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  1. Adam Dunn won’t worry about his Ks, and neither should you

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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    Adam Dunn strikes out a lot. Everyone knows that. The Chicago White Sox designated hitter has whiffed more than 1,600 times in 10 seasons, including 199 times in 2010. And he’s continuing to strike out quite a bit this spring – 22 times in just 53 at-bats. So is there reason for White Sox fans to be…

  2. Robinson Cano says ‘no chance’ he hits 40 homers

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:25 AM EDT

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    New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is a very good player, and with a few more seasons like 2010 (.319, 29 HRs, 109 RBIs, 103 runs), he could even become great. But even he knows it’s wise to keep expectations in check. So on Wednesday when Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said he wouldn’t…

  3. Lincecum’s diet secret? In-N-Out Burger

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Tim Lincecum is beefing up his diet in an attempt to put on some weight this spring. From the sound of things, the Giants would be smart to keep Pablo Sandoval far, far away from their ace pitcher. According to John Schlegel of MLB.com, Lincecum is dining with gusto this spring, devouring fast food as…

  4. After frightening injury, David Newhan attempting comeback with Padres

    Mar 15, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

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    Last week I published a seven-part series on the difficulties players face on the road to the major leagues. Now comes the story of a player trying to make it back. John Maffei of the North County Times has all the details of the comeback opportunity the San Diego Padres are giving to David Newhan,…

  5. Seven men, one dream and the journey to the big leagues

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The road to the big leagues is more challenging than most fans realize. Each step up the ladder through the minor leagues produces another set of obstacles. A player’s energy is sapped by long bus rides, bad food and cheap motels. His skills are tested by opponents just as hungry as he is to reach…

  6. Baker expects Votto to handle MVP treatment well

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

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    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks that Joey Votto, fresh off winning the NL MVP award, will begin to be treated like great MVPs of the past by opposing pitchers. Baker, speaking on Saturday at spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., said he noticed some special treatment from pitchers last season, when Votto hit .324…

  7. Jim Joyce should never call another Armando Galarraga game

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

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    There is no denying that Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga will forever be linked in baseball history. But did they really need to have a book out already? Yes, that’s right. The pitcher who nearly threw a perfect game last season, and the umpire who blew the call that would have clinched it, have co-authored…

  8. Free agent compensation rule cost Brewers shot at Mike Trout

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:27 AM EDT

    The Milwaukee Brewers could have had Mike Trout, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As you probably knew, Trout, an outfielder in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system, is widely regarded as a rising star. He was all anyone was talking about at the Futures Game in Anaheim last July and…

  9. Documentary on Andres Torres of Giants due out in July

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

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    After a pretty nondescript career spent mostly in the minor leagues, San Francisco outfielder Andres Torres became a key player in the Giants’ championship run last season. Torres put up a .268/.343/.479 line, stole 26 bases and played fine defense at all three outfield positions. In August, it was revealed that Torres suffered from attention…

  10. Phillies have ‘some hunger in our mouths’

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we found out that Hanley Ramirez has the “hunger of a rookie.” Today we find out some bad news for Marlins fans: The Philadelphia Phillies are also very hungry, maybe even hungrier than Hanley Ramirez. That’s what happens when you reach the NLCS and then sign Cliff Lee in the offseason. This is what Phillies…

  11. Hanley Ramirez has ‘hunger of a rookie?’ It’s about time

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:32 AM EDT

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    Look out world, Hanley Ramirez is ready to play hard this season. No more fooling around for this kid. No more treating ground balls with that special Roger Dorn flair. No more strutting around like he taught Abner Doubleday the nuances of the game. No more spotting the pitcher a pitch or two in each…

  12. Meche gave up $12 million because he ‘didn’t feel like I deserved it’

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:33 AM EDT

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    The baseball world was stunned last week when Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche announced he would retire from baseball, and in so doing surrender the $12 million he would have made in 2011, the final year of his contract. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times caught up with Meche in a telephone interview,…

