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Sheriff Miller bows out with sharp words for dirty politics, unlimited spending, the GOP, the daily press and his opponent — Proprietor's note: To the surprise of many veteran political observers in Monterey County, sheriff's deputy Steve Bernal upset the incumbent, Sheriff Scott Miller, in the Nov. 4 election. Residents of Monterey County are left with an unusually inexperienced young deputy to lead the largest law enforcement agency on the Central Coast, which has prompted some ...

Scott Miller's Starting 9: Marlins' Window with Stanton Is Sooner, Not Later — When Giancarlo Stanton opts out of his record $325 million Miami Marlins deal six years from now, and the surprise will be if he doesn't, here are the words to remember: "I like [Miami] better than L.A., where I grew up," Stanton said at Wednesday's sunny and optimistic Sunshine State news conference, per the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro.

Yasmani Tomas Capturing MLB Imaginations as Next Great Cuban Slugger — He is out there now, cloaked in mystery, the next great Cuban hope. Yasmani Tomas. Maybe you've vaguely heard his name. Soon, his name will not be so vague. Soon this winter, he will be in the news, the dollars will fly and some fortunate-and rich- MLB team will hope he can provide the instant offense of Jose Abreu, the snap, crackle and pop of Yasiel Puig.

Richest Contract Ever Sounds Like a Deal with the Devil for Giancarlo Stanton — I hope Giancarlo Stanton has this contract written in blood. Jeffrey Loria's blood. That's the only sane way to sign your life over to the Miami Marlins. Think about it. We know Loria. We've watched his act. Things are never as they appear. C'mon, 13 years and $325 million?

Why I Cast My 2014 NL MVP Vote for Clayton Kershaw — Let's start here: I am in favor of pitchers being eligible to win an MVP award. Also, I think it should happen only once in a blue moon (and, incidentally, Blue Moon Odom never received an MVP vote, nor should he have).

Mike Trout Poised to Win First of What Could Be a Gaudy Number of MVP Awards — On the occasion of Mike Trout winning his third consecutive American League Most Valuable Player award this week.... This is where the plot twists like your favorite mystery. Just like Gone Girl or The Hardy Boys. Trout winning his third consecutive MVP award.... Am I writing this today?

Scott Miller's Starting 9: Trade Talks at GM Meetings Set Winter Stage — Like muscle cars at an auto show, they're lined up all shiny and gleaming. Cole Hamels. Matt Kemp. Carl Crawford. Andre Ethier. Want 'em? Make an offer. Vroom! General managers are meeting in the desert this week, and that sandstorm of rumors blowing in from Phoenix is real.

Symetra Tour Joins With Legends Tour For One-Of-A-Kind Event in 2015 — Chico's Patty Berg Memorial will showcase rising stars and LPGA greats together on the same course, in the same event DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., November 11, 2014 - The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, is excited to announce the formation of the re-launched Chico's Patty Berg Memorial, which will now feature Symetra Tour players and Legends Tour players competing for separate $150,000 tournament purses while playing together on the same golf course.

On Deck for Mad Money, Max Scherzer's Bet on Self Set to Pay off This Winter — Carlos Osorio/Associated Press As Pete Rose can tell you, there are strict rules prohibiting betting on baseball when you are in uniform. As Max Scherzer told us all year, there certainly are no rules against betting on yourself.

Four Years After Zack Greinke Deal, Trade Haul Has Made KC a Team to Be Imitated — Erosion is already threatening to seize the Kansas City Royals' roster just days after their inspirational World Series appearance. The club did not pick up its option on designated hitter Billy Butler and, in a formality, the Royals made a qualifying offer to ace James Shields so they at least will receive a compensatory draft pick when he signs elsewhere.
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Nov 20, 2014

@richwhite24 Attaboy, thanks Rich. Hope all is well at SMCC -- great school, great people. Enjoy your time there.

Nov 20, 2014

Display featuring #WorldSeries champion #SFGiants opens Monday @BaseballHall. Surely will be worth seeing (and yes, I called you Shirley)

Nov 20, 2014

@SMCCMonroe Given that crazy game-saving pass play last Sat, I HAD to put video link in today's baseball column! (9a)…

Nov 19, 2014

The lowdown on what many #MLB clubs view as the next great talent to escape Cuba: Yasmani Tomas…

Nov 19, 2014

Love that @TheRealJGuts, who is on tour with USA team in Japan, has his Twitter bio in Japanese right now.

Nov 19, 2014

@ResPadres @BobSeger Perfect! I am grabbing SD tix in case I leave for ST late. If I go early & start in AZ, will see him (and you) there

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