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  1. Quotes of the Day: Bud Selig Edition

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig is now officially-official as Commissioner for two more years, as the full slate of owners voted for him a few minutes ago. here was Bud’s statement: “I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years.…

  2. Billionaire who once proposed tearing down Dodger Stadium now bidding on the Dodgers

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Just about every day a new bidder on the Dodgers is revealed.  Most of them are billionaires you’ve never heard of.  Then some familiar names surface: … with its legal hostilities against the Dodgers ceased, Fox would like to buy back part of the team … Fox does not want to run the Dodgers again but…

  3. The Yankees will only give Edwin Jackson or Hiroki Kuroda a one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    This morning we heard that the Yankees were talking to Scott Boras about Edwin Jackson. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says, however, that the Yankees are only interested in a one-year deal for Edwin Jackson. Same for Hiroki Kuroda too. That’s certainly not what Jackson is interested in, but at times Kuroda has seemed…

  4. Must-click link: Rob Neyer on “integrity” and “character”

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    We hear so much about the steroids guys being kept out of the Hall of Fame because they fail the “integrity and character” test.  Specifically, the language right on the ballot that instructs the voters to consider “the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”…

  5. The Giants, Matt Cain have “a very healthy dialogue going” on an extension

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain‘s future in San Francisco is ensured through 2012 by virtue of the three-year contract he signed before the 2010 season. But the Giants would like to have him around longer, obviously.  Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News spoke with Giants VP Bobby Evans, and he sounds pretty optimistic about all of…

  6. Jeff Moorad may not be approved as the Padres owner

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    This is unexpected. Jeffrey Moorad is the Chief Executive of the San Diego Padres.  Over the past couple of years he has been slowly buying a stake in the team from John Moores, the longtime owner.  This was all negotiated as part of the sale of the team to Moorad nearly three years ago. Though…

  7. Joe Maddon’s contract talks are progressing

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon is only under contract with the Rays through 2012.  Managers — especially ones who just won the manager of the year award — don’t much like that. Just ask Phillip Seymour Hoffman who said as much in “Moneyball!” Back at the Winter Meetings Joe Maddon told the assembled press that he had made…

  8. Wait, Mariners games are blacked out in Alaska?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    alaska

    There are baseball fans in Alaska. It’s true!  And until this year they were able to see 150 Mariners games a year on the Root Sports cable network.  The big cable operator up there just dropped Root Sports, however, and added MLB Network.  Which led to this: The switch, though, means GCI customers will no…

  9. Does the BBWAA need more Craig Calcaterras and Aaron Gleemans?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Press box

    December and January get people like me talking way more about the Baseball Writers Association of America than any other time of the year. In December because the new memberships are voted on. In January because the Hall of Fame votes come out. We talk about the politics of the organization.  Its purpose in a…

  10. Mattingly signs with the Yankees

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Yankees logo

    Eh, sorry. Sometimes even I can’t resist the gimmick headlines: A Mattingly will be back in uniform in the New York Yankees’ organization this year – Preston. The 24-year-old son of the former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract with New York. Preston is not exactly a…

  11. Hal Steinbrenner met with Scott Boras about Edwin Jackson

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Edwin Jackson apparently wants five years at $15 million per.  No one really wants to pay that. Including the Yankees, who have — to the surprise of many — decided to actually operate like a business as opposed to Richard Pryor in “Brewster’s Millions” this offseason.  Imagine. But the fact is that the Yankees could…

  12. Bud Selig’s contract extension approved

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee

    As reported a couple of days ago, an executive council of baseball’s owners yesterday agreed to give Bud Selig a two-year contract extension.  It was unanimous, though later the Giants owners lodged a formal objection because they thought they were giving the 78-year-old Selig a two-year deal to play shortstop, not be the Commissioner. I…

  13. Scott Boras met with the Nationals owners last night

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with Prince Fielder‘s agent, the one and only Scott Boras, last night at the owners meetings. Kilgore’s sources don’t know the details of the conversation, but my guess is that they weren’t reminiscing about how swell the Jayson Werth contract has…

