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Team officials for multiple Major League Baseball teams have confirmed the league office has issued warning letters to players, imploring them to pay attention to the new pace of play rules. The MLB letters also noted, starting May 1 players will be fined for violating the policy.

According to MLB, the new guidelines have helped improve pace of play overall. Through the first 10 days of the season the average time of a game has dropped eight minutes, from 3:02 to 2:54.

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Dave Winfield got his first taste of the New York Mets over lunch. For the Mets front office team of Nelson Doubleday and Frank Cashen this was all new and, in hindsight, the 1980 Major League Baseball Reentry Draft, marked the organizations first major foray into free agency. For Winfield the visit to the Big Apple was business as usual.

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On Christmas morning I pulled up to the curb at my father’s house knowing well what I was about to face. Over the past decade our family has watched our father slowly slipping away. He suffers from what doctors call dementia. I, on the other hand, am confident it is Alzheimer’s disease.

My dad shuffled through the kitchen and dining area using a walker, a home health care nurse following closely behind. He looked thinner and his posture was deteriorating, not from age, but from the long-term effects of living with one foot. For the past 50 years my father has been walking with a limp from the prosthesis which, over time, effects your equilibrium, which effects your spine, which effects your muscles, which effects your balance, which effects your posture.

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