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Don't Do This, Don't Do That: MLB Player Contracts Forbid Just About Everything

Posted by Ryan Garcia in Major League Baseball Blog
Nov 06, 2013
Don't Do This, Don't Do That: MLB Player Contracts Forbid Just About Everything

Major League baseball players have the life. They spend February and March enjoying sunny Arizona or Florida, get paid big bucks to play a game for the next six months (seven, if it's a good season) and then do whatever they want the other three to four months of the year. Well, maybe not "whatever" they want. As salaries increased, restrictions in MLB player contracts have, too.

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The Rise of Tito Francona

Posted by Jason Fryer in MLB Baseball Blog
Oct 06, 2013
The Rise of Tito Francona

Why 2013 has been Terry Francona's second best managerial job, and will finally culminate with him being awarded Manager of the Year. Like others, Terry Francona has had a number of ups and downs during his thirteen years as a professional manager. From the highest of highs in 2004 and 2007 as a World Series Champion to the lowest of lows when he was fired from the Philadelphia Phillies (not recording any winning seasons) and the debacle of the 2011 Red Sox who "chocked" a 9 game September lead as Boston missed the playoffs, leading to the departure of Francona in Boston.

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Major League Baseball's Best General Managers Today

Posted by Paul Grossinger in MLB Baseball Blog
Sep 18, 2013
Major League Baseball's Best General Managers Today

Major League Baseball teams are the toughest franchises to run of any sport. General Managers must deal deftly with the regular draft, the Rule 5 draft, international free agency, unrestricted international free agency, regular free agency, trades, minor claims – you name it there are a million ways to improve or destroy a baseball club. So, who ranks as the top ten General Managers in baseball?

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Major League Baseball's Best General Managers Since 2010

Posted by Jason Fryer in MLB Baseball Blog
Sep 18, 2013
Major League Baseball's Best General Managers Since 2010

Since the start of the 2010 offseason, we have seen general managers make moves that have turned franchises around for the better or worse. When assessing the decisions general managers have made over the past three seasons, I wanted to examine four different qualities.

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Projecting The Future of New York City Baseball

Posted by Paul Grossinger in MLB Baseball Blog
Aug 19, 2013
Projecting The Future of New York City Baseball

For the last two decades, New Yorkers have held one inescapable truth: the Yankees are better than the Mets. Since 1995, when Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera came up for the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers have barely missed the playoffs and put up five World Series banners. The Mets have endured nearly a dozen losing season and made only one World Series – losing to, you guessed it, the Yankees.

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Live with Ryan Braun, Die With Him

Posted by Jason Fryer in MLB Baseball Blog
Aug 07, 2013
Live with Ryan Braun, Die With Him

Like all other big sports scandals, Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Ryan Braun will have a sit-down interview before the start of the 2014 season. Over the past 30 years, we've seen a number of big scandals in sports, ending with athletes apologizing/telling their story in a tell-all primetime interview. Some of the most significant conversations have included Pete Rose, Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Lance Armstrong, Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods, along with others.

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The Many Faces of Alex Rodriguez

Posted by Paul Grossinger in MLB Baseball Blog
Jul 30, 2013
The Many Faces of Alex Rodriguez

This week, the career of the most talented player in baseball history will end. It will end through scandal, by proscription from Major League Baseball. At 37, injured, and buried neck deep in evidence of violations of baseball's drug policies, Rodriguez is finished. Whether for a year, a year and a half, or for life, Rodriguez's coming suspension will end his career because no team will let him stain the uniform.

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The Under-28 Plan: Building a Young Major League Contender

Posted by Paul Grossinger in MLB Baseball Blog
Jul 28, 2013
The Under-28 Plan: Building a Young Major League Contender

Can you guess what the following list of players have in common? Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish, Aroldis Chapman, YoenisCespedes, Jorge Soler, HishashiIwakuma, Norichika Aoki, Wei Yin Chen, YasielPuig, Hyu Jun Ryu, Miguel Gonzalez, and Aledmys Diaz.

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The Future Talks: Building the Ultimate Major League Pipeline

Posted by Paul Grossinger in MLB Baseball Blog
Jul 20, 2013
The Future Talks: Building the Ultimate Major League Pipeline

Matt Garza was the centerpiece of the most significant Chicago Cubs trade in recent memory and will be a number 2 starter for the next three to four years. He is also a significant piece in the Cubs' model effort to build a multi-faceted pipeline of talent that could provide a new blueprint for sustainable success by franchises in big markets.

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Cuban Supremacy: The Rise of Cuban Talent in Major League Baseball

Posted by Paul Grossinger in MLB Baseball Blog
Jul 18, 2013
Cuban Supremacy: The Rise of Cuban Talent in Major League Baseball

In the 1960s, pop music experienced the "British Invasion," courtesy of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Elton John. Now, Major League Baseball is experiencing its own Cuban Invasion as Cuban defectors take advantage of more lax rules under Raul Castro and escape the island in large numbers.

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