Tracy Ringolsby

This Could Be The Year Of The Manager

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t the end of last season, Braves manager Bobby Cox let it be known that he would return in 2010 for one final managerial fling. With Joe Torre, Lou Piniella and Tony La Russa in the final years of their contracts, too, it's possible that each of those veteran managers could decide to fill out their final lineup card this season.

Majors | #2010#Column

Draft Gives Teams Chance To Succeed

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With the Stephen Strasburg signing by the Nationals came an outcry to revamp baseball's draft. Why? The draft does what it is supposed to do. It gives the teams that have less success on the field a chance to add the better amateur prospects each year.

Majors | #2009#Column

Needed Step

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For all the fanfare surrounding the Nationals agreeing to terms with righthander Stephen Strasburg, the more significant moment in the history of that franchise came three days later. That's when the term interim was removed from Mike Rizzo's title and he was officially announced as the team's general manager, and the true foundation for the future was put in place.

Majors | #2009#Column

Rickey Steals The Show

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What was so special about Rickey Henderson's induction into the Hall of Fame is that it was clear how special the moment was for Henderson. Henderson stole the show at this year's induction ceremony. But then, what else could you expect from the game's all-time thief?

Majors | #2009#Column

Wrong One Leaving?

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If Blue Jays general manager J.P Ricciardi can't figure out a way to make Roy Halladay fit into his long-term plans, then the best solution in Toronto would be to keep Halladay and get rid of Ricciardi.

Majors | #2009#Column

Fehr Creates His Own Labor Legacy

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When Don Fehr became the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, he was in a no-win situation. Twenty-six years later, however, as Fehr announced his resignation as the executive director of the union, he departs a winner—big time.

Majors | #2009#Column

Going Out A Winner

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When Don Fehr became the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, he was in a no-win situation. Twenty-six years later, however, as Fehr announced his resignation as the executive director of the union, he departs a winner—big time.

Minors | #2009#Column

Riskier Than They Look

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Stephen Strasburg is the latest once-in-a-lifetime pitcher to be draft eligible. Despite the rave reports from scouts, however, history has shown the fragile nature of can't-miss pitchers. Since the advent of the draft in 1965, there have been 199 pitchers among the first 10 selections in the draft. Kevin Brown is the all-time leader in victories among the group, having compiled a 211-144 record, with Dwight Gooden next at 194-112. Only 14 of the 199 have won as many as 125 games. Strasburg is on center stage this year, but here's a list of 10 past pitchers of the draft era who received similar hype for their talent, at least relative to their times:

Draft | #2009#Draft Preview