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  1. Lance Berkman had a sad when he was with the Yankees

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Berkman Yanks

    Via BTF, Lance Berkman spoke at a church event with Andy Pettitte and other former ballplayers on Tuesday night. Here’s what he had to say about what it was like to be traded to the Yankees during the 2010 season: “The hardest time in my professional life was when I was traded to New York. I had…

  2. Report: Rich Harden to miss the entire 2012 season

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:23 AM EST

    Rich Harden

    This is perhaps the least surprising thing in the history of things: Peter Gammons says Rich Harden saw Dr. James Andrews, Andrews saw a surgical procedure, and Harden will miss 2012; wish that was a surprise — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) February 8, 2012   Not surprising, but still depressing. Harden is the guy for whom…

  3. Adam Wainwright feels “pretty danged good”

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    wainwright ap

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a good story today about Adam Wainwright‘s health and his prospects upon return from Tommy John surgery. At the end of it, Wainwright utters a final assessment that, if there is any justice in the world, will become an official health status descriptor not unlike “day-to-day” or…

  4. Nelson Cruz, Rangers reach a two-year deal avoiding arbitration

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    UPDATE II:  The deal is for $16 million. UPDATE: Deal done. Terms aren’t yet available. 8:50 AM: The Dallas Morning News reports that Nelson Cruz is close to signing a two-year deal with the Rangers, which would avoid arbitration. They have a hearing set for Monday in which he is seeking $7.5 million. Texas has countered with…

  5. Oil Can Boyd admits that he was on cocaine in two-thirds of his games

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:05 AM EST

    Oil Can Boyd

    Former Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd has a tell-all book coming out and yesterday he told all — he really told all — to WBZ radio’s Jon Miller in an interview. Specifically: he said that he was on cocaine two-thirds of the time he was on the mound during his career: “Oh yeah, at every…

  6. FYI: Barry Bonds can use a baseball bat again

    Feb 8, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    When Barry Bonds was convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice he, like any other criminal, was told that he couldn’t possess any “firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or other dangerous weapon.”  Apparently a baseball bat is considered a “dangerous weapon” for this purpose. Bonds — no doubt realizing that the Tigers are actually considering using Brandon…

  7. Donald Trump’s son-in-law is a Dodgers bidder

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

    dodgers logo

    What would irk you more: if the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers were born in the 1980s, or if he was the son-in-law of Donald Trump?  What if he were both? Jared Kushner, born into a prominent New York real estate family and son-in-law of Donald Trump, has emerged as a candidate in the…

  8. Hall of Fame to begin a drug education program

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    syringe

    Sadly, it’s not for Hall of Fame voters (presentation: “HGH: it really does nothing, dudes, so just chill, OK?”), it’s for the kids: The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting a drug education program for students and young adults … The Hall plans to promote a healthy lifestyle that is free of PEDs. The program will be called…

  9. The Marlins may make an offer to Yoenis Cespedes today

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    cespedes

    The Miami Marlins’ desire to land Yoenis Cespedes is no secret. They’ve been talking about it forever. They have been way out front in saying how much they want to push hard to market the team to the Latino community.  And to that end, Jayson Stark reports that the Marlins may very well make an offer…

  10. Bryce Harper wants to be the next Joe Namath

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Joe Namath

    Bryce Harper has a role model. Sure, that role model retired 15 years before Harper was born, but it’s a role model all the same: Harper doesn’t plan to make any adjustments off the field. Known to speak his mind on Twitter, Harper plans to be himself. Harper is a sports history buff, and he…

  11. The Yankees are still trying to peddle A.J. Burnett

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are still trying to trade A.J. Burnett. The purpose — apart from the totally understandable and desirable deburnettification effects such a move would create  — is to shake free some payroll to sign a DH or Eric Chavez or someone: … the Yankees are…

  12. George Brett’s company sued over false medical claims

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    George Brett

    You’re not gonna believe this, but some people have the nerve to suggest that Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett’s claims that cheap jewelry has healing powers is … false. I know, I’m shocked too, because I get all of my medical treatment from trinkets and baubles and things. Indeed, I was ordered to undergo…

  13. Great Moments in Sexism: Who’s your “Baseball Boyfriend?”

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    Pink cap

    Not everyone plays fantasy baseball. There are a lot of reasons for that. I don’t play because I have a short attention span and I kind of suck at it. Others don’t play because they don’t have the time. Still others because, shocker, they just don’t like it. But a company called  A View From My…

