This Great Game Comebacker Archive: 2019

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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 2019
Mariano Rivera gets 100% of the HOF vote with the help of a little arm-twisting; Will anyone sign any top free agents?; The Rays go cash-free at the Trop.


February 2019
MLB starts the pitch clock at spring training; Bruce Bochy declares 2019 as his coda; a final farewell to Frank Robinson, Don Newcombe and Bob Friend.


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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.


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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