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  1. Davey Lopes leaves Phillies after failed contract negotiations

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    First base coach Davey Lopes has been widely credited with much of the Phillies’ exceptional success stealing bases in recent years, but the 65-year-old told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he will not be back with the team next season after the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract: We just had a difference…

  2. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez as Derek Jeter’s successor

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote a column over the weekend hyping 23-year-old prospect Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees’ eventual successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. Madden frames it as if the Mariners asking for Nunez held up the Cliff Lee trade. That could be technically true in that at some point…

  3. Peter Gammons: Red Sox unlikely to re-sign Victor Martinez

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    During a recent Boston radio appearance Peter Gammons predicted that the Red Sox will not re-sign Victor Martinez and speculated that the switch-hitting catcher will end up signing with the Tigers as a free agent this offseason. Gammons speculated that Detroit will give Martinez a four- or five-year contract, adding: “I don’t think anybody else…

  4. Yankees keep hitting coach Kevin Long with three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland for reasons that remain unclear, but George King of the New York Post reports that they’ve agreed to a three-year contract extension with hitting coach Kevin Long. According to King he’ll get a raise after earning $400,000 per season in his previous contract, which will make…

  5. Yadier Molina leads fifth annual “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    For those of us who have come to more or less ignore Gold Glove awards as a meaningful way to measure defensive excellence, the fifth annual Fielding Bible Awards were announced today. Voted on by a 10-person panel that includes Bill James, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Rob Neyer, and John Dewan as well as the…

  6. Pat Listach leaves Nationals to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    After failing to land a manager job following interviews with several teams Pat Listach has reportedly decided to leave his gig as the Nationals’ third base coach to become the Cubs’ bench coach. Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that an official announcement is expected shortly after the World Series. Prior to joining the Nationals’ coaching…

  7. Why did the Yankees fire pitching coach Dave Eiland if it had nothing to do with their pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There’s some mystery surrounding the Yankees parting ways with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Last week Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported that he was fired due to a falling out with Joe Girardi, but Eiland called that “absolutely ridiculous and simply not true” while being effusive in his praise of the Yankees’ manager. At the same…

  8. On running out of pitchers in the fall league and Don Mattingly

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week I passed along an MLB.com story about Don Mattingly running out of pitchers while managing in the Arizona Fall League, causing the game to be stopped after seven innings. Mattingly taking over as the Dodgers’ manager has been met with a lot of scrutiny, in part because he’s never managed before and in…

  9. Orioles likely to let Koji Uehara walk despite relief success

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Koji Uehara has struggled to stay off the disabled list in two years with the Orioles, but the 35-year-old right-hander thrived after moving to the bullpen full time this season with a 2.86 ERA and 55/5 K/BB ratio in 44 innings. He converted 13-of-15 save opportunities, held opponents to a .220 batting average, finished the…

  10. Rockies may look to trade for Rays starter James Shields

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado is hoping to re-sign free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, but if his demands prove out of their price range Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will look to trade for Rays right-hander James Shields. Many teams would be smart to target Shields, because he pitched much better than…

  11. Must-click link: Profile of new Indians GM Chris Antonetti

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Bill Lubinger of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a very lengthy, well-done profile of Chris Antonetti, who the Indians promoted to general manager last month when Mark Shapiro transitioned to team president. Lubinger: Antonetti has a record of developing talent, including his own It includes lots of interesting stuff about his background and team-building philosophies,…

  12. First pitches in Texas: Nolan Ryan for Game 3, George H.W. and George W. Bush for Game 4

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    With the World Series now shifting to Texas the Rangers will have Hall of Famer and team president Nolan Ryan throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 tomorrow. After watching Ryan show off some impressive velocity and movement on his first pitch prior to Game 1 of the ALCS earlier this month I’m…

  13. Pirates’ manager search may be waiting for Clint Hurdle

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Despite wrapping up interviews with various managerial candidates two weeks ago the Pirates have yet to name a replacement for John Russell, which has Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com speculating that they’re waiting for the postseason to end so they can talk to Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle. Hurdle was the Rockies’ manager from 2002-2009 and…

