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William Weinbaum ESPN 

Commissioner Rob Manfred at Hank Aaron's memorial tribute Tue. in Truist Park: "The man we gather to remember today belongs on our sport's Mt. Rushmore. He stood on and off the field above all others." And: "Just as Jackie Robinson was the perfect person to change our sport forever in 1947, Hank Aaron was the perfect person to meet the historic moment that he created in 1974 (when he broke Babe Ruth's HR record)." Dale Murphy said, "He was the epitome of how we should all be as human beings."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's an All-Star team of only the NL East ... C: Realmuto 1B: Freeman 2B: McNeil 3B: Anderson SS: Lindor LF: Soto CF: Acuna RF: Harper DH: Alonso SP: deGrom SP: Scherzer SP: Nola SP: Strasburg SP: Fried It's legitimately a five-team division.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Hank Aaron, re: his HoF induction speech, from our 1999 interview (after he noted previously enshrined Ruth, Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Campanella, Mays & Banks): "You start thinking, ‘Oh my god, is this the place I'm supposed to be?' You start thinking, especially in my case, growing up in Mobile, Ala., I didn't have anything. And my mother said, ‘you've come a long ways, baby, just enjoy it.' I did come a long way from Mobile, when I left with $2 and a sandwich in my hands."

William Weinbaum ESPN 

5 of 6 Boston Globe baseball writers/HoF voters said in a 1/12 webinar they voted for Curt Schilling (balloting to be announced Tue.). The exception, Dan Shaughnessy, said, he's "a borderline case" (#s comparable to Kevin Brown, Tim Hudson & Kenny Rogers), has "menace to humanity views" and "I choose not to honor him ever." Bob Hohler decried Schilling's support of the "despicable spectacle" at the Capitol (post-HoF voting): "I voted for the pitcher and not the person and I'm not proud of it."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Realmuto deal with the Phillies is 36 percent larger than previous top catcher free agent contract -- that for Brian McCann, of 5/$85m.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Officials in Arizona confirmed that its spring training facilities will be ready to open on time.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Owners will have to offer more than just the universal DH if they want expanded playoffs.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Will any players get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees add another high-risk, high-reward starter.

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