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  1. Robinson Cano, Clayton Kershaw will keep the big-money contracts ...

    Howard Bryant

    In ESPN The Magazine's college hoops preview, Howard Bryant writes that although blockbuster deals of huge money and long commitments frustrate fans and almost never pay off for teams, MLB owners will keep handing them off.

    Story | Conversation | November 11, 2013
  2. Washington Nationals need Stephen Strasburg in September

    Howard Bryant

    The Washington Nationals are making a mistake with Stephen Strasburg. If they want to limit his innings, they should do it in a way to make him available for a late-season playoff push.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2012
  3. A look at the Rangers-Angels rivalry

    Howard Bryant

    Two and a half years ago, in the fall of 2009, Arte Moreno believed the Los Angeles Angels had arrived. After major disappointments in 2004, 2007 and 2008, his team had finally beaten the Boston Red Sox in a playoff series, sweeping the Red Sox in th...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  4. Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers now among baseball's superpower...

    Howard Bryant

    The Angels and Rangers have legitimately joined the Yankees and Red Sox in terms of operating on an extremely high payroll level.

    Story | Conversation | March 29, 2012
  5. Players at spring training like expanded MLB playoffs

    Howard Bryant

    Making a pennant run just got harder for teams that don't win their division. Howard Bryant was cynical about the playoff expansion before talking to players at spring training softened his stance.

    Story | Conversation | March 15, 2012
  6. Mariano Rivera's greatest asset -- his faith

    Howard Bryant

    It's bigger than his right arm. It's more powerful than his cutter. What sets Mariano Rivera apart from teammates and opponents alike? His faith.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2011
  7. MLB: The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions, but bas...

    Howard Bryant

    San Francisco will always have the 2010 World Series championship to celebrate. But the rest of us should remember baseball the way it was in 2010, because it might never be the same.

    Story | Conversation | November 12, 2010
  8. MLB Playoffs: Off the list of tortured franchises, the San Franci...

    Howard Bryant

    Now that they've ended 56 years of torment, the Giants must learn to embrace a new, unfamiliar course as champions.

    Story | Conversation | November 02, 2010
  9. The San Francisco Giants are halfway to their first World Series ...

    Howard Bryant

    The Giants and the city of San Francisco are halfway to their first World Series championship in 52 years.

    Story | Conversation | October 29, 2010
  10. Cliff Lee in a unique spot as baseball's most important player

    Howard Bryant

    In baseball's most visible month, Cliff Lee stands out as the game's most important player.

    Story | Conversation | October 17, 2010
  11. Vexing questions surround Tampa Bay Rays

    Howard Bryant

    The Rays have won the American League East in two of the past three seasons, but a lack of fan interest continues to trail the team.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2010
  12. MLB playoffs: New York Yankees are still in control, but this Wor...

    Howard Bryant

    The Yankees are still in command, but this World Series suddenly has a different feel as it swings to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday night.

    Story | Conversation | November 03, 2009
  13. Rays can't let their thoughts betray them

    Howard Bryant

    After a devastating loss in Game 5, the Rays can't let their thoughts betray them if they hope to advance to the World Series.

    Story | Conversation | October 17, 2008
  14. Francona has earned his lofty spot in Red Sox history

    Howard Bryant

    Terry Francona has outlasted the legendary Boston star system to quietly become the most successful manager in the history of the Red Sox.

    Story | Conversation | October 14, 2008
  15. Rays bring more than fists to fight against Red Sox

    Howard Bryant

    Once all fists with no punch, the Rays can finally deliver a real knockout blow to the Red Sox in the ALCS.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2008
  16. Rays learned about themselves in three games at Fenway

    Howard Bryant

    Though a playoff berth has not yet been guaranteed, and this was not the pressure of October, the Rays learned they could compete -- and beat -- the Red Sox on a big stage, Howard Bryant writes.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2008