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Matthew Leach

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Athens, GA, United States

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Past articles by Matthew:

O's add Pedro Alvarez, continue to dig long ball.

Say this for the Orioles: they're no copycats. While the latest fashion in baseball is to emulate the Royals, Baltimore has gone the opposite direction. Never mind slap-happy singles hitters and speed. The O's are all about dialing long distance. → Read More

Here are 5 things to count on before Opening Day

We made it. Pitchers and catchers are reporting this week. And while it's still true that Spring Training stats mean nothing, this is far better than the absence of baseball. Here are several key things to look out for before Opening Day. → Read More

Pujols is the greatest right-handed hitter since Hank.

Last week we celebrated the life, career and birthday of the greatest right-handed hitter ever, Hank Aaron. But who's been the best righty since? No, it's not Miguel Cabrera -- not yet, at least. It's still Albert Pujols. → Read More

National Signing Day makes for great reality TV.

Wednesday's National Signing Day is one of the most bizarre events on the sports calendar. But I love it, because the day of college announcements is one of the great reality television shows of the year. → Read More

The best Feb. free agent signings of past 10 years.

As January comes to a close, most of the big names in the MLB free agent market have been spoken for, but there are still many good players who are out there. Looking back, which have been the most successful February signings? → Read More

Even with his huge contract, Upton is underrated.

It's funny to think of a three-time All-Star, a player who just signed for more than $132 million guaranteed, as underrated. But here we are with Justin Upton. He's better than a lot of people think, for two big reasons: consistency and durability. → Read More

There is no need to expand the College Football Playoff.

Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game was a perfect example of why people who love college football, love college football, and it was also a great argument for why four is exactly the right number of teams in the playoff → Read More

For the Red Sox, David Price's price is worth it.

David Price's $217 million contract with the Red Sox is, in a word, enormous. It's also a good decision and the right move for Boston. When we stop freaking out about contracts given to top-end free agents, we'll understand where teams are coming from. → Read More