This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2018

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A monthly look back at the baseball stories that made the news—or perhaps slipped through the media's cracks and didn't quite earn the attention we thought it would warrant.


January 2018
The new kids in Baseball’s Hall of Fame; Dangerous Dominican roads claim two more major leaguers including ace Yordano Ventura; Minor league umpires move further away from minimum wage.


February 2018
Baseball puts a quota on mound visits, and orders baseballs to be air conditioned before all games; So long to Tito Francona, Wally Moon and Jack Hamilton.


March 2018
The sanity behind the insanity of the 2017-18 offseason; Gabe Kapler's rookie manager trial by fire; Goodbyes to Rusty Staub, Sammy Stewart and Ed Charles.


April 2018
A late winter plays havoc with the early major league schedule; the Twins and Indians feels Puerto Rico's pain, post-Hurricane Maria; A rash of near no-no's and perfectos.


May 2018
The birth of bullpenning; Albert Pujols reaches 3,000 hits; The experts are stumped at what's behind MLB's home run splurge.


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The Full Comebacker Archive
Check out what's happening in and around baseball as seen through the probing eyes of This Great Game.


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 2013
The Biogenesis scandal, the Boston Red Sox' emotional championship run and a record number of extra-innings games are just a few of the baseball stories we commented on throughout 2013.


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
A new commissioner, baseball attempts to speed up games and a breakout campaign from Bryce Harper 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.


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