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Steven Goldman

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Managing editor of and columnist for sbnation.com/mlb, former proprietor of the Pinstriped Bible, author of Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel. Editor and co-author of Mind Game, It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over, and Extra Innings.

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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.

12-year-old with cancer becomes Pirate for a day

Via the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a young cancer patient gets to play catch with Andrew McCutchen. This is what baseball is for.

Offense is dead; long live offense

Some people are never satisfied.

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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Yankees trade for Chase Headley, should stop there

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.

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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Babe Ruth debuted 100 years ago today

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

Masahiro Tanaka undergoes MRI; Yankees doomed

The free-agent ace, slammed in his last start, returned to New York to have his pitching arm scanned after complaining of elbow soreness. He's already been placed on the disabled list.

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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.

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Sabathia possibly out for year with knee injury

CC Sabathia won't have his knee checked out by Dr. James Andrews for another 10 days, but manager Joe Girardi conceded that he might be gone.

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.

Teddy Roosevelt, 156-year-old ex-prez, soccer fan

"I have already lived and enjoyed as much of life as any nine other men I know. I have had my full share, and if it is necessary for me to leave my remains in South America, I am quite ready to do...

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Houston Astros issue statement on data leak

The Astros were hacked, spilling supposed internal trade discussions across the Internet. Now the team answers back.

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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.

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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Clayton Kershaw no-hitter Twitter roundup

The Internet reacts to one of the greatest pitching performances in major-league history

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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.

1990 Cy Young Award-winner Bob Welch, 57, has died

The Dodgers and A's great conquered both Reggie Jackson and alcoholism.

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MLB Draft pick-by-pick tracker

An as-they-pick-'em reference for the 2014 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

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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.

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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Evander Holyfield reflects on Guerrero ear-biting

There are only two athletes like this on the planet, men who have had an ear beavered off in pursuit of their chosen sport. Now the first, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, speaks out...

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