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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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Breaking down the Mariners-Blue Jays deal and other MLB trades so far this week: Law

The Mariners and Blue Jays swung the biggest trade of the week, with Toronto sending outfielder Teoscar Hernández to Seattle for reliever Erik Swanson and minor-league pitcher Adam Macko, a move that saves the Jays some cash and frees up a 40-man spot for Seattle while filling one of their outfield corner spots. Hernández has …

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Ranking the top 20 free-agent starting pitchers in a deep, question-filled class

If you’re looking for former Cy Young Award winners and future Hall of Famers, this is a fantastic, all-time crop of free-agent starting pitchers. If you’re looking for in-their-prime starting pitchers without any major injury risk attached on a long-term contract, this offseason class is a bit lacking. It’s a fascinating mix of past greatness …

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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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Mariners, Guardians deliver a day of historic comebacks, scoreless innings: Stark’s Weird and Wild on MLB playoffs

Have you heard the October tale about the team that made a seven-run deficit disappear? What about the story of an unreal game in Cleveland in which nearly five hours went by without anybody scoring a run? Maybe you were lucky enough to see those games. But maybe you were busy running errands, hitting golf …

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Mariners into ALDS after improbable comeback completes sweep of Blue Jays

TORONTO — Fueled by an improbable comeback, the Seattle Mariners are into the American League Division Series with a 10-9 win on Saturday to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays in their AL Wild Card Series. The Mariners were down 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring four runs in …

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MLB postseason tiers: Players, coaches and scouts rate all 12 playoff teams

By Rob Biertempfel, Dan Connolly and C. Trent Rosecrans We’ve made it through an odd lockout, a truncated spring training and a full, 162-game season. Now, let the 2022 MLB tournament begin. This year’s playoff format is new to all of us. Four teams get byes. Eight teams play best-of-three series in four locations. It’s definitely …

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