David Murphy: Here’s what we know about Bryce Harper: The Phillies need him, and they are willing to spend

John Middleton was standing by himself, spinning a football back and forth in his hands. The Eagles had just lost a heartbreaker to the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs, and Middleton, an Eagles season-ticket holder since well before his ascension to Phillies managing partner and principal owner, had taken in the game from an executive box at the Superdome.

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Mariners great Edgar Martinez finally makes baseball’s Hall of Fame

Former Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, this summer in the 2019 Hall of Fame class after finally surpassing the threshold needed to earn induction on his 10th and final year on the ballot.

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