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  1. Adam Dunn on his “one stupid year”

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    There’s a good story about Adam Dunn by Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times today. Van Schouwen caught up with Dunn at home in Houston and talked about the train wreck that was Dunn’s 2011 season and how he feels he’s going to get back on track for 2012. Note: there is some flirting…

  2. Carlos Beltran: Mets fans need to get over the 2006 NLCS

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is now a St. Louis Cardinal. Before that he was a San Francisco Giant. Yet he still gets asked about his time with the Mets a lot. And not just recent stuff. Stuff from 2006. For example, the other night he appeared at a charity event in New York and he was asked…

  3. Prince Fielder, Cecil Fielder and the significance of family

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder Cecil Fielder

    Cecil Fielder was making the media rounds yesterday following his son’s signing with the Detroit Tigers. It was understandable given his own history in Detroit. Thing is, Cecil and Prince have a very complicated history and, in recent years, have been reported to have no relationship at all. The whole story is known only to…

  4. The Prince Fielder contract: all kinds of crazy

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    For almost every big free agent deal there are (a) the financial implications; and (b) the baseball implications. Often a deal is good on the baseball side of things but not so good on the financial side of things.  In the case of Prince Fielder going to the Tigers for nine years and $214 million,…

  5. Prince Fielder signs a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers

    Jan 24, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    It’s being reported by multiple sources that Prince Fielder is “very close” to a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Tim Brown of Yahoo! had it first. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that it’s a done deal. This is really off-the-wall.  Partially because (a) the Tigers just last week said they weren’t going…

  6. UPDATE: Tim Lincecum signs a two-year, $40.5 million deal with the Giants

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    UPDATE: It’s now confirmed by multiple sources that the deal is done: two-years, $40.5 million. 2:14 PM: Jon Heyman just tweeted that the Giants and Tim Lincecum are “very, very” close to sealing a two-year deal for “a little over $40 million.” The existence of such an offer was first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo!…

  7. Dan Patrick clarifies his comments about Ryan Braun being “innocent”

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    In law school they teach you the difference between “innocent” and “not guilty” pretty quickly. Dan Patrick didn’t go to law school, so forgive him for not having that down pat. Today — Via Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — he clarifies his comments from yesterday regarding Ryan Braun and “innocence”: “I want to clarify something…

  8. J.D. Drew “very likely” to retire

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Given that (a) no team has been linked to him at all this winter; and (b) he himself has sounded very unenthusiastic about playing again, this is not terribly surprising, but Jon Heyman reports that J.D. Drew is likely to retire. If he is done, Drew put together a better career than you think he…

  9. Jorge Posada officially retires

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Posada Presser

    The Jorge Posada retirement press conference just went down at Yankee Stadium.  It was a packed house. Even more so than Andy Pettitte’s last year. In attendance were Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and about a zillion others. It was also pretty emotional, as Diana Munson, the widow of Thurman Munson, was on hand.…

  10. The Blue Jays finalize their extension with Brandon Morrow

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    brandon-morrow-blue-jays

    Yesterday we heard about the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow nearing a three-year extension. Today it’s final: three years, $20 million with a $10 million team option for 2015. A $1 million buyout makes it a $21 million total commitment. A gamble? Sure, but not a gigantic one and an average of $7 million a…

  11. The Dodgers received more than 10 bids by yesterday’s deadline

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Yesterday was the deadline for those wanting to bid on the Dodgers.  It wasn’t a hard deadline — the bankers handling the sale can waive the deadline if new suitable bids reveal themselves — but more than ten interested parties got bids in yesterday. Among the bidders are many we’ve talked about here over the…

  12. “Moneyball” nominated for Best Picture

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    The Oscar nominations came out this morning. I’ve seen three of the Best Picture nominees. That is easily the most I’ve seen by nomination time in years. Maybe a decade. Having kids sort of kills your moviegoing mojo. There’s a decent chance I would have posted about this anyway because, hey, it’s the offseason and…

