Tracy Ringolsby

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

Trading Mulder, Hudson Shows Guts

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Billy Beane had to make his most challenging decisions as a general manager this offseason. He still had the rotation nucleus that has allowed the Athletics to be a factor in the American League West despite one of the lower payrolls in baseball. However, he also had to deal with reality. He dealt Tim Hudson to Atlanta and Mark Mulder to St. Louis, receiving a package of prospects in both deals.

Majors | #2005#Column