  14. Wanna buy John Smoltz’s house?

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Smoltz House

    John Smoltz was a great pitcher. He made a lot of money pitching. With that money, he bought a crazy-big house that, even though he had four kids, is about ten times too big for any human-scale family. It has ten bedrooms and 14 bathrooms and is over 18,000 square feet.  Maybe it would be…

  15. Joe Posnanski does Joe Posnanski things with the Hall of Fame results

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bob Horner

    It’s kind of hard to summarize a Joe Posnanski blog post because they tend to be about 6 things, cover about 4,000 words and do way better on their own than any summary can really handle.  But there is a new Joe Posnanski post up about the Hall of Fame and, as always, it’s chock…

  16. There’s “a 99 percent chance” that the Nationals won’t sign Prince Fielder? Really?

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:50 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

    Poor Prince Fielder. Looks like he’s going to have to go to the unemployment office soon. Maybe look for a job at a Barnes and Noble or something. Because apparently no one wants to sign him.  Here’s Bill Ladson of MLB.com: There is a “99 percent” chance that the Nationals will not sign free-agent first…

  17. Report: Cubs, Kerry Wood close to a one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    kerry wood getty

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Cubs and Kerry Wood are close to signing a one-year deal with an option for 2013.  The terms aren’t known, but it was reported yesterday that it would represent a “substantial raise” over what he made in 2011.  Which was less than $2 million, so you figure it would…

  18. UPDATE: Luke Scott signs with the Rays

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    UPDATE:  Scott has come to an agreement pending a physical, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal is beleived to be one year plus an option. 1:15 PM: Topkin just tweeted that the Rays are “moving closer” to signing Scott. 10:32 AM: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said yesterday that the Rays…

  19. A proposal to resolve the Giants-Athletics territorial dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    The A’s and the Giants have been at odds over the territorial rights to San Jose for a long time now. In fact, I believe we’re coming up on the third anniversary of launching of the famous MLB study that was designed to solve that problem in the first place.  I’m sure they’re almost done!…

  20. Read baseball blog posts; support Doctors Without Borders

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    DWOB

    Some of us blog about baseball for money. Most blog about baseball for the love.  Then — sometimes — someone blogs about baseball for a good cause.  That’s what’s going on at Old Time Family Baseball this weekend, and for that reason you should check it out. This Saturday, January 14th, Old Time Family Baseball’s…

  21. MLB Network to launch a game show that sounds kinda neat

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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    I once tried out for “Jeopardy!”  Passed the test and went on to the practice game.  They said I was “in the contestant pool” but they never called me.  Since then I’ve had one boss and four coworkers who have gone on “Jeopardy!”, all of whom won at least once and two of whom were…

  22. Ron Swanson’s Baseball Hall of Fame

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Ron Swanson

    As happens every year, the days after the Hall of Fame announcement are filled with people making suggestions about how to fix the Hall of Fame, the voting and all of that. There are tiers suggested, in which Babe Ruth and Willie Mays sit on top and Jim Rice, George Kell and Lloyd Waner rest…

  23. Poll: In the wake of the Ryan Madson deal, who’s the biggest sucker?

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    madson getty

    Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson just signed a deal with the Reds for $8.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a little more.  Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer for $50 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a lot more. Now, to be clear, I…

  24. The Mets are close to closing on five of those $20 million ownership stakes

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The New York Daily News reports that the New York Mets are close to sealing the deal on five of the $20 million shares they’ve been trying to sell. The owners have been approved by Major League Baseball and the deals could close by the end of the month.  The Daily News: With that, the…

  25. Dodgers, Fox settle TV rights dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    The last possible thing preventing Frank McCourt from meeting his deadline to sell the Dodgers by April 30 was the ongoing litigation he and the Dodgers had with Fox over the Dodgers’ desire to auction off future broadcast rights prior to a sale.  That potential barrier is gone now, as the Dodgers and Fox have…

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