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  1. Tony La Russa employs political decoys

    May 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Lohse as La Russa2

    Strong leaders have used political decoys for centuries. While primarily a security tool/assassination defense, political decoys can be an effective means of political control as well. Indeed, if prudently deployed, they can make the leader appear more robust and active than he otherwise is, showing up on battle lines, shaking his fist defiantly at those…

  2. Selig on MLB’s investigation of the Dodgers: “nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense”

    May 12, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

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

    That was Bud Selig’s response to questions about MLB’s look into the Dodgers’ finances after the Owners’ Meetings adjourned today.  The message: while Frank McCourt says we’re simply trying to run out the clock as he gets closer and closer to failing to make payroll at the end of the month, that’s simply not true.…

  3. Nolan Ryan now controls the Rangers

    May 12, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Well, for all practical purposes he has controlled them for a long time, but as of today it became official, with the other owners approving his elevation at the Owners’ Meetings.  The official press release: Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that the Major League owners have formally approved the designation of Nolan…

  4. HBT Daily: Ballplayers have lives away from the field

    May 12, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Be it because of paternity leave or family peril, Tiffany and I agree that ballplayers should not be slammed for taking some time away

  5. Clubhouse theft is the new hotness

    May 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Just as the New York Mets’ longtime clubhouse manager is charged with stealing stuff from the Mets, we have word of another clubhouse theft. This time, however, it doesn’t sound like an inside job: Authorities in New York say a Massachusetts man is accused of stealing Boston Red Sox memorabilia from Fenway Park. Suffolk County District…

  6. Law geek corner: considering Barry Bonds’ obstruction conviction

    May 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    I know a lot of you are sick of this, but there are a bunch of lawyers who hang around here too, and this is for them. It’s an article over at The National Law Review, considering the curious nature of the Barry Bonds conviction for obstruction of justice on a question that he ultimately answered.…

  7. Should the Royals lock up Eric Hosmer now?

    May 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Eric Hosmer has played exactly five games in the major leagues and has made exactly 22 plate appearances. And Sam Mellinger of the KC Star says the Royals should lock him up right now: Five games into his big-league career and he’s already batting third and drawing comparisons to Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez. That’s…

  8. Good news: Cano is day-to-day following his beaning (with bonus video)

    May 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    As Drew noted last night, Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a Nate Adcock pitch in the fifth inning of the Yankees-Royals game.  Good news this morning: Cano’s CT scan came back negative and, while he’ll probably sit out today’s series finale against the Royals, he is day-to-day and could very well be…

  9. Terry Francona fined, avoids a suspension, for his dustup with Joe West

    May 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Terry Francona was tossed from last Friday’s game after arguing an Angel Hernandez balk call (Really? Angel Hernandez called a controversial balk? Shocking.)  In the course of that fracas, Francona and Joe West went at it a bit and bumped into each other several times, mostly at Joe West’s instigation, it seemed. The disciplinary verdict…

  10. The White Sox are going with a six-man rotation

    May 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    peavy throws

    As has been suggested ever since it became clear that, yes, Jake Peavy was actually coming back, starting tomorrow, the White Sox are going to go with a six-man rotation. Today Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago has the complete breakdown of the schedule and the White Sox’ starters’ splits on four, five and six days’…

  11. Paul Konerko: speed and defense

    May 12, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Paul Konerko had a ridiculous night for the White Sox last night.  Check out the behind-the-back toss to get the last out of the game. Check out the leaping stab he made just before that. Dude also had an infield single and stole a base. Between the leather and the speed, it’s everything we’ve come to…

  12. Bryce Harper is simply toying with the Sally League

    May 12, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is 18-years-old. Most guys his age will just be getting drafted next month or heading to college in the fall. As such, he is painfully young to be playing full-season A-ball right now, but there he is in the Sally League. And he’s making a mockery of it. Yesterday he went 4-for-5 with a…

  13. John Lackey is not in a good place

    May 12, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Before we get into this, I gotta say that the Boston Globe dropped the ball with their “Lackey shellacked” headline this morning.  Wouldn’t “shelLackeyed” have been way better?  What? Don’t look at me like that. Anyway, John Lackey was simply terrible last night, going down to his third straight defeat after allowing nine runs on nine…

  14. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    The stuff you missed last night, served up in a piping hot tortilla. Sausage is extra.

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 12, 2011, 5:46 AM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Lackey leaves the game in Toronto

    Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 3: Who is hated more in Boston right now: John Lackey or Lebron James? Probably Lackey. Dude even hates himself. His quote after the game — and I am not making this up — “Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you.”  Man, way to take…

  16. The Yankees expect CC Sabathia is going to remain with the Yankees beyond 2011

    May 11, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    CC Sabathia has an opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, but Buster Olney is talking to Yankees people, and they say that they expect Sabathia to say in New York beyond 2011. Which doesn’t mean that Sabathia won’t opt-out.  Indeed, even if he wants to stay with the Yankees and they want to…

  17. Grady Sizemore to get an MRI on his knee

    May 11, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    sizemore runs

    Grady Sizemore slid hard into second base in the sixth inning of last night’s Rays-Indians game. A few minutes ago he left the Indians’ clubhouse in street clothes, obviously not playing tonight.  The Indians have just revealed that Sizemore is going to get an MRI on the knee. Which, thankfully, is not the same knee…

  18. Driving Lenny Dykstra

    May 11, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Dykstra

    Scott Engel of RotoExperts has an exclusive story in which he interviewed a guy Lenny Dykstra hired to drive him around New York for a few days.  That sounds like it might be a rather attenuated account of the Life of Dykstra, but the details in there paint a highly depressing picture that, in many…

  19. Jeff Francoeur explains why he gave Charlie Samuels $50,000

    May 11, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Francoeur_Jeff

    As reported this morning, former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was arrested today, accused of gambling with mobbed-up bookies, stealing Mets’ equipment and memorabilia and committing fraud.  You know, typical New York stuff. You may recall that last fall when this all hit the news Jeff Francoeur‘s name popped up by virtue of him writing…

  20. Willy Aybar was imprisoned for beating his wife back in January

    May 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    This morning I made a joke about Willy Aybar signing with Edmonton in the independent leagues, saying that he was being sent to baseball Siberia. Well, if this report is true, baseball Siberia is way too good for him.  Real Siberia is too good for him.  Frankly, he can take a flying leap into the abyss for…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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:…

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

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