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April Fools! Yankees and Mets 2014 Campaigns Starting Off As a Joke

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The excitement of opening day has taken a sudden turn towards malaise.

The Yankees and Mets have started off the season 0-4 and some of the easy to spot problems for both clubs are rearing their heads early. Continue reading

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Yankees’ Andy Pettitte Announces His Retirement

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For the second time, Andy Pettitte has decided to call it a career, at a Friday press conference announcing his retirement.

He will retire as the all-time leader in postseason wins (19), along with a firm place as one of the greatest starting pitchers in the long history of the New York Yankees. Continue reading

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New York Yankees Traded for Vernon Wells…But Why? Desperation

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The Yankees traded for Angels outfielder Vernon Wells, today.  It is a relatively low-risk trade [monetarily] that might allow the Yankees to break even next year.

But the real question is, was it worth it? Continue reading

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Hall of Hearsay: Baseball Writers and the “Guilty Until Impossibly Proven Innocent Principle”

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Today, flawed people judged other flawed people.  Mistaken people judged other mistaken people.  The greedy judged the greedy.

Judges generally have nothing at stake other than their reputation, which can easily be forgotten when the next case comes through.  The judged are the ones who have to live with the consequences.

The Baseball Writers of America decided today that swift justice, no matter who got stuck in the crosswind, was acceptable when voting who would not make the Hall of Fame – and that was every player eligible for induction.

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A Hall of Fame Entering The Steroid Era: Why Baseball Needs To Never Forget, But Also Include

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At 2 PM today, Baseball Writers will be setting a standard for who during the “Steroid Era” can be considered a Hall of Famer and who cannot.

What this standard is, exactly, nobody seems to know. Continue reading

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The Vicious Circle of Success and Destruction: A History of the Florida and Miami Marlins – Part 1

Every year of my childhood, I spent two weeks in Florida each year with my grandparents.  For whatever reason, I began to have a kinship with the new sports teams that would appear in the South Florida market over those years – specifically the Panthers and Marlins.  While relevant for a few years, the Panthers have lived a fairly mediocre and uneventful existence since 1996.

The Marlins, on the other hand, have been full of success, controversy, and reinvention.  Just this week, once again, Miami was full of change when a mega-deal between the Marlins and Blue Jays commenced sending every Marlin making money to Toronto – including Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson – in return for cheap prospects.

While my following of the team has fallen to being inconsequential over the years, they have always been very intriguing to look into.  They are coming up on their 20th anniversary in 2013, so it is as good of a time as any to look back at the eventful history of the Marlins:

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