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Art: Evolution of the catcher

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…
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  • Ex-AL MVP Tejada says he has deal with Royals

    Ex-AL MVP Tejada says he has deal with Royals

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 31, 2012
    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.
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  • Remembering Clemente brings both joy and pain

    Remembering Clemente brings both joy and pain

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Yankees at Payroll Threshold, at Least for Now

    Yankees at Payroll Threshold, at Least for Now

    nytimes.com CNNSI.com Dec 31, 2012
    The Yankees' payroll was close to their targeted $189 million on Monday, but it did include a number of unsigned players, including Phil Hughes.
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  • Torii Hunter Says Homosexuality Is "Not Right" (Then …

    Torii Hunter Says Homosexuality Is "Not Right" (Then Claims He Was Misquoted)

    deadspin.com Dec 31, 2012
    On 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…
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  • ESPN Writer Has The Single Best Strategy For Dealing With The H…

    ESPN Writer Has The Single Best Strategy For Dealing With The Hall Of Fame's Steroid Problem

    deadspin.com Dec 31, 2012
    Though 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…
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  • Bearded Joey Votto poses for snapshot with big fan Dick Vitale

    Bearded Joey Votto poses for snapshot with big fan Dick Vitale

    yahoo.com Dec 31, 2012
    Viva 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…
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Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Rollercoaster ride had run its course for Bears' Smith; more Sn…

    Dec 31
    Musings, 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 17

    Dec 31
    What a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.
  • John Clayton's mailbag: Chuck the tuck rule

    Dec 31
    The tuck rule came up three times in the final week of the regular season. It's time to get rid of it.