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ALL-STAR APATHY

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In June Major League Baseball teams launched their team-centric All-Star Game marketing campaigns. Last week team's stepped up their PR as the deadline closed in Thursday night. The effort generated a single-day record 3.8 million votes. But, for all the hype and hometown pride, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is pathetic.

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THE EVOLUTION OF MLB PLAYER CONTRACTS

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In 1964, the Cincinnati Reds signed 28-year old Frank Robinson to a one-year, $50,000 deal.

Robinson finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting that season, playing in 156 games, hitting .306 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and an on-base percentage was .396 (not bad for a power-hitting, middle of the lineup guy). The Reds finished tied for second in 1964 with a 92-70 record, losing the division by a single game to the St. Louis Cardinals. In hindsight, Robinson was a steal.

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BARKLEY IS BEST INTERVIEW IN SPORTS

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Charles Barkley is the most compelling interview in professional sports today. The former NBA star, turned analyst and celebrity, proved it again, appearing on ESPN 1000 Chicago Wednesday.

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VIDEO: BRYAN SRABIAN

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The San Francisco Giants are getting a lot of attention for their social media marketing success. Brian Solis, a social media analyst and author of the books Engage and The End of Business as Usual, interviewed Bryan Srabian, Director of Social Media for the Giants to discuss how and what led to the team's success in the digital world:

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LEAVE HISTORICAL COMPARISONS IN THE BLEACHERS

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Whenever I see a sports publication comparing teams (or players) from different generations I want to scream. You can't compare Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron, the 1927 New York Yankees and the 1998 New York Yankees or today's "what if ..." scenario offered up by NESN, the Boston sports network.

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CHARACTER TRUMPS PERFORMANCE IN HALL VOTING

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Will Roger Clemens get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown? That is the reverberating question following Monday’s not guilty verdict in Clemens’s perjury case.

The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot states: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

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THE $66 MILLION MYSTERY

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This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who'd hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player.

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DICKEY IS DANCING WITH THE STARS

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On Wednesday, Fox Sports radio station 104.3 WYKE in Florida invited me on their afternoon show to preview the Mets-Rays game that evening. The 10-minute interview lasted nearly 30 minutes, not because of anything I said or did, but because Richard and Bryan (the show's hosts) took a serious interest in R.A. Dickey. They're not the first -- and if he continues to pitch the way the has over his first dozen starts of the 2012 season -- they won't be the last to make Dickey the focus of sports talk radio conversation.

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