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  1. Darin Ruf strains his oblique, is questionable to begin the season

    Mar 20, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jim Salisbury of reports the latest bad news from Clearwater. This about Darin Ruf: Ruf suffered a strained left oblique while taking batting practice before the Phillies’ split-squad game in Kissimmee on Thursday afternoon. He was scratched from the lineup and will be evaluated Friday. As Salisbury notes, this could be a big blow…

  2. SportsDash: Tommy John, Australia and Jimmy Rollins bein’ Jimmy Rollins

    Mar 20, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    I was on SportsDash today. The NFL gets screen time 365 days a year, but when TV shows put baseball on it, you know baseball season is coming soon:

  3. Aroldis Chapman joking, expected to make full recovery, but needs plate in his head

    Mar 20, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Some good news from Arizona this morning: Price: Chapman was up and joking with Brayan Pena this morning. They expect a full recovery. #reds — John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014 Pena: Chapman wants to make sure everyone knows he’s appreciates the prayers. #reds — John Fay (@johnfayman) March 20, 2014 Pena: He was telling…

  4. We tend to ignore the hard work, as opposed to the athleticism, of black players

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Getty

    The basis for this New York Magazine piece on the different way broadcasters describe black athletes and white athletes is college basketball, but it’s every bit as applicable to baseball too. Whites are described as hard workers — and their hard work is often specifically described — blacks are assumed to be naturally gifted and…

  5. Quite the “match” down under this morning

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Sydney Cricket Ground

    The photos we use here at HBT come from Getty and the Associated Press for the most part. We get them from an archive in which the photos appear with captions and descriptions already supplied. They’re usually straightforward. “Joe Shlabotnik fields a ground ball during the Mudville-Hooterville game in Hooterville Stadium on June 5, 2013.…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez leaves Dodgers-Australia exhibition game with lower-back tightness

    Mar 20, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    While you were sleeping, the Dodgers were playing the Australian national team in an exhibition game. Yep, just a harmless exhibition game: Adrian Gonzalez came out of the game with tightness in his lower back. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) March 20, 2014 Adrian Gonzalez said his back felt tight before game even started. Of opening…

  7. Great Moments in Base Running: Australian runner gunned down by Puig

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Fun stuff from that Dodgers-Australia game this morning: Yes, that was a strong throw from Puig. But I feel like this is way more on the Australian third base coach than on Puig’s cannon. I mean, a hot shot on what everyone says is a fast track is fielded by a strong-armed right fielder about…

  8. Life of a minor leaguer: “drugs, booze and cheap motels”

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    scott diamond minors

    That’s how Australia’s describes life for baseball’s minor leaguers to its readers who are, presumably, not terribly familiar with baseball. Thing is, they cite the “drugs, booze and cheap motels” in an effort to paint the life of minor leaguers as a bad thing. Hell, compared to the fact that they’re not paid a…

  9. What, exactly, are we supposed to do to prevent Aroldis Chapman-style injuries?

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    The scene from Arizona in which Aroldis Chapman was smacked in the face by that Sal Perez comebacker is simply awful. He had literally no time to react and, while the latest reports from the hospital are encouraging, it may be a while before Chapman is pitching again. And there is no guarantee that the…

  10. Jayson Werth says “there’s nothing harder in the galaxy” than hitting

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth Getty

    Jayson Werth is an interesting guy. Not wired quite like most ballplayers. You get the sense that there’s a lot going on above and behind that beard of his. Wheels are always turning. Because sometimes you get quotes from him which don’t come out of the cliche factory. Take his views on hitting as described…

  11. New York Daily News trying to paint A-Rod as a deadbeat regarding his legal fees

    Mar 20, 2014, 6:22 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    The New York Daily News has a story up today in which they try to paint Alex Rodriguez as a deadbeat for unpaid legal fees. Specifically, they have a source telling them that “A-Rod hasn’t paid millions of dollars in legal bills he owes.” Even more specifically “Rodriguez has paid some of the bills, the…

  12. “Boosting” — the performance-enhancement one gets from injuring oneself

    Mar 19, 2014, 5:04 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    This doesn’t come from the world of baseball. It actually comes from paralympics. And while it is something people in that world have known about and dealt with for some time, it’s news to me: Elite athletes are often told to work through their pain… it may be more than merely stoic advice. Some athletes with…

  13. Corey Hart wishes his Brewers teammates reached out more when he was a free agent

    Mar 19, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Corey Hart

    Here’s something you don’t hear very often. Corey Hart signed with the Mariners because they offered three times the guaranteed money the Brewers did.  That’s not the part you don’t hear very often. That happens a lot and it’s fine. What’s odd is Hart noting that, in addition to the money not being there, he…

