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  1. Quote of the Day: new Dodgers’ Monitor Tom Schieffer

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Schieffer

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! was the first one to get comments from Tom Schieffer following his appointment as the “Monitor” of the Dodgers’ organization.  The former ambassador to Japan and Australia was asked about whether he’s up to the challenge of fixing the dysfunctional Dodgers:  “Oh, I’ve had some pretty difficult jobs before. Dealing with…

  2. Jonathan Papelbon is “Cinco Ocho?”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    I’ve written on a number of occasions that no one really knows anyone; at least not that well.  The idea is that there is often more than meets the eye when it comes to people who we know primarily via their athletic exploits. They have entire lives away from the field, and we only see…

  3. Carl Everett arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Carl Everett

    Retired outfielder Carl Everett is in big trouble: he was arrested last night on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.  The details, according to the police report, are that he pointed a gun at his wife’s head and then broke two cell phones when she attempted to call 9-1-1. Yikes.…

  4. Gabe Gross retires

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Gabe Gross

    Gabe Gross didn’t have the most memorable major league career — I think I wrote his name as “Greg Gross” approximately 75% of the time I had occasion to refer to him — but he managed to hang around for seven years in the majors. And as I mentioned in my review for “Time in…

  5. That’s just Manny bein’ a high schooler

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There’s a neat feature by Sara Rimer over at the New York Times today: an in-depth remembrance of Manny Ramirez as Rimer first saw him: as a baseball-killing high schooler from Washington Heights. Rimer goes on to explore the essence of MbM, for all of its good and all of its ills.  And as is…

  6. The Dodgers’ pending deal with FOX is not worth $3 billion

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

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

    When Major League Baseball moved to take over the Dodgers last week, Frank McCourt’s new attack dog Steve Soboroff claimed that McCourt was being done dirty. He claimed that MLB was holding McCourt’s ATM card and not letting him take advantage of the $3 billion TV rights offer FOX had made him. An offer that…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:57 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    I, for one, welcome our new Jered Weaver overlords.

  8. Just what you’ve been waiting for: Cacti on Parade

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Cacti.bmp

    For the last few years the All-Star Game host city has featured statues of some local symbol or icon plastered with MLB logos. The Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch, Mickey Mouse, etc.  I’m still waiting for them to do it with a beer in Milwaukee, but I’m not holding my breath. In the meantime…

  9. Phil Hughes had a “setback” in his bullpen session today

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    phil-hughes-yankees

    Ruh-roh. Phil Hughes had a bullpen session on Saturday that, by all accounts, went well.  Today’s session? Not so good. In fact, Joe Girardi just told the Yankees beat reporters that Hughes had a “setback.” (one reporter quoted Girardi as saying it was a “significant setback”). Giradi said that Hughes’ arm didn’t bounce back from…

  10. Who is the most hated player in your team’s history?

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    John Rocker

    I try to ac-cent-u-ate the positive and e-lim-i-nate the negative as much as possible, but it’s a long baseball season so it’s easy to get negative. I tend to get the most negative about my own team when they’re not playing well. Oh, if you could take a man’s life for the thoughts that’s in…

  11. Major League Baseball appoints J. Thomas Schieffer “Monitor” of the Dodgers

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Schieffer

    I was wondering what the title of the person baseball chose to run the Dodgers would be. I liked “Lord Protector,” but figured that wouldn’t fly.  “Trustee” seemed cool, but that may suggest some legal duties to the team and its stakeholders that baseball would rather not have. They have settled on “Monitor,” which is…

  12. Did you know that Prince Fielder has a “square body type?”

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) prince%20fielder%20hr%20celebration-thumb-350x200-2056.jpg for post 5684

    Scott Boras is the best. If you give him lemons, he won’t be content to make lemonade, he’ll make a lemon curd white chocolate cheesecake. If he represented a pitcher with no arms and no legs he’d talk about how the guy should get big money because he’ll never tear a ligament. If Stephen Hawking…

  13. The real reason Chuck Greenberg was ousted as Rangers’ CEO

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    A headline like that suggests that there’s something juicy there. More juicy than the rumored displeasure Greenberg’s seemingly over-the-top courting of Cliff Lee was following the Winter Meetings, which was cited back when Greenberg stepped down. Actually, no: as Barry Shlachter reports in the Star-Telegram, it was really just a matter of personality clashes between…

  14. Movie Review: Time in the Minors

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Time in the Minors

    I got a chance to see a great documentary recently: Time in the Minors, by Tony Okun.  While the film has been around for a little while, it became available on DVD just last fall and, either way, its subject matter is timeless and compelling.  I loved it, I want to tell you about it…

  15. HBT Daily: Who is that hot-hitting right fielder in Kansas City?

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany taunts me with Frenchy’s early-season firepower

  16. Defending Ron Washington from my cheap shots

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    I made a cheap joke at Ron Washington’s expense in the Power Rankings this morning regarding Neftali Feliz being in the bullpen. I don’t apologize for it because about 87% of my jokes are cheap, but I can at least admit it was a cheap joke. Most of the comments in my Power Rankings are…

  17. Some of the dirt from the new Jeter book

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jeter media

    Following up on this morning’s post about the new Jeter book, there’s a story over at ESPN New York — home of the book’s author, Ian O’Connor — detailing some of the book’s anecdotes. Among them: Some background the contentious contract negotiations last winter, including the shocking fact that team President Randy Levine was the…

  18. Tim Lincecum doesn’t like the idea of expanded playoffs

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    lincecum_tim

    I’d “quote of the day” this, but it came from a different day. Last week, in fact, after Bud Selig announced that expanded playoffs are an inevitability. Here’s Tim Lincecum: “It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at. Players like it the way it is. It’s dog-eat-dog. People know…

  19. Mike Quade alleges a violation of The Unwritten Rules

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    This is from Friday night, but it’s well worth revisiting. Seems that for the second time this year, Mike Quade was unhappy when a Cubs’ opponent tried to steal a base with a big lead. This time it was Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who attempted to steal with an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning.  Earlier…

  20. Shocker: Elijah Dukes arrested again

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s been over a year since he last wore a major league baseball uniform so we’re probably at the point where a story about Elijah Dukes getting arrested is less about a ballplayer in trouble with the law than it is about a criminal who happened to once play ball.  Still, for old times sake:…

  21. Albert Pujols has a bum hamstring

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    pujols_albert

    Last night we saw Albert Pujols walk off the field a tad gimpy after running out a grounder and subsequently leave the game early. Now we know what we had previously only suspected: he has a hamstring strain. It’s being termed “mild,” so that’s good, but either way the Cardinals would be wise to let…

  22. The Legend of Sam Fuld grows

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I’m going to have to refrain from joining the Sam Fuld cult. He’s a nice guy who has been fun to watch, but every time a brainy guy who does some pretty unexpectedly nifty things in a small sample of games, I end up getting burned. I mean, I’m still trying to unload all of…

  23. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Did you know that the order for this summer’s amateur draft will be determined by each team’s position in the last HBT Power Rankings prior to its occurrence? It’s true!

  24. New Book coming out portraying Derek Jeter as less-than-Captainy

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Derek Jeter has been pretty much untouchable from a P.R. perspective for his entire career. Rarely have there been stories portraying him in a bad light and, even when there was something to chew on, it was never anything that stuck to him (quick: if A-Rod had issues with his taxes like Jeter did, how…

  25. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Harvey

    In which we observe the commonalities between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Robert Johnson. And, for that matter, Jeff Wilpon and Paul Reiser.

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