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  1. Carlos Beltran will bat second for the Cardinals

    Dec 23, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    beltran getty

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Bernie Miklasz today that he envisions Carlos Beltran batting second in the Cardinals lineup.  So the presumption is: 1. Furcal 2. Beltran 3. Holliday 4. Berkman 5. Freese 6. Molina And then whatnot and so forth and the pitcher most likely ninth because Tony La Russa isn’t around to…

  2. Bob Nightengale’s Hall of Fame ballot is unusual

    Dec 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted his Hall of Fame ballot earlier today. It’s somewhat unusual as far as these things go: Barry Larkin, Rafael Palmeiro, Fred McGriff, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. Nightengale then said that he votes for PED guys because we’ll never know who did and who didn’t use.  That explains his vote for Rafael…

  3. So, thinking about investing in the Mets? About that …

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    mets logo

    This is fun. Adam Gross from the Metsonline blog talked to a financial industry source to get an assessment of the merits of those minority stakes the Mets are trying to sell off. Click through for the detailed comments of the financial guy. In the meantime, here is the upshot: He basically responded saying that…

  4. Logan Morrison is off limits

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Every time there has been talk of a trade involving the Marlins, Logan Morrison‘s name comes up.  It should probably stop coming up, though, because the Marlins consider him — and Mike Stanton, duh — off limits.  All of that can be found in a decent “state of the Marlins trade chits” article by Joe…

  5. Comment of the Day: my Jack Morris bias is revealed

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    A reader took issue with my “I wouldn’t vote for Jack Morris” comment in the Vinny Castilla post: Your B.S. about Morris not deserving the hall because he gave up so many runs during his wins & that his most wins in the 80’s is an over inflated stat during a meaningless time period is…

  6. Vinny Castilla is getting at least one Hall of Fame vote

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Vinny Castilla

    Dave Krieger of the Denver Post has a fine Hall of Fame ballot for the most part:  Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Barry Larkin​, Jack Morris​, Tim Raines​ and Alan Trammell​.  I wouldn’t vote for Morris, of course, but I’d gladly take his induction if it meant Raines, Trammell and Bagwell got in, so it’s all good.…

  7. So I finally saw “Moneyball” last night

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Mildly embarrassing confession: I never got around to seeing “Moneyball” when it was out at the theater. I don’t know why. It just never happened. Finally got to see it last night. And for the life of me, I can’t really say anything intelligent about it. The biggest reason: I watched it with two people who were not…

  8. Report: Gio Gonzalez traded to the Nats for four top prospects

    Dec 22, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    There were multiple reports in the past hour or so that the Athletics were moving close to trading Gio Gonzalez, with most suggesting the Nationals as the most likely destination and some random Red Sox speculation.  Now Keith Law reports that a deal has been struck:  Gonzalez to the Nationals for four prospects: A.J. Cole, Brad…

  9. The Braves won’t trade Jair Jurrjens within the division

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    jurrjens throws getty

    The Braves seem pretty set on trading Jair Jurrjens. I’m OK with that. They have oodles of starting pitching coming up through the system and they’re not going to be able to keep both Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson as each of them get expensive.  Trade JJ and get a shortstop or a bat or some…

  10. How can we even think about what the Bill Conlin story means for the Hall of Fame?

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    I’ve tried really hard to not think too deeply about what the Bill Conlin allegations might mean for the Hall of Fame. For a couple of reasons, really. For one thing, the Spink Award, which makes Conlin “a Hall of Famer,” isn’t really an induction into the Hall of Fame. It’s really just the inclusion…

  11. So did anyone come close to the Rangers’ bid for Darvish, or not?

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Yesterday we heard that the Toronto Blue Jays came really close to the Rangers’ $51.7 million bid for Yu Darvish.  As the day wore on into night, however, multiple reports surfaced suggesting that, no, the Jays didn’t bid that high and that in fact no team came anywhere close to what the Rangers’ bid. I’ll…

  12. The Indians are interested in Carlos Beltran too

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Yesterday it was said that five teams were on Carlos Beltan’s short list. Four were named. Which means … Mystery Team. Sadly, Buster Olney put his Jessica Fletcher pearls on and solved that mystery: the Cleveland Indians. Ken Rosenthal confirms and argues that Beltran may be a good fit in Cleveland. Not sure I’m buying…

