic Twitter activity this week. Representatives of Big Papi and Boston haven't said publicly that a comeback is possible. But under any scenario in which Ortiz returns to uniform, the 2017 World Baseball Classic is a natural place to start.
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|If the Rockies weren't serious about their 2017 effort, they wouldn't have given a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond that also cost them the No. 11 overall Draft pick. But they still need another piece, and that piece is Jose Quintana.
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|Can Javier Baez remain patient? That's one of the questions hanging over the Cubs as they prepare to defend the championship they won in spectacular fashion last November. As Joe Maddon puts together the pieces of a roster that is the deepest in the Major Leagues and will once again will include Kyle Schwarber, he must decide who gets the bulk of time at second base: Baez or Ben Zobrist?
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|Maybe the most amazing thing about Mike Trout's brief career is that he may already have punched his ticket to Cooperstown. Roll that one around in your brain a time or two.
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|As the baseball world marches toward Spring Training, the White Sox continue to field offers for top starter Jose Quintana.
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|Hey, did you know the Twins might trade Brian Dozier? It's an issue that hasn't gotten a lot of attention in the baseball reporting world ... unless, of course, you count the daily speculation since the beginning of November.
More»Castrovince on Twins possibly trading Dozier soon|
|During his days as a scouting director with the Padres and the Rangers, Sandy Johnson made an impact, particularly with his success in signing and developing players out of Latin America.
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|The Indians will try to follow in the footsteps of the Royals and Cubs, who won the last two World Series one season after coming up just short.
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|Trevor Hoffman is cautiously optimistic that his second time on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame is going to be the right time.
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|The Astros are ready to win the American League West and achieve the destiny that Sports Illustrated proclaimed for them a few years back -- 2017 World Series champions. There's just this one nagging detail. They don't have the starting pitching to go head to head with the Red Sox or Indians, and they'll have their hands full against the Rangers and Mariners.
More»Justice on Astros' chances of landing Quintana|
|There's a case to be made for the D-backs having a nice rebound season in 2017. Don't be surprised if the Angels bounce back, too. Also, the Pirates, Rays and Rockies shouldn't be overlooked.
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|The term Indians team president Chris Antonetti used to describe the $60 million investment that the ownership made in Edwin Encarnacion was "leap of faith." Perhaps, because this press conference was almost immediately followed by another -- the one announcing that Billy Joel will be playing Progressive Field this summer -- "A Matter of Trust" would have been more apt.
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|Quick study? No question. In the decade he was in his prime, everything about Ivan Rodriguez was quick.
More»Rogers makes a case to put Pudge in the Hall of Fame|
|Center field at the Indians' home park was once Larry Doby's domain, the place where the man who integrated the American League established himself as a seven-time All-Star and Hall of Famer. But come July, it will be a different Doby out in center -- not breaking down a barrier, but setting up a stage.
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|January is not the demonstrably dull month of Minor League invites it once was. It's time we mentally adjust to the reality that the offseason is itself a full season, one in which market logjams and especially scrupulous executives spread the activity out over several months. Here are 10 clubs that could be particularly big noisemakers and newsmakers this month.
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|Spring Training is a mere six weeks away, and for a bunch of teams, this could be a make-or-break stretch. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Nationals aren't done with the heavy lifting. The Astros, Rangers and Yankees haven't checked all their offseason boxes, either.
More»Major bats looming in free agency, trade markets|
|There could be as many as five players enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. It, however, would still leave a lengthy list of worthy candidates who have come up short. Here are the 10 most worthy but so far overlooked Hall of Famers.
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|Tyson Ross is hardly the only Major League asset who is available -- or should be -- with universal appeal. Here are some other moves every team should make:
More»Preller discusses possibility of bringing back Ross|
|While the Chicago Cubs were putting an end to a 108-year World Series championship drought in 2016, the baseball public became engrossed with the way managers Terry Francona of the Indians and Joe Maddon of the Cubs turned the seven-game Series into a chess match with bullpens.
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|The Giants filled their biggest void, signing free-agent closer Mark Melancon. The Dodgers and Giants are looking to maintain their two-team stranglehold on the NL West. But it won't be that easy.
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|Signing a pitcher in his thirties to a monster contract is a risk. But in the case of the Cubs and Jake Arrieta, it represents the lesser risk. The bigger one is assuming that Arrieta can be replaced.
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