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Buster Olney’s top 10 shortstops: Tough calls at a loaded position

Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty” Before we get to the ranking of baseball’s best shortstops, a story about an All-Star second baseman. A few years ago, the Houston Astros’ staff encouraged batting champion Jose Altuve to be more patient at the plate. The staffers assured Altuve they weren’t asking […]

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Giants catcher Buster Posey – who just adopted premature twins – opts out of 2020 MLB season

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey became Major League Baseball’s most celebrated position player to opt out of the 2020 season, formally announced his decision Friday morning after deliberating the past three days. Making his announcement Friday, Posey said that he and his wife had recently adopted twin girls who were born prematurely. Posey, a member of the Giants’ three […]

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One (weird) week down, two to go: MLB’s ‘mad dash’ to opening day

There were opt-outs, failed tests, missing delivery trucks, angry emails, cancelled workouts, terse statements, retirements, World Series ring deliveries, and two seasons worth of schedules released 72 hours apart. “It seems like every day we’ve seen something we’ve never seen,’’ New York Mets pitcher Michael Wacha said Wednesday. “It’s definitely been a wild time.’’ It was one of the more unique […]

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Umps union distances from West’s virus opinion

In the aftermath of comments made by veteran umpire Joe West, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association on Thursday issued a statement saying that “recent public comments” do not reflect its stance regarding the coronavirus pandemic. “Our nation, and the world, has suffered greatly from this deadly virus,” said the union’s statement, which did not mention West by name. “In […]

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