This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2012

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An expanded playoff leads to an expanded pennant race; perfect games and no-hitters of all shapes and sizes dominate; top players still dare to take steroids; Miguel Cabrera wins baseball's triple crown, and the Giants go all the way...again. Do note that most of these archival pages are shown in the "old" TGG design format; as a result, some links may no longer be active.

December 26, 2011-January 1, 2012
Will a shutout be thrown in this year's Hall of Fame vote?; Oakland trades away its 2012 season; Saying goodbye to Don Mueller.

January 2-8, 2012
Barry Larkin earns a lucky ticket to Cooperstown; Will the 2012 Marlins resemble the 1977 Yankees, off the field as well as on it?; Prince Fielder is running out of potential suitors—and time.

January 9-15, 2012
The Lords give Bud Selig two more years of commissionership; Tony La Russa returns to St. Louis and waxes nostaligic over 2011; J.C. Romero gets some of his credibility back.

January 16-22, 2012
Ryan Braun faces his MVP voters; Yu Darvish and the year's other Japanese imports; That's not Fausto Carmona—it's Roberto Hernandez!

January 23-29, 2012
Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers; The Astros' new owner mulls a new name; Moneyball gets a best picture nod; Baseball's ultimate steroid junkie.

January 30-February 5, 2012
Josh Hamilton's latest fall from the wagon; Brian Cashman's fatal attraction; The Cardinals' rally squirrel gets its own baseball card.

February 6-12, 2012
Oil Can Boyd confesses to pitching on cocaine; Sandy Alderson's sly sense of Twitter humor; Why Vin Scully doesn't want to retire.

February 13-19, 2012
Miguel Cabrera falls off the wagon; Is the players' union brainwashing Albert Pujols?; Is Gary Sheffield a worthy Hall-of-Famer?; The Twins stick it to the Braves with a commemorative bobblehead doll.

February 20-26, 2012
Ryan Braun escapes steroid suspension; Manny Ramirez returns to the majors; Tommy Hanson's wild ride in Orlando; why Jonathan Niese is thanking Carlos Beltran for his new nose.

February 27-March 4, 2012
Baseball officially increases its postseason to ten teams; Are the teasers of 2011 ready for 2012?; Is that really Albert Belle smiling and laughing at Cleveland's camp?

March 5-11, 2012
Are the National League's days without a DH nunbered?; The Giants and A's ramp up the rap over San Jose; Jose Canseco gets caught, again; Lenny Dykstra goes to jail.

March 12-25, 2012
The Mets settle with Bernie Madoff's victims; Matt Bush's illegal hit-and-run play; Andy Pettitte comes out of retirement; Ichiro Suzuki's Japanese museum.

March 26-April 1, 2012
The best and worst players and teams from spring training 2012; The regular season opener nobody saw (except in Japan); Frank McCourt sells the Dodgers and becomes a billionaire.

April 2-8, 2012
Former all-stars still on the unemployment line as the 2012 season begins; The official opening of Marlins Park in Miami; Torii Hunter's accidental run-in with police at his own home.

April 9-15, 2012
Ozzie Guillen praises Fidel Castro in the heart of Little Havana (oops!); MLB's unexpected objection to the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

April 16-22, 2012
Is Ivan Rodriguez the greatest catcher?; Phil Humber's perfect game; How much will it cost to tear down the Astrodome?

April 23-29, 2012
Bryce Harper arrives in Washington; Marvin Miller's KKK conspiracy theory; Delmon Young goes off on a Jewish panhandler; Farewell to Bill Skowron.

April 30-May 6, 2012
Mariano Rivera's freakish season-ending injury; Jered Weaver's no-hitter, and why the Angels' broadcasters refused to even mention it until it was over; The Curse of the Number One pick in Tampa Bay.

May 7-13, 2012
Josh Hamilton goes deep, again and again and again...; Josh Beckett passes up a start—but not a round of golf; Bryce Harper goes batty in the clubhouse tunnel.

May 14-20, 2012
Kerry Wood retires; Mickey Hatcher pays for the Angels' lousy start; Shyam Das pays for Ryan Braun; the majors' first Brazilian native.

May 21-27, 2012
Why is baseball continuing to drag its feet on expanded video replay?; Are the Yankees for sale?; Aroldis Chapman's lousy week—off the field.

May 28-June 3, 2012
Johan Santana throws the Mets' first no-hitter—with a little help from the umpire; Star players struggling to get on the field for 2012; Roy Oswalt comes out of semi-retirement

June 4-10, 2012
The continued flourishing of nepotism in the MLB amateur draft; how are baseball's first-round draft picks from 2011 doing?; Arizona owner Ken Kendrick takes public aim at some of his players.

