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Phil Rosenthal: Start baseball season on 1st day of spring? OK, but don't stop there. How's February sound?

Congratulations to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who has succeeded in his goal to speed up baseball beyond anyone's wildest expectations.

It's not that the Mariners and A's opened the season Wednesday night yet wrapped up a little after breakfast Wednesday here in Chicago.

Everyone knows that's what happens when you play a game in Tokyo, meaning the game runs in the wee hours in the United States.

Big fan, casual fan, non-fan, the one constant is: Time really

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