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SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: The Hall of Fame chances of Jorge Posada, baseball's Ringo Starrupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 10:34:00

He was the funny-looking one. The last to join the quartet, he had a big nose, a weak chin, a penchant for rings and worked sitting down. His contributions to arguably the greatest ensemble in his field have always been overlooked. Yet, even moreso than his Beatles analog, Ringo Starr, Jorge Posada was an equal partner in baseball's fab four, the quartet of Yankees teammates who debuted in 1995 and won seven pennants and five World Series together (though Posada, who played in just eight major league games in 1996, sat out the first of those).

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Mets keeping 9/11 memory alive by reaching out beyond the fieldupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 13:08:00

NEW YORK -- An American flag covered most of the outfield.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Looking back, Kazmir-Zambrano trade wasn't as bad as it seemedupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 21:41:00

Called Jim Duquette yesterday. Left a message for him at the Sirius XM office, where he hosts a show with Kevin Kennedy. Mentioned that I'm working on a column about Scott Kazmir.

SI.com: Baseball America: Top 20 prospects for 2010updated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:40:00

Baseball America's Prospect Handbook is going to press, and it's hard to describe the book to my non-baseball friends (a short list, but I have had a few such discussions). It's a book of 900 scouting reports on the game's top minor league players: 30 for each of the 30 major league organizations. To give you a taste of the Handbook, I presented my own ranking of the farm systems earlier this month, and that proved prescient, as the Phillies showed their system's strength by using it (and Cliff Lee) to deal for Roy Halladay. The Phils won't be in our top five when the book comes out, not after dealing one of the game's top 20 prospects. In another example of what you'll find in the Handbook, here are my personal top 20 prospects in baseball.

SI.com: MLB: 10 signature moments of the decadeupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 15:03:00

1. The Liars Club. The setting: Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The game's biggest stars, the head of the MLPA, baseball execs and more TV crews than had covered the impeachment of Bill Clinton converged here on March 17, 2005, for a hearing on steroids in baseball. There was Mark McGwire choking up, Rafael Palmeiro wagging his finger, Sammy Sosa suddenly forgetting how to speak English. There was the clown with the permatan, Jose Canseco, the only honest guy in the room. It was, as a congressman put it, "theater of the absurd." It was preposterous -- and utterly gripping to watch.

SI.com: Joe Posnanski: Mauer is not only AL MVP, he's also baseball's most valuable playerupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 14:16:00

So, it looks like I spent another sports year feeling pre-agitated about things that did not come especially close to happening. Zack Greinke won the Cy Young Award ... he won it rather easily. There was no sudden and overpowering push to get Jack Morris into the Hall of Fame while Bert Blyleven writhes in baseball limbo. The Cleveland Browns did not hire Eric Mangini.

People.com: Baseball's Mike Piazza Now a Happy Father of Twoupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 08:10:00

The retired Met and actress wife Alicia Rickter welcome second daughter, Paulina Sophia

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Old guard squeezed in new marketupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 11:12:00

The baseball actuarial tables have been rewritten. As clubs continue to place greater value on young players under control (witness the new religion about not losing compensatory draft picks), the older free agent is being severely devalued. What has been a slow market for almost every player not negotiating with the New York Yankees has become downright cruel for the aging position player.

SI.com: Joe Posnanski: Rare bird: Cardinals' Pujols put up another amazing seasonupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 17:26:00

One thing that has always baffled me is how baseball scouts missed on Albert Pujols. The baffling part is not that Pujols was a 13th round pick in the 1999 amateur draft -- hey, there are quite a few late-round success stories in baseball. Jim Thome was a 13th round pick too. Ryne Sandberg went in the 20th. Heck, Mike Piazza lasted until the 62nd.

SI.com: Jonah Freedman: Piazza slipped away quietly, but he'll never be forgottenupdated: Fri May 23 2008 21:05:00

When Mike Piazza announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday, there were no tears shed on camera. There were no reporters or exploding flash bulbs. There was no backdrop featuring a Mets logo, nor a general manager offering a heartfelt introduction.

