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  1. Harper, Nationals wise to agree to new deal

    Jerry Crasnick

    You'd have to be a hard-core baseball romantic -- or a product of the pre-Marvin Miller era -- to think Bryce Harper's new two-year, $7.5 million agreement with the Washington Nationals will make a smidge of difference when he hits free agency in 201...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  2. Allen, Oliva fall short of Hall

    Jerry Crasnick

    SAN DIEGO -- A chatty and energetic former Philadelphia Phillies groundskeeper named Mark "Froggy" Carfagno spent months on a nonstop crusade to get Dick Allen elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. So it came as a gut punch Monday morning when Jane F...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  3. Free-agent missteps led to demise of Wren

    Jerry Crasnick

    If you adhere to the quaint notion that winning records and job security go hand-in-hand, Frank Wren deserved a whole lot better than he got from the Atlanta Braves. In the first five years of Wren's tenure as general manager, the Braves won 86, 9...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  4. Orioles relish the moment after clinching

    Jerry Crasnick

    BALTIMORE -- Ten Major League Baseball teams will clinch postseason berths in the final two weeks of the regular season, and the celebrations will run the gamut from garden-variety joyous to 1962 Faber College Delta House-caliber euphoric. The St....

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  5. What's next for D-backs, Kevin Towers?

    Jerry Crasnick

    On the list of sports transactions so stunning they make you choke on your blueberry muffin, Kevin Towers' dismissal as Arizona general manager doesn't quite rank up there with Thursday's news that Josh Gordon will spend this year selling cars and di...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  6. Nationals the cream of the crop in NL East

    Jerry Crasnick

    Writers for ESPN.com receive a voluminous amount of reader feedback, and much of it comes from fans whose passion outweighs their judgment or even their grip on reality. Readers accuse us of East Coast bias, big-market bias or other personal agendas ...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  7. Yesteryear's LLWS hero: M's McClendon

    Jerry Crasnick

    PHILADELPHIA -- Every once in awhile, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon hauls out the video clip of his performance in the 1971 Little League World Series championship game and watches it for fun. But it's more a bonding ritual with his 26-yea...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  8. Hall's rule changes alter, accelerate chances

    Jerry Crasnick

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Hall of Fame voting process can wear on the emotions of a candidate who lingers on the ballot for a number of years. But it's unseemly for that candidate to state his case too vigorously, lest he appear arrogant, or complain ...

    Blog | July 26, 2014
  9. Lee auditions for Phillies' trade partners

    Jerry Crasnick

    PHILADELPHIA -- It's been a while since the last Cliff Lee sighting on the Citizens Bank Park mound. He went on the disabled list with a strained left elbow on May 18, which means that he was rehabbing through Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father's Day, th...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  10. Impressive cameo for Twins prospect Meyer

    Jerry Crasnick

    Minnesota Twins prospect Alex Meyer doesn't have much trouble standing out in a crowd. He stands 6-foot-9 and is a former Indiana Mr. Baseball who played college ball at the University of Kentucky. In recent offseasons, Meyer has attracted attention ...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  11. Gallo, Baez shine at Futures Game

    Jerry Crasnick

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Several dozen scouts travel to the All-Star Futures Game each year to watch the top prospects in baseball match skills for nine innings on a big stage. But the talent evaluators are just as immersed in the little details leading up to ...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  12. NL Central contenders must start shopping

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Milwaukee Brewers looked so out-of-sync and vulnerable in losing four straight games to the Philadelphia Phillies at home this week, it's only natural that St. Louis and Cincinnati would aspire to reach the All-Star break in first place. They'...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  13. Orioles could be ready to take over AL East

    Jerry Crasnick

    The Baltimore Orioles are an easy team to warm up to. For starters, their clubhouse is the closest thing in the majors to a Chuck E. Cheese's franchise. When players aren't killing time before games playing ping-pong or pool, they gravitate to a mini...

    Blog | July 04, 2014
  14. Brewers enjoying view atop NL Central

    Jerry Crasnick

    One gratifying first half is in the books for the Milwaukee Brewers. One three-month obstacle course of heat, fatigue, trade deadline speculation, attrition and National League Central "gut checks" awaits. With a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rock...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  15. Dustin McGowan all about perseverance

    Jerry Crasnick

    Major League Baseball's 2000 draft will not go down as a memorable one, but it did include a few first-round keepers: Adrian Gonzalez, selected No. 1 overall by the then-Florida Marlins, is a four-time All-Star with 247 career home runs. Phillies sec...

    Blog | June 21, 2014
  16. Andrew Heaney arrives to fill Marlins' need

    Jerry Crasnick

    Oklahoma has sent some physically imposing pitchers to professional ball over the past couple of decades. Jamey Wright and Brad Penny certainly fit the profile. So do Josh Johnson, who was born in Minnesota before moving to the Sooner state, and Tomm...

    Blog | June 20, 2014