As over-30 per­form­ers have

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ex­celled in other sports, the MLB has skewed younger, with in­stantim­pact prospects turn­ing around for­tunes. Rolling fresh arms and legs onto the ros­ter is in vogue across the MLB, with a youth-led turn­around a pop­u­lar for­mula for po­ten­tial bolters. The Mets, with pitch­ers Ja­cob deGrom and Noah Syn­der­gaard, the Astros, with short­stop Car­los Cor­rea, and the Cubs, with Kris Bryant and Kyle Sch­war­ber, all zoomed from sub-.500 records in 2014 to ti­tle con­tention. There will likely be an­other team in 2016 that hits on the for­mula; per­haps Min­nesota, who started fast be­fore fad­ing last sea­son. Or Pi‹sburgh, an al­ready-good team, with star An­drew McCutchen (above) soon to be joined by the likes of pitcher Tyler Glas­now and first base­man Josh Bell.

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