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  1. Roy Oswalt “being eyed” by the Cardinals

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Phrasing. Seriously people. Just makes the Cardinals sound like creepers. But according to Nick Cafardo, the Cardinals are “eyeing” the free agent Oswalt. The free agent Oswalt who is open to a one-year deal and would be really attractive to any number of teams on such a basis. And who, back when he was on…

  2. So what should you do if you suspect a Hall of Fame candidate did steroids?

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    This morning I opined about the voters who leave Jeff Bagwell off their ballots because they suspect he did steroids. In the piece I explained what I took to be the thought process of such voters: either they know nothing about his PED use but merely have a hunch or else they know something but…

  3. MLB Network is going to cover the living hell out of the Hall of Fame vote announcement

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    The “Powell doctrine” mandates the use of overwhelming and decisive force in order to achieve the stated objective. Based on the press release I got a few minutes ago, MLB Network adheres to that doctrine when it comes to coverage of the Hall of Fame vote announcement on Monday: The results of the 2012 National…

  4. Coco Crisp to return to the A’s?

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    As we noted last night, Coco Crisp has decided where’s he’ll sign.  Where? This is pretty loose — even the guy passing it along, Jim Bowden, says it’s unconfirmed — but Bowden says that Coco Crisp is going to re-sign with the Oakland Athletics. If he did, it would make him on of the few…

  5. Three more Hall voters accuse Jeff Bagwell of being a juicer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Via The Platoon Advantage, we come across three more Hall of Fame voters, all from Chicago, who have determined based on either (a) nothing; or (b) rumor or information that they posses but don’t feel is up to the standards of being published in a piece of ethical journalism,* that Jeff Bagwell did steroids and…

  6. The Hall of Fame’s attendance is in decline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    There’s an article over at Sports Business Journal — sorry, subscription only — about the financials and attendance for the Hall of Fame. The money part sounds somewhat more dire than it may be in practice. The joint has lost money for seven of the past nine years, including a $2.36 million loss for 2010…

  7. Report: Yu Darvish is on his way to Texas

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    There’s a report from a Japanese paper that, as of last night, Yu Darvish was en route from Japan to Texas. There’s a Google Translate translation of it via Baseball Time in Arlington. While the Rangers and Darvish are currently in their 30-day window to negotiate a deal, there’s no sense, to the extent much…

  8. Hall of Fame projection: Larkin makes it, no one else

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    Every year Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times projects the results of the Hall of Fame vote. Not just who goes in, but the exact percentage of the vote each candidate gets. He’s pretty good at it:  In the past four years he has made predictions for 63 candidates. Fifty of those candidates have come…

  9. Hanley Ramirez is coming around to the idea of playing third base

    Jan 2, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Remember how Hanley Ramirez was all bent out of shape by the Marlins signing Jose Reyes and talking about moving him to third base?  Well, he — or his agent and/or P.R. team — has had a change of heart: “I have spoken with (manager Ozzie) Guillén and what we want is to win with…

  10. Vicente Padilla: “erect, proud, shining, and solid”

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Padilla_Vicente

    This is actually a Best Shape of His Life story, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use that phrase as a headline. It comes from a story by Osman Rosales Cruz at El Nuevo Diario in Nicaragua, where Vicente Padilla is plying his trade this winter. And it’s a thorough tongue-bathing.  Thanks a million to Nick…

  11. Could … no one get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

    Jan 2, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    Over at ESPN David Schoenfield points out something interesting. That while we’re all assuming that Barry Larkin — who got 62% of the vote last year — will be pushed over 75% of the vote and into the Hall of Fame this year, it’s not a mortal lock. At least if you look at the historic…

  12. Dr. Lupica will see you now

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Mike Lupica — who I’m sure has some sort of medical degree or else he wouldn’t be allowed to go after a doctor like this due to his total lack of expertise and credibility on such issues — is skeptical about the physician who treated A-Rod’s knee over in Germany: Nobody is saying that Wehling,…

  13. UPDATE: Darren Oliver, Blue Jays reach a one-year deal with a club option for 2013

    Dec 30, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    darren oliver getty

