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DeWitt: Cardinals 'not actively' seeking a trade; they're comfortable with payroll, current roster

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ST. LOUIS -- The opportunity to add an upgrade or outfit the roster with more depth would be enough for Cardinals ownership to consider a larger payroll, but chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. stressed Monday that he did not expect a "significant" addition or did he think it would be wise for the team's "model."

In comments to the media on the final day ...Read more

Chip Scoggins: Suspicious is no way to watch baseball

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Major League Baseball's Steroids Era left in its aftermath a wide swath of damaged reputations, impugned achievements and guilt by association.

The entire saga made you question everything, and everyone. Skepticism became a default setting for fans.

If a certain player had big muscles and hit home runs, you questioned whether it was achieved ...Read more

Paul Sullivan: Outside of Derek Jeter and the PED cheaters, the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot is thin

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With cheating back in the headlines thanks to the Astros sign-stealing scandal, it's only appropriate Derek Jeter, the cleanest of squeaky-clean superstars, gets welcomed Tuesday into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Over the years Jeter evolved into the Tom Hanks of baseball, admired and respected by all fans whether they were genetically ...Read more

Mark Gonzales: Four is enough. Derek Jeter, Omar Vizquel, Jeff Kent and Billy Wagner get my Hall of Fame vote

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The Baseball Hall of Fame is a shrine for the sport's elite, and the preference to keep it confined to an exclusive group is reflected on my ballot.

Derek Jeter's high performance for nearly all of 20 seasons in baseball's largest market -- New York -- cinched his selection. Jeter played at least 145 games in all but four seasons at the ...Read more

Changes are coming to the Cubs' core. And Nico Hoerner could lead the next wave — potentially from the leadoff spot.

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CHICAGO -- While the Cubs face pressure to field a championship contender, there's a possibility that their core could change considerably over the next two years as Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo could depart via trade or free agency.

But that also means the team's top prospects will have opportunities to move up.

"The last couple...Read more

Lou Piniella returns to the Cubs as an analyst with Marquee Sports Network. How about that?

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CHICAGO -- It has been nearly a decade since Lou Piniella stepped foot in Wrigley Field.

He left with tears in his eyes on Aug. 22, 2010, after deciding to retire from managing during the season to take care of his ailing, 90-year-old mother, Margaret.

"I cried a little bit after the game," Piniella said during his farewell news conference in ...Read more

Gene Collier: Plenty of remedies for baseball's latest scandal

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Baseball loves to call the oral history of its dreary offseasons "The Hot Stove," but remember that time the stove exploded and blew off the entire back wall of the house, killing the cat and exposing a ton of dirty laundry and various other mortifying incriminations?

Yeah, that was this week.

For reasons not likely buttressed by logic, I keep...Read more

Will 'patience' pay off? Mozeliak open to additions, awaits improvement from within

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ST. LOUIS -- As he verbally navigated around the high-traffic questions he couldn't avoid and the answers he insisted he couldn't give, Cardinals executive John Mozeliak eventually arrived at one word to explain the team's current direction -- and had to defend it almost as soon as he said it.

"Probably the most important word for this group: ...Read more

4 takeaways from Cubs Convention, including Lee Smith's return to the organization

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CHICAGO -- Here are four takeaways from this weekend's Cubs Convention.

1. Lee Smith is back home with the Cubs and has plenty to say.

After serving as a roving minor-league pitching coach for the Giants for 20 seasons, Smith rejoined the Cubs, the team with which he embarked on a Hall of Fame career as a closer.

Smith, 62, will serve as an ...Read more

Cheating scandal leaves Dodgers fans feeling tagged out at home

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LOS ANGELES -- It's so difficult for lifelong Dodgers fan Joseph Daniels to talk about that magical October night in 2017, when his boys in blue clinched a spot in their first World Series in 29 years.

Daniels was there, at Wrigley Field, for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. He was part of that blue-...Read more

Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer among players responding to Astros cheating scandal

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Baseball Twitter was set ablaze this week, and the continuing rumors and accusations connected to the Houston Astros' cheating scandal have only further fanned the flames. The latest chapter has many players, especially pitchers and including Indians starter Mike Clevinger, upset.

On Monday, Major League Baseball concluded its investigation ...Read more

Accusation that Angels' Mike Trout has exemption to use HGH shot down by MLB

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LOS ANGELES -- An ugly week for baseball marred by the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-steal scandal ended with the commissioner's office and the players association forcefully shooting down speculation that Angels star Mike Trout has been using human growth hormone.

Trout, the three-time American League most valuable player and eight-...Read more

Former Royals owner David Glass, 84, dies just months after selling franchise

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for two decades that saw the franchise win a World Series championship and reach another, died last week at the age of 84, the team announced Friday.

No cause of death was given.

"Like so many Kansas Citians, I am deeply saddened by the news of David's passing," said John ...Read more

Former White Sox ace Jack McDowell says the team used a camera to steal signs in the late 1980s

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Former White Sox ace Jack McDowell said during a radio interview Friday that the team had a sign-stealing system involving a camera at Comiskey Park.

"We had a system at Old Comiskey Park in the late '80s, Gatorade sign out in right-center had a light, there was a toggle switch in the manager's office and a camera zoomed in on the catcher," ...Read more

A first for MLB: Giants hire female coach, former Sacramento State softball star Alyssa Nakken

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The San Francisco Giants made a historic hire on Thursday, adding former Sacramento State softball star Alyssa Nakken to their major league coaching staff. While women have begun serving on coaching staffs in the NFL and NBA, and the New York Yankees recently hired Rachel Balkovec to be a minor league hitting coach, Nakken is believed to be the ...Read more

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger reacts to rumor Astros cheated with electronic devices under shirts

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LOS ANGELES -- The sign-stealing scandal engulfing Major League Baseball this week took another unexpected turn Thursday when unsubstantiated speculation surfaced on social media alleging members of the Houston Astros wore electronic devices under their jerseys to know which pitches were coming.

Major League Baseball released a report Monday ...Read more

Anthony Rizzo wants to stay with the Cubs long term but knows he could end up elsewhere: 'It's as cutthroat as ever right now'

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This weekend could mark the final time slugger Kris Bryant -- the center of trade speculation all offseason -- participates in a Cubs Convention as a player.

And Anthony Rizzo, the thickest pillar of the franchise, didn't rule out the possibility he could end up playing elsewhere, too, before his storied career ends.

"It would be naive for me ...Read more

Four years later, Chris Davis' costly Orioles contract continues to ripple across the organization

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BALTIMORE -- Every winter, a new batch of free-agent contracts in baseball populate the list of the richest ever signed. The Orioles don't have much occasion to swim in that end of the pool anymore, but when they did four years ago Thursday in signing first baseman Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million contract, they established a cautionary...Read more

LA City Council to vote on asking MLB to award Dodgers championship trophies

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to recall the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 "and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers."

Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, ...Read more

Amid Astros' cheating fallout, Yankees' best revenge is to steamroll to a World Series

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NEW YORK -- Two days after the Super Bowl, the New York Yankees' equipment truck will leave the Bronx, headed for Tampa, Fla.

Less than a month away from spring training, the 2020 Yankees are a strong favorite to win the American League pennant, advantaged by signing free agent starter Gerrit Cole away from the defending AL champion Houston ...Read more