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Who makes your Baseball HOF?
The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 comprised exactly zero players. The Class of 2014, though, likely won't be devoid of inductees. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are among the newcomers on the ballot, while Craig Biggio (on 68.2 percent of ballots last year; 75 percent is necessary), Jack Morris (67.7 percent), Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8) and Tim Raines (52.2) return after seeing their names on more than half the ballots last time around. Also up for induction: superstars stained by steroid controversy like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa -- none of whom received even 40 percent of the vote. Whom would you vote for?
A-Rod calls accusations 'nonsense'
The Alex Rodriguez situation got heated Wednesday, when A-Rod stormed out of his own grievance hearing after hearing Bud Selig would not have to testify, then taking to the radio to release his anger. "I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after leaving the hearing. He called the Selig ruling "disgusting." He said he won't return. And of the 211-game suspension levied on him, he said: "I shouldn't even serve one inning." Will he?
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Trade: Prince Fielder to Rangers
A big trade hit baseball on Wednesday night, and when we say "big," we don't just mean the implications. The Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, one of MLB's more sizable stars, is moving to the Texas Rangers, along with $30 million, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The deal on the field seems like a win for Texas; they get Fielder, still a solid hitter even if his power has waned of late, and also clear a spot for promising youngster Jurickson Profar. But Detroit saves more than $70 million, potentially allowing them to sign reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.
For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?
Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.
Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).
Who's No. 1?
Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?
More replay coming to MLB
Baseball is one of the more traditional sports, so any change it makes is worth noting. Having already implemeted instant replay in a limited fashion, MLB has taken the first step in expanding its replay system for the 2014 season. Nearly every decision short of ball-strike calls will be subject to review, and managers will be allowed to challenge specific plays in a manner broadly similar to the way coaches do in the NFL. We can see this slowing down the game a bit, but might it be worth it to avoid situations like Jim Joyce's blown call in Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game?