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Baseball Signed by Zelenskyy to Be Sold for Ukraine Relief

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When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy autographed a baseball for an American collector in 2019, he likely had no idea it would one day be used to help his nation during a time of need. The official Rawlings Major League baseball is being sold by Randy Kaplan, a renowned collector of balls signed by world leaders, with a portion of the proceeds going to war relief efforts in Ukraine, auctioneer RR Auction of Boston said Tuesday.

How Carlos Correa became a Minnesota Twin in one day

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He became a dad, he endured a 99-day MLB lockout, and he was in constant negotiations before and after the lockout as the top free agent on the market. It all started when the Houston Astros walked off the field at the end of the 2021 season after losing the World Series to the Atlanta Braves. At that moment, Correa officially became a free agent for the first time in his career. Originally — as in, before the lockout — Correa was determined to get a long-term deal worth around $300 million. But the lockout threw a wrinkle in that plan. Correa joined me this week on "Flippin' Bats" to discuss the offseason and his mindset throughout it.

Andrew Heaney’s first Dodgers start is strong in team’s rain-delayed win over Twins

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The work began immediately after Andrew Heaney signed with the Dodgers in the offseason. Upon agreeing to terms with the team on a one-year, $8.5-million deal in mid-November, Heaney flew to Los Angeles to get a physical but also to meet with the team’s pitching staff. He was well aware of the Dodgers’ track record of developing pitchers, of unlocking potential in even veteran arms.

Mudcat Grant: A True Renaissance Man of Baseball

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An interesting look at the baseball career and non-baseball talents of former Twins pitcher Mudcat Grant

Bless You Boys relives Game 163

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One team's worst nightmare, the other team's triumphant victory. An all-time great game.

Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat get another chance at Baseball Hall of Fame

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Fingers crossed for both Oliva & Kaat to finally make it in

Some things never change

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Fresh off another beating by the mercenaries from New York, I was reminded of "Yankees Super-Heroes" from 2003. With Trump guest appearance and Baldelli mention.

Puckett and Costas interview - winter 1987

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Costas explains why he gave his son the second middle name "Kirby." Spoiler: When the kid was born, Kirby was hitting over .350. Something to do with a bet the previous Pizza Hut All Star Softball game relating to Kirby being slow to hit early in a season. Capped off by Puckett hitting a home run to a swarm of kids.