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Crystal Hall: A look at the HOF's next 4 years

And then what? Wait for it. Big Papi, that’s what. David Ortiz seems likely to be another first-ballot Hall of Famer when he’s eligible in 2022 (assuming he doesn’t come back, of course). If the party for him is anything ...

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Chipper Jones, Jim Thome among newcomers for 2018 Hall Of Fame ballot

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced Wednesday, making it the perfect time to look ahead to the 2018 ballot. So which players have a chance to join Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez in ...

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Michael Kopech clocked at 110 mph on throw

Aroldis Chapman may have to watch his back, because there is another flamethrower coming for him. Michael Kopech, a top pitching prospect who was dealt from Boston to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal, was clocked at 110 ...

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Report: Myers, Padres agree on 6-year, $83-million deal

Wil Myers is staying put in San Diego. The Padres and the first baseman have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $ 83-million contract that will keep him at the club until at least 2023, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. ...

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Report: Blue Jays nearing deal with Bautista

One of Toronto’s best athletes of all-time might be staying north of the border after all. The Blue Jays have reportedly decided not to give up on veteran Jose Bautista as the team has emerged as the front-runner and are ...

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Hitters poised to rebound? We pick 6

Here is a look at six hitters who are projected to bounce back significantly at the plate from 2016 campaigns that fell well below their standards. This is based on their weighted runs created-plus (wRC+), a park- and league-adjusted metric ...

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Cubs Convention: Champs of a lifetime!

He’s right. The Cubs did win back-to-back championships in 1907 and ’08, and the players all said they were eager to do it again. • Ross, Dempster supply laughs “Everyone knows how difficult it is to repeat with the short ...

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AP Source: Barney, Blue Jays reach deal to avoid arbitration

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that second baseman Darwin Barney has agreed to a $ 2,887,500, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, avoiding salary arbitration. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday ...

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Joe Maddon laughs at critics of his bullpen management

Joe Maddon sure received a lot of criticism for a guy who led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Maddon’s use of his bullpen and pitching staff was unconventional, but it produced undeniable results. His ...

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Best team on paper: Hint, it's not the Cubs?

A word on projections: They aren’t predictions. Injuries will happen, unexpected breakouts will occur and luck will play a role. You’ll probably like them if they say good things about your favorite team, and you won’t if they don’t. “But ...

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