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To test your mettle, we're offering a quiz on contraction. Let's see how closely you've been paying attention and how well you understand the new math that Major League Baseball has unveiled during its current round of labor negotiations.

Let's say—just for the sake of argument, you understand—that you're a die-hard baseball fan and you can't figure out the "new math" propounded by Major League Baseball owners hell-bent on contraction.

Let's say, for the sake of history, that you've got more than a few gray hairs on your noggin, if you have any hair on the old chrome dome at all. (Of course, you could be using Grecian formula, but then you're also probably using Rafael Palmeiro's potion as well and are too busy pitching woo to have any time to think about baseball history.)

Let's say that you actually care about this stuff, that all of this talk about money and drugs and labor negotiations hasn't bugged you so much and made you so cranky that the national pastime no longer fans your interest. I mean, if you listened to the messages emanating from the game's bunker on Park Avenue, you'd think the sky was falling, the barbarians were at the gate, and that western civilization itself was in jeopardy, with the apocalypse nigh.

Welcome, friend, to the Brave New World of Major League Baseball! With just a little time and effort, you'll discover how to reconcile the "best of times, worst of times" messages than are beamed into your home every day.

To test your mettle, we're offering a quiz on contraction. Let's see how closely you've been paying attention and how well you understand the new math that Major League Baseball has unveiled during its current round of labor negotiations.

Answer: a. The commissioner gave an exclusive interview to TSN's Dave Kindred. It was published on TSN.com on June 19. Read it and weep. 

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Let's say, for the sake of history, that you've got more than a few gray hairs on your noggin, if you have any hair on the old chrome dome at all. (Of course, you could be using Grecian formula, but then you're also probably using Rafael Palmeiro's potion as well and are too busy pitching woo to have any time to think about baseball history.)

Let's say that you actually care about this stuff, that all of this talk about money and drugs and labor negotiations hasn't bugged you so much and made you so cranky that the national pastime no longer fans your interest. I mean, if you listened to the messages emanating from the game's bunker on Park Avenue, you'd think the sky was falling, the barbarians were at the gate, and that western civilization itself was in jeopardy, with the apocalypse nigh.

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January 29, 2002 12:00 am

The Daily Prospectus: Goals

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Joe Sheehan

It impressed upon me that these issues are complicated, and that no matter how convinced I may be of my arguments, there are people of good intention and high intellect who may see these things differently. Talking to Rany made me realize that it's important to test my ideas by exposing them to criticism. I can't say I changed my opinion based on our talk, but I did come away from it with a better understanding of my own arguments.

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On Thursday, baseball's owners signed a resolution that gave Commissioner Bud Selig significant power to make unilateral decisions to restore competitive balance. While Selig did not immediately go Robin Hood on the likes of George Steinbrenner, this decision has many ramifications for the game, both on and off the field.

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