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Bryant's Big Reputation Precedes Him

Scott Miller, Bleacher Report

Fix the Problem: Automate the Strike Zone

AJ Cassavell, Sports on Earth

When Mariners-A's Drew 250 Fans

Claire McNear, Vice Sports

Cubs Out of Excuses on Kris Bryant

Cliff Corcoran, Sports Illustrated

TAMPA, Fla. -- It's drama and irony of the highest sort that would probably be deemed too implausible to exist anywhere in any first draft of an original screenplay. Alex Rodriguez...(full article)

After an early-season delay that must have seemed like an eternity to fans, Cubs phenom Kris Bryant is now getting his chance to shine in MLB. On Friday, he will officially be ad...(full article)

We live in a sports culture that is completely obsessed with "getting it right." As a group, we've collectively decided we're willing to sacrifice the flow of a game for a few se...(full article)

It was the worst-attended game in Oakland A's history, and one of the smallest crowds in the history of Major League Baseball—the smallest since 1979, according to the league, an...(full article)

There is no longer a good reason for the Cubs to keep 23-year-old third baseman Kris Bryant in Triple A. After a spring training full of debate over whether Chicago should send its...(full article)

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