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The Lineup Card: Eight Second-Half Decline Candidates
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07-03

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The Lineup Card: Ten Trades That Made Our Childhoods
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06-26

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The Lineup Card: Eight Things Contenders Need
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06-18

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The Lineup Card: Seven Small-World Baseball Stories
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06-12

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The Lineup Card: 9 Unexpected Storylines of the Season to Date
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06-04

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The Lineup Card: 11 Draft Day What-Ifs
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05-28

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The Lineup Card: 13 Pitcher Injuries We Wish We Could Undo
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05-21

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The Lineup Card: 10 Dominant Early-Season Relievers
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05-14

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The Lineup Card: 10 Ways We'd Improve Umpiring or Replay
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05-07

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The Lineup Card: 10 Items on Our Baseball Wishlists
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04-30

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in April
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04-23

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The Lineup Card: 10 of Our Favorite Pitches
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04-16

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The Lineup Card: Eight Notable Early-Season Injuries
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04-09

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The Lineup Card: Seven Memorably Misleading April Performances
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04-02

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The Lineup Card: 10 Headlines for 2014
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03-26

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The Lineup Card: 10 Players Whose Seasons We're Excited About
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03-19

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The Lineup Card: 11 Spring Training Performances We Sort of Believe In
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03-12

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The Lineup Card: 11 of Our Favorite Offseason Moves
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03-05

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The Lineup Card: 11 of Our Least-Favorite Offseason Moves
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02-26

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The Lineup Card: Nine Players We Expect to Improve in 2014
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02-19

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The Lineup Card: Eight Players We Expect to Decline in 2014
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02-12

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The Lineup Card: Ten Prospects Who Could Make Cases for Call-Ups This Spring
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02-05

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The Lineup Card: Eight of the Least Interesting Spring Training Storylines
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01-30

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The Lineup Card: Nine Moves that Teams Still Need to Make
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01-22

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The Lineup Card: Ten Late-Offseason Moves That Made a Difference
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01-15

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The Lineup Card: Twelve Non-MLB Athletes We'd Like to See Playing Baseball
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01-08

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The Lineup Card: Seven Pioneers Worthy of Hall of Fame Induction
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01-02

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The Lineup Card: Six New Year's Resolutions
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12-27

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Baseball Player Idiosyncrasies
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12-18

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The Lineup Card: 13 Trade Offers for Mike Trout
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12-11

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our First Front Office Hires
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12-05

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The Lineup Card: Seven Trade Ideas for the Winter Meetings
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11-27

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The Lineup Card: 8 Unfulfilled Rumors From Last Year's Hot Stove
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11-20

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The Lineup Card: 10 Free Agents Who Are Likely to Be Overpaid
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11-13

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The Lineup Card: 12 Free Agents Who Are Likely to Be Bargains
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11-07

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The Lineup Card: 12 Items That Tell the Story of the 2013 Season
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10-30

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The Lineup Card: 15 Things We Were Wrong About This Year
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10-23

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The Lineup Card: 12 Moves That Helped the Cardinals and Red Sox Win the Pennants
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10-16

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The Lineup Card: 11 Postseason Ads, Slogans, and Theme Songs That Are Still Stuck in Our Heads
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10-09

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The Lineup Card: 8 Memorable Manager Decisions in the Playoffs
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10-02

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The Lineup Card: Ten Players Who Could Back into World Series Rings
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09-25

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Moments Involving Retiring Players
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09-19

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Base Stealers, Stolen Bases, and Caught Stealings
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09-11

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The Lineup Card: Eight of Our Favorite WTF Pitching Performances
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09-05

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The Lineup Card: Ten Things We'll Be Watching in September
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08-28

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The Lineup Card: Ten Position Players We Would Like to See Pitch
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08-22

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The Lineup Card: 11 Plays for Which We Wish We'd Had Instant Replay Review
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08-14

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The Lineup Card: Nine of Our Favorite Pitcher Conversions
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08-07

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The Lineup Card: Nine of the Worst Baseball Clichés
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08-01

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The Lineup Card: Eight World Series Teams that Faded Quickly
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The staff laments some of its poorest pre-season predictions.

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The staff recognizes various trades, signings, draft picks, and hirings that helped propel the Redbirds and Sox to the World Series.

1. The Red Sox Pull Off "The Nick Punto Trade"
Perhaps the most obvious and talked-about move that’s helped Boston reach the World Series was last season’s so-called “Nick Punto” trade. For the uninitiated, that’s the deal that saw the Red Sox ship Punto, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers in exchange for Ivan DeJesus Jr., Rubby De La Rosa, James Loney, Jerry Sands, and Allen Webster.

None of the players the Sox received contributed meaningfully to the team this year, of course. Loney signed with the Rays in the offseason, DeJesus and Sands were dealt to the Pirates in the Joel Hanrahan trade, and De La Rosa and Webster performed poorly in 41 2/3 MLB innings.


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For good reasons or bad, these playoff jingles have proven tough to forget.

1. We Are Family
The 1979 World Series is the first one I can really remember at all. That’s largely because it had a theme song. I knew the tune by Sister Sledge, which was co-written by R&B legend Nile Rodgers. It was very popular, having gone to no. 1 on the R&B charts and no. 2 on the pop charts that year. When the Pirates—really paterfamilias Willie Stargell, who also doled out those gold stars (excuse to link to image of Kent Tekulve) and maybe also amphetamines—adopted it as their theme song, I guess I just assumed all championship teams had one. From what I can recall, though, it didn’t happen again until the 2005 White Sox latched onto Journey’s warhorse “Don’t Stop Believin’,” but that song didn’t have the same zeitgeist feel—it was released in 1981, much closer temporally to the “We Are Family” Pirates than Ozzie Guillen’s White Sox. In any case, its associations aren’t exclusive, as any Sopranos fan can tell you.

If one of the remaining teams in the post-season takes on a theme song this month, I’m hoping they choose one of the tracks off of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, preferably “Get Lucky.” The song was a ballpark staple all summer, but that’s not the only reason I hope it’s chosen. It’s also because “Get Lucky” was co-written by Nile Rodgers. —Adam Sobsey


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The staff recounts moves made by postseason skippers that stand out for the right or wrong reasons.

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These hitters and pitchers didn't contribute much to their clubs this season, but they'll be in line for bling if their teammates go all the way.

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As several long-time big leaguers prepare to ride off into the sunset, the staff recounts some of the memories they'll leave behind.

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The staff recounts its fondest memories of players trying to swipe bags and others attempting to stop them.

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In recognition of Yusmeiro Petit's near-perfect game, the staff recounts other gems on the mound that seemingly came out of nowhere.

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With relatively few playoff spots up for grabs, here are stories our staff is keeping tabs on this month.

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The staff yearns for a chance to see these non-pitchers test their arms from the mound.

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The staff recounts some poor umpire calls that could have been corrected with the benefit of instant replay.

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Inspired by Jeremy Bonderman's move to the bullpen, the staff recounts the stories of pitchers who changed roles, from starter to reliever or reliever to starter.

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