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  1. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the MLB’s approval of owners

    May 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The other day Bud Selig was on Mike Lupica’s radio show* and, when asked about how Frank McCourt got the Dodgers in the first place, said that he was really the only viable bidder. That may be technically true given Selig’s definition of viable bidder, but Buster Olney makes a damn fine point about that in…

  2. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 11, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    We did the reader questions on HBT Daily an hour ago or so. Here are the leftovers. Which, like pizza and lasagna and Thanksfiving stuff, is better than when they were served fresh.  There were not quite as many questions this week since we did it on such short notice, but some good ones all…

  3. Update: Astros sale could be completed by next week

    May 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    UPDATE:  Zachary Levine reports that the sale of the Astros could be completed by next week. If so, ownership of the Astros could be transferred as early as July. Tuesday: 5:07 PM:  Drayton McLane has commented on this morning’s report that he and Jim Crane have all but completed a deal to sell the Astros:…

  4. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    May 11, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    We make HBT history today. I believe, unless someone remembers differently, that this is the first time I’ve used the word “crapper” on video.

  5. Will a woman ever play in the majors? Don’t ask major league executives about it.

    May 11, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Japanese female knuckleballer makes debut against men

    There’s a story up by Pat Borzi of espnW about the possibility of a woman making the major leagues.  The most interesting passage in the whole piece, however, has little to do with the chances of that actually occurring on the merits but which is quite telling about it happening in reality. After reviewing the…

  6. Report: Steve Cohen buy-in to the Mets is off

    May 11, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    At least I think that’s what this report is saying.  The headline is highly misleading: “Steve Cohen will not buy Mets for $840 million.” Which is fine, but he was never reported to be doing that. He was reported to be buying a stake in the $200 million neighborhood. The post itself seems to be saying that’s…

  7. Francoeur: move the fences in at Citi Field to help “poor David” Wright

    May 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Wright

    Someone told Jeff Francoeur that his former Mets’ teammate David Wright wasn’t happy with Citi Field, and Francoeur responded: “Poor David hits the ball to right-center so well and there it’s an out. They’ve gotta shorten the park up. It’s huge. I’m not saying make it a bandbox like Philadelphia, but they have to do something.”…

  8. Frank McCourt will try — and fail — to work the halls at the owners’ meetings

    May 11, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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

    The quarterly owners’ meetings take place today and tomorrow in New York and, as Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes, despite the fact that the state of the Dodgers is not on the meeting agenda, Frank McCourt has a big lobbying job on his hands: There will be pleasantries. How was your flight? Where…

  9. Tim Wakefield would consider playing for another team

    May 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    When Tim Wakefield took what was, essentially a year-to-year contract with the Red Sox, and even since that deal expired, it seemed pretty clear that his preference was either to play in Boston or not play at all.  But as Rob Bradford of WEEI reports, that’s not necessarily the case: Tim Wakefield, who will become…

  10. Mets former clubhouse manager to be arrested today

    May 11, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember last fall how it was revealed that Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary was running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? Yeah, well, he’s going to be arrested today and charged with theft and many, many other things, I’m sure. For those in…

  11. The HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 11, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    Know what? We post an awful damn lot here at HBT.  Sometimes so much that even I can’t keep up and this is my job.  That’s especially true in the evenings when I’m putting my kids to bed and watching baseball. Know what else? In the past couple of weeks we’ve been posting even more…

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

    May 11, 2011, 6:08 AM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    The lesson from Tuesday: Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum and Ian Kennedy simply don’t know how to win.

