This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2013

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Baseball faces its biggest PED scandal yet in Biogenesis; The Boston Red Sox rise to the occasion and bring their city together in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings; It's the year of the extra-inning game; And the Houston Astros switch leagues and became lamb chops for their new divisional rivals. These are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout the 2013 baseball year.

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.

January 7-13, 2013
The Hall-of-Fame voters shoves it to the stars of the steroids era; Dodger Stadium undergoes a makeover.

January 14-20, 2013
Farewell to Stan Musial and Earl Weaver; The ideal Team USA WBC roster (if only the players said 'yes'); Wrigley Field's $300 million renovation plan (if only the City of Chicago said 'yes').

January 21-27, 2013
Sammy Sosa thinks he deserves it all (including the Dominican presidency); Justin Upton finally finds a new home; the Dodgers' rich, new local TV deal.

January 28-February 3, 2013
The Biogenesis scandal explodes; the NRA takes aim at the Royals and Cardinals.

February 4-10, 2013
Ryan Braun's name appears on the Biogenesis ledger; They held a Fan Fest in Miami and nobody showed up; Mike Piazza's karate lessons to defend against Roger Clemens.

February 11-17, 2013
Ten former All-Stars who start spring training without a team; Felix Hernandez's rich new contract; A winter without an arbitration hearing.

February 18-24, 2013
Octavio Dotel publicly calls out Miguel Cabrera's clubhouse leadership (or lack thereof); A judge rules that the Yankees are truly "evil"; Snow in the Cactus League.

February 25-March 3, 2013
Jeffrey Loria comes out of hiding to state his case for the Marlins' offseason; Will the Teasers of 2012 succeed in 2013?; Mike Trout gets a $20,000 raise.

March 4-10, 2013
Is the third time the charm for the evolving World Baseball Classic?; Why is Kyle Lohse unsigned?; A 54-year-old knuckleballer claims he can make it in the majors.

March 11-17, 2013
The Miami New Times tells MLB to go fish; The Americans are ousted early at the WBC—again; TGG's brief but enjoyable appearance in the Cactus League.

March 18-24, 2013
The best and worst players of spring training 2013; The Dominicans take the WBC to a smattering of applause; Rosemont, Illinois' bid to steal the Cubs.

March 25-31, 2013
Baseball's ten most overpaid players; the Houston Astros inaugurate the 2013 season as an American League team; Should San Antonio be first in line as the next MLB city?

April 1-7, 2013
As the DH turns 40, will the NL be soon forced to use it?; Montreal begins the process of bringing baseball back; So long, Bob Turley.

April 8-14, 2013
Five former ballparks we'd love to visit; MLB and Alex Rodriguez vie to outbid one another for the Biogenesis papers; Why the A's aren't moving to San Jose anytime soon.

April 15-21, 2013
How the Red Sox responded to the Boston Marathon bombings—and what else they should do; The Padres compare Zack Greinke to Rain Man; Jean Segura steals second, then first.

April 22-28, 2013
Ten names to throw against the wall as baseball's next commissioner; Jeffrey Loria ticks off his players (but then again, what else is new?); R.I.P., Rick Camp.

April 29-May 5, 2013
A breakdown of the Blue Jays' lousy start; Is MLB really ready for its first openly gay ballplayer?; Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris think there's more than meets the eye to Clay Buchholz's fantastic start.

May 6-12, 2013
The Astros make an illegal pitching change—and the umpires let them get away with it; The Marlins close off the upper deck at Marlins Park; Why Fritz Ostermueller's daughter is mad at the makers of 42.

May 13-19, 2013
Ten players who'd like to start the 2013 season all over again; Is Bryce Harper in danger of becoming the next Pete Reiser?; David Price's bad reaction to detergent.

May 20-26, 2013
Players who've been cursed by the World Baseball Classic; More blown calls; Miami loses out on hosting the Super Bowl, and locals blame Jeffrey Loria.

May 27-June 2, 2013
The best and worst from the month of May; Severe weather and inflexible schedules make for graveyard shift baseball; The Rays' latest first-round headache.

June 3-9, 2013
Anthony Bosch agrees to rat out his Biogenesis clients; Mark Appel's patience pays off; The long, long Saturday in Toronto and New York.

June 10-16, 2013
Does the surge in strikeouts require a future rule change?; Ryan Madon's plea for legal HGH; Japan inquires on Alex Rodriguez.

June 17-23, 2013
Will San Jose's lawsuit against MLB shake the cobwebs off the A's 'quest' for a new ballpark?; Manny Ramirez bolts from Taiwan; Giancarlo Stanton's 100th home run, at age 23.

June 24-30, 2013
TGG hands out its midseason awards; Alex Rodriguez and Brian Cashman publicly spar; Mike Trout's first 1,000 at-bats; The death of baseball's "Tattoo Man."

July 1-7, 2013
TGG's 2013 All-Star picks; Homer Bailey's second no-hitter; MLB boots out an umpire for drug use; Raul Ibanez's belated power surge at 41.

July 8-14, 2013
Does baseball's pursuit of accused Biogenesis patients amount to a witch hunt?; Tim Lincecum's 148-pitch no-hit special; The best players and teams, from last year's All-Star Break to this year's.

