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The history of baseball’s revenue streams

From enclosing the ballfield so that they can charge admission to lucrative streaming deals with modern tech companies, organized baseball has regularly sought new — and lucrative — ways to make money.

The history of team control over players

From the reserve clause to free agent compensation, team owners have been trying to curb the agency of players for generations.

Mariano Rivera, Billy Wagner, and a Hall of Fame standard

How does baseball memorialize a new position group?

The history of the Competitive Balance Tax

Where did the luxury tax come from?

The legacy of the underappreciated Al Downing

Al Downing’s career in pinstripes may be underappreciated, but it’s also a reminder of an ongoing issue in MLB.

Mets hire Eric Chavez from Yankees to be new hitting coach

Chavez had been set to join the Bombers as an assistant hitting coach in 2022.

What if Matt Chapman was a shortstop?

The league’s best glove has already shown an ability to own the left side of the infield.

Andy Pettitte deserves more Hall of Fame consideration

The old lefty is no slam dunk Cooperstown candidate, but in a more just world, he would poll higher.

Where we stand one month into the lockout

Rob Manfred and the owners shut down baseball one month ago today.

What the Yankees can tell the Mets about their new manager

Buck Showalter has a reputation for turning franchises around, but was that reputation earned or simply given?

Past week in sports is good reminder that pandemic isn’t over

The sports world has been hit with a larger outbreak of COVID-19 than it has since the vaccines became widely accessible.

Reconfiguring the MLB offseason

With recent lessons learned, Major League Baseball should look to realign its offseason event schedule.

Rangers sign Corey Seager as Yankees stand still

The Yankees watched idly as a prime target signed with a 102-loss team.

MLB players have saved their pennies for the upcoming CBA negotiations

Forever at a financial disadvantage against ownership, the players seem prepared for the upcoming battle.

The Yankees, MLB payrolls, and “mega-contract” distribution

With a Judge extension looming, we look at league payrolls to see just how much guaranteed money teams currently invest — and how they divide that money up.

A-Rod, Tex join Pettitte and four former Yanks on Hall of Fame ballot

The 2022 Hall of Fame ballot is out, and a number of Yankees are under consideration.

Yankees designate Frazier, Wade, Odor for assignment

In a move to clear space on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have parted ways with Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, Rougned Odor, Nick Nelson, and Donny Sands.

Cole finishes runner-up to Ray for AL Cy Young Award

For the second time in three years, Cole fell short of winning his first career Cy.

Reviewing the introduction of WAR into MLB collective bargaining talks

Negotiations seem to be headed in the wrong direction as the CBA inches toward expiry.

Thinking through changes to MLB’s playoff format (Vol. 3)

Our series on possible playoff changes concludes.

Checking in on the payroll and 40-man rosters of the Yankees’ rivals

Where do the Yankees’ division rivals stand at the start of free agency?

Thinking through changes to MLB’s playoff format (Vol. 2)

Come World Series time, should the Wild Card be able to regain any kind of home-field advantage?

Simulating the 2022 Yankee offseason

The Yankees come up short on the biggest targets, but still improved the on-field product.

Reviewing MLBPA’s second offer to the owners

The union is determined to keep competition in the labor market.

Andrew Heaney is not the next Robbie Ray

If he is, then the baseball gods are playing a cruel joke on us.

Thinking through changes to MLB’s playoff format (Vol. 1)

Baseball’s current playoff format brings plenty of excitement, but it could be better.

MLB Playoff Roundup: World Series Game 6

It is finished.

Reviewing early-stage CBA talks between MLB and the MLBPA

The two sides seem to be far apart in negotiations.

World Series Game 6 thread: Astros vs. Braves

The Braves have another chance to close the World Series out before a possible Game 7, but Houston is back at home.

Is José Altuve the new Mr. November?

It may not be sacrilegious to say that he’s better than Derek Jeter in the playoffs.

MLB Playoff Roundup: World Series Game 5

The season lives to see another day.

MLB Playoff Roundup: World Series Game 4

Atlanta is on the brink of their first championship since 1995.

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