|Rob Manfred's first day in the office as baseball's 10th Commissioner was, well, normal. Perhaps that's because this first day was four months in the making. In that time, Manfred came up with an agenda for his first 100 days.
|At a time when the reserve clause allowed baseball owners to hold onto players and limit salaries, Ernie Banks landed in the lap of Cubs' owner Philip Knight Wrigley, and the two created a lasting relationship that benefited both men.
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|Every season is an opportunity for everybody fortunate to participate at the Major League level. But some have more riding on the outcome than others. With that in mind, here's a look at 10 people in and around the game who have reached a particularly interesting intersection in 2015.
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|Everything about Ernie Banks was joyful. There was his smile. Then there was his walk, along with his handshake and his voice. They all told the world that this was a human being who embraced every moment of his life. Not only did Banks pass away, but so did part of baseball.
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|It's all about winning. Individual stats can impress, but championships are usually the defining ingredient of greatness. Former Cubs great and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is a rare exception.
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|A few months after taking over for Kirk Gibson, D-backs skipper Chip Hale is finally on the verge of his first Spring Training as a big league manager. There's excitement but also some nervous anticipation. Hale knows he'll make some mistakes along the way. Baseball is not a perfect sport.
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|Commissioner Rob Manfred is eager to get to work on his plan for Major League Baseball, which includes incorporating an umbrella approach to participation in order to better engage today's youth.
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|Ernie Banks passed away late Friday. He, however, will live forever in the memories of baseball players, officials and fans. Banks arrived at Wrigley Field in September 1953, allowing the Cubs to become the ninth of the 16 Major League teams to integrate. More than 61 years later, he is still the face of one of the game's more storied franchises.
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|Bud Selig might just remember it as one of the best evenings of his life. His emotions bubbled to the surface a time or two, but there were also waves of laughter and joy in his final hours as Commissioner on Saturday night, as he was honored at the New York Baseball Writers' Association of America Dinner.
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|Sometimes you just turn on a voice recorder and let a person talk. You might have done it with a grandparent at a family reunion. Phil Rogers did it a couple of times with Ernie Banks at events in 2010.
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|Bud Selig soon will be joining one of the world's most exclusive groups -- the Retired Commissioner's Club. His peers are happy to have him, and they have some thoughts on retirement, too.
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|It must have been a crystal, clear day like Saturday, the day Ernie Banks coined his most poetic phrase: "It's a great day for a ball game: Let's play two!" And so it is.
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|The news of Ernie Banks' death on Friday, eight days shy of his 84th birthday, brought a flood of memories to contemporaries. Those who knew the man during his playing days as "Mr. Cub" -- and well beyond -- will tell you he was as universally loved and respected as any player the game of baseball has seen.
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|Ichiro Suzuki has been given an opportunity to join the 3,000-hit club. The key to reports that he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with Miami is that the Marlins have indicated a willingness to work on a second year, which Suzuki will most likely need to collect a 3,000th hit.
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|Ernie Banks never seemed to have a bad day, and isn't that why we loved him? His was a journey filled with laughter and joy, and with a smile that lit up rooms and warmed hearts for 83 years.
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|The truth is, Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants still make sense as a package deal, which is why the club re-signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year contract.
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|Johan Santana is 36 and hasn't thrown a Major League pitch in three years. Dontrelle Willis is 33, and he hasn't done so since 2011. They both were huge deals during the earlier part of their careers. Then the disabled list became their companion. Now, they've both returned as pitching warriors... almost. Actually, we don't know, but we can hope.
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|Surely, one measure of a man is the number of friends he has. Even better, there are the number of friendships that have stood the test of time. And so it is with Bud Selig. His life is dotted with these relationships.
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|Commissioner Bud Selig describes the final days of his 22 years in office as "very emotional, very sentimental." But emotional and sentimental haven't been much in Selig's mix. Until now. And it's understandable.
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|Since his dismissal as the Reds manager following the 2013 season, Dusty Baker has started a couple of businesses and enjoys watching his son play baseball, but he still hopes to manage again under the right circumstances.
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|Despite all the brilliant analysis, there's this one pesky thing called a 162-game schedule. It's a great thing, too, as it determines -- for real, and once and for all -- who are the best teams. So go ahead, prematurely coronate the Nationals if you want. Everybody gets it. But beware of the Marlins.
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|MLB.com's Jim Duquette takes an updated look at the top five most likely destinations for free-agent righty James Shields now that Max Scherzer has signed with the Nationals.
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|After a busy offseason that included the additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have positioned themselves to go from worst to first again in the AL East.
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|With the acquisition of Max Scherzer, it immediately became trendy to favor the Nationals to win the 2015 World Series, but though they should be able to once again secure the National League's best record during the regular season, there will be far less certainty come the postseason, and no club knows that better than the one in Washington.
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|The Johan Santana comeback effort was abruptly put on pause this week when left shoulder soreness sidelined him yet again in the Venezuelan Winter League. But let's pause to appreciate Santana, to applaud him for making this effort to go out on his own terms, no matter where that effort leads or if, in fact, it has already ended.
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|At the moment, it is entirely possible -- perhaps even likely -- that the Philadelphia Phillies will have both Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard on their Opening Day roster. Mere months ago, such a concept seemed preposterous.
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|Brandon Phillips is trying not to let anyone get in his head. Not the media -- Philips put a moratorium on press sessions during the 2014 season -- not the rumormongers who speculate on the season ahead, and, most of all, not himself. He's just here to play.
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|When it comes to intangible factors, James Shields' previous employers rave about him. He is, the essence, by all reasonable accounts, of a positive clubhouse presence, a leader and a role model. However, the typical big bidders have expressed no interest in acquiring free-agent righty.
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|With the addition of Max Scherzer, the Nationals have a pitching rotation for the ages, but you know what? Once again, we're seeing the difference between greatness when it comes to a collection of starters on a Major League staff and whatever otherworldly adjective is appropriate for all of those years when Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz kept throwing their way toward Cooperstown.
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|Max Scherzer is a good example how some of the most important tools to scout are heart and smarts and guts. Since 2006, Scherzer has polished his slider, refined his changeup and developed a curveball that's also a quality pitch, helping him become one of the game's most dominating starting pitchers.
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