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Which MLB teams were the best and worst of all time?

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For years debates have raged about which major league baseball team was the best of all time. Was it the 1927 Yankees, or 1961 Yankees? Maybe the 1976 Reds? If the rankings would include all teams, where would the pennant-winning 2008 Rays fit into all of this? Do either of Miami’s World Series-winning teams of 1997 and 2003 have a place? Thanks to Nate Silver and his team at FiveThirtyEight, we have some answers. According to the Elo rating system,…

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Mets sign former Rays Asdrubal as ex-Rays chase the money

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Know how to make the big money? It’s easy. Just be a former Tampa Bay Ray. While the Rays remain one of baseball’s most frugal teams, former teammates are cashing. The latest was shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets for $18.5 million. So far this offseason, Ben Zobrist has signed a four-year, $52 million contract and David Price has signed with the Red Sox for seven years and $217 million. It continues. As…

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MLB Commissioner hopeful for Cuba game; owners to discuss netting

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful a big league team will play an exhibition game in Cuba during spring training. President Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, and embassies were re-established in July. “There are a variety of issues involved there, not all of which are wholly within baseball’s control,” Manfred said Tuesday at the general managers meetings. “Obviously, the federal government has some significant influence on…

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BBQ or bagels? A tasty World Series set, Royals meet Mets

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Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up. The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy‘s power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, constantly pressuring opponents and aiming to atone for last year’s near-miss. A tasty World Series, served up with some BBQ and bagels. A dead even one, too, beginning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. “I opened it as a pick,” Johnny Avello,…

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Who gets a World Series ring? Sometimes, you’d be surprised

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Dan Uggla was long gone by the time the Giants won the World Series last fall. He’d played four games for San Francisco in late July, going 0 for 11 with six strikeouts, and made two errors at second base. That earned him a World Series ring. “With him struggling like he did, it opened up the door for Joe Panik, and we probably wouldn’t have won the World Series without Joe Panik,” recently retired Giants pitcher Tim Hudson said.…

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7 questions heading into the World Series

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The World Series may not be what it used to be, but don’t tell that to the fans of the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Because of the spread of baseball around the world, the winner is no longer called “World Champion,” but Champions of Baseball will be perfectly fine with either team. On Tuesday night, the Mets and Royals open the World Series in Kansas City. The winner will still raise the Commissioner’s Trophy, which looks the…

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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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