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  1. Dusty Baker on Mike Leake: “his eyes were gentle eyes”

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    dusty baker toothpick

    Mike Leake took the hill again yesterday, his first appearance since he been caught stealin’.  And it was a good outing: seven innings in which he gave up three runs and picked up the win.  That shows some toughness. Or does it? Because Dusty Baker saw something other than toughness when he talked about how…

  2. HBT Daily: The Dodgers’ plight, the Braun deal and looking ahead to Reds vs. Cardinals

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I were talking about Pujols’ struggles right as he hit that monster home run yesterday, so my “Albert will be OK” comments aren’t exactly a matter of prescience

  3. The Cardinals may want to add some security tonight

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    Reader Spudchukar alerts us to something fun. The St. Louis Cardinals’ promotional schedule, which features something on Friday nights called the “Busch Bash,” in which there is music and fun and prizes and — best of all — the chance for the fans to meet past and present Cardinals greats and get their autographs prior…

  4. MLB celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Green Baseball

    It’s Earth Day. And I didn’t buy you a gift. Drat, I always forget. Baseball hasn’t forgotten, however, and it’s doing a lot of stuff in honor of the occasion: The Indians and Twins will wear green caps during their game Friday night at Target Field; the Mariners will introduce a new environmental mascot called…

  5. MLB’s takeover of the Dodgers could imperil baseball’s antitrust exemption

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Yesterday I noted that Major League Baseball may be wary of a fight with Frank McCourt because it has a lot of rules with respect to club ownership that exist simply because owners agree to them and that, if challenged, there are likely several that wouldn’t hold up in court.  One of them — Major League…

  6. Tom Glavine: NHL mogul?

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Tom Glavine

    As most Braves fans of a certain age know, Tom Glavine was a fourth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984 and seriously considered making hockey his sport. He was informed, however, that you don’t get credited with a goal when you miss the net by several inches to the left, so he…

  7. Great moments in chutzpah: The Dodgers call MLB irresponsible in connection with stadium security

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:23 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

    The Dodgers have gone months and months without having a head of security in place. No one is quite sure why. They just fired the last one and still haven’t gotten around to hiring a replacement. No biggie, though. I mean, it’s not like a fan was friggin’ beat almost to death in the Dodger…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:43 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dodgers 5, Braves 3: A gut punch of a game for the Braves. Having rallied back against Clayton Kershaw in the 9th — Mattingly, seriously, what was he still doing out there? — and having squandered their own opportunities in extra innings, they watch as Matt Kemp hits his second walkoff homer of the week. Given the…

  9. Baseball announces expanded pension benefits for players who retired between 1947 and 1980

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Retirement

    Prior to 1980, players were vested in baseball’s pension plan after completing at least four years of service time. Since the 1980 season, all players are vested after just one day of service in the majors (as your service time increases, you get greater benefits). Baseball and the MLBPA announced today that players who retired during…

  10. Selig: baseball “moving inexorably” toward a ten-team playoff

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    Selig hands up

    We’ve seen this coming for some time, but Bud Selig today said that baseball is “moving inexorably” toward an expanded playoff beginning with the 2012 season, and said that, while there are details to be worked out, it will likely be a ten-team affair. Specifically, he said “ten is a fair number.” This is a more…

  11. Bud Selig is not going to take Barry Bonds out of the record book

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    We’re all entitled to believe what we want to believe. There are people out there who insist that Roger Maris is still the single-season home run champ and Hank Aaron is still the all-time home run champ.  I hold no more of a grudge against people who think that stuff than I hold for someone who…

  12. That Richie Whitt guy isn’t backing off his stance on Colby Lewis witnessing the birth of his child

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer isn’t backing down from his belief that Colby Lewis was wrong to leave the Rangers in order to be with his wife for the birth of his daughter. Indeed, he’s doubling down: Because, honestly, I don’t care if Lewis is a good dad. If I wanted to root for…

  13. Looking deeper at Luke Scott

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott caused a stir back in December when, during an interview with Dave Brown of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, his belief that President Obama wasn’t born in America came out into the open.  This piqued the interest of Amy K. Nelson of ESPN, who spent some time with Orioles’ outfielder Luke Scott this spring. Her…

  14. Looking back at previous league takeovers

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Montreal Expos

    This business with the Dodgers isn’t the first time Major League Baseball as taken over a team.  You all remember the Rangers’ thing last year. That wasn’t total control, of course, but it was something. More significant, however, were when the Expos in 2002 and the 1936 Boston Bees. The Boston Bees? Yep. Or as they…

  15. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Mets with Ted Berg

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Come for the Mets talk. Stay for the awesome pic of Ted’s mustache.

  16. The percentage of U.S.-born blacks in baseball drops again

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jackie Robinson sliding

    In what has become an annual tradition — usually on Jackie Robinson Day, but a few days later this year — the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports has counted the beans and announced that, once again, the percentage of black ballplayers is lower than it has been in years: The…

  17. The right field foul pole in Petco Park is now a golf club

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Petco foul pole

    While I’m sort of blah on the idea of advertising taking up every available inch in ballparks these days, I realize why that’s the case and that there’s not a heck of a lot that can be done about it. So hey, if it’s going to happen anyway, we may as try to have fun…

  18. The anti-Franklin? Rick Ankiel thanks the fans of St. Louis

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ankiel Ad

    Ryan Franklin may be on the outs with the fans of St. Louis, but a former Cardinal — Rick Ankiel — is in warm fuzzy land. In town as an opposing player for the first time, Ankiel took out a full-page ad in the sports section of the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, thanking Cardinals fans for…

  19. On second thought, Frank McCourt may be ready to fight Bud Selig like there’s no tomorrow

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:00 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

    “We need more people like Frank McCourt.” You will not be at all surprised to learn that that is the assessment of Frank McCourt’s newest employee, Steve Soboroff, who was hired as the Dodgers’ Vice Chairman on Tuesday. Soboroff was hired in order to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order, but based…

  20. Deep Thought: remember when Frank McCourt tried to buy the Red Sox?

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fenway

    Frank McCourt’s turmoil has contributed to a state of affairs in which a team that should have a tremendous financial advantage over all of its competitors has basically punted that advantage. Given their attendance, market size and revenue — as cash cow regional sports network would make perfect sense for them — the Dodgers truly could…

  21. Jered Weaver continues to mow ‘em down

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Given his early season dominance, I had made a mental note to keep a close eye on Jered Weaver. So of course I kicked myself when I realized that I had missed his start against the Rangers last night. And it was kick-worthy: Weaver gave up only one run on six hits while striking out eight…

  22. Bartolo Colon is delivering for the Yankees

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    I laughed when the Yankees signed Bartolo Colon. A lot of people did. I figured that he’d come to camp, not make the team, get assigned to extended spring training in Tampa and — as he has done a couple of times in recent years — decide that he’d prefer to be back home doing…

  23. R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this: “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are.…

  24. Frank and Jamie McCourt respond to the MLB takeover in expected fashion

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Ever since the Dodgers’ financial turmoil was made public, Frank McCourt has seemed to be in denial. When criticized over the team’s sordid  affairs, his response has been to assert that there is no problem whatsoever. Jamie McCourt, in contrast has exhibited more in the way of — what shall we call it? — magical…

  25. Frank McCourt may sue Major League Baseball

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    This nugget in the AP’s report about Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Dodgers is every bit expected as it is depressing: a baseball executive familiar with the situation said that McCourt is preparing to sue Major League Baseball.  He has reportedly hired the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to do it, too. Good luck. My…

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