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  1. L.A. Angels reunited on commercial shoot

    Patrick Dorsey

    LOS ANGELES -- During free agency last summer, the hotly pursued Josh Hamilton received a few texts from a certain former teammate: C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels. "I couldn't really text him back," Hamilton told Playbook last week, "becaus...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  2. Yearbook, Dec. 20: Red Sox deal accepted

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 20, 2001: On this day 11 years ago, after a fast-escalating bidding war, a group led by then-Marlins owner John Henry -- how long ago does that seem, Miami fans? -- had its offer to buy the Boston Red Sox for nearly $700 million accepted. Now...

    Blog | December 20, 2012
  3. Yearbook, Dec. 12: MLB's $100 million man

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 12, 1998: Twelve years ago yesterday, Alex Rodriguez signed baseball's first $200 million deal. Almost exactly two years earlier -- 14 years ago today -- Kevin Brown became MLB's first $100 million man. That's when Brown, the right-handed ...

    Blog | December 12, 2012
  4. Yearbook, Dec. 11: A-Rod's record deal

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 11, 2000: Before this date 12 years ago, the largest contract in baseball history belonged to pitcher Mike Hampton, who signed just days earlier for eight years, $121 million. Then Alex Rodriguez happened. Yes, the man who would go on to b...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  5. Yearbook, Dec. 9: Cubs lose (players)

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 9, 1992: We'll let Joey Reaves of the Chicago Tribune start us off: Surely, the Chicago Fire was worse. But that was a long time ago. Right now, for Cubs fans, the loss of Greg Maddux and Andre Dawson seems about the biggest disaster to...

    Blog | December 09, 2012
  6. Yearbook, Dec. 7: Three special birthdays

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 7, 1947/1956/1973: Three sports, three Hall of Famers (probably), one birthday -- this day, which 65, 56 and 39 years ago brough Johnny Bench, Larry Bird and Terrell Owens into the world. Their credentials, in case you need to review: Be...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  7. Flashback: The first New Orleans Pelicans

    Patrick Dorsey

    If the reports are true, the NBA's New Orleans Hornets soon will be the New Orleans Pelicans, fulfilling new owner Tom Benson's wish of giving the team a name more connected to the city. How connected is it? Other than the fact the animal is Louis...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  8. Yearbook, Dec. 4: Red Sox hire Francona

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 4, 2003: It ended badly, with the two sides parting ways after a stunning late-season collapse in 2011. But this day nine years ago still brought about a special era for the Boston Red Sox: The Terry Francona Era, during which the cursed club...

    Blog | December 04, 2012
  9. Yearbook, Dec. 3: Mound goes down

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 3, 1968: On this day 44 years ago, Major League Baseball approved its rules changes. Big deal. Oh, but this time it was. After a season "completely owned by pitchers," in the words of "Sports Illustrated" back then -- owned most notably by th...

    Blog | December 03, 2012
  10. Yearbook, Nov. 30: Bo's special day

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 30, 1962 and 1987: Today is a big day for double-sport legend Bo Jackson. Before starring in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League -- and before winning the Heisman Trophy at Auburn University -- Vincent Edward Jackson was ...

    Blog | November 30, 2012
  11. Yearbook, Nov. 26: Sox rookie wins MVP

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 26, 1975: Some thought Mike Trout would do it, but he came up short. Ichiro Suzuki did do it, but with a slight asterisk (he was a 27-year-old Japanese-league star at the time). Which means, on this day 37 years ago, Boston Red Sox center fie...

    Blog | November 26, 2012
  12. Yearbook, Nov. 24: Another Marlins deal

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 24, 2005: It wasn't the first time the Marlins franchise sent away a big name. And yeah, it wasn't the last. But this day seven years ago brought a particularly noteworthy move for the then-Florida Marlins. Heading out was Josh Beckett, who w...

    Blog | November 24, 2012
  13. Yearbook, Nov. 18: Koufax calls it quits

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 18, 1966: On this day 46 years ago, Sandy Koufax became one of sports' most notable early retirees, announcing he was stepping aside at age 30 due to arthritis in his left elbow. Koufax's line in his final season, all while battling the pain:...

    Blog | November 18, 2012
  14. Yearbook, Nov. 16: Jose Canseco's MVP

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 16, 1988: Before he was a punchline, he was a Bash Brother. And on this day 24 years ago, Jose Canseco did what only two American League hitters -- 2012 winner Miguel Cabrera not among them -- have done since: claim the MVP award in unanimous fa...

    Blog | November 16, 2012
  15. Yearbook, Nov. 6: MLB free agency opens

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 6, 1976: In December 1975, an arbitrator's ruling changed the course of baseball, allowing certain players to become free agents when their contracts expired. And on this day 36 years ago, the first one officially signed with his new team: re...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  16. Yearbook, Nov. 4: D-backs shock Yankees

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 4, 2001: It seemed like destiny was on the New York Yankees' side. After falling behind the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 in the 2001 World Series -- one so emotionally charged because of the events of Sept. 11 -- Gotham's top team won three ...

    Blog | November 04, 2012