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Dozer Park logo unveiled

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The Peoria Chiefs and Caterpillar Inc. on Wednesday unveiled the official logo of Dozer Park, the new name of the downtown Peoria baseball stadium that is home to the Chiefs.

As one might expect, the logo incorporates several elements, including a drawing of a yellow Caterpillar bulldozer, a baseball and home plate.

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Baseball: What's in a payroll?

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baseball-moneyWe are about six weeks into the 2013 Major League Baseball season. But I've been hit hard with major writer's block every time I've tried to write something about this season.

Last week I started writing a piece about how I think the Texas Rangers and the St Louis Cardinals will end up in a rematch of...

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Batter up! A new season is set to begin

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buschIf you live in central Illinois, and are even half as passionate about the game of baseball as I am, then you can relate to this quote by one of the games greatest players, Rogers Hornsby.   

"People ask me what I do when it's winter and there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait...

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Baseball: fathers playing with sons

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Russell1The Cubs' home opener is hours away as this is written, a time of hope and memories of the National Pastime and of fathers and sons.

Opening Day means everything's fresh and new (if cold and dormant); everyone has an equal chance (depending on off-season acquisitions and injuries); and endless possibilities (at least through...

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In the spring an old man's fancy turns to thoughts of Cubs

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The heck with Alfred Lord Tennyson.

True, the renowned poet died in 1883, so when he wrote "In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love," it was a lot closer to when the Cubs last won a World Series (in 1908) than today – 104 years since.

However, it's preferable for many of us to think, "In the spring an old man's fancy turns to thoughts of Cubs."

The Cubs beat the Angels 11-2...

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Nature or Nurture? What is in the Cards for Brady?

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cardsbabyThe nature vs. nurture debate has raged in American culture since Francis Galton coined the term while discussing heredity and environment in 1869. I've often wondered which, if either, was the cause of the differences in people, or if it was some combination of both.

Most people use this term when discussing social issues...

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