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There is too little evidence in the Troy Tulowitzki-Ubaldo Jimenez spat to draw definitive conclusions.

A little over a week ago, Ubaldo Jimenez and Troy Tulowitzki exchanged words in a Denver Post column. Yesterday, they exchanged them during the bottom of the first inning at Salt River Fields.

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May 7, 2009 12:01 pm

Wait 'Til Next Year: From 286 to 64

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Bryan Smith

A broad scan of the college conferences and all the teams that are in, on the bubble, and vying for an invitation to June Madness.

Don't worry, I'm not going to make an argument that it's as good as March Madness. For fans of college baseball, though, May and June allow for a degree of projection and anticipation similar to what the college basketball tournament offers us every March. With just two weeks of regular season and one week of conference tournament play to go, college baseball's postseason is right around the corner. For some teams, the year is essentially over, and for others, it's time to sleep until the May 29 regionals. For the rest, the next three weeks are of the utmost importance, and during that time, we'll do our best to narrow the field.

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May 1, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Fight Money

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Bryan Smith

Incentivizing performance is a controversial enough idea, but maybe it makes sense a rung or three down the ladder.

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There's still a lot of fallout from the Ozzie Guillen hit batsman controversy, Milton Bradley shares some thoughts on his time in LA, and David Segui outs himself as an HGH user.

"They swore they wanted character guys, but then they signed a DUI guy and a guy sleeping with a reporter and that's fine, but I got character issues?"
--former Dodger Milton Bradley, on the team's treatment of his character problems while in L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

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January 5, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Time For a Change

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Joe Sheehan

In the wake of another Hall of Fame election, it's time to take a look at a process that has been out of date for a long time.

I haven't written about any of the various Randy Johnson trade rumors yet, and even though the latest one appears to have become reality, I won't address it until he stands in front of a podium and holds up a jersey that doesn't have purple in it. That said, if it ends up that the Yankees chose Johnson, Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano instead of Javier Vazquez and Carlos Beltran, they deserve what's going to happen to them.

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June 13, 2003 12:00 am

6-4-3: The Peter Principle

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Gary Huckabay

Baseball could learn a lot from Don King. When Don King puts on a fight, there's instantly a thin, greasy film of sleaze on it, but most of the time, King's able to overcome the aversion and distrust inherent in his productions, and sell the damn tickets. When King promotes a fight, he works his butt off to transform the tomatoest of cans into a Mythic Warrior whose nobility and sense of purpose is matched only by his strength and cunning in the ring. Then, after the inevitable whooping of Steve Zouski by Drederick Tatum, the No. 3 contender of the Uzbekistan Boxing Council (not affiliated with the Uzbekistan Boxing Association), people feel ripped off, and know they were stupid for signing up for the $84.95 pay-per-view event--even though they kinda liked the two chicks beating the living crap out of each other on the undercard. The promotion of the fight was great, but the fight itself, the actual product, was pretty lame. Baseball's in exactly the opposite situation. The product is amazing beyond description, providing a mix of rapid, short-term thrills with the mysterious narrative of a 162-game regular season that still actually counts. Collectively, MLB clubs have lost their focus on getting people to actually watch the game, be it on television or in person. Over the past 20 years, management's developed an affinity for publicly trashing their own product, and in terms of holding onto the front of the sports fan's mind, they've had their butts handed to them by Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue, and even the Michael Lerneresque David Stern. From the Commissioner writing off a third of the clubs before the season starts in an attempt to get givebacks from the players, to George Steinbrenner talking about how dangerous it is to come to Yankee games, no stone's gone unturned in the inexplicable quest to keep fans away. To date, no club has come up with "Persistently Infected Sore Night," but at least one club did threaten Jason Tyner bobbleheads. Joe Sheehan calls MLB's efforts "anti-marketing," which is certainly a solid enough label, even if it's overly kind to MLB.

The promotion of the fight was great, but the fight itself, the actual product, was pretty lame.

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March 3, 2000 12:00 am

AL Central Notebook

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Christina Kahrl

Continuing our look around the divisions at what spots on whose rosters are being contested:

Chicago White Sox

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February 22, 2000 12:00 am

NL Central Notebook

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Christina Kahrl

This week, let's take a look at some of the position battles for the teams in the division, whether the fight is for a starting job or just a spot on one of the rosters.

Chicago Cubs

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