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  1. Carlos Silva is calmed by … Carlos Zambrano

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a real man-bites-dog story today: Carlos Zambrano compassionately helping a teammate through a rough emotional time: “Right after I finished pitching, I texted Zambrano, and I was telling him, ‘Man, I don’t know what’s going on,’  ” Silva said. “What he told me in the text was, ‘You just need…

  2. Must-click link: Stephen Strasburg, mechanics and injuries

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    I tend to glaze over at most stories about pitching mechanics. They seem so jargony. I really have no idea what an “inverted W” is nor do I know why they don’t just call it an “M.” But today’s story by Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated is a different thing. It focuses on Stephen Strasburg…

  3. The Major Leagues and Minor Leagues will stay together a while longer

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Minor League baseball

    Maury reports that Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues — which is what you had no idea the affiliated minor leagues were called — have reached an agreement on a new six-year Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), extending through the 2020 season. An agreement, you ask? Why on Earth would they…

  4. UPDATE: It was Evan Longoria’s car that got boosted

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    UPDATE: Disregard all that wild speculation below. Turns out it was Evan Longoria’s car that was stolen, not Reggie Jackson’s. Oh well, I never was that good a detective. 3: 33 P.M.: I’m bored, so I’m going to channel my fictitious hero Daryl Zero and play detective with this story from Arizona that reader Bloodysock…

  5. Your obligatory Oliver Perez update

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    There are so many good players in Major League Baseball.  Why, then, I focus so much on one of the worst ones is beyond me. But I do, probably because of that contract. Anyway, here’s Oliver Perez‘s line against the Astros today: three innings, three earned runs — all in the first inning — four…

  6. Corey Hart was in the best shape of his life but he’s not anymore

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post had the tweet of the day earlier when he said that now is that time of the spring when all of those guys who said that they were in the best shape of their lives are breaking down. I literally lol’d. Tom Haudircourt has a concrete example of…

  7. News you can use: Top 10 beers available at Major League ballparks

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Anchor Steam

    Rob Iracane has a print-and-save article for you over at Big League Stew: “The top 10 brews available at MLB parks.” Warning: he hates on Natty Boh and other local beers with a long history but with a bad taste.  Which is exactly what he should do because we’re in this for the beer, not…

  8. So really, what does “he’s a ballplayer” actually mean?

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Yesterday I noted a couple of scouts referring to Melvin Mora as “a ballplayer” and mused what, if anything, that could mean. My suspicion was that it’s a term baseball people use to refer to a guy who they really like but whom it would be misleading to describe primarily in terms of phenomenal baseball…

  9. Coming soon: pitcher helmets

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Pitcher helmet

    Via Pete Abraham, we are pointed to a press release about a new product coming to a baseball diamond near you: helmets for pitchers. It actually appears to be more of a shield that fits over a cap, but I can’t tell. Head protection is head protection, I suppose. The press release makes mention of a high…

  10. Video: If you didn’t think Lenny Dykstra could get more pathetic

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to see Lenny Dykstra make a disgrace of himself just going about his daily business, but doing so by giving an obviously inebriated interview in which he says that Mitch Williams “doesn’t get it” because, I dunno, he didn’t commit suicide after the 1993 World Series or something is a new low.…

  11. Former employee of Kendry Morales’ former agents charged with grand theft

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    About a year ago Kendry Morales left his agents the Hendricks brothers and joined in with Scott Boras.  It came out soon after that there were allegations of financial impropriety. The allegation: that Hendricks employee Rodney Fernandez swiped hundreds of thousands of dollars from Morales’ account. Fernandez denied it at the time and pointed a…

  12. Twins to give away souvenir glorifying blatant cheating awful underhanded play*

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Hrbek Gant

    I think approximately 500 people sent me links to the pic of this Kent Hrbek-Ron Gant bobblehead when it started making the rounds a couple of weeks ago.  I held off writing about it because it’s not good to blog angry, but now the Twins have officially announced it as a promotion, so what the…