  13. Nightmare fuel: Seasons Greetings from the Atlanta Braves

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT


    In the past few days I’ve come to grips with the fact that the Braves aren’t gonna get a shortstop. And I learned that they’re getting into a dumb copyright fight with Disney. These are the usual sort of things that make one roll one’s eyes at the team they love, but it’s survivable. Not…

  14. PSA: Joe Buck is on Twitter

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Joe Buck

    Hey guys, you can quit talking smack about Joe Buck in our comment threads. If you have any smack to talk about Joe Buck, tell the man himself at his new Twitter account: @Buck. So far it appears to be him and not some assistant doing PR tweets. Which is always a plus.  And he…

  15. The Cubs are on track for “a complete and total rebuild”

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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

    Still thinking the Cubs are going to get in on Prince Fielder? Think again. David Kaplan of reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to completely blow things up and that Fielder is not in the offing: “After speaking with several baseball sources over the past few days I am hearing that a…

  16. The BBWAA makes a second attempt at an official statement

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Winner of J.G. .Taylor Spink Award Sportswriter Bill Conlin speaks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

    Yesterday’s official statement by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Bill Conlin was a dud. So they’ve tried again. This time an actual writer — BBWAA president Bill Shaikin — puts his name to it: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations involving Bill Conlin and we extend our sympathies to…

  17. The Mets are dropping a minor league team

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    mets logo

    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets are dropping one of their minor league teams: “For 2012, we will be conducting our three Rookie League teams in Kingsport, TN and out of our facility in the Dominican Republic and will not operate a team in the Gulf Coast League,” read a statement sent…

  18. The top ten HBT posts of 2011

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz

    Gleeman and I spend a lot of time chatting during the day, and one of the few recurring topics of conversation that doesn’t involve Coen Brothers movies is the correlation between meaningful stories and stories that get a lot of traffic. While we don’t set out to write about things that will make people click…

  19. The hit and run play: is it worth it?

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Third Base Coach

    The hit and run play: when it works and the batter pokes a single through the right side of the infield resulting in runners on the corners and nobody out, boy, it’s a thing of friggin’ beauty.  When it doesn’t and results in a strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play it’s the most maddening thing on the planet.…

  20. BBWAA members don’t seem terribly pleased by the BBWAA’s statement on Bill Conlin

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    As Matthew noted last night, the BBWAA issued a statement in the wake of the Bill Conlin ugliness.  It was strange to see it and, in my mind, pretty ill-advised. Why say anything now? Given the gravity of the allegations, who gives a damn about what it all means for the Spink Award?  While I…

  21. Carlos Beltran expected to sign this week

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Carlos Beltran is expected to sign this week.  He apparently has multiple offers of between two and three years. Among the teams in play: the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays, Cardinals and one other NL team. Guess that one other team isn’t the Braves. Because that…

  22. The Red Sox and “several other teams” have expressed interest in Andruw Jones

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Mark Feinsand says that, despite the fact that everyone assumed Andruw Jones would be back with the Yankees in 2012, talks have sort of been going nowhere and now other teams — including the Boston Red Sox — are calling on Jones. And why not? Jones hit .247/.356/.495 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 222…

  23. NBC SportsTalk: Is Yu Darvish worth the price?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking about Yu Darvish.  Feel free to watch the clip for my analysis of his prospects in the major leagues. Of course, if you read HBT you’ve read as much, so don’t assume I’m breaking new ground. No, the real reason you should watch it is because I…

  24. What will your $20 million get you if you buy into the Mets?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Rich and Famous

    As we know, the Wilpons are selling off minority stakes in the New York Mets. They want multiple investors to give them $20 million a pop for a non-controlling interest. Now, anyone familiar with close corporations knows that having that kind of stake in such a business — especially a family business — is an…

  25. That Philly sex-for-World-Series-tickets lady had her conviction overturned

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT


    Remember Susan Finkelstein? Of course you do. She was the woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who was busted trying to trade sex for 2009 World Series tickets. She was acquitted on prostitution charges in the spring of 2010 but was convicted of attempted prostitution. But now her conviction has been overturned and her name has been cleared! Basically!…

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