  13. Great Moments in magical thinking

    May 10, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Berkman_Lance

    I’m struggling to decide what to make of this bit of analysis of Lance Berkman’s season from Joel Sherman in today’s New York Post: The Yankees lineup would look a lot more fierce with him as the DH while he has shown a renewed athleticism that he could have mixed in at first, left and…

  14. C.J. Wilson complains that the Athletics play “lawyer ball”

    May 10, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    C.J. Wilson did not have a good game last night. He only allowed two hits — one was a three-run homer, sadly — but he walked five Athletics while giving up five runs in seven innings.  Based on his postgame comments, it would seem that the walks got to him a bit: “It’s like obviously…

  15. Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez is in hot water over mad tweeting

    May 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

    Baseball people: don’t tweet angry. Ozzie Guillen learned that the hard way. Now it seems that Pirates’ prospect Tony Sanchez is about to as well. Last night Sanchez’s team, the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, lost their game to Harrisburg when, in the bottom of the ninth, Harrsiburg scored on a fielder’s choice that…

  16. HBT Daily: Talking offense and fraternization with Joe Sheehan

    May 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Joe Sheehan stays up all hours of the night watching sports and writing his daily newsletter. And I asked him to call in at 9AM to talk to me about the stark decrease in offense in recent years. And he did it! Sucker.

  17. To the players, the rivalries aren’t that big of a deal for their own sake

    May 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Image (1) red%20sox%20yankees%20fight.jpg for post 5030

    Following up on that stuff about fraternization from yesterday: I wasn’t aware of it until a reader told me yesterday, but there is a rule against players making nice before games. It’s Rule 3.09: Players in uniform shall not address or mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands before, during, or after a game.…

  18. Jim Bowden has some ideas about DUIs in baseball

    May 10, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Drunk Driving sign

    When I saw Jim Bowden’s post over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot about how to deal with baseball’s DUI epidemic, my first thought was to tackle it on the merits. But then I saw this tweet from Will Leitch: Jim Bowden is writing about how to curb DUI arrests in baseball on ESPN. Somehow, he didn’t…

  19. More stuff on the future of beat writing, featuring Marc Carig and Baseball Prospectus

    May 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Press

    Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for the Newark Star-Ledger, is one of my favorite beat writers in the business. In addition to covering the beat bases as he should, he’s intellectually curious, inquisitive and analytical, which allows him to pull off the tough trick of appealing to both the common fan and to the…

  20. Lenny Dykstra claims he has been tortured, abused and otherwise done wrong

    May 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    The New York Post, abdicating most of whatever residual claim it had to being a news outlet as opposed to an entertainment outlet, decided to give recently-indicted sad sack Lenny Dykstra a column today.  You will not be at all surprised to learn that it contains all of the usual cliches one hears from recently-indicted…

  21. Tony La Russa won’t manage the Cardinals tonight

    May 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As Matthew mentioned, Tony La Russa went to have doctors check out the condition that has left his right eye swollen and painful and has left him fatigued.  The verdict: shingles, which are proving to be antibiotic resistant and which are making La Russa miserable. As a result of it, La Russa is taking tonight’s game…

  22. Frank McCourt could file for bankruptcy

    May 10, 2011, 9:33 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

    Because the Dodgers situation isn’t complicated enough, it’s probably time to throw bankruptcy into the mix: Major League Baseball is preparing for the possibility that Frank McCourt might take the Dodgers into bankruptcy court before the league could strip him of the team … The league is “looking hard” at that option, said a personal familiar with the matter…

  23. Katie bar the door: It’s Roy Halladay vs. Josh Johnson tonight

    May 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Johnson Halladay

    I know that at 9:00 in the morning most of you are still looking back at last night’s action instead of ahead to tonight’s, but sorry, I can’t wait.  I’m rather excited about Roy Halladay and the Phillies facing Josh Johnson and the Marlins. It was a little less than a year ago when these…

  24. Some more details on the Steinbrenner stuff

    May 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    George Steinbrenner AP

    Yesterday there were two reports spinning out of FOIA requests related to George Steinbrenner. One dealing with his criminal conviction for campaign finance law violations and one related to his pardon request, which was supported by multiple instances of Steinbrenner assisting the FBI. Today the New York Times has more details about those things, including…

  25. A stadium plan in Las Vegas?

    May 10, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign

    I’ve long been skeptical of the idea of Major League Baseball moving to Las Vegas. Mostly because I don’t see the economics working out. The economy is in the toilet. Those who do have jobs and homes that aren’t in foreclosure work a disproportionate number of nights. While there are a lot of moneyed tourists…

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