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Ranking the closers: Holland No. 1
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Who are the best closers in baseball? David Schoenfield ranks them from 1-30.

Will Christian Yelich hit for power?
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Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich quietly had a terrific 2014 season. Just 22 years old, the 23rd pick in the 2010 draft hit .284/.362/.402, scored 94 runs and won a Gold Glove in his first full season in the majors -- not bad for a former high school first baseman.

Ten things to watch this spring training
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We have games! Real games! Well, real spring training games, which are better than games against college teams and much better than reports about a pitcher who looked good throwing batting practice.

Giancarlo Stanton and inside fastballs
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Spring training games start this week. It's baseball, and that's a good thing, even if it's not baseball that is all that important. But there are things to watch for, and at the top of that list is the return of Giancarlo Stanton, now with a funky new helmet with a face guard to help protect his jaw that was broken in September.

Matt Kemp is probably wrong about outfield
The best part about the first few days of spring training is that the players are feeling good, they're happy to be back on the baseball field, they're full of confidence and optimism and many of them are in the best shape of their lives.

A look at non-roster invitees: NL East
After looking at which players not on a 40-man roster have been invited to spring training in the AL East, AL Central and AL West, it's time to move to the National League.

Pitchers hurt by new catchers
Here's a look at pitchers potentially helped by new catchers. Our Rockies blogger, Richard Bergstrom, points out that Colorado has signed Nick Hundley.

Ranking the teams: 24 through 19
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It's the second day of our pre-spring training power rankings. Did I mention that parity makes it really difficult to do these rankings with a high degree of confidence?

Worst decisions in World Series history
In honor of Pete Carroll, what key managerial decisions in World Series history didn't work out?

30 things to look for before spring training
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We’re a month away from the official start of spring training, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some unresolved issues and potential news items still out there in baseball land.

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