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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Former A’s manager Tony La Russa elected to Hall of Fame (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

Programming note: Get up to date on all the latest offseason As news on the Hot Stove Show, Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Former As manager Tony La Russa was among a trio of baseballs all-time winningest skippers to be elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday. Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox also were voted in on the Expansion Era ballot, which consisted of players, managers and executives whose biggest contributions to baseball came from 1973 on. La Russa and Torre are two of just nine managers in Major League history to win three or more World Series titles.

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Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays (Reuters)

By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish. Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them. They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston. ...

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Baseball-Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays (Reuters)

By Steve Keating TORONTO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish. Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them. They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston. ...

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GQ: Cubs third-worst sports franchise of all time (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

"What does a Cubs fan do after his team wins the World Series?"

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Rivera bids tearful farewell to Yankee Stadium (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera will not conclude his career with his version of a perfect ending: a shattered bat, a weak grounder and Rivera falling to his knees and being engulfed by teammates as the celebration of the New York Yankees' 28th World Series championship begins.

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Giants’ Bumgarner keeps humming along (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- A Sports Illustrated cover autographed by Buster Posey and Sergio Romo that pictures the beginning of their World Series-winning celebration last October laid on a table inside the visitor's clubhouse at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, a reminder of how quickly the Giants have fallen from baseball's pinnacle.

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Instant Replay: Bumgarner Ks 10 in 2-1 Giants win (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

NEW YORK – Almost everyone wearing a World Series ring in black and orange has struggled to perform consistently in this disappointing follow-up season.Madison Bumgarner is disappointed in himself, too. But only because he cares so deeply about his hitting.When it comes to his work on the bump, Bumgarner is the one guy who just kept logrolling along. He put forth another strong start Thursday afternoon, holding the New York Mets to one run in seven innings while striking out 10 in a 2-1 victory at Citi Field. ...

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Why the New York Mets Are Not World Series Contenders in 2013 (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets own a 64-81 record following a four-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. It's been clear for quite some time this season that the Amazins wouldn't be heading to the postseason.

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A toast to the 2013 San Francisco Giants (Big League Stew)

Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the San Francisco Giants. Not that anybody was expecting it at this point, but the San Francisco Giants made it official on Wednesday that we will not see back-to-back World Series champs. Nobody's done that since the Yankees won three straight from 1998 to 2000, and with their official postseason elimination on Wednesday, the Giants won't either. The Giants season was decided a while ago, though. The team had been in no higher than fourth place since June 24 — falling while the rival Los Angeles Dodgers soared, not giving fans the expected Giants-Dodgers duel at the top of the NL West this season. But we can all still enjoy a toast to the Giants. To the Giants, for having a little more time this year to clean your World Series rings. And to the Giants, for owning some of the best hair in baseball plus honest players and cute fans . To the Giants, for making the Padres look decent. To the Giants, for making us think gas prices are cheaper ... when we compare them to Barry Zito's ERA. And to the Giants, for giving fifth-graders motivation for their school speeches . We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say to the 2013 Giants:

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