This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2017

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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 2017
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 2017
Taking the intentional pitches out of the intentional walk; Randy Levine beats Dellin Betances in arbitration, still complains about it; The ideal U.S. WBC team.


March 2017
The good, the bad and the ugly from the 2017 World Baseball Classic; Tim Tebow's 15 minutes of spring training fame; New rules, MLB 2017 edition.


April 2017
Madison Bumgarner goes on a wild—and costly—bike ride; Why some people aren’t thrilled with the idea of a Jose Fernandez statue; The second coming of Eric Thames.


May 2017
Adam Jones confronts racism at Fenway Park; Matt Harvey's late-night meltdown; The passing of Jim Bunning.


June 2017
Home runs, home runs and more home runs; Joe West at 5,000; Goodbye, Jimmy Piersall.


July 2017
MLB makes its short-term international ambitions known; Aaron Judge's rookie splash grows bigger; Adrian Beltre hits the 3,000-hit mark.


August 2017
The grown-ups play at Williamsport; Jeffrey Loria sells the Marlins, and that's a good day for MLB; Rhys Hoskins, the latest record-breaking young boomer; Sad goodbyes to Darren Daulton and Don Baylor.


September 2017
The Indians win 22 straight; The Yankees and Red Sox exchange sign-stealing accusations; Bruce Maxwell takes a knee in front of the U.S. flag.


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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.


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