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Associated Press:
Reaction to the death of baseball great Frank Robinson  —  Reaction from the baseball world and beyond to the death of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson on Thursday at 83:  —  ___  —  “Frank was my first big league manager.  I still remember being so nervous to walk into his office and introduce myself.
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Joe Erwin / New York Daily News:
Frank Robinson was an amazing ballplayer, but a true trailblazer as the first black manager  —  February is Black History month, and the biggest moments of black history in Major League Baseball share a common bond.  —  Robinson.  —  Frank Robinson, who died Thursday at the age of 83 …
Jon Becker / Orange County Register:
Frank Robinson, Baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 83  —  Former Giants manager and one of baseball's all-time greats battled bone cancer  —  Frank Robinson, a trailblazer who forged his own path from the playgrounds of West Oakland to baseball immortality, died Thursday after a long battle with bone cancer, according to several reports.
ESPN:
Frank Robinson, MVP, first black manager, dies at 83  —  MLB, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals  —  Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win MVP in both leagues, has died at age 83, MLB said Thursday.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Tyler Carey / KHOU-TV:
Baseball legend, Beaumont native Frank Robinson dies at 83
Associated Press:
J.T. Realmuto, the catcher the Mets wanted, traded from Marlins to Phillies for 3 players  —  MIAMI — In October, J.T. Realmuto's agent predicted the Miami Marlins' All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training.  —  He was right.  —  After months of speculation over what they'd do …
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:   With Realmuto joining Phillies, could Harper or Machado follow?
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Phillies acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from Marlins
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Phillies get All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto in trade with Marlins
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Major League Baseball to rename disabled list as ‘injured list’  —  The disabled list is going on the permanent DL.  —  Major League Baseball will rename the disabled list as the “injured list,” a source familiar with the plan told ESPN.  —  The league will make the change out of concern that the term …
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Associated Press:
DL shelved: Baseball's disabled list becomes injured list  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is changing the name of its disabled lists to injured lists.  —  Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday the change is being made at the suggestion …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds question: What to do with top prospect Nick Senzel?  —  Today's question:  —  What to do with Nick Senzel?  —  Ever since the Reds drafted Senzel with the second pick overall in 2016, there's been no question that he'd hit and there's been a big question about where he'd play.
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:   2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: Which version of Yasiel Puig will show up this season?
ESPN:
Rangers sign outfielder Hunter Pence to minor league deal  —  The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Hunter Pence and infielder Matt Davidson to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp, the team announced Thursday.  —  Pence, a three-time All-Star …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Arlington product Pence to attempt to extend MLB career with hometown Rangers
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians agree to minor league deals with Ryan Flaherty, Dioner Navarro  —  CLEVELAND — Infielder Ryan Flaherty has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.  —  The 32-year-old would get a one-year contract paying $800,000 …
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds question: Can veterans Hughes and Hernandez be as good in '19 as they were in '18?  —  As spring training approaches — pitchers and catchers report Tuesday — we're looking at 10 questions the Reds face heading into the 2019 season.  Today's question:
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:
Hal Steinbrenner wants Yankees fans to know he's 'never done until I'm done' when it comes to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper  —  The Yankees just keep teasing their fans.  —  There was a time when they didn't have to tease, when it was expected they would be not just in the mix for every frontline player, but the top contender.
Jesse Dougherty / Chicago Tribune:
Giants join the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, which grow stranger by the day  —  The Washington Post  —  Add another team to the list of those pursuing Bryce Harper — a list that could be as big as 10 franchises, or actually as small as one or two, and now includes the San Francisco Giants …
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Associated Press:
Yanks' Clint Frazier feeling good after concussion cut short 2018 season  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Frazier showed no hesitation chasing down a fly ball on the warning track and hit batting practice drives well over the left-field fence, appearing to have recovered from the concussion that decimated his 2018 season.
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Coley Harvey / ESPN:   'Don't run from the fire. Run toward it': Inside Clint Frazier's long, rockin' road to recovery
 
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