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Nine Top Offseason Stories Heading into the 2012 MLB Season

Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and the Marlins topped the Hot Stove.
<p> Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and More</p>

--By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

Since the St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series in late October, the baseball world has witnessed many major moves and risky contracts — and that was with the big-money Yankees and Red Sox staying fairly quiet. From power sluggers leaving the NL Central to power arms moving east, there were many winter changes that will have a long-lasting effect on the 2012 campaign and beyond. Here are nine of the most important hot stove happenings:

Milwaukee Brewers Mt. Rushmore

Yount and Molitor, Then Who?
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<p> After one disastrous year in Seattle, the Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970. From the American League West to the AL East, to the AL Central to the National League Central, the Brew Crew has won two division titles. Two Hall of Famers — Robin Yount and Paul Molitor — are the faces of the franchise. Who else belongs on the Brewers' Mt. Rushmore?</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

Ryan Braun's Positive Drug Test More Bad News

NL MVP has some explaining to do
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<p> Will talk of steroids in baseball ever go away? NL MVP Ryan Braun is the latest player to test positive for something on the restricted list, keeping the subject of PEDs front and center in baseball news.</p>

by Charlie Miller

Steroids, Steroids, Steroids.

Will talk of steroids in baseball ever go away? When will this loathsome subject that dirtied the past two decades of baseball become a distant memory?

Unfortunately, the subject of steroids and other PEDs in baseball will never go away. Never ever, ever.

NLCS: A Classic Series Headed for Memorable Finish

Brewers-Cardinals produce quite a show
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The NLCS shows all the signs of a classic series hanging in the balance of every pitch. There are two teams from the same division who know each other so well. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers split their 18-game season series 9-9. And let’s just say there is some “built-up intensity” toward one another that adds a bit more spice.

But there are two things that could allow this series to go haywire: Milwaukee’s inept supporting cast in the Brewers’ lineup and St. Louis’ inconsistent bullpen.

Brewers' Bats, Too Much for St. Louis Cardinals

Led by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, the Milwaukee Brewers displayed their hitting ability in Game 1 of the NLDS
<p> Led by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, the Milwaukee Brewers displayed their hitting ability in Game 1 of the NLDS</p>

by Josh Kipnis

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are two of the hottest topics in the National League MVP discussion.  And although postseason play cannot be considered in the debate, Braun and Fielder both proved why they are among the NL’s best hitters in the NLCS opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ starting pitching was dominant, to say the least, against the Philadelphia Phillies in last week’s NLDS.  St. Louis gave up just six runs and five extra-base hits in the entire 5-game series versus Philly.

Brewers Look to Clinch NLDS against the Diamondbacks

Milwaukee Could make its First LCS since 1982 with a Game 4 Win.
<p> Milwaukee could make its first LCS since 1982 with a Game 4 win.</p>

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to make the club’s first League Championship Series since 1982 when they take the field in Game 4 of the NLDS tonight in Arizona. The Diamondbacks staved off elimination in Game 3 with an 8-1 victory behind a solid performance from pitcher Josh Collmenter and five RBIs from Paul Goldschmidt.

Diamondbacks Look to Stave Off Elimination

It's the NL only today with two elimination games
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<p> The St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t muster enough offense yesterday and face elimination in St. Louis today. Meanwhile, rookie Josh Collmenter pitched the Diamondbacks to a win over Milwaukee, allowing Arizona to live another day.</p>

by Charlie Miller

The St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t muster enough offense yesterday and face elimination in St. Louis today. Meanwhile, rookie Josh Collmenter pitched the Diamondbacks to a win over Milwaukee, allowing Arizona to live another day.

Milwaukee at Arizona

MLB Playoffs: Four Must-see Games Today

Brewers will finish off Diamondbacks with sweep tonight
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<p> Today is a day that Major League Baseball had in mind when it expanded the playoffs for what was to be 1994, but due to the strike, actually began in 1995. Four playoff games, three of which could be elimination games. All in one day.</p>

by Charlie Miller

Today is a day that Major League Baseball had in mind when it expanded the playoffs for what was to be 1994, but due to the strike, actually began in 1995. Four playoff games, three of which could be elimination games. All in one day.

It will be tough to match last Wednesday night for a four-game set that ranked as the best ever, but with three teams’ seasons on the line, today is must-see baseball.

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