Time.com: MLB Player Piazza Retiring After 16 Seasonsupdated: Wed May 21 2008 14:00:00

Mike Piazza is retiring from baseball following a 16-season career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in history

Piazza on the Popeupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 17:13:00

Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza talks with CNN's Ed Henry about seeing Pope Benedict's Mass in Washington.

Behind the Scenes: Thrilling day covering the popeupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 17:13:00

Covering the White House is a thrill for a political junkie like me, but nothing prepared me for the euphoria of reporting on Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at Nationals Park for about 46,000 worshippers here on Thursday.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Clemens, Yanks among biggest Mitchell losersupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 15:40:00

Roger Clemens' denials are getting louder and somehow less convincing as he attempts to extricate himself from the steroid allegations made against him in the bombshell, worth-every-penny Mitchell Report that contains 8 1/2 pages of compelling, detailed evidence against the would-be Hall of Famer.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Why Bonds deserves my Hall of Fame voteupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 02:57:00

Also in this column: • Glavine won't be last to 300 • Work ethic gives A-Rod shot • Oakland's promise to Piazza • More news and notes

SI.com: John Rakowski: Players rumored on blockupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 00:30:00

There are many significant fantasy performers rumored to be moving in major deals, and with the trade deadline on July 31, expect some major movement in the next couple of weeks. The Rangers, A's, White Sox, Reds and Royals are all confirmed sellers. (Half the Texas roster can be had in a deal.) After a trade, you will see a lot of postmortem analysis of whether a move was good or bad for a particular player. By that time, however, it may be too late to pick him up off waivers if it's a good move. Conversely, it may be too late to unload him in a deal if the move is damaging.

SI.com: Top 10 Subway Series momentsupdated: Fri May 18 2007 11:52:00

For the first time in the 11 years since interleague play began, the New York Mets head into the first of two annual Subway Series meetings as clearly the better team. Both teams are old -- the average age for the Mets is 31.3 to the Yankees 30.2, but the Mets have pitched better, fielded better and shown more life and cohesiveness than their counterparts in the Bronx, who bring a losing record into the series for the first time.

SI.com: The best-laid plans ...updated: Tue May 15 2007 12:25:00

When injuries and ineffectiveness disintegrated their starting rotation, the Yankees implemented the mother of all Plan B's by allowing Roger Clemens to resume his summer job as major-league ace.

SI.com: Who's He?updated: Tue May 08 2007 16:17:00

Isn't it great when the biggest news of the week was the signing of minor league free agent contract to a last-place team? The Yankees and Roger Clemens stole the baseball spotlight but others have been quietly been making news and for at least another month likely will have a bigger impact on the major leagues than The Rocket. Here are this week's relative unknowns and whether or not you should know them for your fantasy team.

SI.com: Pick of the litterupdated: Tue May 08 2007 10:53:00

Does it occur to you, too, that baseball has an '80s fixation? That the coverage of the sport seems skewed toward guys who were playing when cool guys wore Members Only jackets and grooved to A Flock of Seagulls on their Walkman?

SI.com: SI's Alltime All-Star Teamupdated: Wed Apr 11 2007 13:52:00

With its diligence and reverence for record keeping, baseball is often held up as an exact science. Ted Williams chose to play on the last day of the 1941 season because .39955 -- his batting average that morning -- was not actually .400. The discovery in 1977 of an overlooked RBI for Hack Wilson in his record 1930 season was akin to scientists finding a new element, and thus made sacred the number 191.

SI.com: Oakland Athletics Fantasy Previewupdated: Mon Feb 19 2007 15:10:00

When it comes to the Athletics, success like winning the 2006 AL West title is more as a result of stellar starting pitching than impressive offensive numbers. Led by the new Big Three of Rich Harden, Dan Haren and Joe Blanton, Oakland's pitching adds a lot to your fantasy rotation. The hitting is, pardon the pun, more hit and miss.

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