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Bobby Valentine is reportedly close to signing a deal to manage the Chiba Lotte Marines, the Japanese Pacific League team he led in 1995.
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The Yankees are still the Yankees, and the Mets were worse than the Expos and Marlins. That should convince a player to put down that big fatty and spend more time in the cage.
Mike Piazza isn't gay, but odds are a number of athletes are. How will the world treat the first to "come out?"