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Davidoff joined Newsday in 2001, covering the Yankees for the better part of four seasons, and was the national baseball writer from 2005 through March 2012.

Contest: Mets Essential

"Mets Essential," by Matthew Silverman, is an extremely well-written history of the Mets through the 2006 season. In going through the franchise's first 45 years, Silverman displays both a deft touch and a love for the team.

So very much has occurred in the past five years, of course, so the only criticism of this book - not its fault - is that it's incomplete. But if you're a Mets...

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Joe Torre's big move

Former Yankee manager Joe Torre, above, and former

(Credit: AP, 2011)

Joe Torre has quit his Major League Baseball post to join a group vying for ownership of the Dodgers, MLB announced Wednesday. 

Not a big surprise. Torre's interest in Dodgers ownership goes back to 2010, his final year as manager there, when things already were turning to terrible thanks to Frank McCourt's divorce. However, the expiration of Torre's contract after '10, combined with...

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Contest: "Car 54, Where Are You?"

I got my hands on Season 1 of "Car 54, Where Are You?" in order to confirm a couple of "Pop Quiz" questions for my Sunday Insider. Little did I know what a treat I was getting

For those of us not old enough to remember the show, which aired in the early 1960s, this sitcom - starring Fred "Herman Munster" Gwynne and Joe E. Ross, with frequent appearances by...

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The Yankees and Cole Hamels and Matt Cain; Prince Fielder and opt-outs

San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain throws during the

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Let's check in with our two cents on recent work by two of my favorite competitors:

1) In today's New York Times, Tyler Kepner wrote that the Yankees, who haven't upgraded their starting rotation this winter, could simply be waiting for next offseason, when Matt Cain and Cole Hamels can be free agents.

Good point. Undoubtedly, the Yankees, in discussing their roster, have looked ahead...

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Contest: The Giants' last game at the Polo Grounds

"End of an Era" is a wonderful production focusing on the New York Giants' last home game at the Polo Grounds - September 29, 1957 - before they moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season. 

This is the work of a gentleman named Moe Resner, a baseball lifer who rose as high as minor-league coach. He attended this game, made his way onto the field during the pre-game festivities...

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Before pitchers and catchers: Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish, Matt Garza and Ryan Braun

PRINCE FIELDER First base, Milwaukee Brewers 2011: 22

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Not every team has announced its report dates for pitchers and catchers - the symbolic beginning of spring - but we're basically talking Presidents' Weekend. That marks the spiritual conclusion of the Hot Stove League - if not the actual ending, as a few free agents' cases tend to drag into camp.

That means we have a little less than seven weeks to occupy ourselves before we get live players...

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Our Baseball Person of the Year, Yankees suggestions and Carlos Quentin

Good morning, and Happy New Year! May your 2012 feature health and happiness.

Consider this post a mixed bag: A holiday/incompetence/look ahead.

Today is a holiday, after all. And what happened was, I created this post Saturday night with the standard Sunday links, was traveling yesterday and set the post to launch - only for January 1, 2011.

Hey, cut me some slack. I'm still getting...

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Comment Winter Olympics: The Hall of Fame

The baseball world didn't have much going on, but we were rocking here. The judges couldn't believe how many comments they had to consider before coming up with their winners, although we didn't have our standard variety of topics. 

The Hall of Fame dominated conversation. What else is new for late December/early January?

Away we go...

--The bronze goes to Richie G.,...

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What do Alex Rodriguez and the Wilpons have in common?

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez flips his helmet

(Credit: John Dunn)

As chairman of the BBWAA's New York chapter from November 2002 to November 2004, I enjoyed the privilge of emceeing two of our dinners in Manhattan, when we salute our national award winners and also recognize local standouts.

For my second dinner, in January 2004, I sat in the middle of the dais, with Fred Wilpon on my left and Keith Hernandez to my right. Not far from Hernandez was Alex...

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Why even an illegal PED confession shouldn't be relevant to the Hall of Fame

Based on the numbers, Mark McGwire has a

(Credit: AP)

The Hall of Fame always generates good discussion in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best), and the release of my HOF ballot yesterday received plenty of feedback, the majority of which - as far as I could tell - was positive. I appreciate all feedback, of course, but sure, I like positive better than negative.

Predictably, what there was of the negative feedback concerned my feelings about...

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