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  1. “Game called on account of ‘Can’t feel my face.’”

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Doc Ellis

    This is more of a link than a post, because there’s not a ton I can really add to this without appearing to endorse the content. But let me say this much: Doc Ellis’ LSD-aided no-hitter of June 12, 1970 is one of baseball’s weirdest feats; The linked story that is sort of about it…

  2. Too many All-Stars this year? Pshaw! Not enough!

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    Participant

    The dominant All-Star conversation for the past 48 hours or so has been about how there are too many of them. What with all of the substitutions and everything, there are 84 or 85 guys who can count them All-Stars, and that’s an outrage, right? Maybe not!  Because according to Bill and The Common Man…

  3. Heath Bell would gladly setup if traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    In contrast to Francisco Rodriguez — who apparently doesn’t want to be a setup guy if he gets dealt — Padres’ closer Heath Bell is just fine with that. At least as long as he can go back to closing for 2012 when he presumably will sign someplace else as a free agent. Here’s Bell:…

  4. K-Rod may reject trades to teams that want him as a setup guy

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We learned over the weekend that Francisco Rodriguez had hired Scott Boras. The first thought: he knows he’s gonna get traded someplace to be a setup man or that the Mets will not use him to close games, thereby meaning that his 2012 option will vest and, as such, he wants the best agent possible…

  5. The guy who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit is “a couple hundred thousand dollars in debt”

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Look, I’m not saying that the guy had the simplest decision in the world in front of him.  And to hear him describe it during the radio interview he did at WFAN, things were pretty hectic around the time he decided to give the ball back to Derek Jeter.  Security had hustled him out of…

  6. HBT Daily: Home Run Derby and everyone’s an All-Star!

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Matt Stoup and I try to find what, if anything, is worth salvaging in the bloat-fest that has become the All-Star Week Extravaganza

  7. Indians TV ratings surge, Rays ratings plunge and lots of people watch Yankees games

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    old TV

    Sports Business Journal has an analysis of this year’s TV rantings out. The Cardinals are on top in terms of ratings, the Yankees — not surprisingly — lead in total viewers. The Indians have had the biggest rating increase, with an 80 percent jump over viewership last year. The Rays have seen the biggest drop,…

  8. And the All-Star Game starting lineups are …

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In addition to the starting pitchers — Roy Halladay and Jered Weaver if you had not heard — we now have All-Star Game starting lineups too.  As follows: American League 1. Curtis Granderson CF 2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 4. Jose Bautista RF 5. Josh Hamilton LF 6. Adrian Beltre 3B 7.…

  9. This is how Derek Jeter got deified in the first place

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    I’ve had several conversations with non-baseball obsessives lately about Derek Jeter. Friends. Family. Sports radio hosts who talk about football 97% of the time and are desperate to talk about anything — anything! — besides the NFL labor thing.  Those conversations always come back to the same place: Where does Derek Jeter rate all-time? At…

  10. HBT Special Edition: Bob Costas and I talk about playoff expansion, realignment and instant replay

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Costas Calcaterra.bmp

    A little while back I got to go to New York and have a chat with Bob Costas about the state and future of the game. This is part of that chat. Can’t show you the rest of it, because that’s when we hatched our plan to take over.

  11. Are you ready for the excitement of the Home Run Derby?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    American League All-Star Ortiz poses with the trophy after winning Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby in Anaheim

    I’ll spare you all of my grousing about the Home Run Derby. Some people like it. Some people don’t. If you’re in the former camp, mazel tov. If you’re in the latter, may I suggest that you watch “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” which is streaming on Netflix?  I watched that on Saturday and was…

  12. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    The All-Star Break is here, and even though the season is more than half over, it’s that time when everyone assesses the so-called first half.  We’ll do the same here today. The rankings represent the current state-of-the-league, but the comments about each team are a bit more first-half all-encompassing. As always, last week’s rankings are…

  13. The Red Sox are interested in Matt Garza

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    I’m struggling to recall the last time we heard something from Phil Rogers’ Sunday “Whispers” column that was both (a) juicy; and (b) actually happened, but this one at least has (a) covered:  The Red Sox are reportedly interested in Matt Garza. Rogers says that Garza is “high on the list.” Which makes sense. Garza’s strikeout…

  14. Dontrelle Willis pitched in the majors again. And it was OK.

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

    Dontrelle Willis made his return to the majors yesterday, starting for the Reds against the Brewers. I like Willis as a person so much that it has pained me to see him struggle these past three years, so I could barely look at the box score last night I was so nervous. But actually: it was…

  15. News Flash: Yankees, Red Sox are baseball’s most popular teams

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    The Harris Poll has released its annual baseball popularity index thingy, and tells us what we all probably knew anyway, even if a lot of us don’t care to acknowledge it: the Yankees are America’s most popular baseball team. They’ve taken the top honor for nine straight years, putting lie to the notion that America loves…

  16. Would you have kept the ball from Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit?

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    I joked last week that there was no need to put a special marking on Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit ball because it was almost certain that it would be some infielder who got it.  Boy, that was wrong. Unless you were under a rock all weekend you know that number 3,000 was a homer. You…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Derek Jeter

    Unusually busy weekend around Major League Baseball. I was without computer access for much of it. Best I can figure: Derek Jeter killed a guy. Seriously. It’s the only thing that can explain all the buzz. Let’s get the story!

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

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:26 AM EST

    Raul Ibanez, Brian McCann

    Phillies 14, Braves 1: Like I’ve always said: you give Cole Hamels 14 runs to work with, and he’s probably going to win. Raul Ibanez drove in five runs in the entire month of June. He drove in six in this game. Oh, and watch the comments here: some readers/Braves fans foolishly bet some Phillies…

  19. Dontrelle Willis to start for the Reds on Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    The D-Train is back on the tracks: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are recalling Dontrelle Willis and will have him start this Sunday against the Brewers. When last we saw Willis, he was completing the finishing touches on a three-year span in which he struck out 82 batters and walked 119 in 123 1/3 innings.…

  20. Joe Torre talks about umpires, makes very little sense

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Joe Torre was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show yesterday. The topic of discussion: Umpires Gone Wild. Or, rather, the recent dustups between Joe West’s crew and, well, everyone. Now to be clear, Joe Torre has a tough job here. He has his job mostly because he’s a respected figure who players and coaches and stuff…

  21. Derek Jeter bows out of the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    For as much was made about so many Yankees making the All-Star team, in effect, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because none of ‘em seem to be playing. Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera already decided to give it a miss, and now, too, will Derek Jeter. This is not a total shock.  While he’s been…

  22. Joe Buck would step aside for Vin Scully in the World Series

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    Remember that petition the guy at The Daily ‘Stache put up, trying to get Fox to replace Joe Buck with Vin Scully for the World Series this year?  Well, it has an unexpected supporter: Joe Buck: Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown…

  23. Chipper Jones’ knee isn’t getting any better

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Chipper Jones‘ knee is “getting more bothersome” and isn’t responding well to treatment. Jones has been playing through it to varying results. He had a rough June. He’s hitting a bit better in July so far and has a six-game hitting streak going — but he’s Chipper, and his body doesn’t…

  24. MLBPA issues statement about the Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game boycotts

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Arizona Flag

    We touched on Sheriff Joe a few minutes ago. In other All-Star Game/illegal immigration news, there was a lot of talk last year about potential player boycotts and the like as a result of Arizona’s tough immigration law, S.B. 1070. That has largely subsided, partially because parts of the bill are currently in legal limbo,…

  25. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

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