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The Marlins' pursuit of Albert Pujols - and there's a live chat tomorrow

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts after Game

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Here's my proposed gameplan for the 2012 Mets, who will likely begin the season with David Wright aboard. Terry Collins addressed life without Jose Reyes.

The Yankees are indeed interested in Hiroki Kuroda.

Congratulations to the late Ron Santo, a worthy addition to the Hall of Fame. While the Veterans Committee would never admit such a thing, there had to be pressure to elect someone...

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Comment Winter Olympics: Thanksgiving, Albert Pujols and the new CBA

'Twas a slow, easy week for the judges, who nonetheless will get holiday pay for going through the little chatter we had and picking out a trio of medalists.

And who are those medalists?

--The bronze goes to Poppy, who has been with us since the very beginning on April 16, 2007:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my fellow turkeys.

Told you it was a slow week.

--The silver...

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The new CBA, Mariano Rivera's vocal cords and tonight's arbitration deadline

Here's my news story on the new CBA, and here are my CBA winners and losers. 

The word I used in my news story, to describe the number of changes, was "dizzying." There was so much stuff that I feltl ike I couldn't cover all of it, even in two newspaper stories.

So that's why we have the blog, which I'd like to use this morning as a supplement to the news story and column....

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A look into my 2011 free-agent predictions

I usually like to release my free-agent rankings and predictions - which I believe pre-date the blog - on the first day of open free agency. This year, that day will be Thursday. I think the feature is a nice way to kick off the unrestricted period, and I like using the days between the end of the World Series and open free agency to do more reporting on this.

So why are we running them today?...

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Friday Five: World Series Game 6

The St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman turns on

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"That's what you're in for, so I've got to say to those of you that have bad hearts, watch yourself."

"Barring weather delays that extend this World Series until next week, this'll wrap up our first year of the Friday Five."

One of these statements was spoken by Ron Washington after Game 2. The other was written by me after Game 2. The first person to match the statement...

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The rainout and its ramifications, CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano

Still here in St. Louis, and yeah, they absolutely could have played Game 6 last night. The rain never advanced past, let's say, a biting drizzle.

But Major League Baseball called an early postponement, and I wrote that it was the right call. 

People will forget shortly that baseball prolonged its season by a day with a questionable read on the weather. But people will never forget,...

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Tony La Russa, the weather and Theo Epstein

Greetings from St. Louis once more. We'll end the baseball season here, although we're not exactly sure when. The weather looks quite shaky tonight.

The good news for the Cardinals is, if Game 6 gets postponed, that gives us another day to discuss Tony La Russa and bullpen phones.

David Lennon covered yesterday's Busch Stadium workout for us, and it sounds like La Russa did everything...

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World Series Game 4 in review, Reggie Jackson and instant replay

There's something very cool - soothing, even - about being at a World Series that's tied at 2-2, as this one now is after Derek Holland's virtuoso performance last night.

When a team grabs a 3-1 lead and you don't have a rooting interest, as should be the case for all media, you're thinking, "All right, if this gets wrapped up in five, then I can go home. Don't have to do that last leg...

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Albert Pujols, instant replay, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols

Well, I'd say that Albert Pujols is living up to the pressure of being appointed Newsday's most intriguing person of this World Series, wouldn't you?

Good Lord.

Pujols produced a historic night, and now the Cardinals hold a 2-1 advantage. Don't make Albert angry, I wrote, facetiously. 

Only Pujols knows whether his "Didn't talk to the media after Game 2" blow-up...

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Albert Pujols, the Rangers' offense and the Theo Epstein resolution

Greeetings from Texas.

At yesterday's workout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, while David Lennon wrote about the Rangers' offense, I wrote about Albert Pujols and the fact that he didn't face reporters' questions after Thursday night's Game 2.

We see this issue pop up every now and then; it did earlier this season with new Yankee Rafael Soriano. A common refrain in the yakosphere (trademark...

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