MLB Designated Columnists

Chase Headley trade possibly anticlimactic for all

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Once the train pulls out of the station, the seats have lost their value.

Yankees trade for Chase Headley, should stop there

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Despite myriad injuries and disappointing performances by veterans, the Yankees have hung in the AL East race. While they still have a chance to win a weak division, they need their prospects more...

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Uggla's release caps horrific flameout, contract

The Braves made a bad decision that was first-guessed at the time, but no one could have anticipated just how thoroughly Uggla would fall apart.

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White Sox balanced between rebuilding & regressing

When is a team truly making progress and when are they just teasing?

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MLB Draft spending cap makes Astros look sleazy

The Astros look like they're screwing two young amateur players out of a chance to start their pro careers. Are they?

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.

Bring back Tony Gwynn & the lost greats of the 80s

A remembrance of the past, a wish not to go back but to be back, and for others to be back as well. Also the only post where you'll see Pascual Perez compared to a character from Shakespeare.

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Brad Ausmus Is Smart Enough To Be Sorrier

Brad Ausmus's apology is a nice start, but he needs to do more to make it clear that domestic violence isn't funny.

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Tony Gwynn's legacy could be end of chaw in majors

The death of Tony Gwynn highlights the need to finally get tobacco off of the ball field.

Baseball still doesn't understand women

Once again, Major League Baseball sallies forth to capture more of the female audience, and once again it falls on its face.

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There was only one Tony Gwynn

Initially not considered in the same class as Williams, Boggs, and Mattingly, he proved himself a unique player with a personality to match.

The Twins need more than Kendrys Morales to win

Morales is a quality start, but the Twins need to do more if they want to surprise in 2014.

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Managers use relievers like bad Civil War generals

History is like a city bus or subway car. If you miss one, an identical model will be along shortly. Thus, while baseball shouldn't be equated to something as serious as a war (right, Big Papi?),...

Nelson Cruz for MVP now!

Though he wears the scarlet Biogenesis B, Nelson Cruz has been the best pure hitter in the American League. Let's hope he keeps it up, because there are some fogbound heads that just might explode.

Jon Singleton and an offer he couldn't refuse

The Astros, and other clubs, are extorting contract extensions out of their minor league prospects. Is there anything the players can do about it?

David Ortiz opens mouth, casual sexism spills out

Baseball is no war, but David Ortiz's bigger mistake was insulting women and girls.

Has Josh Beckett 'completed his comeback'? Hell no

Beckett's no-hitter was "just one of those things," and that's all.

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