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James Adds Insight As Insider

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

When the Red Sox hired Bill James as a consultant several years ago, some complained that allowing an outside stathead influence over player moves would run the club into the ground. They don't seem to be complaining anymore. James' moving from the outside to the inside has had other effects, though—including a recent essay that repudiates some of his theories.

Majors | #2005#Column

Alderson Returns To His Roots

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

It was a good day for San Diego, a bad day for baseball as a whole. Sandy Alderson's exit from Major League Baseball in early May, to return to his club roots as president of the Padres, comes after seven exemplary years of getting baseball's house in order: fixing the umpire mess and the strike zone, restoring some order to the amateur draft, speeding up game action and more. The longtime Athletics executive, Alderson brought intelligence and pragmatism to MLB's central office and substantially improved the modern game. On one of his final days with MLB, Alderson sat down to discuss the Padres, the work he did (and couldn't do), and what lies ahead at MLB.

Majors | #2005#Column

The World Baseball Classic Comes To Life

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

We've waited so long for the World Baseball Classic—the world-cup style tournament featuring major leaguers playing for their home countries, just announced for next March—that it seems sadistic to waste much time here. Let's instead jump right in with Tim Brosnan and Paul Archey, MLB International's two prime architects for the event, as they discuss the road to now, Cuba's prognosis and just how in the world they're going to get this thing done.

Majors | #2005#Column

Varitek Becomes New Face Of The BoSox

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

One decade ago, Jason Varitek was all but a baseball pariah, a player who turned down the Twins as a first-round pick, held out for another 10 months before signing with the Mariners, and began his professional career with most scouts and executives wondering whether he had the heart to be a pro. They're not wondering anymore. Varitek has evolved into one of the most respected players in the game, the linchpin of the defending World Series champion Red Sox, and a player whose only questions surrounding him resemble, "How can he get even better at age 33?" Varitek sat down at Yankee Stadium to discuss his storied preparation, his evolving relationship with the Red Sox and if he's ever wanted to tell baseball, "I told you so!"

Majors | #2005#Column

Meet The Mets Dynamic Duo

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

All last winter, New York buzzed about the new Mets—Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran and more. But now they're talking more and more about the young Mets, namely David Wright and Jose Reyes. Discerning eyes are recognizing that it's Wright and Reyes, both 22, who are the foundation of this rapidly improving franchise. In his first full season, Wright was hitting .305-10-34, with power and discipline. And Reyes, after a year of persistent injuries, was batting .270 out of the leadoff spot while setting basepaths ablaze with seven triples and 16 steals. All this while forming one of the youngest left sides of the infield in major league history. Wright and Reyes sat down together at Shea Stadium to talk about growing up in the spotlight, following the Mets' draft and being all-star luggage-carriers.

Majors | #2005#Column

Pitching Carries Team USA Junior Squad

Alan Matthews -

Team USA continued its otherworldly pitching performance with a 3-0 victory Wednesday against Panama at the COPABE AAA Pan American Junior Championships in Villahermosa, Mexico. Two junior national team pitchers, which consists of 20 of the nation's top players age 18 and under, allowed one hit in the nine-inning game, improving to 4-0 in pool play.

High School | #2005#Events#Team USA

Three Teams Withdraw From Northern League

J.J. Cooper -

Back in 1993, Marv Goldklang and his partners were venturing into uncharted territory. As the owners of the St. Paul Saints, they were one of six owners in the new independent Northern League, trying to prove a minor league didn't need ties to Major League Baseball to survive and thrive financially.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit