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My 2012 Hall of Fame ballot

Bernie Williams #51 of the New York Yankees

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Let's kick off this year's annual Hall of Fame post by relating an exchange I had with a reader during the past season.

This reader - let's call him "A.J.," in honor of the man who picked up the final Yankees victory of 2011 - insisted all season that the Yankees simply don't hit in the clutch. I usually told him he was full of hooey. He felt vindicated when the Yankees dropped the...

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Friday Five: Traded prospects

Infielder Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays

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Continuing our trade-deadline series, this week, let's look at the five best prospects that were acquired in the middle of the season.

The random rule I established: I considered only players with no major-league experience prior to being traded. The teams picking them up went solely on what they saw in minor-league games.

1. JEFF BAGWELL, Houston

This trade occurred such...

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