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David Price's reason for passing on WBC: "I didn't have year I wanted to have last year in Boston. I want to make sure I'm 100 percent ready to go on all cylinders when 2017 starts. I don't view pitching in WBC as something that's going to be right stepping stones for me to do that."

Scott Lauber, ESPN Staff Writer

Farm system rankings: The top 10.

The Yankees have no weaknesses, the Padres have upside, and the Pirates return their top five from '16, but one system retains its title as MLB's best.

Farm system rankings: The middle 10.

As the world champion Cubs and a group of playoff contenders in this tier prove, you can win without sacrificing your farm system.

Farm system rankings: The bottom 10.

The D-backs are gutted, the Royals have tumbled and the Angels aren't last. For these minor league systems, the road back to respectability is tough.

Former MLB great Steve Garvey introduced and paid tribute to the Hall of Fame's first female Spink Award winner Claire Smith at Saturday's BBWAA NY dinner, saying she, "in her warm and gentle way, won us all over." He added, "she not only wrote, but she taught us responsibility to do the right thing and say the right thing."

William Weinbaum, ESPN

Pudge honored to be fourth Puerto Rican in the Hall.

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez discusses his emotions after getting the call that he made the Hall of Fame and how important it is being the fourth Puerto Rican inducted.


Orioles OF/DH Mark Trumbo hit an AL-best 47 HR last season, but finished with only 1.6 Wins Above Replacement.

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Rovell's Hall of Fame bar mitzvah guest.

Darren Rovell stops by SportsCenter to reminisce about Jeff Bagwell coming to his bar mitzvah 26 years ago.


Rovell: Hall of Fame a 'revenue stream for life' for inductees.

Darren Rovell examines what the financial impact is for players who get elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Is Bonds, Clemens day in the HOF coming soon?

Hall of Fame voter Terrence Moore joins Bob Ley explaining why the idea of voting for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens is starting to make sense, especially after more "rumored" steroid users are ushered into Cooperstown.


Tim Raines: The biggest call of my life.

Tim Raines joins SportsCenter to share what being elected into the Hall of Fame feels like and explains how social media may have influenced his selection.


Kurkjian: 'If you love baseball, this is a good day for the hall'

Tim Kurkjian reacts to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Glanville lauds talents from 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Doug Glanville gives high regards to the trio of players elected to the 2017 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Olney calls it 'terrible' Schilling's HOF vote total dropped.

Buster Olney expresses his displeasure about Curt Schilling's Baseball Hall of Fame percentage dropping from 52.3 to 45 percent from 2016 through 2017.


President Obama jokes he wasn't crazy enough to predict Cubs' win.

President Obama welcomes the World Series champion Cubs to the White House and reveals that First Lady Michelle Obama is a lifelong Cubs fan.


Top lineups: Which batting orders provide most pop?

The Red Sox and Indians were one-two in the AL in runs scored, but one of them misses the top five as an NL West team takes a big step in the survey.

Top bullpens: Aroldis Chapman shifts the order.

The Yankees closer returned to New York after winning it all with the Cubs. So how will this influence the relief rankings?

Top rotations: Do the Mets' stars hit the mark?

Pitcher for pitcher, New York's fab five can overpower any team, but its difficulty staying healthy could stop it from outdoing the Cubs and Indians.

Insider: Sluggers, we're just not that into you.

The market for big hitters like Jose Bautista collapsed this winter, but don't blame him -- look at past budget-busting deals, like the one Albert Pujols signed, and how poorly they've paid off.

Midwinter power rankings: Beasts of the East.

No other division is as well represented in the top five as the NL East, but where in the overall rankings do the Mets and Nationals finish?

Insider: Can anyone stop the Cubs?

The Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years and have the foundation for a dynasty, but will another team step up to the plate to challenge them?

2017 MLB Schedule

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