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  1. Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin to keep his job despite multiple DUIs

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Dan McLaughlin mugshot

    Last September, Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested after causing a single-car accident while driving while intoxicated. It was his second incident. In fact, he was still on probation from a previous drunk driving arrest that occurred in 2010. After the September arrest FOX Sports Midwest suspended McLaughlin, and it was unclear whether he’d be back doing Cardinals…

  2. The Rockies sign Matt Belisle to an extension

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT


    Danny Knobler reports that the Rockies have signed Matt Belisle to a one-year contract extension.  It includes a mutual option for 2014, The extension could be worth a total of $4.3 million. Belisle has been durable and useful the past two seasons, pitching in more than 70 games each year as the Rockies’ setup man, with ERAs…

  3. The Indians are negotiating a long term deal with Asdrubal Cabrera

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said this morning that the team is negotiating a long-term extension with Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera, who is 26, is coming off a great year: he hit .273/.332/.460 and socked 25 homers, scored 87 runs, drove in 92 and stole 17 bases. Still: that was basically an explosion in production. There was some suggestion…

  4. A new entrant into the “say stupid things about Josh Hamilton’s drinking” derby

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram bursts into the lead! When the news came down on Thursday, I hope Josh will forgive my first thought of, “where’s the union?” That means the players’ union … Hamilton repeatedly gives the hardball speech to the media of granting the Rangers no hometown discount in money because he…

  5. Jason Heyward is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT


    Jason Heyward had a couple of problems last year: his health, adjusting to pitchers who — shockingly — decided to make him hit good pitches rather than challenging him with fastballs and being jerked around in terms of playing time and batting order and stuff.  All of those things are classic ingredients for a sophomore…

  6. The Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from filling up their ballpark

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember how all those Phillies fans came down to D.C. the past couple of years and basically took over the Nationals’ ballpark during Nats-Phillies series?  Yeah, that was awesome. Especially considering that it was helped out in a major way by the team actively soliciting group sales in the Philadelphia area prior to regular season…

  7. Report: Time Warner, Comcast riding to the Mets’ rescue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    The Mets have been casting about for investors for a long time now, and they’ve not had a ton of success yet.  Yesterday it was reported that one of the $20 million shares they’ve been peddling is going to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen.  Today we hear where more of those shares are going. From…

  8. Josh Hamilton’s sobriety is not a black and white issue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    I am far from being any kind of expert on addiction. The vast majority of you would say the same about yourselves if asked in a vacuum.  Yet when a famous ballplayer like Josh Hamilton falls off the wagon like he did on Monday night, so many of us seem to have so many strong…

  9. Alleged Brian Cashman mistress arrested for stalking, extortion

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    We linked the Deadspin story about Brian Cashman’s alleged extramarital affair this morning.  Turns out that there’s a heck of a lot more to  it. Seems the woman Deadspin interviewed has been arrested and charged with extortion: A woman has been charged with stalking and shaking down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Louise…

  10. “I feel like we’re being invaded, like it’s 1965 all over again”

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Those are the words of Astin Jacobo, a buscon from the Dominican Republic. He, and many like him, are not at all pleased about what appears to be inevitable: Major League Baseball expanding the draft to the D.R.. Or maybe it is, um, evitable. As this story from The Economist suggests, there are some who are…

  11. Casey Kotchman to sign with the Indians

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    kotchman getty

    Jon Heyman reports that Casey Kotchman is going to sign with the Indians. According to Paul Hoynes, it’s a one year deal for $3 million plus incentives. Earlier this week he was rumored to be going to the Orioles, but that apparently went nowhere. Kotchman had a nice 2011 with the Rays, hitting .306/.378/.422 in…

  12. Casey McGehee is in the Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    From Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hearing [Casey] McGehee will enter spring training at 208 pounds, down from 231 at end of 2011, cut body fat in half. Just a mere weight loss isn’t enough to qualify for BSOHL, but when you have a body fat cut too, that makes it rate, baby.

