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  1. Dave Duncan wants to return to the Cardinals next year

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    With Tony La Russa retiring, it’s not unreasonable to wonder what pitching coach Dave Duncan’s future holds.  He’s been La Russa’s partner in crime for nearly 30 years, following him from Chicago to Oakland and then finally on to St. Louis.  Does he ride off in the sunset at the same time as La Russa?…

  2. The Yankees sign Brian Cashman to a three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    We were told that negotiations between Brian Cashman and the Yankees over a new contract were going smoothly. Must have, because the Yankees just announced that Cashman has agreed to a new three-year deal.  No details have been announced yet, but you can probably assume a bit of a raise was involved and all will…

  3. Comment of the Day: free agent speculation in a nutshell

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hot stove

    Reader snowbirdgothic, commenting on the David Eckstein/Pujols story this morning, pretty much nails the nature of free agency speculation in the sporting press: Somewhere, there’s a lonely, honest sportswriter who’s going to pen a piece called “Albert Pujols is going somewhere they’re going to back up a dump truck full of money to his house,…

  4. CC Sabathia willing to lose weight

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    It was reported last winter that CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds simply by cutting Captain Crunch out of his diet. No, really. Of course, anyone who watched Sabathia pitch this year — especially in the second half — could not help but notice that the Yankees’ ace was not exactly in the best shape of…

  5. The Red Sox are going to take a look at Grady Sizemore

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    sizemore close

    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are going to consider Grady Sizemore as a potential replacement for J.D. Drew in right field. I can only assume it’s because they were tired of Drew’s health and durability. Seriously, though, there are worse things to do in life than to give Grady…

  6. What happens when you interview for a managerial job?

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Interesting story over at the Globe about Pete Mackanin’s day interviewing for the Red Sox managerial job yesterday. If you’re unaware of Mackanin’s history — current bench coach for the Phillies, former interim manager for Cincy and Pittsburgh, and loooong time minor league manager and coach — it’s worth a read just for that. Sounds…

  7. No progress on Theo compensation talks; Selig to decide

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Today is deadline day for the Cubs and the Red Sox to come to an agreement on compensation for the latter allowing Epstein out of his contract to join the former.  As Pete Abe reports in the Globe, there has been no real progress and it looks as though it will all be thrown into…

  8. Eckstein: Pujols would stay if Jose Oquendo got the Cardinals managing gig

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    Some very gritty insight from former World Series MVP David Eckstein: “Albert would stay if (Jose) Oquendo got the job” No word on whether Pujols’ agent agrees with that. Also no word on whether or not the Cardinals will lower their offer to Pujols to, say $16 million while hiring Oquendo to find out if…

  9. The Rangers are going to make a decision on Neftali Feliz’s role before spring training

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz, Ron Washington

    Last year there was a lot of hemming and hawing over whether Neftali Feliz — who started all the way through the minor leagues before a year of closing — would return to the rotation.  He started some in the spring, some words were offered to the effect that he’d start, but ultimately Ron Washington…

  10. The Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest hears that the Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time, ending whatever is left of his career as a center fielder. He’s only played a handful of games out there the past two seasons, of course, but even that seems a bit much for the increasingly…

  11. Bryce Harper Tebows

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Detroit Lions v Denver Broncos

    This is the most inevitable thing in the history of things. Via MLB.com, here’s Bryce Harper’s new Twitter avatar: I know it’s fun to hate on Tim Tebow — I totally get it — but I’d bet that, in person, Harper is about 10,000 times more insufferable than Tebow.

  12. The Mets are bringing in, lowering the fences

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    Everyone talks about Citi Field’s large dimensions, but nobody ever does anything about them.  Oh, wait: The Mets announced Monday they are moving the walls in by as much as 12 feet next season, lowering the height to 8 feet and changing the color to blue. In addition to the blue outfield walls they’re going…

  13. Derek Lowe traded to the Indians

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

    We weren’t expecting that. Jon Heyman reports that the Braves have traded Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians. Buster Olney says that the Braves will eat $10 million of the $15 million left on Lowe’s contract and that the Indians will send back “second tier” player(s) in return. UPDATE: The player going from Cleveland to…

  14. Next year’s odds: Too soon?

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    At what point do the Phillies fans stop eating crow over their team’s failure to fulfill the championship expectations of which they were all convinced and move on to that blind, “we’re number 1!” stuff for 2012 that we know will come and love so very much when it does? Heck, why not now?  Gambling…

  15. Braves pick up option on Eric Hinske; decline option on Nate McLouth

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    The Atlanta Braves just announced that they have picked up the club option on Eric Hinske and declined the option on Nate McLouth. This is not surprising. McLouth’s 2012 option price was $10.65 million and, in case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that McLouth is not a $10 million player. Heck, he…

  16. Did the Yankees lowball Sabathia?

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    The Associated Press said yesterday that the Yankees have made Sabathia a new offer in an attempt to get him to forgo opting out of his deal. Yet, he appears to be opting out. Today Buster Olney speculates that they may have lowballed him, at least in terms of years: Let’s say that the New York Yankees’ extension offer to CC…

  17. So who replaces La Russa?

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Wanted: Baseball manager.  Will replace legend. There is no way you can possibly top what happened last year. Possibility you won’t have the best player on the team next year.  Must have reliable transportation. So who bites at that? On the one hand, replacing Tony La Russa might be a tough thing for a guy…

  18. Yep, this is the new Marlins cap

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    They denied it when it was first leaked a couple months ago and they continue to say that we have to wait until November 11th to know for sure, but yeah, this is the new Marlins cap logo. We know this because the New Era store in Buffalo, New York is selling them. George Richards…

  19. Was this the greatest postseason of the wild card era?

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Last week Chris Jaffe rated the top postseason series of all time. It proved to be a pretty spiffy and pretty popular post.  Today Chris has an update to that, using the same methodology, but attempting to figure out which postseason as a whole was the best of the wild card era. 2011 ranks fifth.…

  20. UPDATE: Cardinals press conference: La Russa news?

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    molina_yadier

    UPDATE:  Now the tweeterbugs are speculating that the press conference is not about Molina, but about La Russa.  The betting is the announcement that he’s going to return next year. That would make more sense than a retirement announcement. For one thing he’s flying to New York today to do Letterman tonight and if he…

  21. Into the offseason we go

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Autumn

    As is always the case at this time of year, I’m at a bit of a loss. My brain and body still think it’s baseball season. The hot stove stuff doesn’t seem very real yet. And, even though we’ll totally get into it like crazy now, it does feel like a step down from where…

  22. HBT Extra: Game 7? I’m still catching my breath from Game 6!

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Tiffany and I talk about the sights and sounds from the amazing Game 6 and look ahead to baseball’s last game of the season.

  23. The Orioles are going back to the cartoon bird

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orioles cap

    News you can use: Roch Kubatko of MASN tweeted that the Baltimore Orioles are going to change their caps next year, returning the cartoon bird of the 70s and 80s. No word yet if it will be like the one shown here or if it will have the white field like it did in the…

  24. Reggie Jackson accuses Billy Martin of being a racist and anti-semite

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Billy Martin

    Reggie Jackson spoke with Bob Costas for a documentary that will air on the MLB Network on Monday and during that conversation he spoke of his former manager Billy Martin. He didn’t speak well of him: “I did not accept the way he managed me. I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman.…

  25. Report: Jerry Dipoto to be named Angels GM

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that, according to his sources, the Angels are going to name Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager. Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development. He previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM. While filling that role he traded Dan Haren to the Angels, so part of…

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