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  1. My view

    When this conversation ends baseball will still have testing and they will still have a drug problem. In five years fans will say that drugs in baseball are no longer a problem. They will say that drug use has been minimized and the players are for the most part clean. They will say this and they will probably even believe this because of drug testing. How do I know this? I know this because that is what we are experiencing right now with football. What football shows us whether you like ...
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  2. 1971 Miami Orioles

    My name is Ed Blake, Jr. and I was a pitcher for the Miami Orioles on the 1971 team that won the Florida State League Championship. My record was 10 wins and 5 losses and I led the league that year in earned run average. The following 2 years I played for the Asheville Orioles, which was the AA affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles in the Southern League. Cal Ripkin, Sr. was the manager and his sons, Cal, Jr. and Billy, were the batboys.

    Woody Smith was the manager of the 1971 Baby ...
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  3. pittsburgh Pirates/ Farm Team

    Does anyone have any information on an early team by the name of The ''Hornell Pirates'' . Thank You.
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  4. A Few Ways to Fix the Hall of Fame Vote

    This year, more than any other year, has shed light on just how flawed the Hall of Fame voting process is. So, what to do to fix it? It has to stay with the writers, because if we left it to the players or fans, there is just way too much more bias involved. If we left to the Veteran's Committee, nobody would get in. So the writer's it is then. But what can do to fix what is in place? A few modest suggestions:

    1) Shorten the time on the ballot. It's kind of ridiculous that ...

    Updated 01-15-2009 at 10:39 PM by RubeBaker (wording)

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  5. Free Agents to Beware Of

    Well, the first free agent has been signed (Affeldt), so I better put up the caution signs before someone gets hurt. Here are the free agents to be wary of.

    AJ Burnett, SP- Beyond Sabathia and Lowe, there are serious question marks with the other pitchers on the market. Ryan Dempster and Oliver Perez have been plagued by inconsistencies over the years. Ben Sheets has been plagued by injuries. Burnett has been plagued by both. But what makes him such a risk is the fact that he ...
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