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Mitch Perry Report for 12.9.16 – Will Bud Selig’s entry into the HOF ease the way steroid users?

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Happy Friday, y’all. Hey, can we talk baseball this December morning? Okay, how ’bout hypocrisy? Bud Selig, the commissioner who presided over the game’s golden age of steroid use, was named to the sacred Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this week by what is called the “veterans committee.” That’s not to be confused with the Baseball Writers Association of America, who will most likely once again diss Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens when they vote next month on who should make the hall. There were a lot of…

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Baseball has good chance to draw big playoff ratings

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Major League Baseball should be happy. The table is set for stronger post season television ratings. The playoffs got off to a great start Tuesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles in the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game, 5-2 in 11 innings. Better yet, it was a walk-off home run by the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion that sent his team to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. But exciting games have not been the…

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Leading off: 3 MLB playoff spots open, 1 day left on schedule

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A GIANT DAY San Francisco holds a one-game lead over St. Louis for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season. Matt Moore starts at home for the Giants vs. the Dodgers, and a win gives them the second NL wild-card slot. In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to beat Pittsburgh and hope for a Giants loss to force a one-game tiebreaker. COULD BE CHAOS Baltimore, Toronto, and Detroit all have…

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No. 56 Notre Dame makes itself home at Fenway to play BC

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly grew up in the Boston area rooting for the Red Sox. Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. rooted against them. Hunter’s father and namesake was a major leaguer who played against Boston at Fenway Park for the Twins, Angels and Tigers. Now Hunter Jr. will take the field at the century-old ballpark when the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish play Boston College on Saturday night. “It’s definitely going to be a pretty cool experience,” said Hunter, who is also…

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Joe Maddon should seek advice from Terry Francona

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Joe Maddon has his work cut out for him. He must convince his team that they can accomplish the next-to-impossible. Good luck with that. Maddon’s Chicago Cubs are looking at a 3-0 deficit in their National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. New York’s pitching has been better than their opponents from Chicago’s north side. More importantly, the Mets’ starters have been better than the Cubs’ potent, but young, hitters. So what does a manager say to his…

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The Big Shift: Infields spin in response to data explosion

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Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one of the 700,000 pitches and 130,000 batted balls in the major leagues each year, night after night after night. Hundreds and thousands of miles away, infielders shift from left to right and back on big league diamonds, swaying like metronomes marking time in a Beethoven…

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Dave Matthews Band’s highly anticipated Summer tour kicks off

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From Ants Marching: The Dave Matthews Band’s 2009 Summer Tour kicked off in monsoon-like conditions in Darien Lake May 27, as the band warms up for a long summer tour. The only “new” song – to those familiar with the Spring Tour – was the newly-beloved Time Bomb which received positive reviews from fans after its first live appearance. The three new songs from Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King also made their appearance, along with Seven, which debuted late…

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