June 11-17, 2012
The perfect Matt Cain finally gets a day in the sun; Will the Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg, even if it means blowing a shot at the postseason?; The wedding party guest who sued the Phillie Phanatic.

June 18-24, 2012
Roger Clemens is found not guilty for lying to Congress; how do pitchers typically do in their first game after a no-hitter?; The Colorado Rockies' four-man rotation.

June 25-July 1, 2012
TGG's picks for the 2012 All-Star Game; Don Larsen puts his perfect game uniform on the auction block to help pay for his grandkids' education; Nyjer Morgan overreaction to a fan who got in his way of a foul ball.

July 2-8, 2012
Reggie Jackson speaks his mind and gets into trouble; Dontrelle Willis retires; Josh Hamilton's sticky solution for keep from losing his bat; Rohm Emanuel's revenge hurts Wrigley Field.

July 9-15, 2012
Tony La Russa's comes out of retirement and sparks the National League All-Star team; Outrageous numbers from this year's minor leaguers; Is agent Scott Boras putting pitching prospect Mark Appel's future at risk?

July 16-22, 2012
Are we safe at the ballpark? Pete Rose get a reality TV show; What's this attraction stalkers seem to have for baseball's general managers these days?

July 23-August 5, 2012
Is the end of the losing droughts at hand in Pittsburgh and Baltimore?; A sellout streak ends in Philadelphia; Laser-pointing madness in St. Louis.

August 6-12, 2012
Is Alex Rodriguez bluffing over his poker playing?; Tony La Russa sees an unfair home advantage at Milwaukee's Miller Park; Can Hank Greenberg tie Lou Gehrig's RBI record, 74 years later?

August 13-19, 2012
Melky Cabrera breakout season comes to a sudden end after a positive PED test; With Bobby Valentine under siege in Boston, is it time to blow up the Red Sox?; The death of Johnny Pesky.

August 20-26, 2012
Is it time to blow up the Dodgers?; The testosterone gig is up for Bartolo Colon; Is Roger Clemens' latest comeback a ploy to push back his Cooperstown eligibility?; Jim Joyce saves a life.

August 27-September 2, 2012
Which teams will conquer the close races to the postseason?; With waivers, what's the point of a trading deadline?; Are the Pirates choking their way back below .500?

September 3-9, 2012
Baseball's nastiest head injuries; Stephen Strasburg gets shut down; The year's best minor leaguer is...

September 10-16, 2012
Baseball's 500,000th error; Bobby Valentine thinks he has the weakest roster in baseball history; Joe Nathan does a convincing Tony Romo impersonation.

September 17-23, 2012
Melky Cabrera concedes the NL batting title; Yunel Escobar's homophobic message under his eyes; Barry Larkin takes over the Brazilians.

September 24-30, 2012
Homer Bailey's no-hitter; Players who've shined in the season's second half; Is Manny Acta really as good as advertised?

October 1-7, 2012
The first wild card playoff games, featuring the first outfield fly rule call; Miguel Cabrera wins baseball's first triple crown in 45 years—but will he win the MVP?; Adam Greenberg's second at-bat; Our picks for the Best and Worst of the Year.

October 8-14, 2012
Reviewing the first round of the postseason: Big-time comebacks for the Giants and Cardinals, but not the A's and Orioles; Derek Jeter falls down and goes "Ouch"; Nolan Ryan's curious comments on Josh Hamilton.

October 15-21, 2012
The Giants pull off another stunning rebound in the NLCS; Who excelled most—and least—against other teams during the 2012 regular season?

October 22-28, 2012
The Giants sweep the Tigers playing true baseball; is it time for pitchers to be given hard-hat protection?; The new MLB team logo that got leaked at a sporting goods store.

October 29-November 4, 2012
Reviewing our preseason picks—we're we right or wrong?; Who we think we'll win the 2012 postseason awards; Pascual Perez in memoriam.

December 24-30, 2012
Bonds, Clemens, Sosa? Who we would choose to go into the Hall of Fame; The offseason rise of Toronto and the fall of Miami; Andruw Jones' Christmas Eve beatdown.

December 31, 2012-January 6, 2013
Can Alex Rodriguez catch up to Barry Bonds?; Torii Hunter's homophobic rant; Ugueth Urbina's jailbrake back to the majors; David Denson blasts his way upon the national stage.

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