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#MLBRank: Koufax, Joe D, Jackie too high? Maybe, but we're only human

As with all rankings -- whether it's the greatest baseball players or the greatest ice-cream flavors -- certain things don't always apply. Science. Math. Facts. Reason. Reality. All optional.

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Mike Piazza, Hall of 'Framer'

Mike Piazza, who will be called to Cooperstown on Sunday, wasn't just a home run hitter. He was one of the great pitch-framing catchers of his time.

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Ten memories that defined Mike Piazza

A look back at the Hall of Fame moments and highlights from the career of Mike Piazza, arguably the best hitting catcher of all time.

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MLB Trade Deadline 2016

As the Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline approaches, stay up to date on all the latest moves, rumors and expert analysis.

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Ranking MLB trade options at each position

Jim Bowden ranks the trade options at each position, finding a strong supply of relievers and outfielders but not starting pitchers and infielders.

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Weak schedule has benefitted the Cubs

The Cubs have done their part in putting up the second-best record in MLB. But as Jeff Sullivan details, their schedule has been extremely kind to this point, while the Rangers' has been unkind.

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#MLBRank, Nos. 30-21: Mix of then and now

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were two of five active players to appear from Nos. 30 to 21 in our #MLBRank survey. But where did they land among all-timers like Jackie Robinson and Jimmie Foxx?

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Chris Bassitt's dog has surfing skills

The A's hosted Bark at the Park night, and Chris Bassitt's dog showed off its talents.

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Mike Piazza's legendary career

The top moments from arguably the best power-hitting catcher captivated the hearts of baseball fans.

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Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Piazza is putting the finishing touches on his speech as he prepares for his Hall of Fame induction Sunday.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Ken Griffey Jr. tees off at a golf tournament in Cooperstown this morning. His induction is tomorrow.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In a game that tied for longest in Dodgers vs. Cardinals history, Matt Adams hit a game-ending home run to give St. Louis a 4-3 victory in 16 innings. "Finally!" a fan shouted.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson, who recorded a pair of outs in the bottom of the seventh, said it felt good to be used in a critical situation again. Admitted that this is the healthiest he's felt all season. Sounds like the All-Star break did him a world of good. Went up north with family, didn't even touch a ball. Said he can now tell a difference even when playing catch. Seems like it is paying dividends. Manager Brad Ausmus said that he wasn't sure if he's seen Wilson throw the ball that well all season.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera becomes only the eighth player in MLB history to reach the 400 home run and 1500 RBI milestone in the first 14 seasons played. His 2RBI single was more than just historic, though. It was also the sort of timely production that has been conspicuously lacking for Tigers lately. Said manager Brad Ausmus: "There's no question we've been kind of searching in recent games for that kind of hit."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs reliever Carl Edwards discuss his sixth inning performance on Friday against the Brewers where he entered with a runner on second but stranded him on the base paths retiring three straight.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs CF Dexter Fowler discuss his big return to the lineup in the Cubs 5-2 win over the Brewers on Friday. He homered and was on base 4 times.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs starter Jason Hammel discus his 5-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night starting with his prescribed diet during the game.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez retires the White Sox in order in the ninth to record his 27th save of the season. Detroit takes first two games of the series with Friday's 7-5 win.

Orioles power past Indians

Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado went deep for the Orioles in a 5-1 win over the Indians.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

With a home run to give the Dodgers a late lead at St. Louis, Justin Turner now has five HRs and 12 RBIs in seven games since the all-star break. He also has 14 HRs since June 10.

Cuthbert takes Darvish deep to center

Already up 2-0, Cheslor Cuthbert tacked on another run with a solo home run to straightaway center in the Royals' win over the Rangers.

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Willie Weinbaum ESPN 

In our ESPN interviews in Cooperstown Friday with the incoming Hall of Famers, Mike Piazza said he was "a good hitter with power, not a 'power hitter,' because I did like to make contact," and Ken Griffey Jr. said, "I probably take more pride in my defense than my offense, because it's the matter of will -- do I have the will and desire to run into a wall, climb a wall, dive for a ball?"

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Big night for Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who now has 43 four-hit games in his career and passed the 1,500 RBI milestone with a clutch two-run single in the seventh inning. That's one way to cease discussion about a slump...

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes reacts to going 3-for-5 and contributing to three runs in a 5-3 win against the Marlins on Friday.

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Chapman's 103 mph pitch seals game

Aroldis Chapman threw a 103 mph fastball to strike out Brandon Belt, sending the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Giants.

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