  13. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  14. Zack Greinke, soon to be a free agent, is agent-free

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    You’d think that a guy who has been portrayed as not being able to handle a lot of distractions wouldn’t want to be in the business of handling his own business affairs as he enters his final season before free agency.  But more so than the social anxiety stuff, Zack Greinke has been defined by…

  15. UPDATE: The Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    UPDATE: That was a quick targeting. Heyman reports that the Nationals and Jackson have a deal. Jackson was seen in an airport, presumably on his way to Washington for a physical.  The shocker: it’s reportedly a one-year deal. Heyman says it’s in the $8-12 million range. Which, yes, we’ve heard that Jackson was willing to…

  16. Aaron Gleeman talks about pants, podcasts, unibrows and blogging and stuff

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Gleeman

    Aaron was on the FanGraphs Audio Podcast with Carson Cistulli.  Among the highlights: “It’s tough, it’s tiring to be around people when you’re working” Truth. People frighten and scare bloggers. Aaron also gives out our blogging secrets. Like, the stuff about how we read Twitter all day. And how his name starting with two As…

  17. To ESPN, the Pirates and Astros are “other”

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT


    UPDATE:  ESPN has tried to improve it. 12:40 PM: Pirates blogger Jon Anderson of The “Mc” Effect was reading this morning when he noticed this fun little poll about the NL Central: Look, I’m not gonna pick either the Astros or the Pirates to win the NL Central this year, but I think they’re…

  18. The DH has tainted hitting records? Really?

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Terrence Moore of would like you — and every single development in baseball since, I dunno, 1965, to get off his lawn: No question, baseball’s home run records are tarnished by those who spent part of their careers with artificially enhanced bodies, or have been suspected of it. That said, why don’t folks talk much…

  19. The Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT


    Reader Kopy has been doing the Lord’s work: he’s been keeping track of all of the Best Shape of His Life guys as we post them.  Seriously, dudes: news you can use. Kopy has periodically updated them in the comments of BSOHL stories, but I figure it’s worth putting them in a post.  So, here…

  20. Bobby Valentine is the Newt Gingrich of baseball managers

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    The Baseball Crank is both a baseball expert and a contributor to the conservative blog Redstate. So he has special insight into all of this.  And he has basically blown my mind with his latest post:  Think about it. Both are essentially relics of the 1990s who have spent a good deal of the past…

  21. Chris Tillman is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman

    BSOHL stories are usually reserved for veterans looking to rebound from a decline.  But even a 23 year-old can be in the BSOHL. Just ask Orioles’ pitcher Chris Tillman: “I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been, at least stronger,” he said. “All the running has definitely helped. I truly believe I’m better than I’ve…

  22. Joe Benson talks about being robbed in Venezuela

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT


    We learned a couple of months ago just how dangerous Venezuela can be for a ballplayer when Wilson Ramos was kidnapped.  Before that happened, however, Twins’ prospect Joe Benson was robbed at gunpoint while taking a taxi. That story got lost in the Ramos shuffle, but Fox has an interview with Benson about it all…

  23. Vicente Padilla might not be able to leave Nicaragua for Red Sox camp

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT


    Via WEEI comes word that La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua is reporting that Vicente Padilla — who just signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox — is facing an order not to leave Nicaragua over a child support flap. He originally had an arrest warrant issued but it was rescinded.  He’s alleged to…

  24. Probably more than you wanted to know about Brian Cashman’s extramarital affairs

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    Gawker/Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio is not always the muckraker Gotham wants, but sometimes he’s the muckraker Gotham needs. Wait, not sure we really need this, but it’s out there anyway and 800 readers will send me this throughout the day asking me to link it, so I link it: Daulerio tracked down Brian Cashman’s mistress. She’s fed up…

  25. Successful billionaire interested in both the Mets and the Dodgers for some reason

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Hedge fund manager Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, responds to a question during an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas

    Last April Steven Cohen — a bald man with glasses and thus, with the exception of having eight billion dollars to his name, is like me in most respects — was reported to be interested in buying into the Mets.  Then that all went away as he got involved in the bidding for the Los…

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