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Fire Sale Alone Won’t Help Marlins

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Owner Jeffrey Loria has been rebuffed in his bid for a publicly funded ballpark, so Florida has embarked on yet another fire sale. Can the Marlins avoid 100 losses this year? Almost assuredly not. But the biggest question is, can they rebuild via a massive exchange of veterans for prospects again?

Minors | #2006#Column

Royals’ Latest Plan Won’t Work Either

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The Royals haven't been to the playoffs since 1985, and now they're a complete laughingstock. The Royals have matched or set a franchise record for losses in five of the last seven years, upping the ante to 106 in 2005. Locals wondering how hapless the old Kansas City Athletics must have been now know first-hand.

Minors | #2006#Column

Tough Weekend For Russell County

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By Alan MatthewsFebruary 27, 2006 A week after learning it lost five players who were ruled ineligible after transferring, Baseball America’s preseason No. 1 team lost in its third game […]

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Team USA Wins Revenge Game

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In a rematch of their 2003 Olympic qualifier in Panama, the United States and Mexico again took a tie game into the ninth inning. This time, the U.S. got the hit that mattered, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Braves) grounded a single to right field to drive in Brad Snyder (Indians) from third base in the last of the ninth for a 5-4 victory in the second game of CONCEBE Regional Olympic qualifying tournament Wednesday.

International | #2005#International Affairs#Olympics

Classic Roster Excites Martinez

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

As the pieces of the upcoming World Baseball Classic gradually fall into place, one of the biggest appeared at the Winter Meetings: the Team USA manager will be Buck Martinez, the current ESPN analyst and former manager of the Blue Jays. The prospect of managing the greatest collection of talent in the history of baseball, with names like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter and more, has left the garrulous Martinez anything but speechless. I sat down with Martinez to discuss his evolving juggernaut and any plans to bribe the Rocket out of retirement.

Majors | #2006#Column

Not Even Brett Understands HOF Voting

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

The day when the Hall of Fame balloting gets announced is about phone calls: mainly, to the lucky former players who learn they'll be in Cooperstown forevermore. But this year the most notable phone call for me was the one to Hall of Famer George Brett, who after stepping off a plane in Boston wanted to know the voting results. I had the pleasure of getting his immediate and candid thoughts on Bruce Sutter's selection, his continuing vigil for Goose Gossage and Bert Blyleven, and whether his old pal John Schuerholz ever has a shot.

Majors | #2006#Column

Miller Helps Bring Baseball Back To Inner City

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

While in Los Angeles on business, I stopped by Major League Baseball's new Urban Youth Academy in Compton, an immense (and long-overdue) step in revitalizing inner-city baseball. When it officially opens on Feb. 28, after more than five years of planning, the $10 million facility will allow thousands of youngsters a chance to learn baseball from former pros and play games on big league quality fields, complete with stands and lights. All for free. Its director is Darrell Miller, the former Angels catcher and farm director, who gave me a walking tour of the still under construction complex in late January. Among the dirt and cinderblocks lies the future of urban baseball.

Majors | #2006#Column