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Craig Biggio made history, but will he make the Hall of Fame?

Former Houston Astros player Craig Biggio, right, walks

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Comparing Craig Biggio with other Hall of Fame second basemen is a keystone cop-out.

The prominent argument promoting Biggio's continued Cooperstown candidacy has revolved around the Kings Park native's 3,060 hits, a milestone total that typically guarantees election to the Hall. The only players with at least 3,000 hits not in the Hall are Biggio, Derek Jeter (active), Rafael Palmeiro (performance-enhancing...

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Yankees designate Vernon Wells for assignment, report says

Vernon Wells reacts to a strike against the

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Vernon Wells broke the news himself. Sort of.

The outfielder tweeted out a series of messages seemingly signifying that his time with the Yankees was over:


Be thankful and grateful in all things. Embrace each chapter in your book of life. — Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) January 10, 2014


Thank you @Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied...

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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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Stephen Drew: Worth the fuss for Mets?

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew can't make

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The Mets’ “will they-won’t they” pursuit of free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has all the drama of a series of text messages between high school crushes.

Drew: “Hey. I might go to the mall later with the Boston Red Sox, but if you’d rather hang out… But whatevs. Up 2 U.”

Mets: “Whatever u wanna do. FYI - not really looking for anything long-term.”

Drew: “OIC.”

Red Sox: “Chillin’...

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Mets sign catcher Taylor Teagarden to minor-league deal

Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden in action during

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The Mets have signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

The 30-year-old has played in just 163 games over the course of six seasons in MLB with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He's a career .206 hitter with a .266 OBP, 20 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Teagarden will likely compete with Anthony...

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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.


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Alex Rodriguez emails with Randy Levine reveal steroid jokes, support

A composite showing Yankees president Randy Levine, left,

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Yankees president Randy Levine made steroid jokes involving Robinson Cano to Alex Rodriguez via e-mail twice during the summer of 2012, according to excerpts of several exchanges released by New York Magazine.

The series of emails allows a rare insight into the relationship between Levine and Rodriguez. What starts with lighthearted exchanges that sometimes verge on the edge of parody turns...

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Yankees vs. Mets: Holiday card throwdown

A screenshot from a Mets.com holiday video featuring

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The Yankees and Mets each released video holiday cards, with the Mets focusing on some humor and the Yankees on emotion.

Which one do you think is better?

Watch them both below and then vote in our poll.

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Masahiro Tanaka won't be posted, reports say

Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hurls the ball

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Masahiro Tanaka, the highly coveted Japanese starting pitcher, won't be allowed to pitch in the United States, according to reports from Japan cited by the New York Times and Peter Gammons on Thursday morning.

Tanaka is reportedly a major target for several MLB organizations -- though the Yankees are reportedly ready to move on from their pursuit.

Despite the Japanese ace declaring on...

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