Tracy Ringolsby

Giants Pitch Their Way Into History

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Once the Giants put the Barry Bonds era behind them and focused on building a foundation from within instead of signing aged free agents, general manager Brian Sabean and his staff were able to focus on what they do best: finding and developing strong-armed talent.

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Cubs Finally Take Longer View By Hiring Quade

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Since his hiring as the general manager of the Cubs, Jim Hendry has dealt with high-profile managers at Wrigley Field, and the feeling that every move needs to have an immediate impact, even at the expense of building a long-range plan. Maybe that helps explain the 102-year championship drought. Shortcuts just don't work. With Lou Piniella's decision to retire, and then to leave in midseason, Hendry finally had an opportunity to try and get a long-term plan in place.

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Mike Leake Made Quite The Leap

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Mike Leake made headlines by jumping from Arizona State to Cincinnati's rotation, bypassing the minor leagues completely. Tim Conroy can relate. Just 81 days after his 18th birthday, a couple of weeks after his graduation from Gateway High in Monroeville, Pa., Conroy found himself standing on the mound at Royals Stadium, wearing an Athletics uniform, and facing the two-time defending American League West champion.

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Rushed Pitchers Have Little Success

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The temptation is there. Can Washington resist? The Nationals are not going to win the National League East or the wild card—sorry if that bursts anybody's bubble—whether Stephen Strasburg starts the season in the rotation or in the minor leagues. With that in mind, the Nationals had every reason to err on the side of caution.

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