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Joe Posnanski

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

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

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

  2. 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 …

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

    Jul 25, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

    A multiple exposure shows Atlanta Braves Greg Madd

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

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

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and the silent majority

    Jun 27, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Nelson Cruz could be elected to the All-Star Game. Melky Cabrera and Ryan Braun, too. Shouldn’t the public be more upset about this?

  12. Back to the Future

    Jun 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    For a minute, it’s 1985, and the Royals are in first place. Savor this moment.

  13. Moneyball and Bubba

    Jun 3, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

    Sonny Gray

    Three years ago, the Kansas City Royals took high school phenom Bubba Starling with their first-round pick. It looks like a mistake … and one the Oakland A’s never would have made.

  14. The hardest team to love

    May 27, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Many group of fans will try and tell you that they have it worse than any other group of fans in sports. But only one team can be the toughest in sports to love: That’s the Kansas City Royals.

  15. Down with the pitchers win, up with the Tango

    May 19, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

    ARGENTINA-TANGO-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

    For more than 100 years, people have used won-loss records to determine the best pitchers. That’s not great policy but hey, if we’re going to do it, how about we come up with a won-loss record for the 21st century? Enter: The Tango.

  16. No runs, no hits, no action

    May 17, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Baseball is on pace for more shutouts this year than any season in the history of the game. But the problem isn’t the lack of scoring. It’s the lack of action.

  17. Reconsidering Field of Dreams

    May 16, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    AMPAS Reception Honoring Screenwriters Featured In Oscar Marketing Campaign

    Field of Dreams has been losing ground. Is there still enough magic in the moonlight for us to love such an openly mawkish movie?

  18. Jose Abreu and amazing home run starts

    May 14, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Jose Abreu’s great start has put him in some very interesting historical company.

  19. The Biogenesis Sudoku game

    May 13, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    The Biogenesis nightmare is a magnificent thought puzzle featuring slimy people from all walks of life. If you have a notebook handy, I’ll get you started and you can play along.

  20. If the Devil ever gives me one pitcher to play for my soul …

    May 12, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    Joe Posnanski on the best pitcher he’s ever seen … and so much more.

  21. Ron Washington may have ordered the worst intentional walk ever yesterday

    May 12, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We now have a scale to measure this — The Intentional Walk Rage System — and Ron Washington darn near broke it yesterday

  22. The Royals still aren’t hitting home runs

    May 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    The Kansas City Royals have hit 14 home runs in their first 36 games this year. That is not just the worst home run rate in baseball by far in 2014, it’s among the worst in recent baseball history.

  23. Papi’s popup, Yu’s missed no-no and the stupidity of errors

    May 10, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    1. Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans believe that ball absolutely should have been caught.

    And …

    2. Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans believe it should not be ruled an error because neither guy touched the ball.

    This is the stupidity of errors in 21st Century America.

  24. Ned Yost almost broke the Intentional Walk Rage System last night

    May 9, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    All intentional walks stink. Some, however, stink worse than others. As a service, Joe Posnanski has created the Intentional Walk Rage System to gauge these things. Ned Yost darn near broke the thing last night.

  25. Which major-league managers were the best players?

    May 2, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Cincinnati Reds

    Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB managers by how good they were during their playing days.

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