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Michael covers sports, culture, and politics, and hosts ‘The Ringer MLB Show.’ Before joining The Ringer he wrote for Grantland and Baseball Prospectus.

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Max Verstappen Has the Formula One Title Lead. But Lewis Hamilton Isn’t Done Yet.

The young Red Bull driver seemed well on his way to his first drivers championship just two weeks ago—but Hamilton and Mercedes are proving that the king’s not done yet

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Bryce Harper and Shohei Ohtani Win MVPs. Plus: Why Is Everyone So Mad About Corbin Burnes?

Baumann and Meg Rowley also run through a series of news items that have dropped in the last week, including the Mets finally hiring a GM while letting Noah Syndergaard walk

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How Do MLB’s Top-Five Free Agent Shortstops Stack Up Against One Another?

This offseason features the most attractive free agent shortstop class in at least the past decade. So who’s the top option? And where might these players end up?

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Free Agent Matchmaker: What’s the Best Landing Spot for the 20 Best Free Agents?

Baumann and Kram discuss what’s next for players like Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, and Marcus Semien

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The Mets Want to Be a Top Franchise. Their GM Search Shows They’ve Got a Ways to Go.

Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson seem to be closing in on a new GM for the Mets. But while their goal is to elevate the club, their lengthy executive search has shown that may not be so easy to do.

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The Atlanta Braves Eliminated the Houston Astros to Win Their First World Series Since 1995

Baumann and Kram also share their October superlatives for all the other teams previously eliminated before briefly previewing the ominous labor landscape

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The Astros Were a Good Team. But to Beat the Braves, They Needed to Be Great.

Houston came into the World Series looking like the favorite. But the differences between this group and the Astros’ 100-plus-win teams of the recent past ultimately proved to be its undoing.

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Is This the Last Ride of Carlos Correa and the Astros?

Correa has been the face of the Astros throughout their five-year ALCS run. But now, with the shortstop on the verge of free agency, his time in Houston may be nearing its end.

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Who Has the Edge in a Split World Series?

Baumann and Kram also recap a surprisingly eventful week of baseball news that included the Padres hiring Bob Melvin, the Cardinals hiring Oliver Marmol, and the Mets hiring … absolutely no one

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The Blackhawks’ Past and Present Actions Show That Hockey Always Matters Most

The team brass’s handling of Kyle Beach’s report in 2010 showed that they valued winning above all else. And even today, after 11 years and a lengthy investigation, that attitude seems to persist.