Derek Jeter’s Swan Song

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The Yankee captain, Mr. November, perhaps the greatest shortstop in baseball history, is set to retire at the end of the 2014 season. Rob Scarborough takes a look back at Derek Jeter’s career.

Happy Anniversary, Hank

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40 years ago this week Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run. Michael Amity argues Hammerin’ Hank did more than just break a record.

11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for MLB Fans

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To mark baseball’s return, Fran Berkman at The Daily Dot offers the 11 Twitter accounts fans everywhere should be following.

10 Things Major League Baseball Should Change Right Now

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Though psyched, as always, that baseball is once again here, Neil Cohen suggests 10 changes that would make the game even better than it is.

3 Ways Baseball Fans Aren’t As Manly As They Used To Be

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Justin Zackal explores the evolution in the behavior of baseball fans. . . some of it good, some of it bad, all of it driven by the market.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game. . . In Sydney That Is

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100 years after MLB’s first trip Down Under, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the 2014 season with a 2-game series in Syndey. JP Pelosi reports on the culture clash.

Carl Crawford Leads Off

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The Los Angeles Dodger began the 2014 season on paternity leave, making use of MLB’s forward-thinking policy. Scott Behson sees this as yet another reason to celebrate the beginning of a new baseball season.

The Problem With 60 Minutes’ Report On Alex Rodriguez and Drugs in Baseball

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A 60 Minutes interview with the man claims to have supplied Alex Rodriguez with performance enhancing drugs shows that no one is serious about fixing baseball’s drug problem.

Where’s The Mentor Alex Rodriguez Never Had?

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Joe Rutland looks at the drama behind Rodriguez and how a mentor could have helped him navigate his life and career with more honesty and grace.

Off The Couch and Onto The Field: The Regular Guy to The Pros Stories That Inspire the Everyman

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Nothing quite captures the imagination and the connects the fans to sport, like that rare story of a comeback attempt or the even rarer tale of a regular guy unexpectedly coming from nowhere, from the realm of mere mortals – those who watch the game – to the playing field at the highest level.

Hacks With Hall of Fame Votes

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The results of this year’s voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced Wednesday. Scott Behson says it’s a shame that some of the sportswriters with votes take that responsibility so lightly or, worse, wield it vindictively. Here he calls out two.

Baseball’s New Three-Letter Word: CTE

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Former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel committed suicide in 2012. It’s now been confirmed he suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the national pastime’s first documented case. Neil Cohen discusses how MLB is getting proactive.

The Yankees Embrace Their Dark Side

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Despite losing Robinson Cano to the free agent market, the Yankees are doing what they always do—spend. Neil Cohen explains why they don’t really have a choice.

Love and Losing: A Bonding Story

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What is more important when picking a favorite sports team: tradition or location? Larry Bernstein shares losing, love, and baseball with his 9-year-old son.

Who Will Win the World Series? Let’s Ask Dad

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Today is Game 1 of the World Series. We wanted to know if dads had any predictions, so Carter Gaddis asked them.

Singlehandedly

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In the next in our series on athletes overcoming obstacles, Erik Crosier discusses one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott, the embodiment of achievement in the face adversity.