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  1. Frank McCourt said to have “no chance” to make the June 30 payroll

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt scrimped and saved — wait, no he didn’t; he borrowed — to make payroll at the end of May.  He is said to be fine for the mid-June payroll due tomorrow too, so good for him.  That business with the Manny Ramirez payment coming due at the end of the month, however, makes…

  2. A nation mourns Derek Jeter’s tragic, heroic calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Mourning angel

    There are, like, two dozen injury stories a week. Seriously, go back through the HBT archives and you’ll see that a huge percentage of our minor posts are this guy straining that muscle and this or that body part being sore.  It’s easily the most rote kind of post we or anyone else who writes…

  3. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    I had every recap done this morning, hit “save” and then just as that happened something barfed on itself in Google Chrome and I lost it all. So if these recaps seem superficial, it’s only because I’m trying to type them with one fist punched in the monitor. Tigers 2, Rays 1: A wilder one…

  4. HBT Daily: It’s time to declare some teams dead

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I decide if we can’t officially declare dead the pretenders of the American League.

  5. Documents released relating to the Livan Hernandez money laundering probe

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Throwing in the tow... umm, rosin bag

    We learned in late April that Livan Hernandez is the target of a federal probe related to money laundering on behalf of convicted Puerto Rican drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez.  Today the Washington Times has a report, based on court transcripts and other official records, fleshing out the alleged scenario: Now the target of a…

  6. Freddy Sanchez to try to avoid surgery on bum shoulder

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Sticking with the Giants, the San Jose Mercury-News is saying that, rather than opt to have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, Freddy Sanchez is going to try to go the rehab route. This is really a play for this season, because surgery would end it and rehab has at least a shot at getting him back in…

  7. The Giants activate Pablo Sandoval

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    sandoval cap

    As expected, the Giants activated third baseman — or catcher?! — Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll be in Tuesday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks. And not a moment too soon. He was hitting .313/.374/.530 with five homers in 24 games when he went down on April 30.  With Buster Posey and now Freddy Sanchez…

  8. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Red Sox batter Kevin Youkillis celebrates his two-run home during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    As usual, the number in the parenthesis was last week’s ranking. 1. Red Sox (5): I had them ranked number one to start the season. I was only two-and-a-half months off! 2. Phillies (3): A good week, but the Cubs and Dodgers aren’t exactly fearsome, nor were the Nats and Pirates, who they faced the…

  9. So what do you think about the realignment thing?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    As Drew wrote over the weekend and as everyone has been talking about since, Major League Baseball is considering realignment. There are a couple of flavors to it:  either just having the Astros moving to the AL or having that happen plus the elimination of divisions.  As has frequently been noted in these reports, that…

  10. Derek Jeter: best shortstop in baseball history?

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    You know what I don’t much care for?  When folks overly-denigrate Derek Jeter. He will be and should be a first ballot hall of famer and stands among the best ever, so it bugs me a bit when people overstate his flaws by way of pointing out that, yes, he does indeed have some flaws.…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    What you missed while, once again, paying attention to the lesser sports.

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

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Milwaukee makes a statement, sweeping the formerly-first-place Cardinals. Shaun Marcum pitched seven strong innings and the Brewers came back from being down 3-0 after five and a half innings to taking the lead after six. The Brewers are the hottest team this side of Boston, methinks. Speaking of them … Red…

  13. Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter: “We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media…

  14. Joba Chamberlain to have Tommy John surgery

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    UPDATE: It’s official: Joba is going to have Tommy John surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Tough break, kid.  Or, well, tough tear. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Chamberlain’s name to The Human Fund. YESTERDAY, WHEN THERE WAS STILL HOPE LEFT IN THE WORLD: Bad news came back for Joba…

  15. The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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

    Yesterday Matthew ran down the immediate possibilities for the now-depleted Yankees bullpen. One of them he mentioned was Kevin Whelan, who has a 30/6 K/BB ratio and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s closer this season.  That possibility is now a reality as the Yankees have called him up. One would hope, if one…

  16. Must-click link: Tim Marchman on Bill Veeck

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Bill Veeck

    Over at Baseball Prospectus today, Tim Marchman writes a piece about Bill Veeck that isn’t like any piece you’ve read about Bill Veeck. It’s partially about Chicago (where Marchman lives and Veeck lived) but mostly about Veeck’s forays into way ahead-of-its-time baseball television. One of the things he did was a pilot for a show…

  17. Tony La Russa to overmanage his 5000th game tonight

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Ah, I kid La Russa, because he’s a kidder.  Wait, no he’s not. He’s one of the more humorless managers in recent history. Hmmm, how about I kid Tony La Russa because I’m just not that big a fan. But even if I’m not a fan I do admire and respect his accomplishments, which will…

  18. Nats’ draftee Zach Houchins is in Twitter trouble

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    The Nats’ 15th round pick was a shortstop named Zach Houchins, who played for  Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.  Mr. Houchins used to have a Twitter account, but he deleted it after people noticed that he had a bunch of inflammatory stuff on there.  A lesson Mr. Houchins was apparently not taught: deleting your Twitter account doesn’t really…

  19. Why are reporters in locker rooms anyway?

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Press

    Over at the Wall Street Journal today Craig Wolff writes about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time: what purpose, exactly, does it serve to have reporters in the locker room before and after games? Read the thinking-it-through parts of it all, which are good, but here’s the central question I think: In…

  20. HBT Daily: The at-bat walkup song draft

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    wutang

    We’re doing something a little different today. This time, with voting. Note. Tiffany says “I’m going getto. All the time.” And watch for the pic of Darth Vader.

  21. There’s a (sadly non-binding) fan poll for the Home Run Derby

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Home Run Derby

    I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently there is a fan poll in which people can vote for who they’d like to see in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.  You can vote here. Major League Baseball just announced who was leading the voting thus far: In the NL it’s Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and…

  22. Firing Bob Geren is not gonna solve the A’s problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    If you believe what we’ve been hearing about the Atheltics’ clubhouse issues — and I tend to believe it — Bob Geren had to go. He had lost his team, assuming he ever had ‘em, and it was time for a change. The second pass at all of that — that it wasn’t Bob Geren…

  23. How not to solve the Astros’ problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Biggio Bagwell

    Richard Justice has a story today in which he asks Lance Berkman about how the Astros should go about rebuilding when the new ownership group comes on board. I can’t say I disagree with most of what Berkman says. Sure, he’s a little too kind to the Astros’ current rotation, but it’s not like he’s…

  24. Is draft nepotism really a big deal?

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    I hate nepotism. I’d probably still hate nepotism even if I ever had a relative who could do me a favor, which I didn’t (damn). I’d probably still hate nepotism even if my first job in the law hadn’t been working for a guy who hired his son a couple of years later and treated him…

  25. David Ortiz and Josh Beckett blame the media for plunkings

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Here was David Ortiz after last night’s game, in which he was plunked: “I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit. I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.” Then Josh Beckett: “I’m still trying to figure…

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