  14. Braves decide on Larry Parrish as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves will hire Larry Parrish as their new hitting coach, with an announcement expected later today. Parrish, who hit 256 homers in 15 seasons as a big-league third baseman and made a pair of All-Star teams, had been the Triple-A manager in Detroit’s organization and also managed the…

  15. Don Mattingly ran out of pitchers while managing in fall league

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Hired as the Dodgers’ manager despite having zero actual managerial experience, Don Mattingly headed to the Arizona Fall League to get some games under his belt skippering the Phoenix Desert Dogs. And as Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes, he ran out of pitchers in a blowout loss yesterday. The game was originally ruled a forfeit…

  16. Orioles set to hire Jim Presley as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week the Orioles announced that longtime hitting coach Terry Crowley will move into a “hitting evaluator” job that involves working with both minor leaguers and major leaguers, and today Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Baltimore will hire Jim Presley to replace him. Presley, who previously worked with manager Buck Showalter in Arizona…

  17. Twins exercise Jason Kubel’s option, decline Nick Punto’s

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In a pair of expected moves, the Twins have exercised their $5.25 million option on Jason Kubel and declined their $5 million option on Nick Punto. Kubel had a disappointing season, but hitting .249/.323/.427 in 143 games for career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, but bringing back the 28-year-old career .271/.335/.463 hitter…

  18. Ron Washington has used Neftali Feliz in a close game just once all postseason

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last night I criticized Ron Washington for allowing a two-run deficit to turn into a blowout loss while closer Neftali Feliz sat in the bullpen unused, but it was far from the first time the Rangers’ manager has failed to get his best reliever into a close game. In fact, Game 3 of the ALDS…

  19. Blister unlikely to keep C.J. Wilson from Game 6 start, but super glue may get him in trouble

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson was forced out of his Game 2 start in the seventh inning by a blister on his left middle finger, explaining afterward that it “just ripped open” and kept him from being able to “throw anything beside the curveball for a strike” to Cody Ross, who walked leading off the inning. Wilson explained…

  20. Phillies “highly unlikely” to re-sign free agent Jamie Moyer

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer officially became a free agent yesterday and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies are “highly unlikely” to re-sign the 48-year-old left-hander. Philadelphia hastened Moyer’s arrival on the open market by placing him on waivers in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster immediately and the 267-game winner is expected…

  21. Pitchers’ duel turns into a laugher as Giants take 2-0 lead

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

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    You wouldn’t know it by the lopsided 9-0 final score, but Game 2 of the World Series was actually an outstanding pitchers’ duel for six-and-half innings Thursday night. Seriously. Matt Cain extended his postseason scoreless streak to 21.1 innings with his third straight gem and C.J. Wilson nearly matched him pitch for pitch before exiting…

  22. Elias’ free agent compensation rankings revealed early

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    After reverse engineering the system to determine unofficial free agent rankings throughout the season MLB Trade Rumors has gotten its hands on the official list from the Elias Sports Bureau. There are no big surprises based on the unofficial, in-season protections done by MLBTR, as the reverse-engineered projections were “off” on only two players: Derrek…

  23. Rangers bench Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero made a rare appearance in the outfield last night because the Rangers were playing under NL rules in San Francisco, but after multiple miscues defensively manager Ron Washington has decided to bench the nine-time All-Star and former MVP for Game 2 tonight. David Murphy replaces Guerrero in the lineup and will start in…

  24. World Series Game 2: Giants lineup versus C.J. Wilson

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 2 of the World Series tonight against C.J. Wilson: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Matt Cain, P Why mess with a…

  25. Mets could get extension on deadline to re-sign Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    I wrote this morning about how the Mets have until Sunday to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi or they’ll be all but guaranteed to lose him as a free agent because of a clause in his contract, but the left-hander switched agents yesterday and is now trying to extend the deadline. Takahashi’s new agent, Arn Tellem, told…

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