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Art: Evolution of the catcher
yahoo.com Updated Dec 31, 2012
Happy new year, Stewies! Before we turn out the lights on 2012, let us check out a five-panel cartoon from the 1890s that is heavy with pun. Possibly with a nod toward the famous "Ascent of Man," this poster illustrates the natural progression…Upvote Share Tweet
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has reached a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals and says he is ready to return to the majors.Upvote Share TweetThe 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente's 3,000th hit and final season took place in 2012, and fans old enough to have seen him play still marvel at the skills he displayed on the baseball field.Upvote Share TweetThe Yankees' payroll was close to their targeted $189 million on Monday, but it did include a number of unsigned players, including Phil Hughes.Upvote Share Tweet
Torii Hunter Says Homosexuality Is "Not Right" (Then Claims He Was Misquoted)deadspin.com Updated Dec 31, 2012On Saturday, Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote a column about the obstacles that a potentially gay athlete still faces in today's locker room culture. Included in the piece is the following quote from Detroit Tigers center fielder Torii Hunter…Upvote Share Tweet
ESPN Writer Has The Single Best Strategy For Dealing With The Hall Of Fame's Steroid Problemdeadspin.com Updated Dec 31, 2012Though we blast the self-important BBWAA members who deal in absolutes, there's no denying that the Hall of Fame has itself a pickle. Bonds and Clemens, the consensus best hitter and pitcher of MLB's last 20 years, are eligible this year, the most obvio…Upvote Share Tweet
Bearded Joey Votto poses for snapshot with big fan Dick Vitaleyahoo.com Updated Dec 31, 2012Viva Italia! According to a tweet by basketball personality (and huge baseball fan) Dick Vitale, he ran into Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto in the Sarasota, Fla. area, where both men winter. Earlier stories this offseason indicated Votto had been gr…Upvote Share Tweet
Don Banks: Rollercoaster ride had run its course for Bears' Smith; more Sn…Dec 31Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in the furiously fast firing fest that was Black Monday in the NFL...
Peter King: Show-stopping Peterson highlights better-than-expected Week 17Dec 31What a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.
John Clayton's mailbag: Chuck the tuck ruleDec 31The tuck rule came up three times in the final week of the regular season. It's time to get rid of it.