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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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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.

Stephen Drew: Doomed to remain homeless?

Stephen Drew is a very good player, but perhaps not so good that you'd want to change your plans to sign him.

Derek Jeter: Greatest shortstop in Yankees history

A future Hall of Famer announces he's ready to hang 'em up.

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The Super Bowl is over; now it’s our time

Baseball is back -- momentarily. The clock began the countdown the moment the Super Bowl's fourth quarter expired. P.S.: Baseball players don't have to make a big deal of going to Disney World -- they'll already be there.

Cosart's 'idiots' are actually quite reasonable

The concern isn't that his ERA will rise from 1.95; that's a given. It's just how far it will rise that is provoking cries of "regression" rather than unrealistic expectations.

The Los Angeles Dodgers: They have well-toned calves

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From Jackie Robinson to Fernando Valenzuela to the United Nations rotation of the Hideo Nomo days, the Dodgers have been famous for taking their talent where they find it, without preconceived notions about race or ethnicity -- and, of course, great legs. Here two of their international acquisitions, Cuban Yasiel Puig and Korean Hyun-jin Ryu, share an offseason embrace, lower legs bulging with well-sculpted fraternal enthusiasm.

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Matt Garza reportedly signs with Brewers

The veteran hurler gets a four-year deal, pending physical.

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Tanaka: 1 man CAN make a difference (but will he?)

The Yankees get their man, and maybe that will be enough.

All the Masahiro Tanaka strikeouts

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All the Masahiro Tanaka strikeouts from last season.

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Dodgers make the safest of $215 million bets

Money itself may be a form of slavery, but in Kershaw there is freedom.

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