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Never Say Never: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens came up well sho…

Never Say Never: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens came up well short …

CNNSI.com Updated Jan 9, 2013
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens came up well short Wednesday in the first Hall of Fame shutout since 1996, but Tom Verducci explains why their rejection may be only temporary.
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  • Pirates chairman seeks 'balance' in training drills

    Pirates chairman seeks 'balance' in training drills

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Spring Training is right around the corner, and Pirates chairman Bob Nutting is eager see his team back in the field, preparing to improve on the promise of the 2012 season.
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  • Rockies give Corpas invitation to Spring Training

    Rockies give Corpas invitation to Spring Training

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Right-hander Manny Corpas, the closer on the 2007 Rockies club that went to the only World Series in team history, rejoined the Rockies on Wednesday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to Ma…
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  • Murphy ready to be Rangers' everyday left fielder

    Murphy ready to be Rangers' everyday left fielder

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    The Rangers may yet bring another outfielder into the fold, but David Murphy is ready to be the everyday left fielder if general manager Jon Daniels stands pat.
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  • Astros prospect draws 50-game drug suspension

    Astros prospect draws 50-game drug suspension

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A minor league player in the Houston Astros' organization has been suspended 50 games after a second violation for a drug of abuse.
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  • Barry Bonds reaction to Hall of Fame news: Aloha!

    Barry Bonds reaction to Hall of Fame news: Aloha!

    yahoo.com Jan 9, 2013
    We haven't yet heard any official word from Barry Bonds and there's probably a good reason for the silence from his camp. The former San Francisco Giants star has been spotted bumming around Maui this week, a destination that's both physically and menta…
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  • Here's Ken Rosenthal Comparing The Sabermetrics Community To Th…

    Here's Ken Rosenthal Comparing The Sabermetrics Community To The Tea Party

    deadspin.com Jan 9, 2013
    Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal was on the MLB Network today, talking about the Hall of Fame vote and bow ties and whatever else it is Ken Rosenthal likes to talk about these days. At some point, the conversation turned to Jack Morris and his continued i…
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  • BBWAA writers make tough, but right, call

    BBWAA writers make tough, but right, call

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America sent a strong message Wednesday when they didn't elect anyone to the Hall of Fame.
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  • Braves legends could highlight 2014 Hall class

    Braves legends could highlight 2014 Hall class

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will highlight the list of players who will be added to the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next year. Their former manager Bobby Cox and former general manager John Schuerholz could both gain election …
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  • Players union chief Michael Weiner: Hall of Fame vote is ‘unfor…

    Players union chief Michael Weiner: Hall of Fame vote is ‘unfortunate, if not sad’

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    Union chief Michael Weiner stuck up for his players Wednesday after none of them were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. In remarks that decried results that kept the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio on th…
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  • Bucs get Tribe starter Gomez for minor leaguer

    Bucs get Tribe starter Gomez for minor leaguer

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore.
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  • With deals in hand, Angels' Big 3 a rarity in this era

    With deals in hand, Angels' Big 3 a rarity in this era

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Make room, LeBron, Wade and Bosh. There's another Big Three now, residing nearly 3,000 miles west of South Beach: Trout, Pujols, Hamilton.
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  • Fukudome returning to play in Japan

    Fukudome returning to play in Japan

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    After five seasons in the Majors, outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is reportedly returning home to play for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.
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  • Roger Clemens responds to Hall snub with polite note apparently…

    Roger Clemens responds to Hall snub with polite note apparently written in Comic Sans font

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    This -----------> twitter.com/rogerclemens/s… - Roger Clemens (@rogerclemens) January 9, 2013 In case the photo of his statement (which seems to be written in the much-abused Comic Sans Serif font) isn't coming through on your C-64 or bag phone, here'
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  • LaRoche: Davey a big reason for coming back

    LaRoche: Davey a big reason for coming back

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    First baseman Adam LaRoche made it clear throughout the offseason that he wanted to return to the Nationals, and it happened Tuesday, when he signed a two-year, $24 million deal with a mutual option for a third season.
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  • Hall Of A Situation: Hall of Fame voters did not elect a single…

    Hall Of A Situation: Hall of Fame voters did not elect a single player…

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Hall of Fame voters did not elect a single player to Cooperstown for the first time since 1996. Jay Jaffe weighs in and says things will only get more complex next year.
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  • As his results dip, McGwire takes Hall vote in stride

    As his results dip, McGwire takes Hall vote in stride

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Mark McGwire, bypassed for a seventh year in Hall of Fame voting, didn't sound surprised or bitter on Wednesday.
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  • Rare 148-year-old baseball card to be auctioned

    Rare 148-year-old baseball card to be auctioned

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Six-figure bids are expected when an auction house sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card that was discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine, the auction house manager said Wednesday.
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  • With hip on mend, Helton to return to Rox in 2013

