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2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 Second Basemen

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball’s top 10 prospects at each position. He might have changed teams, but

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‘Great kid with a big heart. We lost a brother.’

KANSAS CITY — Yordano Ventura, a rising star right-hander with the Royals, died early Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at the age of 25.  “Everybody in our organization is hurting right now,” Royals general manager Day

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2017’s Top 10 starting pitchers right now

MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now” series, looking at the best players at each position headed into 2017, will air two positions each Sunday night through Feb. 12. As each position is revealed, MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, a participant

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Chinese Taipei looks to replicate ’13 success

Chinese Taipei hopes it can repeat its surprise success from the 2013 World Baseball Classic in this year’s tournament, but the rising baseball nation has encountered some major hurdles before its first game in South Korea. Missing an ace and severa

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Ventura’s ascent was miraculous to witness

One of the many wonders of baseball is that you get to watch kids grow up. In 2008, the Kansas City Royals — coming off a decade of baseball so discouraging that all seemed hopeless — signed a 16-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic for $2

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Ventura’s growth was miraculous to see

One of the many wonders of baseball is that you get to watch kids grow up. In 2008, the Kansas City Royals — coming off a decade of baseball so discouraging that all seemed hopeless — signed a 16-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic for $2

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Ventura, Marte leave us way too soon

Yordano Ventura was 25. He had one of baseball’s fiercest fastballs. He was a little guy with big stuff, big confidence and big dreams. He died in a car accident early Sunday, and, though as of this writing we were still collecting the details of wh

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Commissioner’s statement on Ventura, Marte

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the respective passings of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was 25, and former Major League infielder Andy Marte, who was 33: “Today is a very

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Underrated Walker deserves more Hall consideration

When the Hall of Fame’s 2017 class is revealed on Jan. 18, Larry Walker won’t be getting the call to Cooperstown. Sure, Walker might make some progress in the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voting. But in 2016, Walker’s

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10 potential bargains on free-agent market

He’s out there somewhere — the late, great signing that can tip the scales. We can say this with reasonable certainty because it happens every year. Last year, for example, Ian Desmond (Rangers), David Freese (Pirates) and Pedro Alvarez (Oriol

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