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Which teams do the BP staff see as World Series contenders in 2015?

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Stony Brook's takedown of LSU is just another reason to love baseball.

The Weekend Takeaway
Kevin Millwood and five Mariners relievers combined to no-hit the Dodgers at Safeco Field on Friday night. The Nationals swept what closer Tyler Clippard described as “a statement series” in Boston. The Tigers staged a spirited, eighth-inning rally to capture the rubber match of their series with the Reds, leaving Aroldis Chapman to pick up the pieces from his second consecutive loss and lifting the Pirates into a tie for first place.

But while Prince Fielder was busy stretching to catch Ramon Santiago’s throw for the first out of the bottom of the eighth at Great American Ball Park, a more remarkable turn of events was afoot some 800 miles southwest in Baton Rouge. Sophomore pitcher Frankie Vanderka had just struck out junior right fielder Alex Edward to cap Stony Brook’s 7-2 victory over Louisiana State in the deciding game of the Super Regional between those two teams.

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Digging deeper into the new CBA.

In Part One of this series on MLB’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the focus was on the changes to the draft system. Today, we look at changes to minimum salaries and the soft-cap via a luxury tax on total player payroll.

Each time a new labor agreement is reached in professional sports, there is invariably the question of, “Who came out on top?” You might be able to say the needle swung slightly one way or the other, but in the end the only real winner is “compromise.”

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April 27, 2010 9:30 am

Ahead in the Count: Ryan Howard and the New MORP


Matt Swartz

Putting new valuation into action to evaluate the big bopper's big extension.

Just days after my two-part series introduced the new MORP to evaluate baseball contracts, the Phillies provided me with an excellent opportunity to put it into action by signing Ryan Howard to a five-year contract extension yesterday.

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