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Once a 'Genius,' Time Passes La Russa By

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Gaunt Gooden Denies Coke Bender

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It's Vin and Then Everybody Else

Joe Lucia, Awful Announcing

Strasburg a $175 Million Mistake?

Joe Rivera, Sporting News

Almost no baseball manager career ends well. The author William Goldman once compared executives at movie studios with managers, saying, "Studio executives are intelligent, brutall...(full article)

A rail-thin and frail Doc Gooden denied Monday that he has a drug problem — instead hurling insults at his former teammate Darryl Strawberry for trying to stage a public interve...(full article)

A few weeks ago, we polled the Awful Announcing readers on their opinions of each local broadcast team around the majors. The polls were broken down division by division to gain th...(full article)

Buckle up, sports fans. Tim Tebow is back. No, not on a football field or as some over-the-top all-time great winner in the mind of Skip Bayless. Tebow is about to be back in a pro...(full article)

When the Nationals signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg to a massive contract extension in May, the baseball world raised its collective eyebrows. While Strasburg had flashed signs of ...(full article)

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Somehow, Dodgers Dealing Without Their Ace

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Manfred Shouldn't Shift Fundamentals

Pitch clocks are a good idea to aid enforcement of a rule that already exists but is never enforced to make pitchers throw the ball. Rob Manfred is right to continue pushing for th...

America's Pastime Must Embrace Change

Whether you want to admit it or not, baseball has a problem. Baseball has become a regional sport. That regional model is financially successful, sure — according to Forbes, 25 o...

Baseball Ready for a Radical Makeover

Major League Baseball, alarmed by the game’s lack of action this season is considering making the most radical changes to the game in more than a century. Commissioner R...

A Tiny Guy With a Gargantuan Future

José Altuve is MVP material, the shortest player in the Major Leagues, but his stats say he plays as the tallest.  This 5’ 6” second baseman, has, this seas...

O's Britton Doing Mariano Impersonation

Tell me if Zach Britton reminds you of anyone. He dominates (no earned runs in his last 40 appearances, an MLB record) mainly with one pitch. He does it as an AL East player (“th...

These Big MLB Names Could Be Moving

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In Even Year, Giants May Be Odd Team Out

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Astros Hit Machine Quickly Reaches Milestone

Jose Altuve lined the baseball into the left-field corner. Only this wasn't just another at-bat. This was a milestone moment, his most significant but not his last. His third hit o...

Baseball Ought to Kill 25-Man Roster

Arizona’s Mitch Haniger and Milwaukee’s Damien Magnifico played their first major league games of 2016 on Tuesday, and Atlanta promoted touted prospect Dansby Swanson to make h...

In L.A., Fisher Safe, Scioscia Not So Much

The Rams came to Los Angeles on Jan. 10. But the NFL officially came to Los Angeles on Jan. 12, when the following e-mail washed up into the mailbox: “When are we going to get ri...

Mookie a Decent Betts for MVP

Mookie Betts hit two more home runs on Tuesday night, to go with the three he hit on Sunday, and helped the Red Sox win a game and get into a tie with the Orioles for second in the...

The Odd Case for a Closer as League MVP

Last week, my colleague Michael Baumann had the audacity to suggest that Orioles closer Zach Britton could be a defensible selection as the American League’s Cy Young Award win...

A-Rod to Miami: What Might Have Been

There were reasons and logic on both sides of whether the Miami Marlins and Alex Rodriguez should have gotten together – and not a lot of gray in between. Chances are many Fish f...

Papelbon Is Last Thing Red Sox Need

“Give me a P! Give me an A! Give me a P! . . .” That was Red Sox manager John Farrell late yesterday afternoon in the third-base dugout at Camden Yards, c...

Dodgers Thriving Even Without Kershaw

A little after 1 p.m. Sunday, a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw took the mound. Fifteen minutes later, the Dodgers were down 5-0, and the ...

This Prospect Has a Silver Medal Playbook

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Tim, You're a TV Star! Put Down the Bat

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ls A-Rod Really Going Away?

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A-Rod Touched Every Base, Good and Bad

Alex Rodriguez was horribly great for baseball. He loved the game and all its nuances as much as any player I ever have covered. And his actions were as destructive to the sport as...

