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Handicapping the Race to 3,000 Hits

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Wondering What Might Have Been for A-Rod

Jay Jaffe, Sports Illustrated

A Glorious Victory for Barry Bonds?

Juliet Macur, New York Times

When Will MLB Consider Expansion?

Jack Thompson, Baseball America

Baseball is a sport obviously obsessed with records and milestones, and we all have our favorites. Mine is the 3,000-hit club. Just the notion of a club makes it more fun. It's n...(full article)

For a 39-year-old coming off a full-season suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, Alex Rodriguez has already defied expectations with his hot start. As he approaches his 6...(full article)

Congratulations, Barry Bonds. You’re no longer a felon. We all owe you an apology. So we’re sorry, Barry, that the government dragged you into courtrooms for more than a decade...(full article)

The last time baseball went this long without new teams, the word “expansion” wasn’t yet a part of the sport’s lexicon. That was the period from 1900 to 1...(full article)

Here are some things Ian Desmond has going for him: he’s been an All-Star; he’s won three consecutive Silver Slugger awards at shortstop, fewer in total than only Barry Larkin ...(full article)

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