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How each MLB club performed in the 2014 Winter Meetings.

sportsonearth.com — Twenty years from now, we'll look back at these Winter Meetings and remember how much fun we had, and we may cringe at our optimism for certain teams. But for now we graded how each MLB club did in San Diego, grouped by letter grades A-C.

Billy Beane really doesn't care what you think.

sportsonearth.com — These are the times Billy Beane loves most of all. You can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He loves to be doubted. He feeds off it, is motivated by it. He's as competitive as any man you'll ever meet. So do you really want to count him out now?

The possibilities are endless at baseball's Winter Meetings.

sportsonearth.com — SAN DIEGO -- Welcome to baseball's revolution. You do understand this is what you're seeing, don't you? That it's never before like this before? Sports are cyclical. When something works for one team, a dozen others will try at least part of it. After awhile, teams adjust and we move onto the next new thing.

The risks of Giancarlo Stanton's proposed contract.

sportsonearth.com — Let's say the Miami Marlins actually do give Giancarlo Stanton a contract worth around $325 million over the next 13 seasons. Then what? That's where it gets interesting. This deal wouldn't be about logic. The Marlins have been down this road before, spending lavishly one season, then stripping it all away the next.

The real A-Rod question: Can he still play?

sportsonearth.com — Alex Rodriguez fascinates me. I'm guessing he fascinates the Yankees, too. Only not in the way you're probably thinking. I'm over all that other stuff. He did what he did. He served his suspension. He's free to return. Spare me the hand-wringing and fake outrage that have accompanied reports that he came clean to the feds.

Five MLB execs who will shape the offseason.

sportsonearth.com — We have the dynamics for a fascinating offseason in place. Let's count the reasons: * The Yankees and Red Sox missed the playoffs. No fluke in either case. Both teams need significant work to get back in contention in 2015. Game on.

Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy are living the dream.

sportsonearth.com — Theirs is a World Series arrived at from back roads and small towns, a World Series dream forged with doses of disappointment and failure. Let's not oversell this part of the story because both these World Series managers, Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Ned Yost of the Royals, were always part of the game they loved and always, always finding joy in the journey.

During a dark moment, the Bay Area shined.

sportsonearth.com — SAN FRANCISCO -- When the press box at Candlestick Park began to shake, Bay Area natives sitting around me groaned. One guy rolled his eyes. Another smiled. On the 25th anniversary of that moment, this part of the story remains vivid. They were telling me this was no big deal.

The Giants aren't lucky, they're just good.

sportsonearth.com — SAN FRANCISCO -- There was craziness at the end of Game 3 of the NLCS. There was craziness at the beginning, too. Feels normal now, doesn't it? This postseason has taken us on a string of these wild rides. By now, we're probably beginning to understand this is how it's going to be.

Game 2 of the NLCS is what makes October great.

sportsonearth.com — ST. LOUIS -- Baseball has never been this good. Isn't that the real story of this postseason? It has given us so much that there are times we just have to take a deep breath and try to wrap our minds around it all. Right, Buster Posey?
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Dec 21, 2014

Texas A&M finally gave into reality and blew up the football program. Beats being irrelevant for another 125 years. alturl.com/4c4rz

Dec 20, 2014

RT @SportsDayDFW: Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel on being in Havana the day Obama made peace with Cuba d-news.co/GbZOK pic.twitter.com/fBOxWu2Lir

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Cut4: .@MLB Security's LeRoy Hendricks has a generous holiday tradition -- being Santa Claus: atmlb.com/16BtUlK

Dec 19, 2014

The Late Show Video - Willie Nelson & Billy Joe Shaver: "Hard To Be An Outlaw" - David Letterman - cbs.com/shows/late_sho…

Dec 19, 2014

Billy Beane has acquired 11 players for his 5 All-Stars, only one older than 25. Among the 11, six pitchers between 23 and 25.

Dec 19, 2014

A.J. Preller set out to change the players, environment & expectations around the Padres. That he has done. atmlb.com/1zI1Rfh via @mlb

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