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MLB Previews: Cardinals, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays, Nationals

The Rangers look like the best in the AL West by a slender margin. The Cardinals are close enough that they could win the NL Central. The Rays and Jays are taking different approaches, while the Nationals are bad. Very bad. Continue reading

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Rogers Communications and Toronto Sports

NAVA BRAHE: For those of you not familiar, Rogers Communications is Canada’s cable television, high speed Internet and mobile phone behemoth; and they own the Toronto Blue Jays. To add insult to injury, unlike the American cable and wireless behemoths, Toronto based Rogers has their tentacles in every province. That would be akin to Cablevision or Comcast on some serious steroids. Last week, they announced their intention to tender a $1.3 billion offer to The Ontario Teachers Pension Fund, the majority owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors, for their stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). MLSE owns the Leafs, the Raptors and the AHL Toronto Marlies. If the bid is accepted, Rogers would own every Toronto sports team, with the exception of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. Rogers also owns SportsNet, the regional cable sports channels that, in Toronto, broadcast the majority of Leafs and Blue Jays games. And they also own SkyDome – to me it will always be SkyDome – but it was renamed “The Rogers Centre” a few years ago. Suffice it to say, when I got wind of this proposed buyout, my head almost exploded. Continue reading

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Expanded MLB Playoffs

CHRIS PUMMER: The dollars make sense for everyone, and really, so does this expansion.

HOWARD MEGDAL: My concerns are two-fold about the potential for expanding baseball playoffs: diluting playoff baseball, and potentially shortening the regular season. Continue reading

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Home Run Smackdown: Carter Vs. Mazeroski

NAVA BRAHE: In the annals of baseball, Bill Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series winning home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates is always going to outshine Joe Carter’s dinger that won the Toronto Blue Jays the 1993 World Series. Mazeroski hit his in Game 7, and Carter hit his in Game 6. Mazeroski’s Pirates took down the mighty New York Yankees; Carter’s Blue Jays thrilled the Toronto baseball faithful to pieces, and ruined the life of Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mitch Williams.

MIKE CUMMINGS: The fiftieth anniversary of Bill Mazeroski’s game-winning home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series came and went recently, and that’s gotten a lot of people thinking about the most dramatic homers in Major League history. Another one that readily comes to mind is Joe Carter’s walk-off job for the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 Series against Mitch Williams and the Philadelphia Phillies. But while Carter’s homer probably still resonates for Blue Jays and (for obviously different reasons) Phillies fans, the Mazeroski homer still resonates more profoundly with the general American sporting public. There are three very simple reasons why. Continue reading

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More Surprising: Andres Torres, or Jose Bautista?

HOWARD MEGDAL: While I couldn’t say that I saw Jose Bautista’s 2010 season coming, it seems to me that the more surprising breakout offensively has to be that of Andres Torres over the past two years.

CHRIS PUMMER: Torres’ breakout has been less surprising to me because when his minor league output is taken into consideration, his recent major league success seems like less of an anomaly. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post AL East Preview

STEPHON JOHNSON: While I tire of the “American League is better than the National League” talk, there’s no denying how good the American League East is.

EMMA SPAN: The 2010 AL East race in a nutshell: Continue reading

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Frank Thomas Perspectives

HOWARD MEGDAL: For me, Frank Thomas is a pair of images: at the start of his career, and at the end of his career. And both represent excellence on a scale I won’t soon forget.

CHRIS PUMMER: As a White Sox fan, it’s hard to describe how incredibly lucky I felt to see Thomas — likely the best player in the franchise’s history — compete in his prime. Continue reading

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