|For the executives representing highly motivated franchises looking to nail down division titles and avoid the win-or-go-home game to start the playoffs, the level of competitive balance is complicating the normal wheeling and dealing of late July.
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|On the eve of his 80th birthday, Commissioner Bud Selig sounded like a man content to turn a page on his remarkable life. He sees this next chapter as a time to think and reflect, a time to share some of what he has learned and to attempt to tell his incredible story.
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|Shopping metaphors are in strong supply at the moment in my line of work, so let's call Justin Masterson the pair of designer shorts with a $150 price tag when the weather first warmed, now substantially discounted as the summer season wanes.
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|One of the best and most enduring lines ever uttered during a telecast of any baseball game came from the lips of -- well, we'll get to that. When it was said and where it was said for the first time is lost forever. And how many times it has been repeated also is unknown. The line lives on because it was a piece of genius -- clever and appropriate.
More» Revere robs Duda of a home run in the 4th|
|For the first time in a long time, the AL Wild Card-contending Mariners -- who have been exploring the trade market in advance of Thursday's Deadline -- have something to play for in the second half. It's a new feeling for ace Felix Hernandez.
More» Felix fans 10 in seven one-run innings|
|In this game of musical left-handers, Jon Lester becomes the biggest trading chip on the market, followed -- albeit not that closely -- by the Phillies' Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
More»MLB Tonight talks some guys who could be traded|
|The game was at its best for four days this past weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., as legends reunited, bringing back sentimental thoughts and appreciation for the greats.
More»2014 HOF inductees share comical stories from careers|
|No team faces a tougher decision on a player than the Dodgers do on Matt Kemp. There's potentially a huge downside to trading him. There may also be an even greater downside. Nice, huh?
More» Kemp tracks foul ball and makes sliding catch|
|Listening to rumors is great, don't get me wrong. But the best thing about Major League Baseball is always the crazy things that you see on the field.
More» A's cap comeback with six-run 9th|
|Braves president John Schuerholz admits a major disappointment in his career -- one World Series championship in the Braves' professional record 14 consecutive first-place finishes. But that can't take away from what was one of the great runs in the history of the game.
More»Cox, Glavine and Maddux give thanks as they enter HOF|
|Jon Lester makes his next -- and possibly last -- start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, though it would surprise exactly no one if he is dealt to a contending team prior to taking the mound.
More»The guys discuss moves with Lester and Howard|
|Twenty of baseball's 30 teams began Monday within 5 1/2 games of a playoff berth. Sixteen teams were within 3 1/2 games. So there's opportunities out there as Thursday's Trade Deadline approaches.
More»The guys discuss which teams should make moves|
|Induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame usually exceeds expectations for the participants, and the events of this past weekend were no exception.
More»A look back at the 2014 Hall of Fame weekend|
|With Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline mere days away, the hunt is on for impact acquisitions. But it's important to remember some of the impact acquisitions that helped put teams in contention and on the "buy" side of the trade equation in the first place.
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|For almost all of us, it starts the same way. Mom or dad give us a bat and a ball, maybe even a glove. They send us out to play and they keep an eye on us to see what happens. You never ever know. That's the best thing about baseball, whether the players are the best in the world or the kids on your block.
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|If you believe in miracles, you have to believe in the Tampa Bay Rays.
More» Longoria on his big hit and the Rays' 6-4 win|
|Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them.
More»Torre is inducted into the Hall of Fame|
|Neil Walker knows the growing pains of these Pittsburgh Pirates well. It makes him appreciate where the Pirates are today: a season removed from ending a two-decade drought with their first winning season and postseason appearance since 1992.
More» Walker lifts solo homer to open the scoring|
|Joe Torre said on Saturday that his relationship with the Yankees right now is right where it's supposed to be.
More»Torre on his induction to the 2014 Hall of Fame|
|Hall of Famers know who got in on the first ballot and who had to agonize over a long selection process. And within the former group, there's a subset that is truly iconic. In the historic six-man Class of 2014, the Hall's most anticipated since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount went in together in 1999, that's where Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas come in.
More»Maddux discusses his induction to the Hall of Fame|
|Atlanta embraced Tom Glavine because of he was a pure-bred Brave, because he made his offseason home in nearby Alpharetta, Ga. and because he could pitch and win. It endured his growing pains and that unbecoming 7-17 record in 1988. The city had taken him to its heart and made him a favorite son. Glavine could have run for office had he not run to the Mets. But, with powerful misgivings his general manager later made public, he split.
More»Tom Glavine joins Matt Vasgersian on High Heat|
|There should be unease in Dodger territory, because at some point soon -- especially with Yasiel Puig healthy -- a decision must be made on how best to handle an untenable outfield situation on a team that has begun to look quite old quite quickly.
More» Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers|
|When the fourth inning of Friday's 8-1 victory ended, so did Nolan Arenado's night of work. Charlie Culberson took over at third base in the top of the fifth after the Rockies' starting third baseman didn't hustle to first on a ground ball to the pitcher.
More» Arenado gets replaced in the 5th|
|The biggest problem with WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in the view of managers, coaches and players is that advanced analytics can't do justice to defense. Nonetheless, a look at the data we have reveals a list of gloved wonders that in many cases is remarkably compatible with the eye tests and assessments of those inside the game.
More»The Wizard was known for his defensive brilliance|
|Baseball is better when the Dodgers and Giants are both good. They remain two of the sport's cornerstone franchises, both playing to packed houses, both occupying large places in the hearts and minds of their local citizens.
More» Lincecum fans six over seven scoreless frames|
|During all of the seasons I watched Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux audition for the Baseball Hall of Fame on a regular basis with the Braves, I never took them for granted.
More»Greg Maddux is elected to the Hall of Fame|
|Seattle is in dire need of offense to release some of the pressure from that superb pitching staff and quality defense. Walk right in, Kendrys Morales, and make yourself at home in a clubhouse that will welcome you like a cool breeze on a late July afternoon.
More» Mariners go up 6-1 on Morales' second homer|
|All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is putting up numbers better than his 2013 NL MVP Award season while leading the surging Bucs back into contention.
More»MLB Tonight talks Andrew McCutchen|
|While Tom Seaver's Hall of Fame standing has brought him unique acclaim and been so fulfilling, he is quite willing to be displaced as the highest percentile vote-getter -- so long as his replacement is the right player. Derek Jeter is the right player. Seaver says so. Moreover, he thinks the Yankees' captain ought to be the first unanimously elected Hall of Famer.
More»Tom Seaver takes his place among baseball's greats|
|Joe Torre will stand on the stage behind the Clark Sports Center, and after the inscription on his plaque is read by Commissioner Bud Selig, he'll stop for a moment to soak in the sea of fans on the meadow in front of him before moving to the podium. He'll then deliver a speech that has been months in the making.
More»Torre thrilled to be in Cooperstown next weekend|