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The WNBA Training Camp Battles To Watch

As usual this time of year, the fast-forward button is stuck on the VCR playing the 2021 women’s basketball schedule. (Kids, ask your parents what a VCR is.) An unconventional 2020-21 college basketball season ended in thrilling fashion on April 4, followed quickly by the 2021 WNBA draft on April 15. Now WNBA training camps are open, preseason games begin next week, and the WNBA’s 25th season tips off on May 14. Got all that? I...

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MLB’s Rule 5 Draftees Are Having A Moment

Think of the Rule 5 draft as a bet Major League Baseball teams make on behalf of their future selves. It’s not a huge bet. Teams select players from other teams who are not on the 40-man rosters but have played at least five years in a minor league system if signed 18 or younger, or four years if signed 19 or older. So these are not, by definition, prospects their former teams have prioritized. But the selecting team then needs to...

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Versatile Infielders Are Baseball’s Secret Weapon

Ordinarily, a rookie season like the one Jake Cronenworth enjoyed would be enough to guarantee him a regular job. Cronenworth posted a slash line of .285/.354/.477 in 2020, good for an OPS+ of 130, while playing primarily second base for San Diego, along with some fill-in at shortstop, first base and third base. But with those positions occupied by Fernando Tatís Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado, respectively, second base looked...