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  1. This is not the first time Ozzie Guillen voiced his admiration for Castro

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    All politics is local. If it wasn’t, these comments Ozzie Guillen made in 2008 to Rick Telander in a Men’s Journal interview would have been pounced on then. But since Guillen was not representing Miami back then, Telander notes, it went virtually unnoticed: I asked him this: “Who’s the toughest man you know?’’ His response,…

  2. The Dodgers sale is being financed by people’s insurance money. Is this a problem?

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Image (1) dodgers%20logo.jpg for post 3955

    Over at the New York Times’ Deal Book blog, Andrew Ross Sorkin notes that the sale of the Dodgers to the group led by Magic Johnson — but really controlled by Guggenheim Partners’ Mark Walter — is being financed with insurance policy dough: In addition to their own cash, Mr. Walter plans to use money…

  3. A “very embarrassed” Ozzie Guillen apologizes for “betraying the Latin community”

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Presser

    Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, minutes after his five-game suspension was handed down, faced the media and the music in the wake of his comments about Fidel Castro. Guillen began the press conference speaking in Spanish, clearly aware of the audience most critical of his comments.  His eyes were red, and on occasion watery. He…

  4. Ozzie Guillen suspended for five games

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    The Miami Marlins just announced that Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games, effective immediately.  This came about 20 minutes before his press conference began. A statement accompanied the suspension. After announcing it, it reads: “The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen. The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro…

  5. UPDATE: Vlad Guerrero in police custody following a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop. Vlad Guerrero’s hands are idle for the first time during the baseball season in about 20 years, and if you believe the Dominican National Police, he was putting them to poor use last night. Assuming this translation is close to accurate, it sounds like he assaulted a police officer:…

  6. Carlos Santana, Indians agree on a five-year extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    One day, there will no longer be awesome free agents hitting the market in their prime. Because teams keep doing this: Carlos Santana, #Indians agree on 5 year extension with club option for 2117 — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 10, 2012 That club option in 2017 — call me crazy, but I believe Hoynes made…

  7. MLB is looking into Ozzie’s comments? How intellectually inconsistent of them.

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT


    According to Buster Olney, Major League Baseball is now “reviewing the Ozzie Guillen situation.”  Hurm. While I disagree with it all, I at least understand where the local outrage in Miami is coming from. While I would hope that it all blows over, I get that whatever happens it will be the local dynamics —…

  8. Behold, The Dodgers unveil The Big Kid Dog

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Mother of God

    Some people say the Dodgers are worth $2 billion because of future television revenue. I say it’s because of billion-dollar ideas like this one: The Big Kid Dog.  According to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed it’s “a 100% all-beef dog topped with gooey Mac and Cheese and covered in Fritos.”

  9. Miami-Dade mayor: “The freedom-loving people” of Miami want Ozzie Guillen fired

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:07 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    L’affair Ozzie is continuing apace. We’ve had the comment, the outrage, the apology, the media hand-wringing, and now the political opportunism. In the run-up to Ozzie Guillen’s second apology over his Castro comment, Carlos Giminez, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, calls for his termination. Because apparently there is nothing more satisfying to “freedom-loving people” than…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  11. Baseball gave us the word “jazz?” Cool.

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jazz Kings

    This is from a couple of weeks ago in the Boston Globe, but I’m just seeing it now via Baseball Think Factory. File it under Stuff You Never Think About But Which is Nonetheless Cool: A hundred years ago a minor leaguer basically invented the word “jazz.” It happened when one Ben Henderson, a pitcher…

  12. Drew Storen to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    After a spring training filled with elbow tenderness, this is not good news for Nats closer Drew Storen: Drew Storen will visit Dr. James Andrews after feeling tenderness in his elbow during a sim game. Nats fear bone chip. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 9, 2012   Storen began the season on the DL, of…

  13. Omar Infante hits two homers, leads the Marlins over the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies are now 1-3 and have scored eight total runs. That’s mildly alarming. Almost as alarming as Omar Infante going yard twice and, heck, Austin Kearns doing it even once. But that’s what happened today as the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-2 in the Philadelphia home opener. Infante went deep on Cole Hamels in…

