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April 04, 2011
Chris Sale is the domestic version of the Reds' Aroldis Chapman. Both fireballing lefthanders were signed in 2010—Sale as the 13th pick in the draft, out of Florida Gulf Coast University, Chapman as an amateur free...
April 04, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
Fascination with the fastball (a.k.a. smoke, cheese, cheddar, heat, gas) is as old as baseball itself. But now everyone—scouts, fans, Little League dads—is obsessed with differentiating between fast and faster. It's...
November 01, 2010
I had the opportunity to meet Mickey Mantle at a book signing. When I told him that my father had seen him hit a grand slam against Brooklyn in the 1953 World Series, Mantle grinned and said, "That was fun." As for...
October 11, 2010 | Albert Chen
That's what the postseason might feel like for hitters who face flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman. Bullpens are key in October, so the Reds can breathe a sigh of relief
May 10, 2010 | BEN REITER
Talented players are pouring out of Cuba, and small-market teams are spending big to scoop them up