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9:15 PM ET, January 25, 2015


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Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
M.L.B. Defends Fred Wilpon and His Financial Role  —  It sounds like a punch line: Fred Wilpon, the majority owner of the Mets, is the new chairman of Major League Baseball's finance committee.  —  Wilpon was a victim of Bernard L. Madoff's Ponzi scheme and has slashed the payroll of a team that has struggled significantly with debt.
Commissioner Rob Manfred's letter to fans  —  Rob Manfred is the 10th Commissioner of Major League Baseball.  —  Dear Fans:  —  On the night of August 14, 2014, I left a Baltimore hotel after being elected Commissioner of Baseball.  As I began to reply to the overwhelming number …
Jordan Bastian /
Progressive Field should be ready for Indians' April 10 home opener  —  Crews begin work in the right-field area that eventually will be home to a new two-story, climate-controlled bar at Progressive Field  —  CLEVELAND — Fans pouring into Tribe Fest this weekend were able to get a glimpse …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Hagen /
Outgoing Commissioner given Long and Meritorious Service Award  —  Commissioner Rob Manfred presents the ninth Commissioner of MLB Allan H.  (Bud) Selig with the Long and Meritorious Service award  —  NEW YORK — In one of his last official acts as Commissioner, just hours before stepping …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Matthew Cerrone / Metsblog:
Manfred defends Fred Wilpon's role on finance committee  —  MLB commissioner Rob Manfred does not understand why people have been critical of his choice to name Mets owner Fred Wilpon head of the league's finance committee (NY Times, Jan. 25).  —  According to Manfred …
Shi Davidi /
Blue Jays end negotiations for Orioles' Duquette  —  TORONTO — Negotiations for Dan Duquette are over after the Toronto Blue Jays refused to consider the Baltimore Orioles' demands for promising right-hander Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation for the executive.
Teri Thompson / NY Daily News:
Yankees reject Alex Rodriguez's mea culpa meeting request after Biogenesis scandal  —  The disgraced superstar offered to meet face-to-face with team executives to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and clear the air before players report to Tampa next month, the Daily News has learned …
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Wilmer Flores is working hard to prove he can play shortstop … Mets  —  Mets in 2015: Keep 'em or dump 'em? … Baseball  —  Ranking MLB's free agent position players
Discussion: New York Post
Marc Carig / Newsday:
David Wright takes optimistic view of Mets' situation
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Metsblog
Bob Dutton / Mariners Insider:
Mariners notebook: Jackson looking to bounce back from disappointing year  —  SEATTLE — Familiarity can also breed contentment.  That's Austin Jackson's view as he prepares for his first full season with the Mariners after two disappointing months last year following his July 31 arrival.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and HardballTalk
Bob Dutton / Mariners Insider:
Mariners notebook: Zduriencik says ‘no favorite right now’ in spring shortstop battle between Miller and Taylor
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Trade Rumors
Thomas Harding /
Rockies shortstop, recovering from hip surgery, wants to prove doubters wrong  —  When healthy, 30-year-old Troy Tulowitzki is one of the league's best hitters, but injuries remain a lingering concern heading into 2015  —  DENVER — In a sense, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's offseason is not much different than winters past.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
All quiet on Jonathan Papelbon trade front  —  Last year at “Brewers On Deck,” team principal owner Mark Attanasio stepped to a microphone and drew raucous applause from fans by announcing Milwaukee’s stunning four-year, $50 million free-agent deal with starting pitcher Matt Garza.
Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away at the age of 83
Discussion: ESPN, and HardballTalk
Marty Noble /
Beloved Mr. Cub, Hall of Famer Banks dies at 83
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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