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  1. The Marlins release Aaron Rowand

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Aaron Rowand

    Aaron Rowand signed a minor league deal with the Marlins back in December, but it never got beyond that, as the Marlins released him today.  Don’t cry for Rowand, though: he’s still being paid on that five-year, $60 million deal the Giants gave him. He might be done playing, though. He hit .233/.274/.347 with four homers…

  2. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Tiffany and Craig

    I continue my lack of originality, once again picking the team that won it last year. I did that in five of the six divisions.  In the last one, I picked the defending World Series champs.  I live life on the edge.

  3. Quote of the Day: Brendan Ryan on his ring bearer, Felix Hernandez

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Brendan Ryan

    If you’re into the sappy love stuff, there’s a story over at about how the Mariners’ Brendan Ryan proposed to his girlfriend in Tokyo yesterday. Just … awwwwwww. But the best part was when Ryan was talking about the logistics of his proposal. Specifically, how he got the rock over to Japan: The hyperactive…

  4. R.A. Dickey: Real Man

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    RA Dickey pitch

    Andy Martino has a really nice column up about R.A. Dickey today. The upshot: in the wake of the revelations about his personal life the other day, Dickey’s ability to be open, frank and to stand up and answer questions about the sorts of things most of us — and virtually all professional athletes —…

  5. Curt Schilling says Red Sox players hate Bobby Valentine

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EST


    You’re not gonna believe this, but Curt Schilling has some hard, controversial truths about the Boston Red Sox which were revealed to him, Curt Schilling, because he is, in fact, Curt Schilling: Speaking on WEEI earlier this week, he said that several players have complained to him about Valentine’s behavior: “I thought that the manager…

  6. Ozzie Guillen is a butt man

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:38 AM EST

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    I’m not even joking.  Ozzie did a Twitter interview with GQ — you can read it here — and they specifically asked him if he prefers the T or the A. And he went with A. Well, C, but that’s just because the question was in Spanish: @GQ: ¿Prefieres tetas o culo? @OzzieGuillen: Prefiero culo. Gracias…

  7. Carl Pavano was the target of an extortion plot

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Carl Pavano

    When you think of celebrity extortion plots you tend to think of super famous people with sterling reputations they’d do anything to protect. Someone tried to extort Bill Cosby once, for example. That’s pretty major because he’s an icon.  You tend not to think of extortion plots aimed at guys like Carl Pavano. But they…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Are the San Francisco Giants going to give Brandon Belt a chance?

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the San Francisco Giants The Big Question: Are they going to give Brandon Belt a chance? One would think that a…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:31 AM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Athletics 4, Mariners 1:  As you would expect, the A’s and M’s were all about the home runs today. All the game’s runs were scored on bombs, in fact, though they gave us their de riguer 0-0 tie through six innings. Three of the four dingers came in the seventh, with Justin Smoak going deep…

  10. Ballplayers keep getting locked out of their houses, tweeting about it

    Mar 28, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Latch Key

    Sign number 3,456 that spring training has gone on too long and needs to end now: two ballplayers have been locked out of their spring training homes in the past two days and have taken to Twitter to alert their roomates/teammates of the development. First, Brent Dlugach of the Detroit Tigers: Anyone seen @DannyWorth29 or…

  11. Major League Baseball is looking for a ballpark … in Europe

    Mar 28, 2012, 4:30 PM EST


    Baseball wants to make inroads in Europe, but unlike the NBA — which can use any old arena — and the NFL — which can use soccer stadiums — baseball has a field problem. As in, there aren’t a lot of baseball diamonds over there big enough for showcase events. Enter the London Olympics: The…

  12. Pro tip: don’t build a downtown stadium if no one lives downtown

    Mar 28, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

    Coors Field

    I think the movie “Field of Dreams” Is schlocky tripe. I know most of you disagree with me on that. I don’t care.  But its worst transgression may not be against grownup storytelling, but in giving city planners and stadium-backers that stupid “if you build it, they will come” catchphrase. I bet there hasn’t been…

  13. Progressive Field is progressive

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Progressive Field

    Progressive in terms of energy anyway: the Indians installed a wind turbine on the roof of the ballpark. And, in addition to alternative energy, it will provide entertainment: With the turbine installed and lit from within by colored LED lights, the Indians will turn next to engaging fans with interactive digital kiosks about wind energy.…

