|To many of the people who knew Dr. Frank Jobe best, he was more than the man who revolutionized sports medicine. The Tommy John surgery pioneer lived a life of service and humility.
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|The Oakland A's have few players manning the same position on an everyday basis, opting instead to field a roster full versatile players they can call on in the right situations. The unorthodox approach has paid off to the tune of back-to-back American League West titles despite a payroll among the lowest in baseball.
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|Here are the "make-or-break" seasons that are on the horizon in the American League, because every team has at least one player with a lot on the line, either because of what 2014 will mean for his future or what his performance will mean for his team's bottom line.
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|The Braves returned to the top of the National League East last year, but they were dispatched in the NL Division Series. Soon after, they said goodbye to veteran leaders Brian McCann and Tim Hudson, so manager Fredi Gonzalez and a young roster will have their hands full trying to hold off the Nationals in their bid to repeat as division champs.
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|When it comes to experience and wisdom, Eric Chavez has plenty, and it figures to rub off on the D-backs no matter if the 36-year-old veteran third baseman is in or out of the lineup.
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|Brandon Phillips has gone "media mute" again here in Reds camp. Only this time, it's a selective form of media muteness. He's not talking to the Cincinnati beat reporters, the guys around him essentially on a daily basis.
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|Let's be clear about the relationship between Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers. They love the guy. Lewis, veteran of 113 career starts for Texas, is in camp on a Minor League deal, hoping to make the club after missing all of 2013 recovering from elbow and hip surgeries.
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|Things always change fast in baseball, even for the champions. And sometimes, especially for the champions. That's the case for the Red Sox. Just look at Xander Bogaerts.
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|Here are 30 "make-or-break" seasons that are on the horizon. One for every team, because every team has at least one player with a lot on the line, either because of what 2014 will mean for his future or what his performance will mean for his team's bottom line.
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|D-backs GM Kevin Towers wants to make sure Arizona has the necessary parts to make that trip to the Promised Land. And unlike his days in San Diego, where rebuilding was so often the focus, this past winter, alone, showed that Towers knows the future is now in the Desert of the Sun.
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|There are good arms all over baseball, but nobody's got more pitching than the Cardinals, who are the envy of 29 other teams. They had so much pitching they went to the 2013 World Series with a future ace as the just-in-case guy in the bullpen. Shelby Miller is working hard to make sure he's in the rotation the next time the Cards are in the postseason.
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|Once among the top prospects in baseball, Mike Olt has had to endure a couple tough years of struggles and injuries, but the young slugger is confident his career is back on track.
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|They call this guy "Nasty Masty" because of the weaponry he brings to the mound, fastballs and sliders flinging out of the hand attached to that 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame. Off the mound, as we've learned, Justin Masterson is anything but nasty. It should be no surprise, then, that he is going about the sometimes brutal business side of the game in such a genial manner.
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|Coming off a very tough year at the plate, B.J. Upton spent the winter working to get his swing back to where it was earlier in his career.
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|Joe Maddon may be the modern pioneer of the defensive shift, but the Rays no longer retain an edge in this particular defensive department. If anything, their shifting strategy is the new norm.
|There's no question Tyler Skaggs could be a huge piece for the Angels in 2014. If he's not the part that gets them back to the postseason, he could very well elevate a decent starting rotation into a special one. If that happens, the Angels almost certainly will be in the mix for a playoff berth.
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|Four years after retirement, Trevor Hoffman is now the upper level pitching coordinator for the Padres, imparting his infinite wisdom to San Diego's hurlers.
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|Two batters into Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez's spring debut Tuesday afternoon, he had given up a double to Yaisel Puig and walked Carl Crawford. Concerned? Not the Mariners. Not about Hernandez. If manager Lloyd McClendon could feel half as confident about the rest of his rotation, Seattle would be in good shape.
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|Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wrote top prospect Byron Buxton into his lineup for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, and it apparently made him a little giddy.
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|Essentially, Russell Wilson said this week in Surprise, Ariz., where he exchanged his helmet and shoulder pads of the Seattle Seahawks for the cap and sanitary hose of the Texas Rangers, that he wouldn't mind becoming "Russell" someday, as in "Deion" and "Bo."
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|Closer Aroldis Chapman can focus on honing his craft in Spring Training with the Reds now that he's been reunited with his loved ones from Cuba.
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|The Texas Rangers saw it as a unique opportunity to bring a champion into their organization. So there was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson trotting onto a backfield Monday morning to take part in infield drills with Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, etc.
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|The 306 baseball legends who have been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame are the lucky few who can call Cooperstown home. But on Saturday night, 30 children and parents also got that chance.
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|With the signing of free-agent right-hander Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million deal on Jan. 26, Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin delivered a message. It came through loud and clear. "That said that our front office and ownership felt we had an opportunity to win," Ryan Braun said.
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|Plenty of Astros fans will remember Ken Caminiti when they read the quotes from 22-year-old first baseman Jon Singleton, a prospect in Houston's farm system who detailed his battle against marijuana, anxiety and depression in an interview with The Associated Press. Singleton is fortunate that he will have the best support system on earth.
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|Among the stars playing in Spring Training games Monday were Clayton Kershaw, Derek Jeter, Tim Lincecum, Koji Uehara and Andrew McCutchen. But the most important facet of the day's action was not a player, manager or even an umpire. In fact, it was not a person at all, but a set of new rules. Major League Baseball on Monday implemented on a trial basis its new instant-replay system.
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|He still has work to do to become a complete pitcher, but in his first start, Noah Syndergaard showed why the Mets are anticipating the day he'll ascend the mound at Citi Field.
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|You could feel it again, in that fleeting moment when a red-clad crowd went crazy during lineup introductions, celebrating a Wild Card-winning Indians club that unexpectedly brought playoff baseball back to Cleveland.
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|Wise men have called baseball our national pastime forever, and they've done so for good reason. So it only makes since that the beginning of each season be celebrated appropriately.
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|It is very early, but Matt Williams is already demonstrating a knowledge of the necessary structure of baseball, along with a sense of the game's poetry in his first year as Washington's skipper. That is already an impressive range.
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