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  1. Report: In 1999 Russ Davis “had more flow than Rockefeller has dough”

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mr. Plow rap

    I don’t even know what to do with this. I always sort of regretted that I quit buying baseball cards in the late 80s, but Jon Bois’ latest installment of “Sports Cards for Insane People” over at SB Nation has made me really regret it. Yes, SkyBox put out a set in 1999 in which…

  2. Wanna feel old? Ken Griffey Jr.’s kid is playing in a high school all-star football game

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    ken griffey jr and sr-thumb-275x229-12858

    A lot of things make me feel old lately. My hairline. The fact that I can’t seem to sleep plast 7:30AM no matter how late I stay up. The fact that teenagers frighten and confuse me.  Happens to everyone, I guess.  Time really does move faster for a person when they get older. But nothing…

  3. Mark Cuban is going get in on the Dodgers bidding

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    Last month Mark Cuban said that he wouldn’t be interested in buying the Dodgers if the price was above one billion bucks. Most people are suggesting that the price will, in fact, be above a billion bucks.  But guess what: according to the L.A. Times, Cuban is going to get involved anyway. It’s way too…

  4. Jorge Posada wants to play for the Marlins now? OK.

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jon Heyman tweeted a few minutes ago that Jorge Posada — who lives in Miami — would like to play for the Marlins. Of course yesterday Heyman said that Posada wanted to play for the Mets and actually called them. That report was shot down an hour later by Posada’s agent.  So stay tuned to…

  5. Picture Yankee Stadium on 42nd Street

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Times Square

    Fun story in the New York Post this morning about how, back in 1915, the Yankees owners were trying to sell AL President Ban Johnson on (a) convincing the other teams to give the Yankees young talent because they just couldn’t compete otherwise; and (b) helping them get some momentum behind building a new ballpark…

  6. A “buyer’s market” for relievers? Really?

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    soria wide getty

    A sentence from Buster Olney’s column this morning stuck out like a glowing, radioactive thumb: The Royals fully expect to open next season with Joakim Soria as their closer — which makes sense, because to offer up Soria now would be to try to extract value in the middle of a buyers’ market for relievers. There are…

  7. The Astros are shopping everyone

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros are shopping Brett Myers and Carlos Lee too. The problem, of course, is that all of those dudes are owed a lot of money. Both Rodriguez and Myers are owed in excess of $10 million a year for the next couple of years. Lee…

  8. The Marlins are upping their offer to Jose Reyes

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    The Marlins must have gotten tired of wiseguys like me saying that they were just pretending to play in the free agent pool. Last night they put (too much) money where their mouth was and signed Heath Bell. Today we hear from Jon Heyman that they’re going to sweeten that offer they had out to…

  9. Brian Cashman is rappelling down a building again

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Cashman Rappel

    UPDATE: That was quick. According to the Associated Press, Bobby V has already accepted Cashman’s challenge. Next December, it’s on. 8:14 AM: Brian Cashman rappelled down a 22-story building in Stamford, Connecticut last year for that city’s “Heights and Lights” ceremony.  He’s doing it again as I speak. One would think that this is highly…

  10. Baseball players like their stimulants: the annual drug report is released

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    syringe

    Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program’s Independent Program Administrator. Which is basically the State of Drugs in Baseball report. Highlights: There were 3868 drug tests given for PEDs in 2011; Thirteen tests resulted in positives which resulted in discipline, 12 of…

  11. Theo Epstein says the Cubs want to keep Matt Garza

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    We heard recently that the Cubs are looking to shop Matt Garza. Even today we heard that they were going to try to do so “aggressively.”  But Theo Epstein isn’t having it: “He is exactly the type of guy we’d like to build around,” Epstein told reporters at Wrigley Field. “We need starting pitching.” Two…

  12. The players ratify the labor deal

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The deal was obviously done, but today the MLBPA announced that the union membership has ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. Some of our previous thoughts on the CBA can be read here, here and here.  The upshot: great for peace and notable issues like HGH testing and tobacco and stuff, worrisome for what it does…

  13. There’s more than one way to deal with PEDs and the Hall of Fame

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    McGwire Palmiero

    This morning I laid out my general approach to how I’d deal with PEDs and the Hall of Fame. The shorthand: I’m a discounter. I try my best to take the accomplishment of established PED users down a bit. In this way I’m making an extremely rough and dirty era adjustment.  I know it’s not…

