1. MLB 2011: Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez and 15 Stars Who Aren't Getting Lucky

    What's wrong with Albert Pujols? Is Jason Heyward in the midst of a sophomore slump? Is Carl Crawford doomed? These are the questions on many baseball fans' mind as we pass the one-third marker of the 2011 MLB season...

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  2. MLB Power Rankings: 2011 Report Cards for the 50 Best Players in Baseball

    Every baseball fan has his or her own list of the best players in the major leagues. We opine, argue and kick back to watch the results—'tis the life of a sports fan...

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  3. Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez and Each MLB Team's Most Criticized Player

    Baseball players are celebrities, just like politicians and pop stars. Much as American gossipers love to follow the exploits of popular figures, nothing captures their attention like trouble—screw-ups, failures, not living up to expectations...

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  4. Andre Ethier, Matt Holliday and the 10 Luckiest Hitters in Baseball in 2011

    Who are the best hitters in baseball this year? Seems like a relatively straightforward question. Most fans could probably name a few candidates off the tops of their heads...

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  5. MLB Trade Rumors: The 12 Highest-Paid Players Who Could Be Traded in 2011

    As the first third of the season comes to a close, the MLB Hot Stove is heating up. The biggest deals might not happen until July, but the Trade Deadline rumor season begins in earnest when the calendar turns to June—as will happen on Wednesday...

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  6. B/R MLB Featured Columnist Poll: Who Should Be NL's 2011 All-Star Starters?

    Hard though it may be to believe, we are already more than halfway to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. Of course, the All-Star Game would be a lot better if the most deserving players were the ones who got to play...

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  7. Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe and the 50 Worst Scandals in MLB History

    Nothing in this world is perfect. When you love something, you have to take the good with the bad, the bitter with the sweet. Baseball is no exception. It's undoubtedly the greatest sport in the world (in the words of Ron Burgundy, "It's science...

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  8. B/R MLB Featured Columnist Poll: Who Should Be the All-Star Starters for the AL?

    Hard though it may be to believe, we are already more than halfway to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game . Of course, the All-Star Game would be a lot better if the most deserving players were the ones who got to play...

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  9. MLB Rumors: Fred Wilpon, Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes and Today's Baseball Buzz

    For many, this time of year—the end of May—can seem like the most boring part of the Major League Baseball season. The Opening Day excitement has worn off. There are flames on the Hot Stove but the water is only just starting to bubble...

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  10. MLB Trade Rumors: Jose Reyes and One Player Each Team Should Acquire or Keep

    It's never too early to talk trades in Major League Baseball. Before the season even started, there was speculation about this summer's biggest deals. The Yankees would seek out a starting pitcher...

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  11. MLB 2011: Predicting the NL Leaders: Can Albert Pujols Win a Triple Crown?

    Who will be this year's batting champion? Who will hit the most home runs? Who will be the most valuable player in baseball? When the season starts, everyone has an answer to these questions—and almost everybody ends up being wrong...

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  12. MLB 2011: Who Will Lead the AL in Each Major Category?

    Who will be this year's batting champion? Who will hit the most home runs? Who will be the most valuable player in baseball? When the season starts, everyone has an answer to these questions...

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  13. Adrian Gonzalez Extension: Why This Deal Is a Win for Boston Red Sox

    Last week, the Boston Red Sox ended months of speculation by signing newly acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million contract extension...

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  14. Guts Enough Not To Fight Back: The Legacy of Jackie Robinson

    This essay won the Society for American Baseball Research Negro Leagues Committee Scholarship contest in April 2010. On April 14, 1947, Major League Baseball was a whites-only sport...

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  15. Neftali Feliz Named Texas Rangers Closer: Generational Talent Wasted in Bullpen

    A year ago, fantasy owners and Texas fans alike felt burned when the Rangers announced that then 21-year-old phenom Neftali Feliz would start the season in the bullpen...

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  16. 2011 MLB Preview: Minnesota Twins' Francisco Liriano Poised for Historic Season

    In 2006, a flame-throwing rookie took the baseball world by storm. Ranked the sixth-best prospect in the game on Baseball America 's preseason list, he surpassed even the wildest expectations people had for him, going 12-3 with a 2...

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  17. MLB Power Rankings: B/R Columnists Rank All 30 Teams for the 2011 Season

    Most baseball predictions are relatively straightforward. Sure, you can argue over whether Joey Votto will be better than Albert Pujols or who will win the AL East, but as long as ...

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  18. MLB Power Rankings: The Greatest Homegrown Pitcher in Each Team's History

    There once was a time when players spent their entire careers with the same team. In most cases, the team a player was on was the one that originally scouted and drafted him...

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  19. John Thorn Rebuttal: In Defense of Stats...Sabermetrics Aren't Bad for Baseball

    Last week, John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, stopped by Bleacher Report to post three eloquent essays in which he aptly demonstrated his knowledge of and passion for our national pastime...

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  20. 2011 MLB Preview: Albert Pujols, Roy Halladay and B/R's NL Award Predictions

    Opening Day is less than two weeks away, which means everyone and his mother is spouting predictions for the coming MLB season...

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  21. 2011 MLB Preview: Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano and B/R's AL Award Predictions

    The lead-up to Opening Day is a time for excitement. It's a time for optimism and hope. And it's a time for predictions. Yes indeed, there are predictions...

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  22. 2011 MLB Preview: 10 Young Pitchers Who Could Be Better Off in the Bullpen

    Ah, spring training—a time for managers to see what they've got to work with; for players to show their employers that they deserve chances to play in the Big Show and for teams do some experimenting in games that don't count...

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  23. MLB Power Rankings: The Best Big-Game Pitcher in Each Team's History

    Every MLB franchise has its great moments, and behind every great moment is a great pitcher. Say what you want about the myth of clutch or the randomness of small sample sizes, but ...

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  24. 2011 MLB Preview: Are Philadelphia Phillies a Playoff Team Without Chase Utley?

    For the last few years, the Philadelphia Phillies have made their name as an offense-heavy team that occasionally pitched well. That’s not to say they had no good pitching—they just didn’t have very much of it...

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  25. 2011 MLB Preview: It's a Safe Bet That These 10 Teams Have Stupid Vegas Odds

    Opening Day is almost upon us, and that means it's time for the most important projection system to release its predictions...

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