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Looking back: Top prospects of 2005
With Keith Law unveiling his top 100 prospects this week, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top prospects from 2005. Has it already been 10 years since 2005?

Should relievers have to face two batters?
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There's been a lot of talk going around about ways to speed up the game in order to cut down on the average time of games. One idea that would save some time while also impacting strategy would be a rule forcing relievers to face at least two or three batters.

Who's better, Freeman or Rizzo?
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Here's a comparison of two outstanding young first basemen in the National League, the Braves' Freddie Freeman and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.

OK, about the Big Red Machine ...
@dschoenfield What about the Reds on your all dynasty rankings, the Big Red Machine?— Ben (@benph0124) January 27, 2015 @dschoenfield just read your article http://t.

Manfred sort of backs off banning shifts
So it was big news the other day when commissioner Rob Manfred told Karl Ravech the sport should considering banning defensive shifts to help inject more offense into the game.

Chat wrap: Long games, shifts ... cookies
What to do when you're snowed in? Talk baseball for three hours!

Ranking baseball's greatest dynasties
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Where do the Giants rank among MLB teams that have won three World Series in five years? David Schoenfield breaks down baseballâ

Devin Mesoraco: Is he the real deal?
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Devin Mesoraco agreed to a four-year, $28M deal with the Reds. Is it a good investment for Cincinnati?

The all-Snowmageddon team
Those of us in the Northeast are buckling in for the storm to end all storms. I think the last I heard is 14 feet of snow with 160 mph winds and thunder and lightning and maybe a tornado or two.

The best general managers of all time
Via Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk, I came across a terrific project by Mark Armour and Dan Levitt, who are ranking the top 25 general managers of all time, in conjunction with their upcoming book "In Pursuit of Pennants," which examines various winning teams in baseball history and how they were assembled.

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