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Joe Mauer’s perfect goodbye

In the top of the 9th inning, with no one on the field except the umpires, Mauer emerged from the Twins dugout in his old catching gear. Mauer had to be talked into this final gesture, which his father suggested to his wife about a month ago.

Seven ways to save Major League Baseball from itself

Though today’s Major League players are bigger, faster and more skilled than their predecessors, the sport itself has regressed. Games take too long. Batters take too many pitches, and pitchers take an eternity to deliver them.