July 15-21, 2013
The best and worst so far in the 2013 minor league season; Mariano Rivera Night at the All-Star Game; Matt Harvey seeks the New York City's best condo and Derek Jeter's love life.

July 19-25, 2013
Ryan Braun finally surrenders to the steroid police; Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees haggle over the state of his quad; Justin Verlander's decline.

August 5-11, 2013
MLB drops the Big One on the Biogenesis users; Jack Clark accuses Albert Pujols of steroid use; Ryan Madson gets released by the Angels.

August 12-18, 2013
Why MLB's idea of comprehensive video replay is awful; Did Alex Rodriguez rat out his fellow Biogenesis users?; Players with 4,000 professional hits.

August 19-25, 2013
Ten breakout pitchers in the 2013 season; Ryan Braun's invisible apology; Is Yasiel Puig aiming to become baseball's new Bad Boy?

August 26-September 1, 2013
Ten questions for baseball's regular season home stretch; Wladimir Balentien closes in on Japan's home run record; Brandon Phillips gets a little upset over his on-base percentage.

September 2-8, 2013
What were you doing when the Pirates last reached .500?; Eric Byrnes HOF steroid-user tease; Adam Dunn mulls retirement.

September 9-15, 2013
Is the retiring Todd Helton worthy of a Hall of Fame plaque; Masahiro Tanaka's 21-0 start in Japan; What will they do with the Astrodome?

September 16-22, 2013
Is this the end of the Yankees as we know them?; The Dodgers' victory pool party in Arizona; Amid the raw sewage, Lew Wolff plugs his nose and sounds off on the lack of fan support in Oakland.

September 23-October 6, 2013
Alex Rodriguez feigns ignorance and sues everyone in sight; Reggie Jackson's autobiography; Death of a Dodger fan near AT&T Park; News and notes from the LDS.

October 7-13, 2013
The longest 1-0 game, ever; San Jose's antitrust case against MLB goes on life support; Goodbye, Andy Pafko.

October 14-20, 2013
Another World Series classic on tap for the Red Sox and Cardinals?; Prince Fielder's disappearing postseason act; How This Great Game's preseason forecast fared against the "experts."

October 21-27, 2013
A wild start to the World Series; Jim Leyland steps down; Will Cleveland fans determine Chief Wahoo's fate?

October 28-November 3, 2013
The Red Sox finish off the Cardinals; TGG's All-Star free agent team; The passing of Johnny Kucks.

November 4-10, 2013
Our picks for baseball's MVP, Cy Young Award, et al; Houston voters stick the final dagger into the Astrodome; The season's five worst non-strike calls.

November 11-17, 2013
The Braves abandon Turner Field for Cobb County; MLB finalizes and approves video review for 2014; Was Yasiel Puig bullied?

November 18-24, 2013
Alex Rodriguez's master plan to avoid suspension; Who got the better of the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade?; The passing of union chief Michael Weiner.

November 25-December 1, 2013
Which ten major leaguers have the largest Twitter followings?; A-Rod's really catty week; The Nationals want D.C. to pay $300 million to put a roof over their heads.

December 2-8, 2013
Ten memorable Red Sox players who ended up with the Yankees; Robinson Cano lands in Seattle; Leonys Martin's post-Cuban lack of freedom.

December 9-15, 2013
Baseball bans the home plate collision; Roy Halladay retires; Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre get the call from Cooperstown.

December 16-22, 2013
Ten idle players from 2013 looking to make a comeback in 2014; MLB and Japan agree on a new posting system; The Yankees invade Broadway.

December 23-29, 2013
The Best of the Comebacker: A look back at the wild and wacky of 2013.

December 30, 2013-January 5, 2014
Our picks for the Hall-of-Fame class of 2014; What's all the fuss over the HOF voting process—and why?; Adam Eaton’s rude exit from Arizona.

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Comebacker Archive 2008
The Cubs' quest to avoid 100 straight years without a title, Manny Ramirez' Boston meltdown and the rise of the Rays are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2008.

Comebacker Archive 2009
Alex Rodriguez's steroid confession, two new ballparks in New York and the Pirates' hopes of avoiding a record for futility are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2009.

Comebacker Archive 2010
A revival in pitching, Stephen Strasburg's debut and the Giants' torturous run to a world title are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2010.

Comebacker Archive 2011
Two historic collapses, the Cardinals' improbable October run and the McCourt saga are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2011.

Comebacker Archive 2012
Expanded wild card races, perfect games, no-hitters of all kind and Miguel Cabrera's triple crown run are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2012.

Comebacker Archive 2014
Comprehensive video replay, Derek Jeter's final campaign and the Kansas City Royals' Cinderella run to the World Series are just a few of the baseball stories that we commented on throughout 2014.

Comebacker Archive 2015
There’s a new commissioner, baseball attempts to speed up the games, Bryce Harper breaks out and the Royals reign supreme for the first time in three decades. These are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout 2015.

Comebacker Archive 2016
The unstoppable Cubs, the death of Jose Fernandez and Chris Sale’s clubhouse ‘rantics’ are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout 2016.

Comebacker Archive 2017
The red-hot Astros, a record year for home runs and the Indians' record-winning streak are just a few of the action items that we commented on throughout 2017.

Comebacker Archive 2018
The introduction of the “opener,” an impeccable Red Sox campaign from start to finish, and the National League's long-overdue reclaiming of interleague dominance are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2018.

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