MLB Designated Columnists

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the San Diego Padres

We continue to play doctor with bad baseball teams, this week paying a house call to the San Diego Padres.

Sorry, A-Rod, you brought this on yourself

Res ipsa loquitur, Mr. Rodriguez.

The offseason ain't over 'til Dodgers say it is

And Ned Colletti doesn't even have to see his shadow. Once all the big free-agent names have signed, the Dodgers have the power to upset the standings all over again by dealing a top-flight outfielder.

Time for the BBWAA to stop faking it

Being a day-to-day chronicler of the game does not make one an expert on baseball history in the same way that a political reporter who covered the Bush and Obama administrations is not necessarily an expert on George Washington and John Adams.

Why the Hall of Fame doesn't matter anymore

The Hall of Fame should be great, but there is too much standing in the way for that to happen these days.

HOF vote: Defending the nincompoop perspective

As obnoxious as voters like Murray Chass and Ken Gurnick can be, calling for their removal from the electorate is (almost) just as wrongheaded.

Time to delete Mickey Mantle from the Hall of Fame

And a bunch of other guys can go with him if we take the PEDs scolds to their illogical extreme.

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the New York Mets

We continue to play doctor with bad baseball teams, this week paying a house call to the New York Mets, who just have to find the faith to believe in an invisible six-foot rabbit.

Quick & Dirty HOF Guide III: Piazza, Sosa, & more

Capsule comments on each of the players whose fates will be revealed in January -- with derision reserved for the steroids-obsessed puritans of the BBWA.

Masahiro Tanaka: How many years will he get?

Even if Tanaka lives up to his advance billing, thanks to baseball's new economics, the risk is less in the financial commitment than in the numbers of years.

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