  13. Brandon Webb would like to sell you a car

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:23 AM EDT

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    What will it take for Brandon Webb to get you into a car? The former Cy Young Award winner, who is trying to make a comeback from shoulder surgery with the Texas Rangers, is selling used cars with his brother-in-law in his hometown of Ashland, Ky. A lot of pro athletes have businesses on the…

  14. Jon Lester is already talking World Series

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

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    Red Sox Nation is brimming with confidence these days, and rightly so given the amazing offseason Theo Epstein put together. They bolstered their bullpen with Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, added Adrian Gonzalez’s big bat to the middle of the lineup and nabbed speed merchant Carl Crawford. So obviously, there is reason for plenty of…

  15. Strasburg to begin throwing in 2-3 weeks, but long rehab ahead

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post caught up with Washington Nationals phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and has some information on how the right-hander has been handling his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, how he has been spending his time this offseason, and his prospects for returning to action. There are some good nuggets, so check…

  16. Russell Martin blames ‘distractions’ for his poor play

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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    Russell Martin has a good explanation for why he isn’t any good anymore, and it’s not going to be very comforting to Dodgers fans. Martin, a two-time All-Star catcher who signed a one-year, $4 million deal with New York Yankees this offseason, told Canada’s National Post that, more or less, he just hasn’t been trying…

  17. Cardinals won’t make Matt Holliday switch positions

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Cardinals will not be moving Matt Holliday to right field to make room for Lance Berkman, manager Tony La Russa said on Sunday. La Russa’s statement came at a press conference shortly after Holliday stated publically he would like to know if he would be switching from left to right field for…

  18. Oddly, Cubs owner has ‘growing confidence’ in Jim Hendry

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

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    For those of you Cubs fans out there who would like to see general manager Jim Hendry (pictured) sent to work on a goat farm somewhere … I’m sorry but it’s not going to happen. The “Cubs Convention” was this weekend, and a fan asked Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts “How does Jim Hendry still have a…

  19. Pedro Martinez to open school, unsure if he’ll play

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:46 AM EDT

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    Future Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez is keeping quite busy as he decides whether or not to return to play in 2011 (don’t bet on it). The 39-year-old, who compiled a 219-100 record with a 2.93 ERA in 18 seasons, is launching a new school on Monday in his native Dominican Republic. It will…

  20. Video: This wiffle ball king can sling it

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    I’m probably not alone in thinking that I had some pretty mean wiffle ball pitches back in my day. My screwball caused hitters to tornado themselves into the ground, my knuckler put Bugs Bunny to shame, and my rising fastball not only came in deceptively hot, but was the one pitch I could put wherever…

  21. Stats for dummies: Beware the “Luck Dragon”

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

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    Have trouble understanding Sabermetrics? Do advanced metrics make your ears bleed? Bradley Woodrum is here to help. Woodrum, who writes about the Tampa Bay Rays at DRaysBay.com, has created a rather entertaining video explaining the statistic of Fielding Independent Pitching. It’s 1:43 of good wholesome fun and a straightforward explanation of why the stat is a…

  22. Baseball groupies to get their own TV show

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

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    “There’s never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn’t have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I’d never sleep with a player hitting under .250.” – Annie Savoy Who can forget everyone’s favorite baseball groupie, Susan Sarandon’s Annie Savoy, from…

  23. Red Sox prospect has eye on BCS title game

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

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    We don’t do a whole lot on college football here at HBT — for obvious reasons — but this story from MLB.com’s Peter Gammons was too good to pass up. Gammons writes a nice profile on Red Sox prospect Brandon Jacobs, who committed to play football at Auburn before his senior year of high school…

  24. Tony Gwynn needed walker as he battled cancer, weight problems

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star and eight-time batting champion, has finished an eight-week program of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer of the parotid gland, and says he hopes to return to his job as head baseball coach at San Diego State later this month, according to Bill Center of the…

  25. Cubs reportedly close to acquiring Matt Garza

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

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    The Chicago Cubs are close to making a deal to acquire starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The report, which did not mention what players the Rays might be seeking in such a deal, said that the Cubs became frontrunners to acquire Garza after…

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