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THREE WEEKS IN JULY

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One of the wonderful things about a baseball season is its unpredictability, and in 2012, the first half of the season has been about as predictable as one of R.A. Dickey's dancing knuckleballs. No one expected -- or could have predicted -- what's … [read more]

ARE YOU FRICKIN’ KIDDING ME!?

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On the heels of the final weekend before the All-Star break the debate over voting is back in Major League Baseball headlines. The names are new -- David Wright, Pablo Sandoval, R.A. Dickey, Brandon Phillips -- but the conversation is the same: … [read more]

PICKING OFF @METSGM SANDY ALDERSON

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Wright vs. Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000. — Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) July 2, 2012 Sandy Alderson is off-base and I will now succeed in picking him off -- watch. Pablo Sandoval is the starting third baseman for … [read more]

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 … [read more]

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 … [read more]

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. … [read more]

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 … [read more]

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 … [read more]