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Macho Meatheads

Sports PhotoRon Washington wants Yu Darvish on the mound before his elbow inflammation heals properly. The Mets aren’t ready to shut David Wright down despite shoulder issues. Neither team’s going anywhere. SC’s Jeff Kallman thinks machismo is overruling medical and other sense here. Complete Story

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Does Manfred Have a Vision Thing?

Sports PhotoBaseball finally has a commissioner-elect. SC’s Jeff Kallman wants to know whether Rob Manfred — who’s helped keep the labor peace and knows a thing or three about consensus-building — has vision equal to his nuts-and-bolts agility. Complete Story

In Arizona, If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Drill ‘Em

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman is still waiting to see whether MLB will discipline the Arizona Diamondbacks for their apparent, and unapologetic, headhunting philosophy. Complete Story

Price, Lester, and Non-Waiver Trade Tally

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman breaks down last Thursday’s staggering non-waiver trade baseball deadline deals — especially David Price to the Detroit Tigers and Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics. Complete Story

The Era of Having a Chance

Sports PhotoFor SC’s Ross Lancaster, there are four teams he sees as the class of the majors. But that doesn’t mean one of the four is winning the World Series. All but a handful of teams are still in the hunt in late July. Welcome to the era of having a chance. Complete Story

The All-Star Game: Groovin’

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman thinks Adam Wainwright — admitting then denying he grooved one to Derek Jeter for a leadoff double that opened the AL’s scoring — may learn it only sounds right when Yogi Berra says he never said half the things he said. Complete Story

MLB Midseason Awards

Sports PhotoThe season is already past its midpoint and though there is a lot of baseball left to be played, SC’s Andrew Jones looks at some possibilities for end of season awards. Perhaps the closest race of all is rather unexpected: AL Rookie of the Year. Complete Story

Let’s Not Put the A’s in the Series Just Yet

Sports PhotoSure, it was a blockbuster. Sure, the A’s might be baseball’s best team so far. But SC’s Jeff Kallman says landing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel doesn’t mean the A’s have traded for the pennant. Complete Story

Jim Brosnan, RIP: Inside Looking Out

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers Jim Brosnan, the first baseball player to write from the inside of a major league clubhouse — and to retire rather than sign a contract with a censorship clause. He died June 28. Complete Story

Singles Hitters Who Walk

Sports PhotoSan Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died last week. SC’s Brad Oremland examines a vanishing breed of player — singles hitters who walk a lot — and develops a formula to identify them. Complete Story

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