A-Rod's Farewell is All Wet

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A-Rod's Compelling Case for Hall of Fame

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Dodgers Post 2nd Straight Walk-Off

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Perfect Into 6th, Darvish Cruises

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1st Winning Season in D.C. Since '69

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Top Jays Prospect Banned for Stimulant

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2 Longoria HRs Help Beat Rangers

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Strasburg Hammered in 1-Sided Loss

Things were set up so perfectly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Sure they were trying to stop a losing streak, trying to return to the winning side of things they&...

Alvarez's 2 Homers Boost Pirates

With their flickering playoff hopes hanging in the balance Tuesday, the Pirates showed they still can pack a punch. The Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, and moved back...

Season-Ending Surgery for Bautista

Jose Bautista felt no pain, but he could feel a tendon slipping and sliding in his left wrist. A specialist in Cleveland confirmed his suspicion. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger wi...

Cubs Sign SS Castro to 7-Year Deal

The Cubs’ new deal with shortstop Starlin Castro, for seven years and $60 million, officially has been completed after weeks of peaceful negotiations. Castro, who will...

Dodgers Blanked in Beckett's Debut

Josh Beckett was decent in his Dodgers debut. On this night, though, he needed to be dazzling. The right-hander tried to keep the Dodgers in the game until the team's recently ob...

Slump Goes on for Pirates, Burnett

For the fourth consecutive time in a big August game, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett came up small Monday night and the club lost another game it badly needed, 4-3, to the St. Loui...

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Oh, I suppose it would be easy to carve up Erik Bedard for getting crushed again. He’s the one the capacity crowd of 36,626 booed off the field Sunday at PNC Park after giv...

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Bumgarner Outduels Kershaw

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Dempster Superb as Rangers Roll

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Reds Walk Off Against Cubs

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How Cabrera Tried to Scam MLB

In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadve...

Varitek Would Fit for Red Sox

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Giants' Lineup Potent With Sandoval

With Pablo Sandoval back, the Giants finally have the 3-4-5-6 portion of their lineup set up the way management envisioned when it dealt for Hunter Pence. When Melky Cabrera, Bust...

Lowe Gets Save in Yankees Debut

Monday marked the first of two starts CC Sabathia will miss during his stay on the disabled list. So far, so good. David Phelps gave the Yankees five solid innings, while Nick Swis...

Hamels Fires 2nd Straight Shutout

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Red Sox Legend Pesky Dies

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Questions as Postseason Draws Near

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The typical season for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera goes like this: He puts up MVP numbers. Then he doesn't win the MVP. The most-valuable-player award always eludes Cabr...

Rangers' Offense Bails Out Dempster

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10 Biggest Impact Moves

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Plan B Working Well for Braves

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Mets Waste Davis' 3 Home Runs

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Kemp, Billingsley Crush Giants

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Plenty of Contenders Seek Greinke

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Hamels, $144 Million Richer, Beaten

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Astros Suffer 11th Straight Defeat

Special occasion that it was, the Astros sure made tying the franchise record for consecutive losses feel special. There was absolutely nothing normal about this 6-5 loss to the P...

Haren Strong in Beating Rangers

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Karstens, Pirates Take 5th in Row

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White Sox Add Astros RHP Myers

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A's Take 3rd Straight From Yanks

The heroes change each night for the A's. The results remain the same. On Saturday, it was Jarrod Parker becoming the latest rookie starter to shut down the New York Yankees. It...

Rangers' 5 Homers Back Darvish

Yorvit Torrealba, still sleep-deprived after the birth of his daughter last week, made an alert decision before the Texas Rangers took the field for the first time Saturday. The ...

Lannan, Harper Help Nationals Split

John Lannan had experienced most every slice of the Washington Nationals’ history, but Saturday night, tinged with desperation for his teammates, felt fresh and new for him...

Day of Big Returns in Boston

If they didn't already have baseball's highest prices, the Red Sox might have been able to get away with charging extra when they come home Monday night to play the Chicago White...

Reds Sweep Cardinals, Lead Central

Scott Rolen's bat still has a little life in it. Rolen's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before a sellout cr...

Gallardo Strikes Out 14 Pirates

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Braves Batter Dickey, Win 6th in Row

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