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Are the Yankees stealing the spotlight in 2012? I think not

New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera before a...

New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera before a game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 8, 2009 in Baltimore, MD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What MLB stories have hogged headlines so far in the 2012 season?

Shockingly, it is not the New York Yankees, as the Universe is in mourning and adjusting to life being Mo-less, which is about all they can handle now anyway.

So for those Yankees fans who have lived in a box since Opening Day; or if you need to make/fake an impression with some baseball knowledge; or maybe you decided to become a baseball fan yesterday…well, whatever it is you came to the right place.

So, in no particular order, here are the 5 biggest headlines from the first month of 2012 season. I included links to both the baseball blogosphere, and MLB experts/analysts under each subject line.

Enjoy!

Fragile closers.

MLB Analysis: It’s Not Easy Being a Closer These Days – Opposing Views

There’s only one Mariano Rivera – Baseball Insider; CBS Sports

Fragile bunch in high-risk job – Republican-American

Marmol likely out as closer – Cubs Den

Closer Turnover In 2012 – Beyond the Boxscore

Phillies Cole Hamels names himself president of MLB’s welcoming committee, just ask Nationals rookie Bryce Harper.

Spike Eskin Says: The Bryce Harper Incident Was Cole Hamels’ Free Agency Audition – CBS Sports Philadelphia.

Cole Hamels Pays a $468,750 Price for Honesty – Forbes Magazine.

The Juice: Bryce Harper steals home, Jayson Werth breaks wrist in Phillies winBig League Stew

Charlie Manuel wishes Cole Hamels hadn’t been so honest – High Cheese

Jim Leyland Thinks Cole Hamels Should Have Been Suspended 15 GamesBig League Sports

Dodgers are Magic.

Magic Johnson and Dodgers: Fanbase Hopes That New Ownership Has Magic Touch – The Average Joe Show

Dodgers, fans welcome a new era – ESPN Los Angeles

Dodgers’ new owners shouldn’t repeat mistakes of the past – Los Angeles Times

The best player in baseball is homer-sick.

Albert Pujols Finally Hits Home Run, Is The Nicest Human Being In The World – Deadspin

Albert Pujols is Back – Fangraphs.com

Albert Pujols’ performance cost – High Heat Seats

Welcome to Miami Ozzie Guillen.

MLB’ desire for Cuban players overshadowed by OzzieBlack Athlete

Ozzie Guillen lashes out when asked about Castro – The Victory Formation

Ozzie Guillen to reporter who asked about Fidel Castro: “Grow up, motherf*****” – Larry Brown Sports

The New Dodgers’ Era Begins – The Hound Dog Sports Blog

 

BONUS UPDATE: Oh…and not to worry baseball fans, ESPN is as anti-Yankees as ever.