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Look on the positive side for 2015, MLB fans. — A new year means a fresh start, whether your team has just blown up its roster and hopes to build from a young core or has made a series of bold moves, anticipating playoff contention right away. Either way, Jan. 1 is a great time to repeat some positive affirmations.

Expect even more MLB excitement in the New Year. — This Spring Training will be different from most others. In previous years, we would focus on one team or perhaps a couple of teams. Or maybe we'd look hard at the defending champions. But this offseason has changed everything. And so, the 2015 season offers countless possibilities.

How each MLB club performed in the 2014 Winter Meetings. — 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. — 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. — 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. — 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? — 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. — 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. — 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. — 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.
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Jan 26, 2015

What to expect from baseball with Manfred at the helm. Spoiler alert: I'm part of the discussion. via @mlb

Jan 26, 2015

RT @ashvadams: @LizzieJustice and I have a weekend officially booked to see @MattKorman after NCAAs!!! So pumped!!! #bestieweekend

Jan 26, 2015

5.7 million people use the At Bat app daily. Average age: 30.

Jan 25, 2015

18" snow in NYC next 2 days. Tue flight home iffy. Operator, send up 2 more club sandwiches, 6-pack Diet Coke and Season 4 of Justified.

Jan 25, 2015

Rob Manfred's first day as Commissioner began with a breathtaking realization. It's his show now.… via @mlb

Jan 25, 2015

RT @CarrieMuskat: Ernie Banks’ Wrigley Field statue will be placed in Daley Plaza from Wed morning thru Saturday so fans can honor him. #Cubs

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