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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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Was Olivo's alleged ear-biting unprecedented?

1B: Cap Anson bit off tip of Oyster Burns’ nose after spiking; swallowed. 1888.

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CC's struggles highlight Yankees' rotation issues

They aren't doomed yet, but it's easy to envision age and mileage as New York's downfall.

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Chris Getz was the symbol of Royals' futility

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" is a time-honored phrase, but not even it explains the Royals' four-year-affair with second baseman Chris Getz.

Someday, MLB Mother's Day will be about a player

Someday, MLB Mother's Day will be about not just pink bats, but a player -- but will we be ready as a society to embrace the moment when it comes?

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Darvish loses no-hitter again & that is beautiful

No-hitters are cheap flukes, but continually being frustrated by a capricious universe? That marks Yu Darvish as a special pitcher.

Tino Martinez, Yanks' Mr. Meh, makes Monument Park

The Yankees will honor Tino Martinez with a plaque in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, though he was mostly a mediocre player on a very good team.

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The Pirates and Indians are dead, dead, dead

"The dream is over. What can I say?" -- John Lennon

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Cano's return vs. Reggie's: Fans smarter in '82?

The denizens of Yankee Stadium knew where to put the blame when the great home-run artist left for Anaheim, but they seem a bit confused about where to direct their ire regarding Robinson Cano's...

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Bryce Harper thumbed out of game until July

Surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament will be necessary to restore the tyro outfielder to the field of play.

Just in time, Baseball revises transfer rule

An early-season travesty is revised back to historical norms.

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Michael Pineda & the case of the missing underwear

Michael Pineda receives a 10-game suspension for pine-tarring his neck (not the ball). How does any of this make sense, and why does John Farrell care if you're wearing underwear today?

'Field of Dreams': Worst baseball film of all time

As far as sentimental father-son stories set around baseball go, the film is a classic. In terms of telling honest truths about the game, it sidesteps some difficult realities.

Albert Pujols home run 500: Doing it backwards

Albert Pujols reaches a career milestone, but who does it have meaning to, and who should it have meaning to?

Bryce Harper: Worst human being on Earth RIGHT NOW

The Nationals "narrow their eyes" as to Bryce Harper's motivations. As long as he produces, his motives don't truly matter.

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Crazy Sandy finally deals Ike Davis

The Mets traded Ike Davis to Pittsburgh, which reminds general manager Sandy Alderson in a way much like a popular New York salesman from decades ago.

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Sean Doolittle 5-year extension: Not that weird

The A's extend their left-handed reliever for something like the rest of time. Good idea or bad?

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Juan Lagares Trek

Sometimes fate saves you from your own ineptitude.

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To the Mats with Eduardo Nunez hate mail

To the mats with reader mail and Nunez-inspired hostility.

Yanks lose Robertson to DL, somehow trade Nunez

You lose some, you win some.

Yasiel Puig was late for work, got benched, woohoo

Is anyone learning anything from this? Puig? Maybe. Don Mattingly? Also maybe.

Derek Jeter: Could it be over sooner than planned?

Twenty-five years ago, future Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt pulled the plug on his career after a slow start to a season. Could Derek Jeter go the same way?

Don Baylor breaks leg before game

The Angels hitting coach was injured when trying to catch the ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero.

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These Are the Times to Remember (Sorry)

We're living in the golden age of baseball youth, and it's not stopping anytime soon.

Adam Eaton: Best leadoff man in White Sox history?

Luis Aparicio is not the answer.

Ian Kinsler's misplaced priorities

GM Jon Daniels may or may not be "a sleazeball," but Kinsler's outrage over losing his best clubhouse buddy is a great example of a ballplayer putting other considerations ahead of winning.

Is it okay to hate closers now?

With Mariano Rivera gone, it's time to get back to debunking one of baseball's most self-punishing roles.

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Can the Braves' Andrelton Simmons keep it up?

Simmons had a historic defensive season in 2013, setting himself up to receive a contract extension taking him through 2020. But how often do shortstops repeat at such a high defensive level?

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Remembering Jim Fregosi

Celebrating the career of the manager and All-Star shortstop who passed away on Friday at the age of 71.

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