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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:55

An explosion of extensions in MLB

Teams signing players to lengthy, high-dollar deals

Back at the turn of the 21st century, the world of baseball economics experienced a complete overhaul. The massive multiyear contracts of players like Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million) and Manny Ramirez (eight years, $160 million) introduced the sports landscape to the concept of the $20 million-a-year player.

However, while those contracts were (mostly) successful in their way, there were also a number of lesser players who received deals that far outweighed their actual value. Forgettable pitchers such as Darren Dreifort and Chan Ho Park got multi-year deals and huge paydays. The failure of those deals helped to stabilize the market.

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Seattle ace throws 2012's sixth no-hitter and third perfect game

A couple of months ago, I wrote in these pages that 2012 had a chance to be 'The Year of the No-Hitter.' To that point, five no-hit games including two perfect games had been thrown in the majors this season. I proposed that this would be the year that set the new modern standard for most no-hitters in a season, breaking the record of seven set in both 1990 and 1991.

As one might expect with my track record of poor prognostication, the no-hitters promptly stopped happening. Until now.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez brought the no-hitters record back into play last week when he pitched the 23rd perfect game in major league history against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out 12 batters along the way.

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