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Glow, Canada: Raines in Hall

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If the last strike killed baseball in Montreal, Rick Monday wounded it.

Get to the World Series, and a town falls in love with its team -- not just the diehards, but the citizens more interested in civic pride than Curtis Pride. Before the 1994 Expos -- the best team in baseball when the strike hit -- there were the 1981 Expos.

They were one ...Read more

Trevor Hoffman narrowly misses election to Hall of Fame

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SAN DIEGO -- Thirty-four votes shrunk to five, but a margin, however slim, remains. Trevor Hoffman, the Padres icon who holds the National League saves record, will have to wait at least another year to gain entrance into baseball's Hall of Fame.

In his second year of eligibility, Hoffman appeared on 327 of 442 Baseball Writers' Association of ...Read more

Ex-Mariners DH Edgar Martinez again falls short in bid for Hall of Fame induction

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SEATTLE -- A change in thinking about the value of a designated hitter, the evolving use of sabermetric measures and growing sentiment among eligible voters gave Edgar Martinez his highest percentage of Baseball Hall of Fame votes since appearing on the ballot. But it wasn't enough to for the Mariners' great to garner induction for the 2017 ...Read more

Rangers catcher Rodriguez headed to Hall of Fame

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, the 1999 American League MVP and a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a 14-time All-Star, was voted for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year on the ballot.

Rodriguez appeared on 76 percent of the ballots submitted by eligible voters from the ...Read more

Chris Bosio's new challenge as Cubs pitching coach: Sculpt a deep bullpen

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Jerry Weinstein remembers Chris Bosio as "an emotional, adrenalized, competitive guy" at Sacramento City College in 1982.

"He has organized himself very well since then, and he has turned into one of the better pitching coaches in baseball," said Weinstein, Bosio's former coach, who is managing Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.

"When ...Read more

Baseball fan in Congress says Ivan Rodriguez is a first-ballot Hall of Famer

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WASHINGTON -- Making the Baseball Hall of Fame is no easy feat, especially for a player in their first year of consideration.

Longtime Texas Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is on the ballot for the first time in 2017, and although Rodriguez is widely regarded as one of the best catchers of all time, he may not make it into Cooperstown ...Read more

Alex Rodriguez to host CNBC pilot called 'Back in the Game'

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Fresh off receiving another round of positive reviews for his work as a Fox studio analyst, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez appears set to further expand his budding media career.

CNBC announced on Tuesday an order for a pilot for a reality series with the working title "Back in the Game," to be hosted by Rodriguez.

Former Giants defensive end ...Read more

Cubs claim RHP Dylan Floro from Rays

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The Chicago Cubs added relief depth Tuesday by claiming pitcher Dylan Floro off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Floro, 26, was 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the Rays last season. Floro struck out 14 and walked five in 15 innings. Floro earned mid-season International League honors at Triple-A Durham, where he was 1-2 with a...Read more

Hamilton is ready to earn spot on the Rangers' roster

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton will return to Texas Rangers spring training next month, though this time without a spot on the 40-man roster and with no guarantees that he will be in the organization past April 1.

He will be in camp on a minor-league contract and will have to earn his way onto the Opening Day roster that is all but filled. ...Read more

Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

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On an afternoon last August, inside a stairwell at Detroit's Comerica Park, Danny Duffy began talking about Kansas City, the adopted hometown that had witnessed his transformation.

He spoke, the emotion welling up, and when he was done, he told a reporter that he would keep going all day if nobody stopped him.

Duffy loved the city, he said. He...Read more

Laura Ricketts' pleas to Obama led to Cubs' White House visit Monday

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WASHINGTON -- It was a bipartisan effort by the Ricketts siblings that led to Monday's White House celebration of the Cubs, who just managed to beat the clock before President Barack Obama's moving day.

So while Pennsylvania Avenue is fenced off in preparation for president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony on Friday, the World Series ...Read more

Cubs go back to 2012 in effort to revive Jason Heyward's swing

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs have gone back in time this winter to help Jason Heyward rediscover the power that made him one of the game's most formidable prospects.

Cubs fans remember Heyward's first major-league at-bat -- a home run off Carlos Zambrano in 2010. But a more convincing sample size occurred in 2012, when Heyward hit a career-high 27 home ...Read more

Baseball Hall of Fame might no longer be off limits for MLB steroid-era players

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Roger Clemens could have kept his mouth shut. People would have believed what they were going to believe. But Mr. Clemens went to Washington in 2008, for an extraordinary day of political theater.

Clemens testified under oath that he never had used steroids. Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the congressional committee grilling Clemens, did ...Read more

Cubs fans gush appreciation for World Series title at annual convention

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CHICAGO -- The honeymoon remains passionate, especially for the fans who charged through the main ballroom doors of the Sheraton Grand Chicago to honor their heroes Friday night more than two hours before the official start of Cubs Convention.

It was a brief release of congestion for several thousand supporters wanting to express their ...Read more

Cubs hire David Ross as special assistant to baseball operations

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CHICAGO -- It comes as little surprise Friday that the Chicago Cubs named recently retired catcher David Ross as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Ross, 39, who recently retired after 15 seasons (including the last two with the Cubs), will now contribute to all elements of the Cubs' baseball operations department, from major league ...Read more

Orioles' Machado, Britton, Tillman, Schoop receive big raises for 2017

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In years past, Friday's annual deadline to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players didn't have a lot of meaning. Most players agreed to terms on their one-year deals by the deadline, but the sides continued to work on cases that weren't resolved, and most times, they avoided arbitration hearings.

But with the Orioles set to ...Read more

Rangers reach agreement with Tyson Ross on one-year deal

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After weeks of very little action toward building their 2017 roster, the Texas Rangers struck Friday afternoon with the signing of free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

Two sources confirmed that the starting pitcher has agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical that he will take next week. Ross missed all but one start last season, on Opening...Read more

White Sox settle on contracts with Todd Frazier, four others

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The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract to avoid arbitration with third baseman Todd Frazier, the team announced Friday.

Frazier was one of five arbitration-eligible players who came to terms with the Sox this week.

The Sox also agreed to one-year deals with right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez ($5.9 million), left-handed...Read more

Indians, Trevor Bauer agree to contract for 2017, avoid arbitration

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The Indians and Trevor Bauer have agreed to a one-year deal for the 2017 season, thus avoiding arbitration.

Bauer will be paid $3.55 million this season, as first reported by Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball and FanRag Sports.

Bauer, who turns 26 on Tuesday, opened 2016 in the bullpen but after Cody Anderson struggled and Carlos Carrasco went...Read more

Phillies sign Freddy Galvis to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

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The Phillies avoided arbitration with their longest-tenured player Thursday as they signed Freddy Galvis to a one-year contract.

The contract, as reported by MLB.com, is worth $4.35 million. It is more than double what Galvis made last season when he hit 20 homers and was one of the National League's best defensive shortstops. Galvis batted ...Read more