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Feb 16, 2019

Farhan Zaidi is reshaping Giants' future to resemble recent past

When the pitchers and catchers of the San Francisco Giants reported to camp a few days ago, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi assembled the group for a meeting. During a decade with the Oakland Athletics and four seasons as Dodgers general manager, Zaidi developed a reputation for his...
Feb 14, 2019

Alex Wood decries 'totally broke' system with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado unsigned

On his way to his first spring training as a Cincinnati Red, Alex Wood took a detour to Tampa. Before he could set foot on the mound, he needed to attend an arbitration hearing with his new club. A year away from free agency, and a year removed from an All-Star campaign in 2017, Wood requested...
Feb 14, 2019

Old Dodgers form nucleus of new-look Reds — for Friday print

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Feb 14, 2019

Yasiel Puig aims to revive his career with Reds after frustrating year with Dodgers

The prospects gathered in the outfield grass around the veteran. For more than an hour Wednesday, as the rest of the Cincinnati Reds filtered into their clubhouse, a few young players received a tutorial on the path to big league success. The lesson came from an instructor dubbed, in the words...
Feb 12, 2019

Clayton Kershaw heads into Dodgers' season 'trying to regain some stuff I lost'

On four occasions over the past four months, Dodgers strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel boarded a flight bound for Dallas. His destination for each visit was the same, the gym built inside the home of Clayton Kershaw. His goal was one that is vital for the 2019 Dodgers: to help Kershaw...
Feb 10, 2019

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and other stars remain free agents. What's going on?

Neither Bryce Harper nor Manny Machado plies his trade as a pitcher or a catcher, so this week’s milestone is imprecise but still significant. As battery mates report to Arizona and Florida during the next few days, to be followed by the rest of the rosters next week, the central mystery of this...
Feb 6, 2019

MLB and players union discuss eliminating one-batter relievers and making the DH universal

As baseball’s offseason draws to a close, with rumblings of labor strife growing louder by the day, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Assn. have engaged in discussion on rule changes with significant consequences, including the elimination of the one-batter reliever and the implementation...
Jan 31, 2019
Rams might be America’s team outside Boston, but not in St. Louis

Rams might be America’s team outside Boston, but not in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — The pixelated billboard outside The Dome at America’s Center offered no acknowledgement of its previous tenant.
Jan 28, 2019

Rams might be America's team outside Boston, but not in St. Louis

The pixelated billboard outside The Dome at America’s Center offered no acknowledgement of its previous tenant. Two days after the Rams clinched their first Super Bowl berth since 2002, the building — which in its heyday housed “The Greatest Show on Turf” — offered no evidence of celebrating the...
Jan 28, 2019

With MLB enjoying austerity, why haven't Bryce Harper, Manny Machado been signed?

In the days following the World Series, David Freese pondered his options for the coming spring. At 35, he felt rejuvenated after joining the Dodgers in August. He displayed his value with an excellent postseason, enough for the team to consider picking up his $6-million option for 2019. The interest...
Jan 18, 2019

It's time to bring back what makes the Baseball Hall of Fame fun: deserving players

Kevin Brown belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I never saw him pitch, but I believe this to be true. During his 19 seasons in the majors, Brown was worth 10 more wins above replacement than Tom Glavine (inducted into Cooperstown in 2014), according to FanGraphs. He threw more innings than Pedro...

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