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The Long Baseball Season

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.10.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The regular baseball season now extends over six full months: The first regular season game is scheduled for April 5, and the last for October 4. For those of us for whom there is no such thing as too much baseball, this is a fine arrangement, but seven months of baseball is a lot and does not come without a cost.

The Next Baseball Commissioner's Biggest Challenges

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Figuring out a way to replace that revenue and continue to adjust to the new media world, rather than determining ways to make the game more exciting or figure out the best post-season formula, will be the criteria by which the next commissioner will be judged.

Is It Time to Get Rid of the All-Star Game?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.13.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Expanding the size of the All-Star Game roster, using a designated hitter and tinkering with how the roster is selected are all ways Major League Baseball has tried to ensure that the All-Star Game remains interesting for fans. These innovations have not achieved that goal.

The Yankees Have a Tough Choice on Robinson Cano

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.25.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Cano has evolved into one of the best second baseman in Yankee history. It is hard for Yankee fans to imagine the Yankees without Cano, but it is all too easy to imagine the Yankees in 2018-2021 or so with an overpriced Cano splitting his time between first base and DH.

Dodgers Star Injured

AP | Posted 05.21.2013 | Sports

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for ...

A Well Deserved Championship for the Dominican Republic

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.21.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

It is hard to imagine baseball over the last half century without the contributions of people like Marichal, the Alou brothers, Tony Fernandez, Joaquin Andujar, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and so many others.

DOM-inant Dominican Republic Wins WBC

AP | JANIE McCAULEY | Posted 03.20.2013 | Sports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Samuel Deduno pleaded with Tony Pena to leave him in the game – the outing of his life, his country across his chest. Pena stu...

World Champs!

AP | By JANIE McCAULEY | Posted 05.19.2013 | Sports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samuel Deduno pleaded with Tony Pena to leave him in the game — the outing of his life, his country across his chest. ...

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and ?

Terry Lyons | Posted 05.19.2013 | Sports
Terry Lyons

Call it what you may, but Major League Baseball is working to create a stronger world infrastructure for its game and the vehicle is the World Baseball Classic, a tournament born in 2006 to combat the IOC banishment of Baseball from the Olympic Games.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.19.2013 | New York
Len Berman

Miami beat Boston 105-103 for their 23rd straight win. Only the '71-'72 Lakers had a longer streak, 33.

World Baseball Classic Final Set

AP | JANIE McCAULEY | Posted 03.19.2013 | Sports

SAN FRANCISCO -- After two World Baseball Classics dominated by Japan, this one is coming down to a pair of proud Caribbean nations. When the undefea...

Puerto Rico Ousts Two-Time Reigning Champs

AP | JANIE McCAULEY | Posted 03.18.2013 | Sports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even with a roster devoid of major leaguers and a mere six months to prepare his club, Japan manager Koji Yamamoto still felt immense...

Puerto Rico Ousts U.S. From WBC

AP | STEVEN WINE | Posted 03.16.2013 | Sports

MIAMI -- Brandon Phillips grimaced as he chuckled about his travel plans. He had hoped to accompany Team USA to the semifinals of the World Baseball ...

Dominican Republic Rallies Past USA At WBC

AP | STEVEN WINE | Posted 03.15.2013 | Sports

MIAMI -- Horns honked, percussion pulsed and school kids squealed. Miami can make quite a din when the Dominicans win. The visiting team on the score...

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.15.2013 | New York
Len Berman

The Dominican Republic beat the U.S. 3-1 to reach the final round of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. plays Puerto Rico tonight in an elimination game.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.12.2013 | New York
Len Berman

If you can't beat 'em, trade for 'em. San Francisco has acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from Baltimore for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.11.2013 | New York
Len Berman

The Miami Heat, on the strength of their 18-game winning streak, already clinched a playoff spot.

WBC Brawl Goes Unpunished

AP | BOB BAUM | Posted 03.11.2013 | Sports

PHOENIX -- The violent misdeeds of the Mexican and Canadian baseball teams will go unpunished. The World Baseball Classic decided no players will be ...

U.S. Rallies To Advance In World Baseball Classic

AP | BOB BAUM | Posted 05.10.2013 | Sports

PHOENIX — Running out of outs, Adam Jones and the United States suddenly broke loose and saved themselves from a humbling loss. Now, thanks to ...

WATCH: Wright's Grand Slam Lifts U.S.

AP | BOB BAUM | Posted 03.10.2013 | Sports

PHOENIX -- With one swing, David Wright got the sputtering U.S. team off the mat in the World Baseball Classic. The New York Mets slugger hit a two-o...

WATCH: Mexico, Canada Brawl At World Baseball Classic

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.09.2013 | Sports

Anyone still wondering if the players involved actually care about the World Baseball Classic should review the film of the matchup between Canada and...

Team USA Falls Flat

AP | JOHN MARSHALL | Posted 03.09.2013 | Sports

PHOENIX -- Team USA has a lineup full of MVPs and All-Stars, and sent out the reigning NL Cy Young winner for its opening game of the World Baseball C...

Venezuelan Baseball Team Mourns Death Of Hugo Chavez

AP | Posted 05.06.2013 | Sports

JUPITER, Fla. -- Venezuela's baseball team was taking pregame batting practice when players heard that president Hugo Chavez had died. "He was a base...

In Defense of the World Baseball Classic

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.03.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The WBC is far from perfect, but it is also a lot of fun for many people and an opportunity to highlight one of baseball's biggest accomplishments in recent years.

A Golden Age for Baseball in the Golden State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Baseball has been experiencing an interesting power shift over the last few years. Just as complaints about east coast bias in baseball coverage became widespread, east coast baseball began to get a lot less interesting.