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Aaron Gleeman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  21. Kerry Wood “would be welcomed back to the Cubs”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Yankees declined their $11 million option on Kerry Wood for next season and today Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that he “would be welcomed back to the Cubs organization if general manager Jim Hendry has enough money in the offseason.” Wood was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1998 and spent the first decade…

  22. Justin Maxwell out 4-6 months following Tommy John surgery

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    For obvious reasons position players typically come back from Tommy John elbow surgery far more quickly than pitchers, but Nationals outfielder Justin Maxwell is still expected to be out of action for 4-6 months after undergoing the operation. Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports that Maxwell injured his elbow while making a diving catch in the…

  23. Adrian Beltre is selling his house in California for $19.8 million

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    With free agency around the corner Adrian Beltre has put his 16,600-square foot home in California on the market for $19.8 million. According to Diane Tuman of Zillow.com the lavish mansion sits on a four-acre property and includes basketball and tennis courts, a pool, an exercise room, a putting green and two-hole golf course, and…

  24. Hisanori Takahashi switches agents before likely leaving Mets

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Because of a clause in Hisanori Takahashi’s contract the Mets have until Sunday to agree to a new deal with the left-hander or they’re prohibited from signing him until May 15. In other words, he’ll either sign by Sunday or be playing for another team in 2011. Further complicating things is that Takahashi switched agents…

  25. Jon Daniels on report that he asked the Mets to wait for him: “Complete bull”

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Last week Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Rangers general manager and New York native Jon Daniels had “communicated through back channels that he hoped the Mets would wait until after the World Series” to replace Omar Minaya as GM, leading to speculation that he was interested in hopping from Texas…

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