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Stark: It’s over for Bonds, Clemens — 5 things we learned from the Hall of Fame Contemporary Era election

SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t just an election. It was a proclamation. The headlines will say that the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee unanimously elected Fred McGriff to the Hall of Fame on Sunday. And that in itself is cause for celebration. But in elections like this one, it isn’t just the player who got elected …

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MLB Hot Stove matchmaking: A free-agent fit for all 30 teams ahead of the Winter Meetings

Happy week before the Winter Meetings! It’s been a slow free-agent signing season so far, with only six players from my top 25 list off the board. José Abreu and Tyler Anderson landed three-year deals with the Astros and Angels, respectively, while Edwin Díaz, Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw and Martín Pérez (accepted the qualifying offer) …

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2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone …

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Top 25 MLB free agents for 2022-23: Contract predictions, team fits for Judge, deGrom, more

MLB free agency is almost here so it’s time for my annual top 25 list with contract predictions and the best team fits for each player, based on what I’m hearing and thinking about this offseason’s standouts. Eligible players technically become free agents the day after the World Series ends but cannot sign with a …

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Law’s Arizona Fall League takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, everything I saw in 12 games

I’m back from my six-night, 12-game run through the Arizona Fall League, so I’m emptying the notebook to finish off what I started in last week’s post. I saw every team at least three times, so I’ve got notes on almost everyone on the rosters, barring a few starting pitchers, although in some cases I …

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MLB Power Rankings: Mariners streak upward, Yankees continue to slip

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. As you’re well aware, these rankings are the result of a mammoth amount of research. …

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Law: Notes on Corbin Carroll, Hunter Brown and other significant September call-ups

September call-ups ain’t what they used to be. Back in my day, you could call up everyone in your system, even from the class Q league, where players would wear onions on their belts because that was the style at the time. Now MLB clubs are limited to a 28-man roster in September, which is …

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MLB unveils balanced schedule for 2023: One highlight for each of the 30 teams

Major League Baseball is going old school. For the first time since the advent of interleague play in 1997, the league is playing a balanced schedule in 2023, the details of which were announced Wednesday. Gone are the days of stacked divisional matchups. Instead, all 30 teams will meet for at least one series. The …

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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Padres and Brewers slip; Cardinals and Mariners rise up

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. It’s “the stretch run” SZN, folks. Buckle up with your hard-pressed takes on this being …

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A’s call up top prospect Shea Langeliers, release Stephen Piscotty

The Oakland A’s made a much-anticipated move on Tuesday, calling up top catching prospect Shea Langeliers. They also released veteran outfielder Stephen Piscotty, placed outfielder Ramón Laureano on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique, and recalled infielder David MacKinnon. “As far as the decision to bring up Shea, it was a matter …

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