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March 31, 2014 of the things I used to love about the Sunday before the season started was the wealth of baseball supplements in the newspapers. Sadly, that’s no longer the case, given what’s been going on in the industry over the past several years.

And, as I’ve grown older and more crotchety, I find I’m not interested in the fluffery bestowed upon the local teams. It seems to be more about slide shows and multimedia than substance and thoughtful writing. And the repetition of predictions has gotten a little boring, so I look for new topics that are a bit out of the ordinary. Here are a few I’ve discovered recently from a variety of outlets:

You get the idea. Some newspaper don’t provide more than strictly local information. A few keep their goodies hidden behind a pay-wall.

Bit I don’t know if the standard preview capsules are worse than these dewey-eyed essays on the majesty of the national pastime game. And I say that as a lover of the game!

Coming up soon: the annual SI vs. ESPN the Magazine preview showdown.

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