  14. They never learn: someone else is making a long commitment to Barry Zito

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    And you thought seven years was a long commitment to Barry Zito: Barry Zito, one of the great hunks of Giants baseball, is headed to the altar. The three-time All Star pitcher and his fiancee, 25-year-old actress Amber Marie Seyer — a former Miss Missouri USA — showed up at the Marin County clerk’s office Nov.…

  15. Mariano Rivera is going to have surgery on his vocal cords tomorrow

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera doesn’t talk much. He’s more of the silent assassin type.  But he’s been having some trouble lately: polyps on his vocal cords. He’s going to have surgery tomorrow to have them removed. The polyps are non-cancerous things and recovery time should be quick. Obviously it won’t have much if any impact on his…

  16. Bobby Valentine is getting a two-year deal

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Jon Heyman reports that Bobby Valentine’s deal with the Red Sox is a two-year deal. Makes sense for a couple of reasons. For one thing, if Valentine hasn’t had deep playoff runs with this Red Sox team by the end of 2013, he’s basically failed. It’s a win-now team and he has to win now,…

  17. Must-click link: How the Red Sox got to Bobby Valentine

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Things move fast and furious in real time. As we watched the Red Sox managerial search unfold, we were first confused about the shift away from the team’s early focus on Dale Sveum and guys like him and onto experienced candidates like Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine. But as Alex Speier writes in an in-depth…

  18. Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch are “strong” on the Mets radar

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    It’s “strong” day. The Marlins are going “strong” after Heath Bell and now we hear that the Mets are “strong” after Brad Lidge and Jon Rauch.  No word if any tires have been kicked. But if they were, they were kicked HARD. Obviously the Mets want bullpen help.  In addition to these two, the Mets have…

  19. UPDATE: Jorge Posada DID NOT reach out to the Mets

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    posada wide getty

    UPDATE:  Scratch all of this. Ken Rosenthal spoke to Jorge Posada’s agent who says “there is no truth to that report. None.”  So, go Heyman. 9:37 AM: Jorge Posada still wants to play baseball, and today Jon Heyman tweets that he’s reached out to the Mets to see if they’d be interested. Hard to see why…

  20. Yes, I watched “Baseball Wives” for some reason

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Baseball Wives 2011 Advertising Shoot

    I’m generally not a person who regrets things. Rare are the times when I’ve done something and later said “wow, that was a big mistake.” I mean, yes, things go bad sometimes, but even when they do I tend to try to find the good in it, even if it’s just a life lesson. I’m…

  21. My imaginary Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    The Hall of Fame ballot came out yesterday. One does not get to vote unless one has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America for a decade. I am not a BBWAA member, of course, so my voting will have to be imaginary. That’s OK, though, I do a lot of pretend…

  22. Carlos Gutierrez is in the best shape of his — wait! The best shape EVER

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Gutierrez

    Best shape of my life? Ha!  Try this on for size. From La Velle Neal: [Carlos] Gutierrez, I’ve been told, has rededicated himself to conditioning during the offseason and wants to come to camp in the best shape ever. He reported last year noticeably heavier. He could be a bullpen wild card if he can…

  23. Mark Teixeira is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    teixeira getty

    This doesn’t quite qualify as a BSOML story because he didn’t use the magic words, but at this time of the year I’ll accept any story that leads with weight loss and conditioning. Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira says that he is already about 10 pounds lighter thanks to diet and exercise, but what the Yankees…

  24. The Hall of Fame ballot is announced, Bernie Williams, other luminaries now eligible

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    The Baseball Writers Association of America just released the Hall of Fame ballots for the 2012 inductions.  There are 13 new candidates on it.  Included are Bernie Williams and a cast of … guys not as good as Bernie Williams. To wit: Jeromy Burnitz Vinny Castilla Brian Jordan Javy Lopez Bill Mueller Terry Mulholland Phil…

  25. UPDATE: The Dodgers and Adam Kennedy: done deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE:  The deal is done. The Dodgers have signed Kennedy to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Tuesday, 5:13 PM: Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Kennedy and the Dodgers are close to a deal. Tuesday, 3:10 PM: Feel the offseason excitement, Dodgers fans: According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Dodgers are talking…

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