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Trying to make sense of the Jose Fernandez tragedy

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We’ll never know how many games Jose Fernandez would have won, or how many post season games or all-star games he would have enjoyed. Perhaps he would have wound up in Cooperstown or had another appointment with an orthopedic surgeon conducting another Tommy John surgery. All we know for sure is God gave him some natural ability, which he did not take for granted. He was becoming one of the game’s dominating pitchers and enjoying it all the while. Fernandez…

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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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Ichiro Suzuki, meet Pete Rose

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In October, 1973 Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson tangled at second base during that year’s National League Championship Series. That brawl remains one of baseball’s most recognized moments. It was also the month that the Nixon administration began to completely fall apart. At the same time half a world away, Ichiro Suzuki was born in Aichi, Japan. More than 40 years later the  names of Rose and Suzuki are coming up in the same sentence. No one who ever played…

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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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Door to Cooperstown closing on Pete Rose

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Pete Rose was back in the news this week for the wrong reasons. Banned for life in 1988 for betting on baseball, Rose first denied the accusations entirely, before finally backing off that stance. It took 15 years to finally admit to ABC’s Charlie Gibson that he bet on baseball and his Cincinnati Reds team while he was their manager. Rule 21, posted in professional baseball clubhouses, is baseball’s foremost rule that promises a lifetime ban for gambling on the…

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