  13. Carlos Beltran sits for the second straight day with a sore knee

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran sat out of the Mets game yesterday due to soreness in his knee and is out once again today, presumably for the same reason. Beltran has yet to play his new position — right field — and the plan has been for him to DH for a week or so before tacking the…

  14. Don’t taunt Bryce Harper

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is still a work in progress. He should spend the whole season in the minors and likely will barring some gimmick callup at the end of the year to goose attendance.  But even if he needs to work on messing with ungodly major league offspeed stuff, he already knows how to quiet the…

  15. Muhammad Ali to visit White Sox camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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    The Greatest is going to go visit the Chisox: Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali visits with the team tomorrow, addressing his “Athletes for Hope” foundation, which asks that players give their time rather than money. “It’s a great inspiration for a lot of people,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after the White Sox’s 12-1 win…

  16. Buster Posey to make $575K this year

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Buster Posey has less than a year’s worth of service time, so he has zero leverage. If the Giants wanted to, then, they could pay him $417, 000 which is the MLB minimum.  His Rookie of the Year season has earned him a slight bump, however, as the Giants have decided to give him $575,000…

  17. Assistant GM Kim Ng leaving the Dodgers, joining MLB

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Kim Ng

    You may recall that some vacancies were created in MLB Baseball Operations yesterday.Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng is leaving the franchise to become senior vice president of baseball operations with Major League Baseball. Most people know Ng as the first woman to be seriously considered for GM jobs in MLB.…

  18. Other ballplayers players to testify against Barry Bonds

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The judge in the Barry Bonds case is going to allow other ballplayers who worked with Greg Anderson to testify, with the idea that if they knew what they were taking, Bonds probably did too: In a ruling filed Monday, Illston wrote that the athlete witnesses would provide evidence that “is relevant to the question…

  19. Marlins tickets are selling like hotcakes

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    For next year, that is, not this year: A section of premium seats behind home plate in the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark has sold out. The Marlins said Monday that all 379 diamond club seats have been bought for when the team moves into the park next year. The team says a majority of dugout…

  20. MLB lets some executives go

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Buster Olney reports that Major League Baseball has let three executives go as a part of its restructuring of the Baseball Operations operation.  The newly unemployed: Darryl Hamilton, Mike Port and Ed Burns. Hamilton was an assistant to Bud Selig and the other two worked under Bob Watson. Now Joe Torre is in charge of baseball…

  21. Dirk Hayhurst walks a fine line

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I’m an unabashed Dirk Hayhurst fanboy, based on “The Bullpen Gospels.” Of course, the dude still pitches and I couldn’t help but wonder as I was reading his book how his writing goes over with teammates.  Seems it’s a tad touchy, but Hayhurst makes it clear that he isn’t out to burn anyone and everyone…

  22. Melvin Mora to miss some time because of a car accident, which leads me to two random observations

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jack Magruder reports that Diamondbacks’ third baseman Melvin Mora was struck from behind in car accident and will miss a couple of days because of it. This is not major news, but I pass it along so I can put up two random spring training observations I didn’t get around to making last week: 1) Some…

  23. Did a Cardinals minor leaguer get a drug suspension for eating a steak?

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    Or a burger. Or some other beef-product. Larry at IIATMS has the interesting story of Lainer Bueno, beef products and the banned PED Clenbuterol. I have no idea if Bueno was using a PED intentionally and, given his stature as a player, it probably makes no real difference baseball history regardless.  But the uncertainty in fact…

  24. That’s just Manny bein’ … a hard worker

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince is down at Rays’ camp today, and Joe Maddon told him that Manny Ramirez has been “a joy.” And a hard worker too. Maddon gave Manny the day off yesterday, but he showed up anyway and was taking hacks in the batting cage at 8 a.m. Take that haters. That is, assuming…

  25. A renewed call for baseball to move the All-Star Game away from Arizona

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boycott Arizona

    There was a great deal of controversy over the 2011 All-Star Game being in Phoenix in the wake of Arizona passing its controversial immigration bill last year.  That more or less died down as an issue as far as baseball was concerned after the federal government sued Arizona over the law, suspending its implementation until…

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