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Joe Posnanski

  1. The beauty of belief

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

    Nosotros Creemos!

    The Royals may not have won the AL Wild Card if not for the confounding decisions of manager Ned Yost.

  2. Ron Gardenhire: Too much of the credit, too much of the blame

    Sep 29, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    For a few years there, I saw it as my personal mission to the spread the gospel of Ron Gardenhire.

  3. A Royals Toast

    Sep 27, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT

    Royals AP

    Every team with a long run of losing has stories, of course. Every team with a long run of losing has believers too, who refuse to stop caring even when there seems nothing left to care about.

  4. Mr. November (or, my favorite Derek Jeter story)

    Sep 26, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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    There were few moments in the Yankees captain’s career like the night on Oct. 31, 2001.

  5. Mike Trout is the best MVP choice, but . . .

    Aug 29, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

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    If you’re going to make the same arguments for him you did the past two years, you may want to re-think things.

  6. Alex Gordon and the M-V-P chants

    Aug 28, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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    Every time Alex Gordon steps to the plate at Kauffman Stadium these days, fans chant, “M-V-P, M-V-P,” which is fascinating on so many levels.

  7. Money, money, money (and Bud Selig’s nirvana)

    Aug 26, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Here at the end of his tenure, baseball is closer to Selig’s nirvana than perhaps ever before.

  8. Forgiveness for Pete Rose? Not in this lifetime

    Aug 25, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    The 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s banishment – if you can call that an “anniversary” – came and went over the weekend.

  9. Royals might actually know what they are doing

    Aug 20, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Joe Posnanski says the Royals’ plan is finally falling into place and has their fans believing they can get back to the glory days of the 1970s.

  10. Numbers game: Tigers fall victim to baseball’s speed obsession

    Aug 18, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister was a perfectly useful pitcher for Detroit, but he didn’t show up on the radar gun. Now, Fister is leading the National not the playoffs while the Tigers are fighting to stay alive.

  11. Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB ballparks

    Aug 15, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB ballparks. Spoiler alert: Wrigley Field is No. 1.

  12. History and nostalgia make Wrigley the No. 1 MLB ballpark

    Aug 15, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

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    There are so many great ballparks in baseball right now, but Wrigley more than any of them – more even than Fenway Park, I think, though that’s a great debate – is the one that clings hardest to the past.

  13. It’s been a trying year for Bryce Harper

    Aug 8, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    It’s been a trying year for Bryce Harper, but the Washington Nationals are in first place despite the struggling star.

  14. Even if he reaches 500 homers, Adam Dunn is not Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Adam Dunn probably will hit 500 home runs, but that doesn’t mean he should be a Hall of Famer.

  15. Empty Yesterday: Kansas City’s trade deadline day

    Aug 1, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore, David Glass

    The Royals just had an infuriating trade deadline day.

  16. Hey, Rube: Phillies pay dearly for Amaro’s misguided loyalty

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

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    The Phillies are paying the bills for their dynastic run, thanks in large part to Ruben Amaro’s mismanagement.

  17. Four theories about the Hall of Fame voting changes

    Jul 27, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    So I have three – no, wait, just thought of another one, so four – theories about the Baseball Hall of Fame’s decision to reduce the time a player can spend on the ballot from 15 years to 10. I am not opposed to this rule, by the way. I have long thought 15 years was too long for a player to be on the ballot. And I am absolutely for some changes in the Hall of Fame process …

  18. How’d he do that? Magician Maddux fooled hitters all the way to Hall

    Jul 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Greg Maddux was a magician on the mound, and now he’s going to the Hall of Fame, writes Joe Posnanski.

  19. The eyes have it: Thomas’ greatness built on patience

    Jul 24, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Frank Thomas is headed to the Hall of Fame thanks to his legendary batting eye.

  20. The dizzying intellect of Tom Glavine

    Jul 23, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Tom Glavine crafted his Hall of Fame career with plenty of skill and wit.

  21. Adam Wainwright follows the rules and pays the price

    Jul 16, 2014, 1:55 AM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright chose to follow baseball’s unwritten rules and salute one of the all-time greats in his final All-Star Game. Somehow, he became the bad guy.

  22. Pat Neshek’s soaring triumph tinged with sorrow

    Jul 15, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    MINNEAPOLIS — The most remarkable and wonderful part about the Pat Neshek story is that it isn’t one story. It is 10 different stories going over top of each other like different children’s hands working their way up the handle of a baseball bat in that game to decide who hits first. When Neshek starts crying…

  23. MLB All-Star Game’s continued irrelevance could be saved by going international

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

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    MLB All-Stars vs. Japanese League All-Stars, anyone?

  24. Rick Porcello’s 0-walk, 0-strikeout shutout was miraculous

    Jul 2, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

    Rick Porcello

    It had been almost 25 years since a pitcher had thrown a shutout without walking anyone or striking out anyone. Then Rick Porcello did it and showed what the game could look like.

  25. The remarkable career of Raul Ibanez

    Jul 1, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Why have so many teams and so many teammates loved Raul Ibanez?

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