Jim Fregosi Was One of a Kind (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The Los Angeles Angels lost their first outstanding player and their first championship manager a week ago, when Jim Fregosi died early on the morning of Feb. 14 after suffering a stroke in the Cayman Islands. Fregosi spent 53 years in professional baseball before he died in a Miami hospital at age 71. For the longest time, the name of Jim Fregosi was associated with the short end of the rather lopsided trade in which the Angels sent him to the New York Mets for Nolan Ryan after the 1971 season. In my own capacity as a reporter 20ish years ago, when Fregosi was managing the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 World Series, I asked him why clubs in those times were increasing their pitching staffs to 11 and, sometimes, 12 pitchers.

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Three Teams in the Way of the Philadelphia Phillies (Yahoo Contributor Network)

This is the dilemma the Philadelphia Phillies have coming into the 2014 season. As troublesome as things might appear when comparing this current Phillies team to others in recent years, their roster is still not the rubbish they had in the late-1990s. Optimists remain confident that the 2014 Phillies could legitimately compete for the division title. However, there are three teams that will stop the Phillies from winning the division.

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New York Yankees: Big in Japan (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Unlike the NFL's Dallas Cowboys or the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, Major League Baseball doesn't have a single "America's Team" -- although, as the New York Times' David Waldstein points out this week, the New York Yankees may be in line to be "Japan's Team." The Yankees may have more Facebook "likes" than other MLB clubs, but New York has never been embraced or, as in the case of the Atlanta Braves, marketed as "America's Team." However, this season, the Yankees are in line to do big in Japan.

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New York Mets’ 2014 Season Needs to Feel Like 1984 (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | There is a lot at stake for the New York Mets heading into the 2014 season. Since Sandy Alderson was hired as general manager, he and his front office have pointed toward this year as the one fans needed to be patient for. Now, it's time for New York to put its money where its mouth is. The Mets have reached the postseason seven times since their inception back in 1962.

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New York Mets: 5 Reasons Why 2013 Was a Successful Year (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets endured their fifth-straight losing season in 2013, putting together a 74-88 record. Matt Harvey starting the All-Star game Matt Harvey's first half was dominant -- in 130 innings pitched, he posted a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 147 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. Sweeping the New York Yankees

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New York Mets: Why This Offseason Will Be Different (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Since the New York Mets brought in Sandy Alderson to be their general manager, there has been a clear message to the fan base: The Amazins rebuild by strengthening the farm system and shedding the payroll of "bad" contracts.

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Can the St. Louis Cardinals Hold On and Win Again? (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | It has been one of the most exciting races of the 2013 baseball season, and it doesn't even involve pierogies or sausage.

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Five Reasons Why Ike Davis Had an Awful Year for the New York Mets (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The 2013 season wasn't anticipated to be one that ended with a playoff appearance for the New York Mets. Now in the final week of the regular season, the Amazins are enduring their fifth straight losing season.

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New York Yankees: Mariano’s Million-Dollar Man Cave (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Mariano Rivera's man cave is fast approaching million-dollar status.

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What Could the New York Mets Have Had With Scott Kazmir? (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | On September 6, Scott Kazmir did something he'd never done before in his professional baseball career. Eleven years after being selected with the 15th overall pick of the MLB draft, Kazmir faced the team that drafted him -- the New York Mets.

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