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“In short, this franchise is stronger than it has ever been, in terms of the prospects for contending baseball and in terms of a really productive, efficient meritocracy of colleagues and workers in the front office,” the 70-year-old Neukom said. “So it’s a little like the mountaineers, they talk about coming to a campsite and leaving it better than you’ve found it.”

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AP Freelance Writer Michael Kelly in Denver contributed to this story.