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GOLF PLUS
'TIS THE MIDSEASON
THAT'S RIGHT. THE NEW WRAPAROUND SCHEDULE PUSHED UP THE START OF THE YEAR BY THREE MONTHS, SO EVEN WITH THE MASTERS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AWAY, IT'S TIME TO HAND OUT SOME HARDWARE
THE MAIL
2014 BASEBALL PREVIEW
The Top Tier
Forget past performance, ignore future potential. SI's preseason All-Star team is built with the best in the business right now
The Power Gap
Slugging is in shorter supply than it once was—especially from the righthanded side of the plate. From amateur levels up to the major leagues, hitting coaches and talent evaluators are searching for new ways to bridge ...
The Molina Way
Why is Yadier Molina the game's best catcher, a lethal force with his glove and his bat? Because when you come up in the first family of squatting, you have to stand out somehow.
Frame And Fortune
The Molina brothers are masters of catching's dark art: turning balls into strikes. Yes, pitch framing is a skill. And, yes, those phantom calls are quantified—especially by the Rays, who have two of the game's sneakiest receivers
Island of Opportunity
Cuban players have been migrating to the U.S. for two decades, but the trickle has become a flood—since 2009, 30 defectors have signed with big league teams. The result: a vibrant Cuban subculture in clubhouses around the majors—and a growing sense that the country's talent pool is deeper than anyone thought
Welcome to The Cano Show
Signing a megadeal with a franchise fighting to stay relevant makes a slugger's job description a whole lot more complicated—especially when you're the first client of Jay Z's new sports agency. Robinson, the Mariners are now yours
Advance Report
MVPs on the rebound, rookie managers, the growing youth movement—and other things to look for in '14
POINT AFTER
Departments
One and Fun
After a period of fan fatigue, March Madness is reaching new levels of insanity, thanks to some good fortune, more viewing choices and many early departures
Flyer Ball
DAYTON TIED FOR FIFTH IN THE ATLANTIC 10, MAKING ITS TRIP TO MEMPHIS EVEN SWEETER