    With hip on mend, Helton to return to Rox in 2013

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    At age 39 and coming off right hip surgery, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will be back for his 17th season in 2013.
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  • Cervelli leads crop of catching choices

    Cervelli leads crop of catching choices

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Francisco Cervelli's eyes flooded with a cocktail of rage and disappointment on the final day of Spring Training last season, flinging a chest protector to the floor near his locker.
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  • No one will be admitted to the Hall of Fame from the writer’s b…

    No one will be admitted to the Hall of Fame from the writer’s ballot this season

    yahoo.com MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    What previously looked like a strong possibility has become a confirmed and controversial certainty. Despite a field  loaded with qualified candidates, no one will be elected to the Hall of Fame the writer's ballot this year. It's the first time that's …
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  • Ken Burns in profane interview: PED-era players ‘should suffer’…

    Ken Burns in profane interview: PED-era players ‘should suffer’ before going to Hall of Fame

    yahoo.com Jan 9, 2013
    If he had a vote, filmmaker Ken Burns would not let the likes of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and other PED-era players into the Hall of Fame. At least not this year or next. Burns, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that takes a som…
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  • Liriano injures arm, deal with Pirates in doubt

    Liriano injures arm, deal with Pirates in doubt

    ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    Francisco Liriano may not be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all.
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  • Tejada, Sherrill among Royals' spring invitees

    Tejada, Sherrill among Royals' spring invitees

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Among the Royals' 21 non-roster Spring Training invitees are a former American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, an All-Star reliever, a one-time top prospect of the Angels and a notorious thief on the basepaths.
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  • MLB To Introduce "Interview Caps." You Know, For Interviews.

    MLB To Introduce "Interview Caps." You Know, For Interviews.

    deadspin.com Jan 9, 2013
    How funny! I was just saying to myself the other day, "MLB needs more caps. Sure, they've got home caps, road caps, alternate caps, throwback caps, second alternate caps, batting practice caps, road batting practice caps, fashion caps, and playoff …
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  • Rehabbing Eaton hitting, nearing return to full strength

    Rehabbing Eaton hitting, nearing return to full strength

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Sitting still is not easy for Adam Eaton. The D-backs outfielder usually takes about a week off following a season before he starts hitting the weights and swinging the bat. This offseason, though, has been different.
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  • Chef Pujols: Albert’s wife Deidre launches cookware line

    Chef Pujols: Albert’s wife Deidre launches cookware line

    yahoo.com Jan 9, 2013
    With her husband Albert Pujols under contract until at least 2021 and ensconced in the Los Angeles Angels lineup, Deidre Pujols apparently decided now was the time to make a name for herself in business. As the Hall of Very Good has noted, she has expan…
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  • Library of Congress buys historic sports audio

    Library of Congress buys historic sports audio

    ESPN.com Jan 9, 2013
    The Library of Congress is acquiring an archive of audio recordings that contains thousands of historic sports interviews with star athletes and coaches.
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  • For starters, little relief when moving from bullpen

    For starters, little relief when moving from bullpen

    MLB.com Jan 9, 2013
    Despite plenty of examples to draw from in recent years, Reds skipper Dusty Baker won't exactly have a foolproof blueprint when it comes to managing Aroldis Chapman's highly anticipated move to the starting rotation this season.
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  • Dugout, bullpen phones to go wireless next year

    Dugout, bullpen phones to go wireless next year

    CNNSI.com Jan 9, 2013
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Even dugouts and bullpens might not need that old landline soon.
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  • Who's No. 1? Tom Seaver

    Who's No. 1? Tom Seaver

    nytimes.com Jan 9, 2013
    The Mets' lone player in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tom Seaver, was was elected in 1992 with the highest vote percentage ever, 98.8, which is higher than Babe Ruth, higher than Joe DiMaggio, higher than Mickey Mantle.
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  • Video - Writers Protecting The Hall? 03:57

    Writers Protecting The Hall?

    Jan 9
    Barry Larkin and John Kruk discuss the news that no players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Video - Schilling Not Disappointed By Hall Vote 05:56

    Schilling Not Disappointed By Hall Vote

    Jan 9
    Curt Schilling discusses the votes he received for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the statement made by no players being elected.
  • Video - Mint Condition: CC Sabathia Signature Session 05:11

    Mint Condition: CC Sabathia Signature Session

    Jan 9
    Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia joins Michele Steele to discuss collecting sports memorabilia as well as demonstrating how he signs his autograph.
  • Video - Sabathia Talks Yankees 04:50

    Sabathia Talks Yankees

    Jan 9
    CC Sabathia joins "First Take" to discuss New York's ALCS loss to the Tigers and look ahead to the upcoming season.

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    Jan 9
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    Jan 9
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