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  1. “Why doesn’t anyone stump for Aaron to be booted out of Cooperstown?”

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron AP

    Ken Davidoff, following up on his Hall of Fame ballot column from yesterday, brings the noise about why PED stuff shouldn’t matter when it comes to this sort of thing.  hitting the following bases: Hank Aaron did greenies, so why aren’t people on his case about that?; The fact that non-prescribed steroids are illegal should…

  2. Billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen is going to bid on the Dodgers

    Dec 28, 2011, 6:39 AM EDT

    Hedge fund manager Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, responds to a question during an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas

    If I had $8 billion to my name, you can pretty much assume that I’d be buying a baseball team. Don’t care which one, even. I’d buy one and hire all of my baseball man-crushes to run it and/or play for it and I’d sit in the owner’s box with the kind of women who…

  3. So, Jeromy Burnitz used to pee in shampoo bottles

    Dec 27, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Shampoo

    Pete Abraham has his Hall of Fame column up.  It’s good, as usual. This year he reconsidered his no-vote for Jeff Bagwell from last year, decided that not voting for him based on PED suspicion is “baseball McCarthyism” and cast his ballot for Bagwell.  You may or may not agree with that (I do), but…

  4. “Raines is probably the best base stealer in the history of Major League Baseball”

    Dec 27, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    I have been slightly worried about Joe Posnanski lately. He set off last summer to write what was supposed to be a feel-good book about a feel-good guy — Joe Paterno — and then everything exploded on him while he was doing interviews and research in State College, Pennsylvania. Sometimes I get images of him…

  5. Is it time to trade Kevin Youkilis?

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    That’s not my question, it’s Kirk Minihane‘s question over at WEEI.  His point: the Sox need pitching, so why not trade Kevin Youkilis for some of it? Your mileage may vary on that — it’s chatter-worthy for fans of the Sox, but sort of meaningless because it’s not happening — but I’m way more interested in…

  6. Ken Davidoff’s awesome Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Alan Trammell

    Newsday’s Ken Davidoff has released his Hall of Fame ballot.  It’s good for the people he picks, all of whom I’d either pick myself or who are extremely defensible choices even if I differ: Barry Larkin, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro. The real value of…

  7. R.A. Dickey’s Mt. Kilimanjaro trip has the Mets nervous

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    We’ve mentioned before that R.A. Dickey is going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next month. Why? Because he’s awesome. And he has always wanted to. And because he’s going to promote a charity that helps victims of sex trafficking in India, which in turn makes him awesome again, and that’s before we even get to the…

  8. So let’s move a baseball team to San Berdoo

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    San Bernadino

    Via BTF, we find a very cool set of charts over at the Wages of Wins Journal* showing which metropolitan areas in the U.S., based on local income and size, could support expansion franchises or relocated franchises for the major sports. The upshot for baseball: there really is no place for a team to move…

  9. Don Drysdale on “The Brady Bunch” and the tragic life of the first Mrs. Brady

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:48 AM EDT

    Drysdale Brady Bunch

    Don’t lie: you’ve done it. You’ve done exactly what Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times describes in this article from the other day: Baseball fans, who seem to have more time to waste than normal people, love to compile All-This or All-That teams: lineups made of real players who meet some criterion. The All-Steroids…

  10. The Yankees aren’t going to bid on Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    kuroda getty

    Ever since Hiroki Kuroda came off the notion of playing of the Dodgers or no one else — and that he’d be willing to take a one-year deal someplace — it has been widely speculated that the Yankees would be in on that action.  It just makes so much sense. They could use a good…

  11. Because there’s nothing better than more articles about how screwed the Mets’ finances are

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    mets logo

    Missed this on Christmas Eve as I was decking the halls and stuff, but Richard Sandomir has yet another article underscoring just how bad off the Wilpons and the Mets are, financially speaking: Their $430 million loan on the team is due in 2014. Their $25 million loan from M.L.B. is past due and repayment…

  12. Meet MLB’s new chief of security

    Dec 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clinton Lewinsky

    Back in October we passed along word that MLB had hired a new security chief. He’s Bill Bordley, who once had a cup of coffee for the San Francisco Giants back in 1980 and then went on to become a Secret Service agent. Today’s Washington Post has a feature on him and his background. Including…

  13. Casper Wells is the most awesome person ever

    Dec 26, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    casper wells getty

    I had a pretty good Christmas. It’s all about the kids at this point in my life, but I got a couple of cool things and I’m grateful.  But — at the risk of sounding like a horrible, materialistic and greedy person — there is part of me that wishes I was Casper Wells of…

  14. Hall of Fame voting: Great Moments in Apples and Oranges

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Did you all have a good Chirstmas? I hope so. Hope you got what you wanted. Anyway, the week between Christmas and New Years is the deadest of the dead in baseball circles. The only thing you get a lot of are Hall of Fame columns because ballots are due by December 31.  And they…

  15. Carlos Beltran will bat second for the Cardinals

    Dec 23, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    beltran getty

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Bernie Miklasz today that he envisions Carlos Beltran batting second in the Cardinals lineup.  So the presumption is: 1. Furcal 2. Beltran 3. Holliday 4. Berkman 5. Freese 6. Molina And then whatnot and so forth and the pitcher most likely ninth because Tony La Russa isn’t around to…

  16. Bob Nightengale’s Hall of Fame ballot is unusual

    Dec 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted his Hall of Fame ballot earlier today. It’s somewhat unusual as far as these things go: Barry Larkin, Rafael Palmeiro, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. Nightengale then said that he votes for PED guys because we’ll never know who did and who didn’t use.  That explains his vote for Rafael…

  17. So, thinking about investing in the Mets? About that …

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    mets logo

    This is fun. Adam Gross from the Metsonline blog talked to a financial industry source to get an assessment of the merits of those minority stakes the Mets are trying to sell off. Click through for the detailed comments of the financial guy. In the meantime, here is the upshot: He basically responded saying that…

  18. Logan Morrison is off limits

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Every time there has been talk of a trade involving the Marlins, Logan Morrison‘s name comes up.  It should probably stop coming up, though, because the Marlins consider him — and Mike Stanton, duh — off limits.  All of that can be found in a decent “state of the Marlins trade chits” article by Joe…

  19. Comment of the Day: my Jack Morris bias is revealed

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    A reader took issue with my “I wouldn’t vote for Jack Morris” comment in the Vinny Castilla post: Your B.S. about Morris not deserving the hall because he gave up so many runs during his wins & that his most wins in the 80’s is an over inflated stat during a meaningless time period is…

  20. Vinny Castilla is getting at least one Hall of Fame vote

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Vinny Castilla

    Dave Krieger of the Denver Post has a fine Hall of Fame ballot for the most part:  Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Barry Larkin​, Jack Morris​, Tim Raines​ and Alan Trammell​.  I wouldn’t vote for Morris, of course, but I’d gladly take his induction if it meant Raines, Trammell and Bagwell got in, so it’s all good.…

  21. So I finally saw “Moneyball” last night

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Mildly embarrassing confession: I never got around to seeing “Moneyball” when it was out at the theater. I don’t know why. It just never happened. Finally got to see it last night. And for the life of me, I can’t really say anything intelligent about it. The biggest reason: I watched it with two people who were not…

  22. Report: Gio Gonzalez traded to the Nats for four top prospects

    Dec 22, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    There were multiple reports in the past hour or so that the Athletics were moving close to trading Gio Gonzalez, with most suggesting the Nationals as the most likely destination and some random Red Sox speculation.  Now Keith Law reports that a deal has been struck:  Gonzalez to the Nationals for four prospects: A.J. Cole, Brad…

  23. The Braves won’t trade Jair Jurrjens within the division

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    jurrjens throws getty

    The Braves seem pretty set on trading Jair Jurrjens. I’m OK with that. They have oodles of starting pitching coming up through the system and they’re not going to be able to keep both Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson as each of them get expensive.  Trade JJ and get a shortstop or a bat or some…

  24. How can we even think about what the Bill Conlin story means for the Hall of Fame?

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    I’ve tried really hard to not think too deeply about what the Bill Conlin allegations might mean for the Hall of Fame. For a couple of reasons, really. For one thing, the Spink Award, which makes Conlin “a Hall of Famer,” isn’t really an induction into the Hall of Fame. It’s really just the inclusion…

  25. So did anyone come close to the Rangers’ bid for Darvish, or not?

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Yesterday we heard that the Toronto Blue Jays came really close to the Rangers’ $51.7 million bid for Yu Darvish.  As the day wore on into night, however, multiple reports surfaced suggesting that, no, the Jays didn’t bid that high and that in fact no team came anywhere close to what the Rangers’ bid. I’ll…

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