  14. The Yankees sign Jack Cust

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports that the Yankees have signed erstwhile man-crush, Jack Cust to a minor league deal. I probably said all I need to ever write about Cust yesterday. But for what it’s worth, he hit .213/.344/.329 last year. So if he’s gonna see any time in the Bronx this year, it will likely mean…

  15. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jamie McCourt’s worth

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Jon Heyman literally made me laugh out loud with this one: Wonder if jamie mccourt has any 2nd thoughts. Turns out the parking lot ($150M) was worth more than her ($130M) That was what Jamie took to walk away from all of the litigation. And at the time it seemed OK, because it looked like…

  16. When it comes to Frank McCourt’s legacy, money changes everything

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Sorry that I’m a bit hung up on the Dodgers/Magic Johnson stuff this morning, but there’s something about irresponsible jackwagons falling into $2.15 billion that captures my attention. Anyway, in the past few minutes I have come across two quotes that just astound me. One is a factual assertion that is totally correct but which…

  17. Be happy Dodgers fans, but Magic Johnson is no panacea

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    I understand that enthusiasm about Magic Johnson’s ownership group buying the Dodgers. Frank McCourt is leaving. Magic is awesome. L.A. loves him. The Dodgers are in the pits. He shall save them.  Woo-ha! But I think it’s possible to blow this up a bit too much. For one thing, Magic is not the controlling owner.…

  18. The Yankees release Preston Mattingly

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:30 AM EST


    This has virtually zero baseball significance, but some people like dynasties, so we pass it along: the Yankees have released Preston Mattingly, son of Don. In six seasons in the minors, Mattingly has put up a line of .232/.276./335.  Both his father’s current employer and his father’s former employer released him, so you have to…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    Dustin Ackley homer

    Mariners 3, A’s 1: Opening Morning!  Gotta say, for all of my bitching about this yesterday, it was kind of nice to wake up at 5:52 AM, roll over, fire up the laptop and watch some baseball. At least until my kids woke up. Then I had to take precious time away from the game…

  20. Jose Canseco would like to play for the Dodgers

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:09 AM EST

    jose canseco twitter

    This was pretty inevitable: @magicjohnson congrats on buying dodgers need a 1b or pinch hitter of the bench? Will play for free. Will donate salary charity — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 28, 2012 Less obvious was his next tweet in which he said that none of us understand global warming and that he’d school us…

  21. $2.15 billion for the Dodgers? Mercy

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

    Frank McCourt sunglasses

    Frank McCourt bought the Los Angeles Dodgers for $430 million in 2004.  Then he chopped his team up, poured kerosene all over it, torched it, and then peed on it while the flames rose higher and higher and he still realized a 500% appreciation of his asset in less than eight years. Bernie Madoff was…

  22. The regular season is underway

    Mar 28, 2012, 6:20 AM EST

    Japan Game

    I’m watching the Mariners-A’s game on  It just began a couple of minutes ago. The Root sports broadcasters are doing the game via video while back home in Seattle. That’s special. Ichiro came to bat with two outs in the first inning, worked the count full off Brandon McCarthy and then chopped one off…

  23. The OC Register plans to “mob” the Angels home opener

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:44 PM EST


    We’re getting to a point in baseball media where some teams barely have any local coverage. There’s a beat guy or two, but press boxes that once teemed with scribes are often empty due to consolidation, newspapers cutting back and the migration of coverage to the internet, where uncredentialed writers ply their trade. But one…

  24. Another Phillies infielder is banged up

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:44 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The starters are hurt, the backups are hurt, everyone’s hurt: Phillies announce Freddy Galvis has contusion on mid left foot after fouling ball off it. Team said Xray not necessary. He is day to day. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 27, 2012 Sounds minor. But really, at this point I think Ruben Amaro should look…

  25. Nyjer Morgan in a “catmance”

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    I have a cat. I have always had cats. I always will. I don’t care what you think about that. Cats rule. If you like this blog, know that about 65% of the posts I do are written with a cat either on my lap or laying on the desk between me and the keyboard.…

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