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Bob Harkins

  1. Will anti-McGwire stance among Hall voters soften over time?

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:09 AM EDT

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    The announcement of the Hall of Fame vote will come in at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, and it will be interesting to see who is elected to Cooperstown. Will it be Barry Larkin and no one else? Perhaps. Some even suggest that no one will be elected, which would be bad news for those who…

  2. Ichiro opens up, says he ‘felt desperate’ in worst season

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:08 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki, 38, had the worst season of his MLB career in 2011, notching career lows in average (.272), hits (184), on-base (.310) and slugging (.335) as his Seattle Mariners struggled to a 67-95 record and second straight last-place finish in the AL West. Ichiro talked about his disappointing year with the Nikkan Sports newspaper,…

  3. It’s good to be the king: David Freese wows ‘em at Macy’s

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

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    After his heroics in the World Series, you had to know that life was going to become very, very good for David Freese. As a Cardinal playing in his native St. Louis, the World Series MVP might never again be forced to buy his own drink or pay for his own dinner, even if he regresses to…

  4. David Ortiz wins Clemente Award, says he’d like to return to Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Red Sox' Ortiz watches his two-run home run with Yankees' Cervelli during their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    David Ortiz, who will be a free agent this winter, said last week that he was open to joining the New York Yankees next season. On Thursday, while speaking to reporters in St. Louis after winning the Roberto Clemente Award, Ortiz clarified those comments about free agency. The upshot? People made too much about what…

  5. In Game 2, Rangers turn to playoff ace … Colby Lewis?

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 AM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — All the talk about bad starting pitching from these two World Series teams — and the numbers to back it up — has taken the focus away from the hottest starting pitcher in the last two postseasons. Who’s that, you’re thinking? Colby Lewis, that’s who. The Rangers’ Game 2 starter is the…

  6. Vote: Who will win the World Series?

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

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    By now we’re sure you’ve read Craig’s breakdown on the World Series matchup between the Rangers and Cardinals. You’re caught up on all the news, such as the Cardinals’ roster additions, the possibility of Nelson Cruz moving higher in the batting order, and the Game 2 starters for both teams. Now it’s your turn to…

  7. Red Sox, Braves let month full of chances slip away

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:56 AM EDT

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    The collapses of the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves might have seemed sudden during Wednesday night’s wild action, but in reality they were a long time coming. Red Sox fans might be tempted to blame Joe Girardi for subbing out his starters early against the Rays, or for leaving Mariano Rivera on the shelf…

  8. Report: No winter ball for Manny Ramirez after all

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Earlier today, we found out that Manny Ramirez intends to follow through with his plans to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. Now we find out it’s probably not going to happen after all. According to ESPN.com, Ramirez will have to drop his plans because of his suspension for failing a drug test…

  9. Papi feels bad for troubled Manny, says he’s ‘a good dude’

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

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    David Ortiz hasn’t seen his friend and former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez since the spring, when Boston played Tampa Bay in a Grapefruit League contest. But he is well aware of all that has been going on with Ramirez this season, and feels bad for the disgraced former star. Ramirez, who retired abruptly in…

  10. Kershaw won’t be suspended for plunking Parra

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw will not be suspended for hitting Arizona’s Gerardo Parra with a pitch on Wednesday night, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. Umpire Bill Welke ejected Kershaw quickly in the sixth inning after an inside fastball bounced off Parra’s elbow. Welke was clearly reacting to the…

  11. Vizquel hopes to play next season at age 45

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Omar Vizquel was once one of the best – if not the best – defensive shortstops in baseball. He’s little more than an aging utility man these days, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to call it quits. Vizquel, who turns 45 in April, tells Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com that he hopes to land a…

  12. Fielder states the obvious, calls it his ‘last year’ with Brewers

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Quick everyone, raise your hand if you expect Prince Fielder to sign a huge free-agent deal this offseason to return to the Milwaukee Brewers. (… waits …) Nobody? Well I can’t say that I’m surprised. Neither apparently, does Prince Fielder, who told TBS on Wednesday that this would likely be his last season in Milwaukee.…