  14. Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera named MLB players of the week

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Can you really call it a week after three games?  Sure, why not?  So player of the “week” honors go to Matt Kemp in the NL and Miguel Cabrera in the AL. Cabrera batted .455 (5-for-11) with an A.L.-leading three home runs and eight RBI.  Kemp hit .412 (7-for-17) while leading the Majors with six runs scored…

  15. John Moores to try again to sell the Padres

    Apr 9, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    padres logo friar

    After his long-gestating sale of the Padres to Jeff Moorad went south, John Moores is trying again: Padres majority owner John Moores has retained investment banker Steve Greenberg to broker a sale of the club, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Saturday … Moores previously sold the Padres in January 2009 for $525 million…

  16. Ozzie Guillen is returning to Florida to apologize some more

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    Ozzie Guillen already offered what seemed to be a pretty decent explanation/apology for his Fidel Castro comments, but apparently it wasn’t good enough.  No, the Outrage Industrial Complex requires a more formal (i.e. fake) form of contrition, usually in the form of a dour faced person sitting at a podium next to some other dour…

  17. Phiten is now the official placebo maker for Major League Baseball

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I just got a press release from Major League Baseball announcing that Phiten is now “The Official Compression Sleeve of Major League Baseball.” You have heard of Phiten, of course. They make those ugly necklaces that provide no scientifically or medically proven benefits whatsoever, despite the fact that Phiten touts them for their ability to…

  18. What have the Marlins done with the real Carlos Zambrano?

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Ozzie Guillen is amazing. Not only does he create a political firestorm, but he has also given Carlos Zambrano a personality transplant: Words you will seldom hear from Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano: “I think I was just too calm.” Zambrano, known for a trigger temper that has gotten him in several jams during his 10-year…

  19. Former Cy Young winner takes powerful drug to aid his performance, no one cares

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    What if I were to tell you that there was a former Cy Young winner who was taking a controversial and powerful drug? A drug that could prove dangerous to him in the long run and has been linked to organ damage? A drug that other players who have used it say gives them a feeling…

  20. Happy Darvish Day!

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    darvish getty

    Yu Darvish makes his major league debut tonight. Not a bad opponent for it either: the Seattle Mariners. I have this feeling the first Darvish-Ichiro matchup is gonna get a little press in Japan. Just a hunch. Darvish was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings in spring training. He’s not…

  21. Watch as Jim Leyland instills confidence in the Tigers fan base

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas

    Doug Fister got DL’d. But don’t worry: that’s the kind of problem the Tigers pay Jim Leyland the big bucks to address. So Jim, what’s the plan here, dude? “I have no clue who’s gonna start, absolutely none,” Leyland said Sunday morning. “Villarreal has joined the team and we will have a starter at the…

  22. Ken Rosenthal thinks Ozzie Guillen should be suspended for 30 days

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    Ken Rosenthal tackles the Ozzie Guillen/Fidel Castro dustup and, early on, says this: I normally cringe at politically correct overreactions, particularly in response to mindless, preposterous remarks from people who are just spouting off. But … So you can guess where that’s going: a politically correct overreaction. Rosenthal calls Guillen’s Castro comments “about as extreme and…

  23. Panic comes early to Red Sox Nation

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Alfredo Aceves, David Ortiz

    Actually, it may not be panic in Red Sox Nation, but it’s starting in the press already, so you have to figure that it’s either a reflection of or a precursor to some amount of overreaction in the fan base. Rob Bradford: three games in, already asking if the Sox should blow up the rotation…

  24. Ozzie’s Guillen’s Motorpsycho Nightmare

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    There’s a Bob Dylan song called “Motorpsycho Nightmare” in which the narrator finds himself in a sticky situation with a crazy farmer’s daughter. To get out of it he needs the farmer to get mad at him and chase him out of the house. So he does the easiest thing to make that happen in…

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

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    There were only 14 games yesterday. On a Sunday. Because the A’s and Mariners didn’t play thanks to the Japan Series. Look, I don’t care if you want to start the season in Japan, but there should be a federal law against anything less than a full slate of games on a Sunday.  Anyway: Tigers…

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