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Yes we're talking about baseball in Portland again

I don't know. This seems to come up every few months, so maybe it means something. But I'm on the ground here in Portland, and I just don't see any good reason to get excited about Major League Baseball here yet. Here's the very latest...Show More Summary

What do you do when the culture's corrupt?

You might have heard about this U.S. Air Force scandal -- the latest U.S. Air Force scandal, I mean -- wherein a large number of missileers were found to have been cheating on their certification tests. Which is hardly a new development. Show More Summary

The history of Japanese players in Major League Baseball in less than 2 minutes

MLB Productions has put together this delightful montage of Japanese players in the majors, beginning with some little-seen footage of Masanori Murakami, the first (and for many years only) Japanese-born major leaguer: Your browser does...Show More Summary

The meaning of the Dodgers missing out on Masahiro Tanaka

It doesn't have to have meaning other than the obvious. But if you want to force one... You know, in an alternate reality, Yoenis Cespedes signed with the Marlins, Robinson Cano re-signed with the Yankees, and Masahiro Tanaka is now on the Dodgers. Show More Summary

Will these new Yankees make a big difference?

Remember when the Yankees had an actual budget? Yeah. That was fun while it lasted. For the rest of the American League, anyway. Now they've committed another $177 million to lock up Masahiro Tanaka, and the fun (for the rest of the American League) might be over for a while. Show More Summary

The Yankees are old, but not necessarily busted

Yet. The projected lineup of the New York Yankees, with their age as of July 1, 2014: Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, 30 Derek Jeter, SS, 39 Carlos Beltran, RF, 36 Mark Teixeira, 1B, 33 Brian McCann, C, 30 Alfonso Soriano, DH, 38 Brett Gardner,...Show More Summary

Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award

From the Associated Press: Current Commissioner Bud Selig will receive the first Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award. Do you know how many Cy Youngs Cy Young won? Zero. Basically, Bud Selig is like the Cy Young of leadership, but better. Hat tip to Deadspin

The blown calls in baseball history that instant replay wouldn't have fixed

Instant replay is a good thing. Arguing against it is like arguing to keep beers without easy-open tabs. Almost no one wants to go back to the way it was. Even the professional contrarians hated church keys. That doesn't mean it's a panacea, though. Show More Summary

A-Rod's union brothers not feeling the brotherly love?

So in case you missed it, Alex Rodriguez is suing his own union, which (understandably) has upset a fair number of his fellow union members. In fact, so upset that they (naturally) wondered if they might eject Rodriguez from the organization. Show More Summary

Where home runs look their best, part VII: #13-15

Welcome back to Baseball Nation's series exploring which ballparks make home runs look better. At the risk of spoiling the surprise, today's ranking says something about all of us. It asks us a question. Would you rather watch someone...Show More Summary

Bud Selig, metaphorical scorpion

Monday, Grant Brisbee tried to come up with five hated non-beloved baseball figures... and couldn't do it. Grant managed only four: Alex Rodriguez, Bud Selig, Jeffrey Loria, and Scott Boras. I do think Grant nailed it, but I think you could cut his list in half. Show More Summary

The four least beloved figures in baseball

It was supposed to be five. Then there was a revelation. Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez opinions. Alex Rodriguez news. Reminder that Alex Rodriguez was Mike Trout before he was Noah Cross. Analysis of Alex Rodriguez's legal case. Analysis of Alex Rodriguez's arbitration hearing. Show More Summary

Now it's just Matt Holliday's world ...

Monday, Derrick Goold reported that when the Cardinals were about to sign Jhonny Peralta, GM John Mozeliak called Matt Holliday... not for Holliday's permission, but just to let him know it was happening, and why. Monday morning, Holliday said, "I am against PEDs and always will be. Show More Summary

The Curious Case of the Wrong Hall of Famer

In a highly entertaining guest column for Old Time Family Baseball, Emma Span points out that Bowie Kuhn -- Hall of Famer Bowie Kuhn -- was basically wrong about everything. Really, this list is long: free agency, women in the locker room, Mantle and Mays, Ball Four... Show More Summary

Was MLB's week of big news tough to swallow? Don't worry!

The news of this past week -- A-Rod, Kershaw's big contract, instant replay -- might be hard to stomach for some. But if you go back in time a bit, you might find that there's more to this game than just the business of Major League Baseball. This was a big week for news in Major League Baseball. Show More Summary

Masahiro Tanaka makes sense for the Cubs

Earlier in the offseason, I wrote something about the Mariners being sleeping giants of the offseason, mentioning Robinson Cano. By mentioning that, I am not just tooting my own horn, I am playing "Baker Street" on it. It wasn't exactly that hard to see the Mariners' sudden offseason nonsense coming, though. Show More Summary

Living with mascots (even the awful ones)

The New Yorker's Ian Crouch isn't a fan of the Cubs' new mascot, and you can't really blame him (although one of Crouch's issues, Clark's below-the-waist nakedness, has been approved by Grant Brisbee). In fact, Crouch is pretty picky about his mascots: There are thirty M.L.B. Show More Summary

C'mon get happy

If you grew up in the '70s, yesterday was a tough one. First we lost Russell "The Professor" Johnson, who could build anything (except a working boat). And then it was Dave Madden, who played agent Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family,...Show More Summary

Enjoy those close-call replays while you can

It's essentially a codicil in Major League Baseball's massive expansion of video review... Clubs will now have the right to show replays of all close plays on its ballpark scoreboard, regardless of whether the play is reviewed. It's about time, right? Because let's be honest... Show More Summary

Where home runs look their best, part VI: #16-18

Welcome back to Baseball Nation's series of where home runs look the best. We're in the middle tier now, which means all of these parks are mostly outstanding. The ballparks highlighted today are all newer parks. Well, one of them is...Show More Summary

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