    UPDATE: T.R. Sullivan confirms the deal. It’s a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. 3:14 PM: Evan Grant reports that Darren Oliver is poised to sign with the Blue Jays. The terms are still unknown, but Oliver made $3.25 million last year and all he did was have the best season of his career…

  14. Chris Carpenter injured his toe fishing in South America

    Dec 30, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Remember how during the playoffs you couldn’t go ten friggin’ seconds without someone reminding you that Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter were best buddies and how they were going fishing in the Amazon in the offseason?  Well, they did.  And professional fisherman Skeet Reece went with them.  He blogged about it a couple of weeks…

  15. Andruw Jones signs with the Yankees

    Dec 30, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Everyone needs a lefty-masher off the bench. Andruw Jones was that for the Yankees last year. He will be again next year too: Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees just signed him. The deal: one year, $2 million plus incentives that can rack him up an additional $1.4 million. Not bad for a guy who hit .247/.356/.495…

  16. In which I pretend to be above passing along Derek and Minka news even though I’m really not

    Dec 30, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Jeter walks with girlfriend Kelly at Yankee Stadium after final game

    I got an email from a publicist a little while ago linking me to a report in “Life & Style Weekly” about Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly being back together. The email said that whoever writes about it “MUST CREDIT LIFE & STYLE WEEKLY.”  So this is credit. Here’s the story over there.  Though, really,…

  17. Why do you root for those guys? You’ve never lived there!

    Dec 30, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Braves Fans

    Even though he called me and my ilk “underwear guys” the other day, I still read George Vecsey in the Times. What can I say? He’s good. And he’s just about done, so no sense in boycotting him a day or two before his retirement. Today he tackles a subject close to my heart: rooting…

  18. Jordan Schafer was just ahead of his time, man

    Dec 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Lots of hand wringing when Astros’ center fielder Jordan Schafer was arrested with marijuana a couple of months ago. However, Courtland Milloy’s column in the Washington Post — passing along the results of a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine — may show that it wasn’t all bad, man: “Athletes under the…

  19. Ken Rosenthal’s eminently reasonable position on Jeff Bagwell and steroids

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Not sure why it’s so hard for Hall of Fame voters to get on board with the ideas that (a) it’s not fair to assume someone was on steroids when there is no evidence of it; and (b) Jeff Bagwell, on the merits, posted a Hall of Fame career. But considering it’s highly unlikely he’ll…

  20. College football will test the Yankee Stadium turf today

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Army v Rutgers

    Rutgers fans and New Yorkers will likely remember how the turf at Yankee Stadium didn’t do too well for college football when a game was played their last month.  Today the Pinstripe Bowl will be played — Rutgers again — and the New York Times has a story about all the precautions being taken to…

  21. Remembering Melvin Mora

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I made a joke on Twitter earlier about how we’d see just how desperate bloggers are for content by the number of “is Melvin Mora a Hall of Famer?”  posts written today.  Hey, he retired. That’s an easy one, right? I shouldn’t be so damn cynical, because Rob Neyer wrote up a nice Melvin Mora…

  22. Kobe Bryant does study and research for A-Rod

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was mentioned in that story about A-Rod’s knee procedure the other day that Kobe Bryant recommended the German doctor and the procedure to Rodriguez. Now there’s a bigger story about it, talking to Bryant: “You can’t just try something just to try it,” Bryant said. “It has to make sense. It has to be…

  23. The Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders

    Dec 29, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that the Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders. That makes them one of several teams that, for reasons that aren’t clear to me, are apparently interested in Joe Saunders. I swear, starting pitchers in December and January are like homely people in the bar at closing time. They…

  24. The IRS sued Hal Steinbrenner

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    The IRS has sued Hal Steinbrenner and his wife, seeking $670,000 back in a refund that the feds now claim was given erroneously. You can read about all the details here. That’s less than the Yankees paid Boone Logan last year, by the way, so I’m guessing this one will be settled pretty quickly.  

  25. The A’s to San Jose? Not so fast …

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    On Christmas Eve, while you were all drinking too much and having passive aggressive interactions with your families, Bob Nightengale reported that the Athletics’ long-awaited move to San Jose was finally poised to be approved by Major League Baseball. Only one problem: no one seems to have informed the Giants about this, and at least…

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