  13. Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser dies

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Musser

    Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser died on Sunday. He was 74. While non-Phillies fans always think — and almost exclusively think — of Harry Kalas or Richie Ashburn when they think of Phillies broadcasters, Musser was no less of a fixture in the booth, helping call all but two games during his 26-year tenure. Ray…

  14. Great Moments in Photoshop: Albert Pujols playing first base for the Angels … now!

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Shark

    Derrick Goold got a hold of the 2012 Topps Albert Pujols card.  Which features him playing first base in a game situation.  For the Angels.  Which is awesome because he hasn’t, you know, done that yet. See it here. It’s not like this is new or unprecedented. Back when I collected cards in the 70s…

  15. Darvish wants to become “the best pitcher in the world”

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Reason I was out the past few days: trip to Texas. Reason for the trip to Texas: none of your beeswax, frankly, but know this: the entire time I was there I barely heard a single word about the Rangers. Maybe that’s because I was doing way too much of this. Hard to say. All…

  16. Ryan Braun may be innocent

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    We’ll obviously have official word sometime soon, but yesterday Dan Patrick had something interesting to say on his radio show about the reigning NL MVP’s drug test and appeal: Braun may get off scott free. There was nothing definitive in his comments — a lot of it was Patrick’s gut feeling based on a conversation…

  17. ESPN announces the Sunday Night Baseball schedule

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    It’s that time of year: the time when (a) ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball schedule, filled with the Yankees, the Red Sox and other big market teams; and (b) people complain about ESPN’s big market and/or east coast bias. And yes, in an ideal world everyone should get a turn in the spotlight and…

  18. Clayton Kershaw: a little different than Tim Tebow

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    The other day I wrote that there are a lot of devoutly religious young ballplayers but we just don’t hear that much about them like we do Tim Tebow, in part because of the differences between the baseball news cycle and the football news cycle. I still think that’s true, but over at the Los…

  19. Cubs, Red Sox punt; ask Bud Selig to solve the Theo compensation issue

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    It occurs to me on occasion that someone stumbling onto a headline like that will not comprehend it at all unless they already know everything about the issue it refers to, in which case the post is kind of pointless to begin with. Sorry. Feeling existential this morning. Anyway, the headline does kind of say…

  20. The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Today is the deadline for the Rangers to reach a deal with Yu Darvish. The sides have until 5pm Eastern.  These things tend to go to the wire, and all along it is has been expected that a deal would be done.  This is fun though. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: The word this morning is…

  21. Ryan Braun will accept his MVP Award in person, thank you very much

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    braun tall getty

    Ryan Braun won the MVP. This not long after he broke the testosterone-o-meter in a random drug test. This led to a whole lot of writers loudly proclaiming his award illegitimate and/or demanding that it be stripped from him and given to Matt Kemp (or something; they haven’t thought ahead that far).  He now faces…

  22. Jimmy Rollins goes to Uganda; finds a knuckleballer

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Great story at ESPN.com about Jimmy Rollins’ recent trip to Uganda, where he met and worked with young baseball players who were supposed to play in last years’ Little League World Series but were unable to come up with the funds to travel here. With Rollins’ help they will now get to play a series…

  23. Vlad Guerrero, Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees peddling DH services

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The free agent DH market is rough, kids. If you’re old, used to hit well and can’t field anymore the pickings are slim for you. So slim that you’re  calling teams rather than them calling you. To wit: Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that Vlad Guerrero and Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees inquiring about…

  24. Obama: the Cardinals are “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball”

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Obama Jersey

    The St. Louis Cardinals visited the White House today for the customary meet-and-greet with the President. During the ceremony he called the Cardinals “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.” So you see there: the Braves didn’t collapse. The Cardinals came back. The President said so. Anyway, not the usual star-studded White House…

  25. Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    This isn’t anything as bad as the Victor Martinez news, but another big name is going to miss some time: Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today to repair cartilage. It’s being described as routine, and he is expected to be recovered and — in the words of GM Ben Cherington — will…

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