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  1. “Slash the roster of all teams to 20 men. This would save payroll…”

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT


    No, that’s not from some Marge Schott fever dream. It was from a fun 1957 article by a guy named Franklin Lewis of the Cleveland Press, and it was one of 21 suggestions he offered to fix baseball. Larry over at Wezen-Ball runs them all down. A couple of them are arguably sensible. Most of them…

  2. The Clemens trial resumes, featuring … Roger Clemens

    Apr 30, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    clemens ap

    After five days off, the Roger Clemens trial resumed today with the prosecution calling its first witness.  He’s Phil Barnett, who was the staffer for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which led the steroids hearings/depositions at which Clemens is accused of lying. Smart witness to call first in my view. Because what’s the number…

  3. Here’s a neat baseball road trip

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    CAC Road Trip

    I love baseball and I love road trips, so when I see stuff like this, I’m gonna pass it along to you: Wrigleyville, the neighborhood around Wrigley Field in Chicago, is the best baseball neighborhood in the country. But, for me, a road trip from Louisville, Ky., to Cooperstown, N.Y., is the quintessential baseball journey…

  4. I did not know this: David Ortiz to set a DH record soon

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    ortiz getty

    Time goes slower when you’re young, so to a kid who grew up in the 1980s — it felt like Harold Baines played for 100 years. Now, as an adult, time goes way too fast, so it seems like David Ortiz has only been around for a moderate amount of time. Except, as Rob Bradford…

  5. Could the Angels move to a new downtown L.A. ballpark?

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    This is fun. And, if you’re the Dodgers or an Angels fan who lives in Orange County, kind of scary: Angels owner Arte Moreno met with the president of AEG, and it at least suggests the possibility that Moreno is investigating moving the Angels to a new ballpark to be built in downtown Los Angeles.…

  6. A-Rod passes Willie Mays on the career RBI list

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez had a couple of moderately boring RBIs yesterday — infield hit and a groundout — but they put him someplace interesting: ahead of Willie Mays on the all-time RBI list. Which is kind of neat even if you appreciate the flaws of RBI as a stat. A-Rod now has 1904 career RBI, which…

  7. Daisuke Matsuzaka moving up to Triple-A, could be back sooner than expected

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    matsuzaka getty

    After a good rehab start at Double-A on Saturday, Bobby Valentine said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his next injury rehabilitation start for Triple A Pawtucket, and that it will be the third in what the Red Sox expect will be five minor league starts. If that schedule holds, and if he sticks to a normal…

  8. Josh Hamilton left last night’s game due to back stiffness

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton has started the year strong, but he also appears to be starting the year in the same sort of ouchy and fragile state in which he always finds himself. Hamilton left last night’s Rays-Rangers game after two innings due to a stiff back. Or a spasm, to hear him tell it. He said…

  9. Quote of the Weekend: Tim McCarver explains increased home run rates

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Tim McCarver portrait

    If you missed it over the weekend, during the Brewers-Cardinals game, Tim McCarver — winner of the Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting Excellence — offered a an explanation for why there are more home runs hit these days than back in his day. Smaller parks? Worse pitching? A lively ball? Bulked up hitters? Nah. Global…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  11. HBT Extra: Answering your Twitter questions

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I talk about whether the Nats are for real, whether it’s rational to still be a Royals fan and whether baseball has a “no takesy backsies” rule.

  12. Nick Johnson’s career OBP dips below .400

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    I’ll admit, the biggest reason I’m writing this post is because I think it’s kind of neat to be talking about Nick Johnson playing baseball games. He’s done so little of that over the years due to injury and all of that. Kind of a shame given how much promise he once had. But alas,…

  13. Valentine taking heat over his New York radio gig … sorta

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    We mentioned before the season that Bobby Valentine agreed to do a weekly radio show Michael Kay in New York.  Unusual for a Red Sox manager? Sure. But kinda harmless, yes? Maybe not says Richard Sandomir of the New York Times. He finds it quite odd, especially in light of the Red Sox’ slow start:…

  14. A “highly intoxicated” Delmon Young arrested, charged with assault

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers  Photo Day

    It’s not been a great week for the Tigers. It just got worse. The Tigers landed in New York last night for this weekend’s series against the Yankees and one of them — Delmon Young — had a bit too much to drink last night and got all shovey outside of a Midtown hotel: Detroit…

  15. Wait, Brian Cashman has to tell us how he’s going to fix the Yankees pitching problems?

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    This, from Bob Raissman’s latest column at the Daily News about the Michael Pineda fallout, is quite a remarkable passage: It is up to Cashman to fix this problem. No, he’s not responsible for Pineda’s injury, but he is responsible for preventing what could easily become a pitching disaster. It’s also up to Cashman to…

  16. A complete rundown of post-perfecto performances

    Apr 27, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    AP Phil Humber

    In ATH this morning I lazily assumed that someone had done a study of pitcher performances one start after perfect games.  My Google button is broken, see, so I had no way to obtain that information myself. Thank goodness for our friend Jason Lukehart, then. He went back and looked at ever pitcher who ever…

  17. Baseball is dying, people

    Apr 27, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    baseball grass

    Another one of these? Sheesh: “The National Game has begun to topple from its ancient pedestal, as the one-time fervid fans turn to new sports…” As you know, I really get sick of this kind of thing. The people who write them have no basic understan– wait, what?  The article was written in 1929? Oh,…

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

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Rays 4, Angels 3: Pinch hit walkoff bomb from Brandon Allen to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Albert Pujols got a hit but he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. I think that’s what the fancy commentators on those evening baseball television programs call “pressing.” The Angels…

  19. Your semi-daily metabolites of Stanozolol report

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT


    Minor league suspension time, people. Today’s perp walk features single-A pitchers from the Indians and White Sox: Cleveland Indians Minor League pitcher Harold Guerrero has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.  Guerrero is currently on the roster of the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn…

  20. There were three ninth inning rallies today

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Sure, the Giants’ win over the Reds had an assist from a bad call by an ump, but it still counts as a ninth inning rally.  As does the Heath Bell meltdown Aaron described earlier. But those weren’t the only two. The Rays turned their caps inside out or whatever the hell passes for a…

  21. The Tigers give Brandon Inge his unconditional release

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT


    Wow, this is pretty big. From the Twitter feed of the Tigers’ media relations dude: Tigers have unconditionally released Brandon Inge. Brad Eldred’s contract will be purchased from Toledo on Friday. #tigers — Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) April 26, 2012 This isn’t big because Brandon Inge is big — he’s pretty insignificant, baseball-wise these days —…

  22. Angel Pagan hits strike four for a three-run game-winning homer

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Angel Pagan came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with the Giants down 5-3 to the Reds.  Two outs One out. Two strikes on the batter. And then: heroics!  A three run bomb off closer Sean Marshall that ended up winning the game for San Francisco! Except … check out the…

  23. Albert Pujols got a hit!

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    And there was much rejoicing: #Angels 1B Albert Pujols snaps 0-for-21 skid with ground-ball 1B to CF but is thrown out trying to stretch it to a 2B. — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 26, 2012   Oh, well, some anyway. Better than an 0-fer, yes?

  24. Tiffany Simons on “Star Wars”

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons

    As I’ve mentioned before, the best part of HBT Extra is when Tiffany Simons and I chat prior to taping. And, from time to time — and with Tiffany’s permission — I like to share some of the gems from those conversations. Today’s concerns “Star Wars.” And we got two gems, actually. First, Tiffany recently interviewed…

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