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  1. At least one person in Miami thinks Ozzie Guillen will keep his job

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Two weeks ago Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Marlins were “aggressively seeking a replacement for Ozzie Guillen” and, while Guillen got into a public spat with Olney, we even started speculating about where he might land post-firing. Everything on the Guillen front has been calm since then and now Clark Spencer of the…

  2. Jake Westbrook “ready to go” in case Cardinals need him

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Jake Westbrook was left off the Cardinals’ playoff roster for the NLDS and NLCS, but the veteran right-hander is continuing to throw on the side in case he’s needed as an injury replacement. Westbrook threw a 49-pitch simulated game yesterday, telling reporters afterward: “I’m ready to go, without a doubt. I feel strong in saying…

  3. Fired by Astros, Brad Mills expected to join Terry Francona’s staff in Cleveland

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Brad Mills, who was fired by Houston in August after two-plus seasons as manager, is expected to join Terry Francona’s new coaching staff in Cleveland, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mills was the Red Sox’s bench coach for six seasons under Francona before being hired as the Astros’ manager and their…

  4. ALCS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

    Oct 16, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit: NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS 1. Brett Gardner, LF           1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Ichiro Suzuki, RF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Robinson Cano, 2B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 5.…

  5. Lance Berkman could be ready to play in the World Series

    Oct 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Dioner Navarro

    Lance Berkman was left off the Cardinals’ playoff roster following knee surgery, but said today that he could potentially be ready to play in the World Series. B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com reports that Berkman has started light running and “thinks there’s real chance” he could be added to the roster if the Cardinals advance past…

  6. Ozzie Smith is selling all his stuff

    Oct 16, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is auctioning off his 13 Gold Glove awards and various other items for “estate and family planning.” According to Crasnick, in addition to all the Gold Glove awards Smith is also selling World Series rings from 2006 and 2011 that the Cardinals…

  7. Internet detective! Mets prospect bust “John” tells his story on Chelsea Peretti’s podcast

    Oct 16, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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    I’m way too excited about this post, because it combines four of my favorite things: Baseball, podcasts, Chelsea Peretti, and snooping for information about people on the internet. Chelsea Peretti is a great stand-up comedian, writer, and tweeter who just started her own podcast in which she takes calls from the audience. I was listening…

  8. When’s the last time the Yankees were such big underdogs?

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    underdog

    Justin Verlander and the Tigers are -180 favorites against the Yankees tonight, which means someone betting on Detroit would have to risk $180 to win $100 and for that bet to be profitable the Tigers would have to win 65 percent of the time. That got me thinking about the last time the Yankees were…

  9. Bryce Harper is no longer the best 19-year-old of all time

    Oct 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    happy 20th birthday

    Bryce Harper turned 20 years old today, which means I can’t write any more “how does Bryce Harper compare to the best 19-year-olds in baseball history” articles. Well, except this one. Here’s the final tally on how Harper’s age-19 season compared to the best age-19 seasons of all time: Total bases (254): 1st Extra-base hits…

  10. Carlos Beltran’s ridiculous playoff numbers have gotten even more ridiculous

    Oct 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    I wrote last week about how Carlos Beltran had the highest slugging percentage and the highest OPS in playoff history, and since then he’s actually managed to raise both numbers while also taking over the all-time playoff lead in batting average and on-base percentage too. After going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk last…

  11. Phil Mickelson close to becoming part-owner of Padres

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Phil Mickelson Getty

    While appearing at last night’s Chargers game golfer Phil Mickelson talked about his plans to join the Padres’ new ownership group as a minority partner. “We’ll hopefully have something here shortly to announce,” Mickelson said, via Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union Tribune. “I’m really excited about working with Peter Seidler and the O’Malley…

  12. Jason Giambi will interview to be Rockies manager

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    jason giambi getty

    Speculation about Jason Giambi being a candidate for the Rockies’ managerial opening is speculation no more, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Giambi will officially interview for the job. Renck calls him the Rockies’ “final in-house candidate.” Giambi hasn’t retired as a player yet and in fact underwent hernia surgery last week…

