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Machado, Pedroia, and Respect Won and Lost

Sports PhotoRed Sox pitcher Matt Barnes got a four-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado’s head Sunday — two nights after Machado slid hard but clean into Dustin Pedroia, who took no offense. SC’s Jeff Kallman says Barnes got off light and the Orioles’ restraint should be emulated. Complete Story

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Now the Giants Are Truly Bummed

Sports PhotoThe thing is, with Madison Bumgarner gone for six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury from a dirt bike crash, what will they miss more … his arm, or his bat? Complete Story

Flag Night Banner Night For Cubs

Sports PhotoA rain delay to open the World Series flag festivities, then Anthony Rizzo — who snared the Series-winning out in November  driving in the game-winning run. Says SC’s Jeff Kallman … it figures. Complete Story

They Know Nussing … Nussing!

Sports PhotoOf course there was nothing devious happening when a wild pitch got stuck to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s chest protector, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Opening Day: For Giants, Cy Ruth vs. Two Blown Saves

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman imagines the dialogue between Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (who hit the NL’s first two homers of 2017) and manager Bruce Bochy during the Giants’ Opening Day loss to Arizona. Complete Story

Dallas Green, RIP: Toughness to Tragedy

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers Dallas Green, “the toughest SOB you’ll ever play for,” who was brought to his knees when his little granddaughter was killed in the 2011 attack that wounded an Arizona Congresswoman. Complete Story

New Book Reviews Catfish Hunter’s Free Agency

Sports Photo“Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic” reviews the 1970s Oakland Athletics and the chicaneries that led to Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter’s groundbreaking, pre-Messersmith free agency, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Let’s Negotiate Sensibly About Baseball’s Game Pace

Sports PhotoBaseball commissioner Rob Manfred tells the players’ union, “Talk, or else!” about pace-of-game changes to come. SC’s Jeff Kallman says, “Talk, period,” and consider all angles of all prospective changes. Complete Story

Shorten Games? Cut Warmup Pitches

Sports PhotoNo, SC’s Jeff Kallman isn’t crazy, but he does think it might be better to eliminate the eight warmups on the mound before a reliever goes to work — better for the pitchers and better for the game pace. Complete Story

The ‘66 Shots That Changed Baseball

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman revisits the spring 1966 joint contract holdout of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, and the same spring’s advent of Marvin Miller with the Players’ Association, two acts that began changing the game forever … and for the better. Complete Story

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