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Ball writer for and Baseball America. Proud former Portland High School Bulldog and Boston University Terrier. Also love my Westie.

Major League Baseball addresses pace of play in Arizona Fall League — Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports A countdown clock was one of several new rules put in place for Arizona Fall League games this year. PHOENIX -- When Mark Appel was pitching at Stanford, coach Mark Marquess occasionally dusted off a time-honored baseball principle to remind the Cardinal players that no lead was big enough to feel safe and no deficit too overwhelming to overcome.

Giancarlo Stanton's record deal with Miami Marlins just isn't right — Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins is terrific news for him, his accountant, agent Joel Wolfe, the capitalist system, Marvin Miller's legacy and baseball fans in small markets who refuse to accept the premise that their teams are simply feeder systems for the behemoths in Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

Robinson Cano of Seattle Mariners breaks toe in Japan, is out 3-4 weeks — Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right small toe when he was hit in the foot with a pitch during baseball's Japan All-Star Series, the Mariners announced Saturday.

Five things to watch following MLB's GM meetings — PHOENIX -- Sometimes the prudent approach during Hot Stove season is to stop trying to read between the lines and simply take what baseball executives say at face value. After Detroit general manager David Dombrowski made it clear that re-signing designated hitter Victor Martinez was the team's main offseason priority, the Tigers sprung into action and locked up V-Mart to a four-year, $68 million deal this week.

Kevin Frandsen agrees with Washington Nationals on 1-year, $1 million deal — Veteran utility player Kevin Frandsen has reached agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $1 million contract that includes an additional $300,000 in incentives, a baseball source told Frandsen, 32, hit .259 in 105 games with Washington this season while appearing at first base, second base, third base and left field.

Barry Zito, 36, looking to make comeback after year away — PHOENIX -- After taking a year off to travel, surf and enjoy life away from baseball, former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito is looking to make a comeback. Agent Scott Boras told reporters at the MLB general managers' meetings Wednesday that Zito, 36, is hoping to return to the majors as a starter in 2015.

Agent for Andrew Miller says left-handed setup man ready for closer's role — PHOENIX -- After establishing himself as one of the game's premier setup men in 2014, free-agent lefty Andrew Miller might be ready to graduate to a more prominent role. Miller, 29, went 5-5 with a 2.02 ERA and struck out 103 batters in 62 1/3 innings with Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles this past season.

San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean deserves to be in Cooperstown conversation — Shortly after the San Francisco Giants beat Kansas City 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series, general manager Brian Sabean hung out in a side office with a few coworkers while the players cavorted and sprayed each other silly in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals retreat to familiar territory — Now trailing in the World Series, will K.C. rediscover winning formula at home? SAN FRANCISCO -- The 110th World Series is returning to Kauffman Stadium, which means it's time to break out the moist towelettes and settle in for some smoked brisket and a side of beans and slaw.

MLB -- Giants, Royals amp up drama — Tied at two games apiece, the surprise World Series matchup is rewarding fans SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2014 postseason has provided an abundance of memorable moments and late-inning heroics from the likes of Matt Adams, Salvador Perez, Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt, to name just a few.
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Nov 20, 2014

Yeah, like Napoleon Dynamite at Kip's wedding. RT @CrashburnAlley How about relievers enter from the bullpen on horseback?

Nov 20, 2014

Too time consuming. RT @mattfredstl I don't know. I always got a kick out of Lee Smith's most casual of saunters from bullpen to mound.

Nov 20, 2014

If baseball is going to mandate all relievers jog in from pen to save time, shouldn't it give them the option of driving?

Nov 20, 2014

One thing I mention in pace-of-game story I'd love to see: A return of the bullpen cart.…

Nov 20, 2014

MLB experimented with "pace-of-play'' rules in Arizona Fall League. So how did it go?…

Nov 19, 2014

@IB_BlueJays Sorry I wasn't more comprehensive with my 140 characters.

Nov 19, 2014

RT @ScottMillerBbl: Chris Getz joins #KCRoyals front office as Baseball Operations Assistant/Player Development. Great move. Getz is solid, and good people

Nov 19, 2014

Well, there's that. RT @BigFourInsider Francisco is a strikeout machine, horrible defensively, bad OBP and can't hit a curveball

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