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Emphasis on “Classic”

Sports PhotoFun on the field and in the stands. The series-ending showdown between Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Japan winning title number three. SC’s Jeff Kallman says this World Baseball Classic was great for baseball — and naysayers, be gone. Complete Story

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Freak vs. Foolish Injuries

Sports PhotoWhat happened to Mets reliever Edwin Diáz at the World Baseball Classic was a freak injury that could have happened any time — and doesn’t invalidate the WBC. Complete Story

Albie Pearson, RIP: Little Big Man

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers the pint-sized outfielder who swung a steady enough bat when afforded the chance, until a spring 1966 back injury came to end his playing career, but not his life of faith. Complete Story

Clocks and Clouds

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman has enough problems with some of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s new pace-of-game rules without pondering whether they’ll run afoul of the laws of unintended consequences. Complete Story

Interleague Play Becomes Universal

Sports PhotoThe “usual suspects” didn’t like it when interleague play made its debut in 1997. Now the number of interleague games is going to more than double this season. SC’s Anthony Brancato examines the definite good thing, and a potential bad thing, that emerges from this change. Complete Story

The Path to Astrogate

Sports PhotoEvan Drellich’s long-awaited “Winning Fixes Everything” goes deep into the warpage that fostered the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Tim McCarver, RIP: On First Guess…

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers the master handler of pitchers turned master baseball broadcast analyst who recently died at 81. Complete Story

“It Was a Massive Story”

Sports PhotoEvan Drellich’s forthcoming book shows how the Athletic reporter bumped into, then helped expose the Houston Astros’ illegal electronic sign-stealing operation. Complete Story

Concussions Killed Mauer’s Career, But Not His HOF Case

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says enough Twins fans have been more brain damaged about Joe Mauer than Mauer was by concussions. Complete Story

Rolen Rolls Into Cooperstown at Last

Sports PhotoThe No. 10 third baseman ever gets his due election to the Hall of Fame at last, says SC’s Jeff Kallman, reflecting on his career. Complete Story

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