On-Base Perception

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Derek Jeter gets All-Star send-off from Fox

The American League's Derek Jeter warms up during

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Derek Jeter has received his fair share of retirement gifts during his farewell tour. Fox Sports has joined the party with this All-Star Game ad paying homage to the shortstop.

A recording of the legendary Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter plays over clips of him at different All-Star Games through the years.

Watch the video below:

(Mobile users can watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1qkvyfr.)...

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MLB All-Star Game skills competition proposal

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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Home runs are just so….blah.

Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion can hit the ball a long way. We get it. Isn’t it time for the other baseball skills to have their day during the All-Star week festivities?

If there was going to be an MLB skills competition, here’s some of the events we’d like to see featured, and some of the players we’d like to see included:

Pitching accuracy, throwing...

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Video: Don Mattingly's mustache makes return on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks with

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For Yankees fans, it's hard to imagine Don Mattingly without a mustache. But now, as the Dodgers manager, Donny Baseball sports a clean-shaven look.

With the Dodgers in town to take on the Mets in a three-game series beginning Tuesday at Citi Field, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to reunite Mattlingly and his legendary 'stache on The Tonight Show on Monday.

Watch the video below:

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Fantasy baseball: The Mets' closer situation

Jenrry Mejia looks on before a game against

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The Mets' closer role has been a mess since Bobby Parnell went down with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow on Opening Day after first suffering the blown save.

Since then, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have both had a go at the role, but Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that the ninth-inning man will be "kind of a game by game" situation. Now that the...

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Dodgers' Dee Gordon increases fantasy value in Opening Series in Australia

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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The Dodgers' Dee Gordon scraped by to make the Opening Day roster, and after a solid start in the Opening Series in Australia, not only could he be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers, he could also be a viable fantasy option.

Before this season, Gordon, a natural shortstop, had only played three games at second base, compared to 160 at short in parts of three seasons in the big leagues....

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Joe Maddon talkin' 'bout practice

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with

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He's supposed to be the franchise manager and reporters are talkin' 'bout practice?

The Rays have a style all to themselves, and that's no more true than in the following video, featuring manager Joe Maddon honoring 76ers great Allen Iverson by rehashing his famed "practice" answer. Iverson's jersey was retired recently by the 76ers and Maddon is a Pennsylvania native.

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The worst Hall of Fame ballots (available)

Craig Biggio received the highest percentage of the

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A fraction of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America have identified their Hall of Fame votes, which earlier this week sent Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to Cooperstown.

So, of the folks identified, here are the worst ballots filed (non-Ken Gurnick division) in descending order:

4. Barry Rozner, Chicago Daily Herald and William Center, San Diego Union...

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Mike Piazza likely to fall shy of Hall of Fame election

Mike Piazza is in his second year on

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The official tally will be revealed Wednesday at 2 p.m., but it appears that, for the second year in a row, Mike Piazza will miss out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, falling short of the 75 percent threshold for election.

Two excellent resources, Baseball Think Factory and @weird_meat, have tallied the ballots of the numerous...

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Mike Piazza gaining steam in Hall of Fame voting

Former baseball player Mike Piazza gestures during the

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Mike Piazza may finally get the Hall call this year.

Research by Baseball Think Factory shows that Piazza's Hall of Fame case is picking up steam in many of the ballots revealed by voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Players must get 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall. Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, his first year of eligibility.

With...

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Wally Backman to remain Mets' Triple-A manager

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman says he's

Wally Backman will return next season to manage Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday. Last season, Backman guided the Mets' top minor league affiliate to an 81-63 record, good enough to win a division title. Backman's future with the Mets had been in doubt. He has long aspired to manage in the big leagues, though that chance may not come with the Mets in the near future. At the end...

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