  13. NLCS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants manager Bochy shakes hands with St. Louis Cardinals manager Matheny before the start of Game 1 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants, in San Francisco: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  14. Phillies hire Wally Joyner as assistant hitting coach

    Oct 15, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    wally joyner 86 topps

    As part of their coaching shakeup last month the Phillies fired hitting coach Greg Gross and replaced him with Steve Henderson, and today they announced that Henderson will also have an assistant hitting coach in Wally Joyner. Joyner spent 16 seasons in the majors as a lefty-hitting first baseman, batting .289 with more walks than…

  15. Reds and manager Dusty Baker agree to two-year contract

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker and the Reds have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced this afternoon. Baker’s deal expired once the Reds were knocked out of the playoffs by the Giants last week. He’s been Cincinnati’s manager since 2008, during which time the Reds are 419-391 (.517) and have made the playoff twice, losing in…

  16. Baseball is trying to get back into the Olympics

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Olympic Flag

    According to the Associated Press baseball and softball have joined forces in an attempt to become Olympic sports again. Both sports were removed from the Olympics after 2008 and if they’re added back it wouldn’t be until 2020. Apparently their joint bid, which will be presented officially in December, revolves around an abbreviated tournament and…

  17. Jason Isringhausen “pretty sure” he’s retiring

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    isringhausen getty

    Jason Isringhausen said last month that he was “70-30” in favor of retiring and this morning the 40-year-old Angels reliever reiterated that he’s likely calling it quits after 16 seasons in the majors. During a radio interview with KFNS-590 in St. Louis, where he played seven years, Isringhausen said: At this point, I’m pretty sure…

  18. Cubs fire traveling secretary after 20 years in organization

    Oct 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    cubs logo

    We don’t normally do traveling secretary news here at HardballTalk, but this seemed a little more interesting than usual. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have fired traveling secretary Jimmy Bank after 20 years in the organization and a total of 34 years as a traveling secretary for MLB teams. Sullivan…

  19. Nick Swisher on Yankee Stadium booing: “It hurts … sometimes I’m a sensitive guy”

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Nick Swisher broke from his usual “Roll Call” salute to fans in the Yankee Stadium bleachers yesterday because Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he was “stung by jeers he heard from the home crowd” during Game 1 of the ALCS. Here’s more from Swisher: That’s the last thing that I ever thought would be…

  20. Way back when: David Freese almost signed with Red Sox

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    freese getty

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a good story about how Cardinals playoff hero David Freese almost signed with the Red Sox coming out of college. Back in 2006 fifth-year seniors like Freese were allowed to sign with MLB organizations before the draft if their college team’s season was already over. Freese played for South Alabama…

  21. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

  22. Jeremy Affeldt’s status in question after another weird injury

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative, so Affeldt is hoping to be available for Game 1 of the NLCS. ========== For the third time in the past 18 months Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has suffered a weird injury. Back in late 2011 he sliced his right hand while separating hamburger patties for a barbeque and needed…

  23. Mike Adams to have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Oct 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    mike adams getty

    Mike Adams struggled down the stretch before being shut down with neck and shoulder problems, and now the Rangers reliever will undergo surgery next week for thoracic outlet syndrome. That’s the same surgery Chris Carpenter underwent back in July, when it was called “season-ending.” Instead he made it back for September and won a playoff…

  24. Alex Rodriguez has Minnesota to thank for his playoff reputation not being even worse

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    minnesota nice

    If you think Alex Rodriguez has a terrible reputation for his playoff performance now, just imagine what things would be like without the Twins’ pitching staff around. As a lifelong Minnesotan and Twins fan I have some pretty vivid memories of A-Rod destroying my favorite team in the playoffs, and sure enough I crunched the…

  25. John Farrell on Red Sox’s reported interest: “I’m the manager of the Blue Jays”

    Oct 12, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    During an MLB Network Radio interview today Blue Jays manager John Farrell was asked about reports that the Red Sox are interested in hiring him away from Toronto to replace Bobby Valentine as their manager. Here’s his reply, via Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe: I am the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s…

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