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Baseball has the one indispensable union, and we missed it

Some thoughts about baseball, the arrow of work, the MLBPA, and the history of labor in the U.S. for a Labor Day evening.

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M's place Montero on suspended list, peace assured

A procedural move concludes fallout from the ice-cream sandwich confrontation between first-baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero and Mariners crosschecker Butch Baccala... for now.

Jesus Montero and the ice-cream sandwich of stupid

A busted prospect flips out when an unsubtle comment is made about his motivation and conditioning, but the joke is on the sender, not the recipient. And is it premature to say he's busted?

Batting Jeter second is all Girardi can do

It's not that the Yankees manager lacks choices, it's that he lacks alternatives.

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Ruben Amaro, GM most likely kicked by a giraffe

Some outcomes are predictable. You might think that climbing into the giraffe enclosure is safer than jumping into the bear pit, but it's really not. Similarly, holding tightly to your...

Angels skipped out on Colon with good reason

GM Jerry Dipoto took a calculated risk that no one would claim the ancient and expensive Bartolo Colon on waiver, was right, and the Angels will be better for it.

MLB close to revising its asinine blackout policy

In an interview with the Associated Press, MLB Advanced Media head hocho Bob Bowman says the game's notorious blackout policy could soon be changed to allow cable subscribers to view local games...

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Mo'ne Davis is a kid, not a prospect or gender pioneer

And she's sure as hell not a painting. Treating her as anything but what she is, a 13-year-old, is the height of objectification, making her a symbol instead of a kid playing a kid's game. Her...

The A's won't catch the Angels by blaming the Curse of Cespedes

An offense gone cold has slowed the A's enough for the Angels to pass them by half a game. Can the A's survive? Whatever the answer, the Yoenis Cespedes deal isn't to blame.

Royals in 1st place; enjoy it while it lasts

We cling to hope when an undergunned team makes a run at the postseason, but it's probably all ephemeral, a fragile bubble -- not that anyone wants to hear that. Or write it.

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Congrats, Commissioner Manfred! Welcome to hell

Rob Manfred has just been hired for the best job in the world with the worst bosses in the world.

Harrelson adds casual sexism to his homer shtick

Hawk Harrelson's sexism shows that baseball is still struggling to communicate with fans who are women.

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Robin Williams and a baseball film he never made

"Thank you very much. You're on your own. Good night." -- Robin Williams, 1978.

Jeter is better than Honus Wagner, & that's final

There's confusion as to whether players born in the 1800s are better than modern players. Some say Honus Wagner's stats make him better than Derek Jeter. He was, but only against his contemporaries.

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Angels' hopes on slumping offense, thin pitching

Losing Tyler Skaggs isn't a killing blow, but the rotation had the hope of improvement while he was still functional. Now they have to pin their hopes on a slumping offense and less promsing pitchers.

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The Cleveland Indians are rebuilding it themselves

Cleveland's new, privately financed renovations are a great reminder that baseball teams don't need your tax money.

Kirk Gibson should be punished, but won't be

Regardless of whether he ordered his pitcher to hit Andrew McCutchen or not, Major League Baseball should make an example out of the Diamondbacks manager.

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Brett Gardner a harbinger of things to come

Even before his recent power surge, the Yankees left fielder was having a quietly great year, one that should be an example to the coming generation of all-around hitters. And then we can all shut...

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In defense of the Yankees' trade deadline deals

The Yankees didn't acquire anyone resembling a star player, but Brian Cashman's patchwork might be enough. Meanwhile, Bill Madden remains hackish and the Diamondbacks continue to perplex.

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John Lackey trade makes mockery of 'depth'

Last year's World Series teams have had to rethink their plans and level of readiness for the future in a hurry.

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A's, Red Sox make a most daring deadline deal

A strange but daring swap of offense for pitching, with the A's making the unusual decision to deal from their pile of major-league stars.

MLB
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Eric Chavez retires, elegy for the fragile great

For a short while he was one of the best, but his powers ebbed as his body became ever more fragile. Up at 20, retired at 36, but not the same player after 26 -- you can't take anything for granted.

MLB's record on domestic violence worse than NFL's

It's time for Major League Baseball to broaden its penalties to target abusers; current penalties are non-existent.

2014 Hall of Fame induction non-preview

One of the best Hall of Fame classes in history will be inducted this weekend. That's a great thing, but museums are futile, there is no truth and the dodo is extinct, damn it.

If the Pads give it away, Yanks should take it

The Yankees are reportedly scouting Ian Kennedy, but there's more (and possibly better) where he comes from.

Chase Headley trade possibly anticlimactic for all

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

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