  14. Must-click link: Is it easier to buy wins today than it used to be?

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    stack of money

    We all know the story: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and, with the exception of some lucky-as-hell teams like the Moneyball Athletics and the Extra 2% Rays, having a big payroll is the most important thing in all of baseball. But is it really that bad? Not so says Dave Studeman of…

  15. Bill Hall signs with the Yankees

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

    Bill Hall

    Utilityman Bill Hall has signed with the Yankees. This was first reported by … Bill Hall: IT’S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!!#IwannaRing!!!! — Bill Hall (@BillHall_III) February 7, 2012 Hey, guys who backup A-Rod once in a while get a ring if the Yankees win it all too. Hall is coming off a horrible season, but…

  16. Presenting: the Official BSOHL logo

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

    Print

    We’ve done so many BSOHL posts by now — and, despite the protestations of, like, 95% of you — we will continue to do them now and in every single offseason until they pull the plug on this blog.  Sorry, this is not a democracy. So since this has become an institution, it demands the…

  17. Yes, a post that involves baseball, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

    Kim and Kris

    You thought we couldn’t get any more fluffy, empty non-baseball baseball posts in today? Ha!  I have not yet neared the bottom of the barrel.  Not on your life, buster.  Get a load of this: The Minnesota Twins are cutting ties with the Kardashians, too. Well, sort of. The team announced Tuesday it will auction…

  18. Former Orioles, Devil Rays outfielder Danny Clyburn shot and killed in Lancaster, SC

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    Clyburn

    Sad news form the Lancaster (S.C.) Herald: Danny Clyburn Jr., a former baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, died in a Lancaster shooting early Tuesday morning, police say. Clyburn, 37, was shot at about 2 a.m. at a home at 618 N. Market Street, Lancaster police said. Details are sketchy, but…

  19. Angel Pagan on the Giants: “This is the team to beat”

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Giants logo

    After spending the first six years of his career with the Cubs and the Mets, sure, Angel Pagan is entitled to a little optimism. But I tend to think that this is too much optimism. From John Shea’s story about him in the San Francisco Chronicle: Angel Pagan prides himself as the Giants‘ new leadoff hitter.…

  20. Great Moments in Musical Numbers Involving Baseball

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

    Smash NBC

    Due to a misunderstanding with the wonderful Ms. Markie Post and a restraining order that is totally bogus, my contract with NBC specifically forbids me from talking about “Night Court.”  But I think I can talk about other NBC entertainment programming without running afoul of the contract. Well, “Quantum Leap” may be off limits too,…

  21. Of course the Nationals media relations guy is going to work for Scott Boras

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Boras thinking

    The Nationals already employ multiple Scott Boras clients: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Edwin Jackson, Jayson Werth and several others.  It’s about time that Boras returned the favor.  From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: Last week, Nationals media relations manager Bill Gluvna resigned in order to take a job working for Boras Corporation., where he’ll…

  22. Evan Longoria is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

    Aaron and I were talking yesterday that we needed an official BSOHL logo or picture or something — it’s all about branding these days — but neither of us have any graphics chops.  If anyone gets bored and wants to help us out in this regard, feel free to send it via the “Feedback” button…

  23. The Wilpons’ expert witness has an interesting past

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:58 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Barring a settlement, it looks as though the trial in which the Mets owners are being accused of either knowing about or being negligent regarding the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme is going to go down next month.  And though the ultimate outcome of that trial will have a big impact on the Mets, the blow-by-blow…

  24. Willie Bloomquist is the Pavement of baseball players

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    willie-bloomquist-diamondbacks

    After that Madonna post I feel like I sort of need to come back quickly and re-establish some form of musical credibility. So, now I will tell you all about how great I think the Pet Shop Boys are … Kidding! I offer you a link (sorry, subscription only) to Baseball Prospectus in which Geoff Young…

  25. Madonna is gonna play Yankee Stadium in September

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    madonna

    In case you didn’t get enough of her at the Super Bowl, never fear, you can see Madonna at another sporting venue: Yankee Stadium on September 6th. The Yankees will be in the middle of an 10-game road trip then, so it won’t interfere. And I hear that Mystique and Aura will stay behind to…

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