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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Bob:

As Albert Pujols shines in St. Louis return, you can't help but wonder: What if he never left?

"We learned it's sure hard to replace a man like that," Adam Wainwright said, pondering what might have been if Albert Pujols had stayed in St. Louis. → Read More

The perfect player: Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis a time for celebration

Albert Pujols, who led the Cardinals to two World Series titles, returns to St. Louis for the first time since signing a $240 million deal in 2011. → Read More

Top college baseball coaches make major-league money; at least nine at $1 million or more

College World Series baseball coaches lead a group of nine making $1 million or more. At least 11 MLB managers are making $1 million or less. → Read More

Opinion: 50 years ago, the 1969 Mets helped heal a nation in turmoil

As the Vietnam War raged, the 1969 New York Mets came along and their underdog story was something everyone in America could get behind. → Read More

Padres closer Kirby Yates finds saving grace in San Diego

Ten years ago, no one in baseball wanted him. Today, the Padres' Kirby Yates is the envy of every team who now wants to trade for him. → Read More

Former Red Sox star David Ortiz expected to be transported to Boston after shooting

Once stabilized and able to travel, David Ortiz will be flown to Boston for treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital – with assistance from the Red Sox. → Read More

Free agent closer Craig Kimbrel to sign with Chicago Cubs

Kimbrel, 31, will bolster a Chicago bullpen that has 11 blown saves already this season. → Read More

Opinion: One play should not define Bill Buckner. The former MLB All-Star epitomized class

It’s so grossly unfair, and so cruel, that people actually believed one ground ball in a World Series Game defined Bill Buckner, who died on Monday. → Read More

Agent Scott Boras criticizes MLB as amateur prospect Carter Stewart skips draft for Japan

Agent Scott Boras says MLB was a detriment to Carter Stewart's situation, so the pitcher will skip the amateur draft and sign long-term deal in Japan. → Read More

Reds' Derek Dietrich doing everything he can to make baseball loosen up

Reds veteran Derek Dietrich has become the king of hijinks, making headlines this season with bat-flips and colorful antics. → Read More

Opinion: Who is the 'rightful' owner of Albert Pujols' milestone ball, Pujols or the fan?

Albert Pujols got his 2,000th RBI and joined an exclusive club on Thursday. A fan kept the milestone baseball, but should he have given it to Pujols? → Read More

Opinion: Mike Fiers' no-hitter makes no sense at all

A's pitcher Mike Fiers entered with a 6.81 ERA and has pitched with 4 teams in 5 seasons. But somehow, incredibly, he tossed MLB's 300th no-hitter. → Read More

A year ago, he was unknown. Today, Luke Voit is the Yankees’ savior

Luke Voit has been almost a one-man act, with the Yankees placing a major league-leading 16 players on the injured list this season. → Read More

Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. has baseball awestruck: 'Haven’t seen a talent like that'

Few believed that Fernando Tatis Jr. would be in the majors to begin the season, but the 20-year-old is looking like a five-tool player in his first few weeks. → Read More

'It's a baseball problem': MLB redoubles its efforts as sport's black population remains low

“Really, it’s not a black problem or a white problem," says Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. → Read More

Mets broadcaster Ron Darling to take leave of absence for surgery to remove mass in chest

New York Mets broadcaster Ron Darling announced he is taking a leave of absence from the TV booth for health reasons. → Read More

Too early to panic? Red Sox just want to go home after long, ugly road trip

Boston is off to a 2-8 start to the 2019 season and there have been plenty of troubling trends from their two-week road trip. → Read More

Ronald Acuña Jr. to receive $100 million over eight years with Braves

The Braves have agreed in principle to the second-largest deal in franchise history with Ronald Acuña Jr., who will receive $100 million over eight years. → Read More

Bryce Harper returns to D.C. as the enemy. Will he be embraced or booed by Nationals fans?

Bryce Harper returns to D.C. on Tuesday for the first time since signing with the Phillies. The ex-Nats star expects a mixed reaction from the fans. → Read More

Opinion: Bryce Harper sends Phillies fans into frenzy with monster first home run

Bryce Harper hit a monster shot to the upper deck of right field, setting off a thunderous ovation in Citizens Bank Park. → Read More