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Jorge Posada, the 2013 All-Star Game, Yankees pitching, Joe Torre and the Hall of Fame

Not a shocker, but now we know for sure: Jorge Posada will announce his retirement shortly.

Posada left our radar screen somewhat because we knew that he wasn't returning to the Yankees in 2012. This wasn't like, say, Andy Pettitte's case last year, when the Yankees and their fans were desperately hoping that the lefty decided to keep pitching.

In any case, good for Posada that he has...

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Contest: "The Yankee Years"

I stumbled upon an extra copy of "The Yankee Years," the extremely well-written book by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci about Torre's 1996-2007 run in the Bronx. We discussed it a great deal back when it came out in 2009.

Now I'll give this copy to the first person who e-mails me - at kdavidoff@newsday.com - with the correct answer to this question:

Who hit the final home run of...

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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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There's something about Dale Sveum

After serving as what we call a "backup beat writer" in the 1995 through 1997 seasons, filling in on the Yankees and Mets for The Bergen Record when the beat writers didn't work, I got my break in 1998, getting promoted to cover the Yankees.

You know that club went on to win 114 regular-season games and the World Series, and while I've evolved into a numbers-first geek, I'd never...

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Jose Reyes, Jason Marquis, C.J. Wilson, John Danks and the CBA

Busy day here in Milwaukee. And when I write "Busy day," what I really mean is, "It was incredibly slow until 4:45, when MLB gathered all of the present GMs* and put them in a room to talk to us."

*Because I know you were curious, there are three GMs who aren't here: Oakland's Billy Beane, Texas' Jon Daniels and San Francisco's Brian Sabean. Their respective deputies David...

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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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The Mets' cap flap

First, your updated playoff brackets:

AL: Yankees (1) vs. Texas (3), Detroit (2) vs. Boston (4).

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Milwaukee (3), Arizona (2) vs. Atlanta (4).

Thoughts: With the Brewers off yesterday, Arizona's victory over the Dodgers last night evened the Diamondbacks and Miwaukee with 86-62 records. Since Arizona won the season series, 4-3, it wins the tiebreaker if these...

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Joe Torre, Mike Jacobs, Fred Wilpon and Hal Steinbrenner

One of the most entertaining aspects of my job is watching owners and team executives flee the buliding whenever owners' meetings or general managers' meetings adjourn. It's like the end of the school year in "Grease."

It doesn't matter how nice the locale is, either; here, they stayed at an elegant hotel at the supposed birthplace of baseball. I trailed Hal Steinbrenner basically...

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Grab bag: Instant replay, Bud Selig and Carlos Zambrano

Just a few items this morning, and then I'll check in later, after Bud Selig speaks with the media.

1) Good story by Erik Boland on what happened in the Yankees-Royals game last night, and conveniently enough, I'm in position to ask both Selig and Joe Torre about Billy Butler's disputed home run today.

For one thing, yes, the umpires should have addressed Dana DeMuth. I'm not sure if...

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Fred Wilpon, David Einhorn, the Astros and Jose Reyes

David Einhorn, left, and Fred Wilpon take in

(Credit: David Pokress)

Greetings from Cooperstown, where I haven't been since...less than a month ago. It's a little quieter now, compared to induction weekend. For one thing, there isn't a security guard stationed at the entrance to the Otesaga. 

Maybe there should be, though. When you think about it, there's got to be more collective wealth, easily, in 30 team owners than there were in 50 Hall of Fame players.

Anywho,...

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