Paul Hagen, a reporter for MLB.com, won the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2013 for a lifetime of excellence in baseball writing.
|Phil Hughes, a 10-year big league veteran, was pitching in a game this spring. The home plate umpire was making the calls, ball or strike. It was a completely ordinary baseball setting with one significant exception. The umpire was Jen Pawol, who hopes to become the first female umpire to work an MLB game.
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|Imagine, if you even can, being 18 years old and having somebody hand you $6.1 million. Even better, you got the money for being deemed the best amateur baseball player in the country. People can't stop talking about how wonderful you are.
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|The pitcher had retired the first 26 batters he faced. Then, one out away, the umpire made a mistake, helping deprive him of his perfect game. This is the story of Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010. But it's also the story of Phillies lefty George (Hooks) Wiltsie in 1908. And it's the common thread that unites "Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching's Holy Grail."
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|On a bitterly cold Friday morning at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and center fielder Odubel Herrera sat on a dais to field questions about the young star's new contract, which had been announced the day before. It's a big deal, in more ways than one.
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|Commissioner Rob Manfred encouraged Major League teams to improve minority hiring practices this week at the quarterly Owners Meetings.
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|Two managers who led their teams to division titles despite season-long adversity -- Terry Francona of the Indians and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers -- were named Managers of the Year on Tuesday night by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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|When Major League owners convene for their quarterly meetings beginning Wednesday in Chicago, collective bargaining will take center stage in the formal and informal discussions.
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|Five managers who directed their teams to division titles and one who shocked many prognostications by earning a Wild Card berth are competing for the 2016 Manager of the Year Awards, which will be announced tonight on MLB Network at 6 ET.
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|Randy Hundley sat in the upper deck at Wrigley Field last Saturday night, cheering along with the rest of the sellout crowd as the Cubs beat the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1945.
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|The Blue Jays' two long balls only reinforced the notion that they are the kind of club that wins by simply pounding its opponents into submission. That line of thinking, though, lies somewhere between overly simplistic and just plain wrong.
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|It's kind of like two guys who have lived next door to each other for years and years. They get along, but over time, some tension is inevitable. One thinks the other should mow his lawn a little more often and that it wouldn't hurt to slap a coat of paint on his house. The second resents that his neighbor parks his beat-up truck at the curb and that his dog barks all night.
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|The regular season ended on Sunday with a 5-2 win over the Mets, and that's all well and good. The crowd totaled 36,935, a good number helped along by the Fan Appreciation Day promotions and the fact that the Eagles had a bye and the rain that stayed away, but in large part, too, because it was the last chance to see Ryan Howard in a Phillies uniform.
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|When the Red Sox departed Oriole Park at Camden Yards late Thursday evening and boarded the buses that would take them to the airport for their charter flight to St. Petersburg, there was no denying that these four games had completely rewritten the scripts for both clubs. Now everything is going Boston's way.
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|The Orioles looked for starting pitching all offseason. They looked for starting pitching in the weeks and days leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. With the start of the postseason looming in less than two weeks, they're looking for -- all together now -- starting pitching.
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|With each day that passes, the end comes more sharply into focus. The Red Sox have 11 regular-season games remaining, which means that's how many David Ortiz has left in his exemplary career.
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|They were coming off a four-game sweep of the Yankees, their ancient rivals, all but knocking them out of the race. That alone would have been enough to make the first-place Red Sox vulnerable to an emotional hangover once the adrenaline wore off.
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|As every baseball fan knows, the passing of the non-waiver Trade Deadline doesn't mean the end of wheeling and dealing. It's just a little more complicated now. Any players who are moved have to be placed on waivers first. Some clubs will put in claim hoping to fill immediate needs. Some will be trying to block certain players from going to a rival.
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|Opening Day. The All-Star Game. The playoffs and the World Series. These are Major League Baseball's crown-jewel events. Major League general managers, though, have their private crown-jewel event, even if they are delineated. It's the Hot Stove season and the weeks and days leading up to the annual non-waiver Trade Deadline.
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|Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer, wants managers to stop arguing balls and strikes with the umpires.
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|There is baseball. There is Iowa. There are corn fields. The parallels to the novel-turned-movie Field of Dreams are remarkable and unmistakable and acknowledged in the very first sentence of the foreword. And yet, The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams by Michael Tackett expands on some of the themes in that classic work and explores others.