  14. Angels minor leaguer suspended for drugs

    Mar 19, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT


    This is the city. New York, New York. I work here. I’m the Commissioner of Baseball: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Minor League pitcher Luis Pena has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation…

  15. Nolan Ryan says he was “dropped into Jon Daniels’ sandbox” in Texas

    Mar 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT


    Jerry Crasnick of has an interview with Nolan Ryan and his son Reid, both of whom are helping run the Astros now. Most of the article is about Nolan’s return to Houston and his role with the Astros. But there was the obligatory question about why his time in Texas came to an end.…

  16. Jimmy Rollins on the trade talk: “I am not tradable and so it doesn’t matter”

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Todd Zolecki spoke to Jimmy Rollins about the word yesterday that the Phillies are displeased with him and would like to trade him. If you think Rollins was going to try to say conciliatory things and try to defuse the situation, well, sorry: “Because I can’t be traded,” he said before leaving for Dunedin to…

  17. Billy Beane thinks teams will have “IT coaches” someday

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Jonah Keri of Grantland sat down with Billy Beane to talk about a great many things. One of those things: the future integration of technology into the game. Here’s Beane, either looking into the future or willfully trying to give old baseball writers coronaries: “There will be an IT coach at some point” in the…

  18. Two familiar faces should make the Mets’ roster

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    I haven’t been following the Mets’ roster moves too terribly closely this spring so maybe this isn’t news to hardcore Mets fans, but Jon Heyman says that he believes both Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. Matsuzaka should make the rotation. The two veterans have some things in…

  19. Dick Allen’s son is trying to get him into the Hall of Fame

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

    Dick Allen

    Dick Allen is one of the biggest Hall of Fame oversights of all time. Despite a career OPS of .912 and an OPS+ of 156 while playing in an era skewed heavily in favor of pitching, Allen never got as much as 19% of the vote. He’s since been overlooked by the Veteran’s Committee as…

  20. Behold: Vin Scully with a koala

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Scully Rainbow

    I see your Clayton Kershaw with a kangaroo and raise you Vin Scully with a koala: Shut down the Internet: — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 19, 2014   My biggest takeaway is that Vin Scully travels around the world and still thinks to pack pocket squares. I go 300 miles and I’m 50/50…

  21. How the Pirates indirectly caused kids to be poisoned

    Mar 19, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    WV Yuk

    You never know where you’ll find some random baseball factoid or reference. Today I was reading this story about those old Mr. Yuk poison stickers over at Mental Floss and learned that Mr. Yuk’s creation was attributable, at least in small part, to the Pittsburgh Pirates: Mr. Yuk’s story begins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1970.…

  22. You missed your chance to buy Chipper Jones’ house

    Mar 19, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones mansion

    And you could’ve gotten it for a bargain, too! Jones has sold his mansion-estate in Roswell, GA, for a loss. Measuring 23,504 square feet in size, the rough equivalent of three baseball diamonds, the mansion originally hit the market in May 2013 for $3.195 million. It ultimately sold in March for $2.8 million—$395,000 less than his original…

  23. The Pirates are monitoring players’ vital signs during games

    Mar 19, 2014, 8:49 AM EDT

    Ivan Drago

    And calorie consumption and stuff like that. All via some cutting edge athletic technology. Or at least cutting edge for baseball. From Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune: Prior to and during games this exhibition season, some Pirates are wearing Zephyr workload monitoring devices. Under select players’ jerseys is a tight-fitting, compression shirt, which has…

  24. Tickets for Dodgers-Dbacks games in Australia are pricey

    Mar 19, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

    Sydney Cricket Ground

    Loyal reader and other-side-of-the-world-dweller Kiwicricket has been shooting me interesting factoids and news articles about the Dodgers-Dbacks series in Australia. One interesting factoid? The Dodgers are using special fancy lights in order to beat jet lag. Another one? Tickets to the games at Sydney Cricket Ground are not cheap. Prices from Platinum    …

  25. Happy Anniversary to “Operation Shutdown”

    Mar 19, 2014, 5:56 AM EDT

    Derek Bell

    Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of one of the more unusual endings to a major league career. And easily one of the greatest spring training moments of all time. On March 18, 2002, Pirates outfielder Derek Bell announced the commencement of Operation Shutdown. What was Operation Shutdown? It was Bell’s declaration that, despite playing only…

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