MLB Designated Columnists

Ignoring Tony Gwynn, MLB fails not him, but itself

The lack of a tribute to the fallen Hall of Famer It's not about what's right, it's about understanding the power of memory in baseball.

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With so many out, All-Star Game's watered-down fun

You can call a player whatever you want, but the more substitutions you make the further from "All-Star" you get -- like a classic rock reunion tour notably missing a band's key members.

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Frank Thomas knows what it's like to be snubbed

At the Home Run Derby to promote a favorite charity, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame slugger makes it clear he hasn't lost any of his intensity, whether it's dissing the shift or candidly discussing...

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Babe Ruth debuted 100 years ago today

Home run king, Hall of Famer, patriotic symbol -- it all began 100 years ago today.

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Pierzynski DFA'd -- Dodgers, White Sox next?

The veteran catcher's time with the Red Sox has come to an end, but he may have suitors among contenders and non-contenders alike.

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Ruth's hug means almost as much as Gehrig's speech

At the time, a hug between two greats of the game loomed almost as large as Gehrig's words -- and maybe it still should.

A's-Cubs trade breakdown

Billy Beane rolls the dice, the Cubs add a possible centerpiece, and both boldly jump ahead of the annual in-season trade market.

Yankees the most tedious team money could buy

Roughly $200 million to old-timers out, Masahiro Tanaka and a .500 team back in -- except they're not a .500 team.

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Lincecum no-hitter -- it's not how good you were

You can't recapture past glories, but you can make new ones at any stage of your career.

This year a .500 team could win the World Series

The major-league standings are collapsing in on themselves, though with baseball's expanded playoffs it may not matter.

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