  13. Sorry Cubs, the Reds plan to keep Jocketty

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty has an expiring contract, leading to speculation that he would leave the Reds for the Cubs, who let Jim Hendry go in July. One report said that the Cubs had even discussed the possibility. But Reds owner Bob Castellini tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that Jocketty isn’t going anywhere. He also…

  14. Bill Buckner earns redemption, and some laughs along the way

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    Bill Buckner will always be remembered for that one moment in the 1986 World Series. You know the one. He’s been tormented by the play for years, and for the most part has avoided talking about it. Who would have thought that Larry David, a New York Yankees fan, would come and make everything right?…

  15. Is this the end of the line for a true baseball character?

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:31 AM EDT

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    At the start of the season, I wrote a series of stories on the difficulties of making it to – and staying in – the major leagues. One of those players was 35-year-old catcher Corky Miller, a classic baseball vagabond currently in the Cincinnati Reds system who has played for 14 teams, including five major…

  16. Phil Humber takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    Phil Humber apparently has a hard head. The Chicago White Sox pitcher was hit flush in the head by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in the second inning of Thursday’s game, yet was on his feet to greet trainer Herm Schneider, and actually tried to convince Schneider to…

  17. Morrow takes to Twitter, apologizes for grazing Wells’ ‘schnaz’

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

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    You’ve got to love how social media brings people together. In fact, I’d like to nominate Twitter for The Nobel Peace Prize. Can I do that? As it turns out, no. But I’ll forge ahead anyway in praising the peace-making qualities of Twitter. Case in point: Last night, in his first start in Seattle since…

  18. 600 homers or not, Thome was already Hall-worthy

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

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    Jim Thome joined an elite club on Monday night when he became the eighth player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs. Now that the Minnesota Twins designated hitter has reached such a special milestone, be prepared to hear the question: “Does this make Jim Thome a Hall of Famer?” I’ve got news for…

  19. Giants not planning payback in rematch vs. Marlins

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    The San Francisco Giants take on the Florida Marlins in a three-game series beginning Friday. At first glance, this might not seem like much of a series, what with the Marlins entering the weekend on a seven-game losing streak, and the Giants preparing to face the talented Atlanta Braves early next week. But then we…

  20. Larry Bernandez is back, better than ever (video)

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    OK maybe not, but the Seattle Mariners have brought back Felix Hernandez’s alter-ego in a new commercial promoting – what else? – Larry Bernandez bobblehead night. The first commercial was amusing enough (if you haven’t seen it, watch here), but Hernandez really shows off his talents in this one, clearly having broadened his acting skills…

  21. Joey Votto isn’t interested in switching positions

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

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    Yonder Alonso is a promising young hitter and the top-rated prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization. The problem is he doesn’t really have a good spot to play. Alonso, a first baseman by trade, is blocked by Reds All-Star Joey Votto, who is the reigning NL MVP and at 27, only three years older than…

  22. Dustin Ackley already has quite an eye for the strike zone

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:05 AM EDT

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    In case you haven’t noticed, Dustin Ackley has been on quite a tear of late. The Seattle Mariners rookie, drafted No. 2 overall behind Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 draft, has a .315/.377/.559 line in 39 games since being called up from Class-AAA Tacoma. His OPS+ is 165, the fifth highest OPS+ ever for a…

  23. Ryan Braun: ‘Any good hitter has to be pitched up and in at times’

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

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    We’ve written plenty in this blog today about Tony La Russa and the shenanigans in Tuesday night’s Cardinals-Brewers game, so while it’s been fun, I’m not going to rehash the whole thing again. If you need a recap, go here, here and even here. But I did want to point out that Ryan Braun, the…

  24. After no-hitter, Ervin Santana overshadowed no more

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Back in 2003, when Johan Santana was a 20-year-old in the Angels farm system, he worried that he might have to spend his career being confused with that pitcher with the same name who was dominating hitters for the Minnesota Twins. He thought it might be wise to make a change, to make a name for…

  25. After blown call costs Pirates, can we please have expanded replay?

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:33 AM EDT

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    I hope that if the Pittsburgh Pirates miss the playoffs this season, it will be by more than one game. The Pirates, who at 53-48 trail the NL Central-leading Cardinals by one game, were handed a 4-3, 19-inning defeat early Wednesday morning when Atlanta’s Julio Lugo was called safe by umpire Jerry Meals on a…

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