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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Why the New York Yankees can’t lose even when they try to

The Yankees raised the white flag, brought in the kids and still kept the buzz around the ballpark. Plus, what the Cubs and Donald Trump have in common

A-Rod who? The omnipresent slugger’s nickname, so long on the tip of our tongues, seemed long gone by the time two ballyhooed Yankees prospects bounced into the Bronx on Saturday. And so what was supposed to be a weekend awash with nostalgia – Alex Rodriguez’ departure, the honoring of the 1996 World Series champion Yanks and a Monument Park plaque for Mariano Rivera, became much more about tomorrow than yesterday.

The Yankees, for all their winning (some 27 World Series titles), have suffered in the past. Their most famous collapse came in 1965, when an empire that brought 10 titles, 15 pennants in 18 seasons, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and a host of Yankee elites, crumbled to the core.

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Why it’s time to stop whining about MLB’s new slide rule | David Lengel

Baseball’s brass are sticking to their new rules to protect sitting duck shortstops and second basemen. Plus, a new party room for the Cubs, Vin Scully is honored while the Orioles and Nats start off streaking

Human beings crave the familiar: almost anything that disrupts routine stresses us out in a major way. When Guardian readers woke up to a spanking new, re-launched website last year, they filled feedback forms with protest. A new iPhone operating system is released and forums quickly flood with complaints. Facebook updates its app, and the sky is falling. Then, at some point, and we can’t really say exactly when or why this happens, the new becomes the normal and everything is just fine, setting up the reaction for the next change (rinse and repeat).

Related: Bryce Harper will make baseball fun again. You better believe it | DJ Gallo

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Our MLB predictions for 2016: can anyone stop the rampant Royals?

The Red Sox have made changes, Mike Trout is still Mike Trout, and the Cubs are still looking to end their title drought. Our baseball writers predict the season

David Lengel: The Giants’ even-year assault began with a rotation refresh including Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. I don’t trust the newbies, especially the latter. The NL West is now crowded house: the Giants could be the odd ones out.

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New York Mets fans win the World Series … of bad grammar

As if losing seven of their previous eight games wasn’t enough, Mets fans now find themselves in the basement of MLG – that’s Major League Grammar

It’s another day, and another kick in the teeth for fans of the New York Mets.

After riding high in April, the Mets have been shot down in May and June while their morose lineup continues to drag the team into an offensive abyss. Their injury-depleted roster, one loaded with rookies, has scored just 11 runs in their previous eight games, sending their fans to the talk radio airwaves in a panic, demanding that something, anything, be done by their general manager Sandy Alderson, in order to save a season that once looked incredibly promising after a blistering 14-4 start.

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On Jackie’s day in MLB, the legacy of another Robinson is recalled

Forty years after Frank Robinson broke baseball’s manager color line, the sport is failing to fill managerial positions with minorities

On Wednesday, No42 pitched, caught, ran, stole, slid, fielded, bunted and hit – all part of Major League Baseball’s now familiar tribute to Jackie Robinson, who broke the sports color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers some 68 years ago. Players from all 30 teams, donning two of the games most prestigious digits in honoring an icon, one who helped both sports and society integrate during a crucial time in history. MLB has taken up the job of ensuring the moment isn’t lost to time passed by, retiring no42 league-wide in 1997, later declaring 15 April to be celebrated as Jackie Robinson Day on a perennial basis in 2004.

Another late but nonetheless significant step in integrating Major League Baseball arrived in 1975 when Frank Robinson made his managerial debut for the Cleveland Indians, another first for an African-American. Robinson hadn’t yet hung up his spikes, spending the tail end of a Hall of Fame career as a designated hitter while calling the shots from the dugout as a player-manager. On opening day at old Municipal Stadium against the visiting New York Yankees, Robinson hit a dramatic, first-inning home run that brought the crowd of over 56,000 to their feet. After earning his first managerial win with the help of a complete game from Gaylord Perry, Robinson said:

Of all the pennants, World Series, awards and All-Star games I’ve been in, this is the greatest thrill.

If a club has an opening in any of these positions, the club owner must notify me personally. In addition, your list of candidates must be provided to me. I expect the list to include minority candidates whom you and your staff have identified. I will provide assistance to you if you cannot identify candidates on your own.

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NL West season preview: why the San Francisco Giants won’t repeat

Will San Francisco break a Giant pattern? Can the Padres power up in San Diego? Is there a sixth title in Los Angeles for the Dodgers? The Guardian checks in on the National League West The MLB season is upon us. In the run-up to the start, the Guardia…

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Will Ferrell plays five spring training games for 10 MLB teams – in pictures

The Anchorman star’s exploits raised money for cancer charities and marked the time, 50 years ago, that Bert Campaneris played all nine positions in one game

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The real reason the Diamondbacks cast themselves as the only True Baseball Team

Arizona may want to promote the idea that they understand the spirit of baseball but they’re really thinking about the bottom line

It is the publicly stated opinion of new Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart that he is running one of the only True Baseball Teams in the business.

Stewart was asked on Tuesday by Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com about his team’s interest in free agent pitcher James Shields, to which Stewart responded that the Diamondbacks would love to have Shields on the roster next year and for years to come. His sales pitch, however, requires a bit of unpacking:

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MLB Postseason 2014: share your photos and experiences

The MLB playoffs are upon us and we want to know how this years baseball season has been for you and your team so far. Share your teams success stories or shortcomings with us Continue reading…

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Angels’ season marred by injury to ace Garrett Richards

  • Los Angeles lose ace and upper hand in AL West
  • Inside the Oakland As August swoon
  • David Price in the ultimate tough luck loss
  • Pedro Martínez pitches for the Montreal Expos

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MLB trade deadline deals in full: Price right for Detroit, Beane raids Boston

With the dust settling after a busy and fascinating non-waiver trade deadline, we take a look at the biggest movers and shakers Continue reading…

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Tim Lincecum tosses second no-hitter  and David Price may be on the move

The Freak puts on a show in San Francisco; Price mows them down; questions on Tulowitzki; a new hat hits the field; and World Cup fever hits MLB Continue reading…

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Major League Baseball 2014 preview: Can the Red Sox repeat?

Can the Dodgers dominate? Will the Red Sox win the World Series again? Can the Cubs and the Mets bring back the fans? How will it end for Derek Jeter?

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LA Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks in Sydney

Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Arizona DiamondbacksCrowd of 38,079 at Sydney Cricket Ground

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Major League Baseball in Sydney: hairy giants, meaty thocks and Miller beer

After a night out in a different world, Matt Cleary has one message from Australia to MLB: ‘Please come back’

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LA Dodgers open season with win over Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney

The Los Angeles Dodgers posted a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opening game of the 2014 Major League Baseball season in Sydney

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Australia trounce MLB side Arizona Diamondbacks

Australia claimed the MLB scalp they were after in a 5-0 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks at the SCG