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LESTER HUNTING WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY

Jon Lester

If you missed Jon Lester’s press conference, watch it. No, really, go ahead. I’ll wait.

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HARPER TURNS INTO GRINCH

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The Washington Nationals held their annual Natsfest today, and guess who isn’t there?

Bryce Harper.

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ENBERG’S ‘OH, MY’ MOMENT

Dick Enberg

Dick Enberg’s phone rang early Wednesday morning; it was Jeff Idelson, but it may as well have been Santa Claus. The Baseball Hall of Fame president wasted no time delivering the holiday cheer: The news that Enberg had been named the 2015 Forbes C. Frick award winner for broadcasting excellence.

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TWITTER REACTS TO JON LESTER DEAL

Jon Lester

The last thing I remember was Jon Lester’s suitors had been cut in half, from four to two. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were the only teams left standing. A deal was coming — soon.

Lights out.

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MLB WINTER MEETINGS: DAY 2

Joe Torre

It’s Day Two in San Diego at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings and Joe Torre, Joe Maddon and Mike Matheny were three of the familiar faces who met with the media today. Torre, the executive vice president of baseball operations at MLB, leads off tonight’s report with an intriguing topic: pace of game.

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WINTER MEETINGS: TERRY COLLINS

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The Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego. The New York Mets are actively … talking to teams. On Monday, manager Terry Collins addressed the media. Below is a condensed version of the media Q&A with the Mets manager.

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EVERYTHING BUT WINS

Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp is out at the University of Florida. On Sunday, Jeremy Foley, the Gators athletic director, announced the university would part ways their coach at the conclusion of the season.

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GLADWELL: ‘THE SPORT IS A MORAL ABOMINATION’

Malcolm Gladwell

In September, the National Football League confirmed an actuaries report that stated roughly one-third of its players will develop long-term cognitive problems during their career. The numbers served as confirmation for Malcolm Gladwell, who has been writing — and preaching — for five years now that the NFL is killing its employees. The violent collisions are responsible for physically and mentally destroying men, cutting their lives short.

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TALENT DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN TITLES

Pablo Sandoval

While the San Francisco Giants were parading down Market Street on Halloween, Adam Kilgore, Nationals beat writer at the Washington Post, was trying to explain how the “wickedly” talented Nats fell short — again.

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VOICES PODCAST: BOB GAINES

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Christy Mathewson won 373 games over 17 seasons. Forget about 20-game winning seasons, let’s talk about 30-game winning seasons. Mathewson won 30 or more games four times, including a 37-win season in 1908. Sure the changes in baseball over the last century are far and wide, but still … 37 wins? 390 innings pitched? A 1.43 ERA?

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