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  1. Offense was at its lowest level since 1992

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    With the final totals in we can officially see what was pretty darn obvious throughout the season. Offense was down. Way down. Down to a level we had not seen since there were 26 teams in the league, I had a full head of hair and people actually thought that Mike Myers was hilarious. 1992,…

  2. “Team chemistry” was to blame for the Sox collapse? Really?

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    I hate Terry Francona’s likely departure for a bunch of reasons. He’s a great manager. Like Matthew said, there are no better options. Whether it’s Francona getting nudged out or him simply wanting out, him leaving smells of scapegoat-creation.  It’s just not the kind of thing that happens in otherwise well-run organizations. But it’s apparently…

  3. The Indians will raise payroll “significantly” for 2012

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Progressive Field

    A funny thing happened to the Cleveland Indians in 2011. They won a lot more games than many thought they would, especially early in the season.  That led to a lot more people coming out to the ballpark — about 450,000 more — which made the team money.  And because generally smart people run the…

  4. The Giants are very much interested in bringing Carlos Beltran back

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    beltran scores getty

    On this day of rest, let us take a sneak peak at what basically every post on HBT will look like between November and February: Andrew Baggarly reports that Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy have already reached out to Scott Boras “to let him know the Giants are very much interested” in re-signing Carlos Beltran.…

  5. Baseball has best attendance since 2008; fifth best season ever

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    old turnstile

    Remember how the first half of the season was dominated by stories about how attendance was down? Yeah, funny you mention that, because the final totals are all in and attendance ended up being up over last year. And the year before that. In fact, it was the fifth best season ever: 73,425,568 tickets sold. No…

  6. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Yankees and the Tigers have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (95-67) vs. New York Yankees (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Friday in New York: Justin Verlander vs.…

  7. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the NLDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    You can’t predict baseball. Yet Tiffany and I try to do just that with the NLDS.

  8. Oh look: Joe West and Angel Hernandez get to umpire the postseason

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Major League Baseball just announced its umps and, to my surprise, fear and — on some strange level amusement — Cowboy Joe West and his notorious crew get to work the Milwaukee-Arizona series. The whole crew: West, Ron Kulpa, Alfonso Marquez, Bruce Dreckman, and additions Jeff Kellogg and James Hoye for outfield duty. It’s a way better…

  9. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Phillies and the Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (102-60) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Philadelphia: Kyle Lohse vs.…

  10. A visual representation of soul-killing collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    graph.bmp

    This is not for the weak-of-stomach, at least in Boston and Atlanta. But it’s fantastic all the same. From Sportsclubstats.com, they’re graphs representing the probability of reaching the playoffs throughout the season for both the Braves and the Red Sox. Yes, we all can intellectually understand just how swiftly each team snatched failure from the…

  11. Fredi Gonzalez won’t say why he pitched to Hunter Pence

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Sorry if I’m dwelling here, but you’d dwell too if this was your team. Of all of the stuff that happened in last night’s Braves-Phillies game, perhaps the most inexplicable was Fredi Gonzalez’s decision to pitch to Hunter Pence with two out and a runner on third in the 13th inning.  Behind Pence — who…

  12. Fire Francona? Nonsense

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Because people naturally look for a fall guy in such instances, the question that was only simmering over the past few days has blown up today: should the Red Sox fire Terry Francona?  It’s the subject of columns. And a survey. And I presume it’s going to be all over talk radio.  But does it…

  13. Wednesday night’s timeline: yeah, things were pretty exciting

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    It’s hard to convey just how frantic and awesome last night’s baseball action was. I was lucky: I had the full-immersion thing happening, with a TV next to my computer monitor, switching between three games while on Twitter, cell phone by my side while half the world texted me.  Total, fabulous overload. If you weren’t…

  14. Eugenio Velez sets a dubious record

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Last night wasn’t all about heroic comebacks and epic collapses. Some history of a smaller, more dubious nature was made. Specifically: Eugenio Velez broke a modern-day record for a non-pitcher by going hitless in his final 46 at-bats. He did it with a grounder to second as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks.…

  15. What they’re saying about the collapses

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    We had a taste of what was said about the Red Sox’ collapse last night, but there will be more commentary and reaction coming in all day today.  Come, let us bask in the failure: Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “They failed. They failed in the way this entire month had been a failure. They took…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Can we breathe now? Look guys, you know what happened in these games, so forgive me if I’m light on the details. We have full breakdowns all over the place. I’m still in shock. Rays 8, Yankees 7: Evan Longoria. Dan Johnson. Oh my gods. Did that really happen? [checks] Yes. Yes, it did happen.…

  17. If I don’t survive the night, I love you all

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:32 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

    I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m totally freaked out. I’d be way better off if the Braves were already eliminated. As anyone who has suffered profound grief can attest, the shock, denial, anger and bargaining stages are harder to get through than the depression and acceptance part.  Or not. I don’t know. I’m just…

  18. Wilpon, Katz’ potential liability reduced in Madoff case

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Yesterday the judge in the Bernie Madoff case dismissed all but two counts against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, owners of the Mets. Staying in play was the fraud charge which, theoretically, could have had Wilpon and Katz on the hook for $1 billion. This morning, however, the judge issued a second ruling, capping the potential…

  19. Milton Bradley arrested again

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    This is not a repeat from the last time. Or the time before that. It’s just Milton Bradley being Milton Bradley.  Allegedly! Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested for the second time in less than a year, this time for an alleged battery in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police said…

  20. It was Jose Reyes’ decision to take himself out

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets

    There was a lot of chatter during the Mets-Reds game wondering if Jose Reyes‘ early, batting title-preserving exit from the game was Jose Reyes taking himself out or if it was a team thing. Or some mixture of the two, perhaps with Terry Collins doing Reyes a solid or something like that. Seems it was…

  21. Baseball to open the season in Japan again

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Japan Flag

    Major League Baseball just announced that it will open the 2012 regular season in Japan. It will be a two-game set between the Mariners and the Athletics, scheduled for March 28 and 29 in the Tokyo Dome. Baseball has opened in Japan four times, but not since 2008.  You’ll no doubt remember that it was the…

  22. HBT Extra: Game-162 madness

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is easily the most messed-up, schizophrenic video segment ever. As you can see, these past few days have sent me over the edge.

  23. Don Cooper saves Adam Dunn from infamy

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn is not in the lineup for the White Sox’ last game today. Nor was he in yesterday’s starting lineup. That — and many other offsdays recently — means that he will not get to 503 502* plate appearances. Which is key, because that’s what you need to qualify for the batting title, and if…

  24. Ian Kinsler: 30-30 man

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler celebrates after scoring on a throwing error by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and a stolen base last night. The steal put him in the 30-30 club. Four guys have made it into the 30-30 club this season: Kinsler, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Jacoby Ellsbury.  While Kinsler is having the “worst” season out of those four —…

  25. Jimmy Rollins wants a five-year deal

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins talked to Jon Heyman about what the future holds for him in free agency and, if he has his way, it holds a five-year contract: “Five would be great. Five would be the number,” said Rollins. “I don’t think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want…

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