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MLB bags intentional walk to help shorten games

MLB bags intentional walk to help shorten games

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February 21 In a move that might save one minute every few games, MLB will no longer require pitchers to lob four pitches to issue an intentional walk, ESPN.com reported Tuesday, FULL STORY

Report: MLB proposes intentional walk, strike zone changes

Report: MLB proposes intentional walk, strike zone changes

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February 06 Major League Baseball has made formal proposals to the players' union to make changes to intentional walks and the strike zone, ESPN.com reported Monday. FULL STORY

Pudge, Bagwell, Raines get Hall call

Pudge, Bagwell, Raines get Hall call

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January 18 The long (and longer) waits for Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are finally over. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez had no such stress. FULL STORY

MLB Notes: Harper, Arrieta get hefty 1-year deals

MLB Notes: Harper, Arrieta get hefty 1-year deals

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January 13 Harper, 24, received a pay increase of more than $8 million despite a down season in which he batted .243 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs. He made $5 million in 2016. FULL STORY

Beltran agrees to one-year deal with Astros

Beltran agrees to one-year deal with Astros

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December 03 New York traded Beltran to Texas in July during the final season of his three-year contract. In deciding to join the Astros, Beltran will reunite with Yankees teammate, FULL STORY