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  1. Report: it’s “100 percent certain” that Pujols will stay with the Cardinals

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! spoke with an MLB executive who says he’s “100 percent certain” Albert Pujols will re-sign with the Cardinals.  The reason: no one else is really showing interest. At least no one with the kind of money to outbid St. Louis. I’ve kinda assumed this for a while. It was just bad timing…

  2. The Astros clean house: Ed Wade, Tal Smith fired

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Shakeup time:  the Astros have announced that president of baseball operations Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade have been fired. the moves come a week after Jim Crane took control of the team.  It was not terribly surprising. The team said assistant general manager David Gottfried will serve as interim general manager but is not…

  3. Ned Colletti thinks James Loney is going to get superpowers or something next year

    Nov 25, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    James Loney

    I haven’t had MLB Network Radio on this afternoon because I’m too busy listening to the new Vaccines album on my speakers wot go to 11.  But apparently something interesting was said about James Loney. From Mel Antonen’s Twitter feed: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at…

  4. Red Sox: It’s down to Gene Lamont and Bobby V. It’s gonna be Bobby V.

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Alex Speier of WEEI talked to a team source who says that the Red Sox — who had Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine in for interviews earlier this week — don’t plan on talking to anyone else.  It’s gonna be one of those two guys. I’ve promised my hat for these purposes several times, but…

  5. The Blue Jays wanted Clay Buchholz for John Farrell

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    We learned the other day that the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into letting them interview John Farrell for their open manager’s job.  The Blue Jays, however, have a policy of not giving permission for their people to interview for lateral moves, so that didn’t go anywhere. But the Jays weren’t totally closed…

  6. Indians unveil new uniforms. We think.

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    I was directed to a web page this morning which was billed as the Indians unveiling “new uniforms for 2012.”  This was the picture on that web page: You tell me what’s different, because I’m sort of not seeing it. Based on this pic it appears as though the white piping around the neck and…

  7. Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible. Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In…

  8. Happy Thanksgiving HBT Nation/Universe

    Nov 24, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving may be the most unbaseball holiday. It’s far enough removed from last season to where the taste has left our mouths, still too far from the next season for our appetites to be rewarded. It’s usually cold, often gray. Someone always has a football game on. It’s probably still my favorite holiday, though.  Yes,…

  9. Must-click link: An insanely extended interview with Pete Rose

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    Yahoo!’s Dave Brown took his Answer Man alter ego to Vegas and he talked with Pete Rose … forever.  It was a great interview, though.  Topics ranging from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series vs. Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, gambling, his bannination from baseball and, of course, Milk Duds. Just read…

  10. Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement: What am I referring to? The decision to increase…

  11. The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace: When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages…

  12. Occupy Yankee Stadium! The Yankees raise the price of bleacher seats

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    The Yankees have either kept prices level or even lowered some prices on tickets for 2012, but the bleacher seats are another story: New York said Tuesday the price of bleacher seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5. “The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and…

  13. Muppets-as-ballplayers? Yes, Muppets-as-ballplayers

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Scooter

    It’s 10:30 and I can already tell it’s going to be one of those days.  Stick around until this afternoon and I might upload a video of me singing the national anthem or something. Anyway: Larry Granillo cast various Muppets as their ballplayer counterparts. Derek Jeter as Kermit.  A-Rod as Miss Piggy.  You get the…

  14. Thanks, dude

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Baseball Bank

    Most people are either already travelling or pretending to work today or something, so I can be forgiven for a personal post, right?  Of course I can. I got an unexpected package today from an old friend.  In it was this baby: a vintage cast iron mechanical baseball bank: Yes, I see the ump’s right…

  15. Is 2012 Mariano Rivera’s last year?

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    In terms of things that may force Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, I’ll put “needing to cut back his hours so he can remain eligible for Social Security” at the top of the list. It’s certainly more plausible than “the Yankees won’t want him back” and “he can’t get guys out anymore.” For his part, Rivera said…

  16. People are reaching out to Joe Torre to join groups bidding on the Dodgers

    Nov 23, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre has a job:  he’s the guy who has to deliver bad news for MLB, fine people and offer rather incoherent defenses of the league’s current instant replay policy. It’s a full time gig. But is there something else in his future? Like, say … becoming part owner and potential president/figurehead of the Los…

  17. DWI policy, maple bats, new helmets all part of the new collective bargaining agreement

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    David Wright helmet

    More health and safety stuff from the new collective bargaining agreement.  First, let’s call this new part the “2011 DUI-fest Memorial Contract Provision”: The parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or other…

  18. The new CBA requires players to hide their smokeless tobacco

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    There are so many details of the new collective bargaining agreement spinning out this afternoon in various reports and tweets that it’s probably useful to have a link to a full outline of the new deal.  Here is that outline, courtesy of MLB.com. One of the interesting items: a nod to the recent push, signed…

  19. Ryan Braun is your 2011 NL MVP

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Congratulations to Ryan Braun for beating out Matt Kemp for the 2011 NL MVP.  A big assist to the other Milwaukee Brewers for being better than the Los Angeles Dodgers, thereby making Braun more valuable.  At least I guess that’s how that worked. Braun received 20 of the 32 first place votes, Kemp got 10…

  20. On second thought: the new CBA sells amateurs down the river

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    In the blogging game, speed often rules. Sometimes you can be too fast, however. That happened a few minutes ago when I broke down the new collective bargaining agreement. Within about five minutes of that post going live, a number of details started spilling out about the thing, and a lot of those details are…

  21. The new HGH testing will be kind of weird

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    The announcement that the new collective bargaining agreement provides for testing for HGH was a bit surprising, but the way it’s being implemented is kind of surprising too.  Here’s a mashup of Buster Olney’s tweets in the past few minutes reporting on that: On HGH testing: It’s TBD when/if it goes into effect. There will…

  22. UPDATE: Let’s not call the new collective bargaining agreement a success just yet

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Handshake

    UPDATE:  I need to walk this one back quite a bit, as many new details emerged about the new CBA after I posted it.  Here are some of those details which change my assessment of this quite a bit. 12:37 PM: At 1PM Eastern the MLB Network will have the news conference announcing the new…

  23. NL MVP preview: it’s a two-man race

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    It doesn’t get much closer than this when it comes to a couple of MVP candidates. Player A:  .332/.397/.597, 33 HR, 111 RBI, 109 runs Player B: .324/.399/.586, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 111 runs But then you add in that Player A played a pedestrian-to-bad left field and Player B played a good center field,…

  24. The Cubs will shop Matt Garza

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Cubs are willing to move Matt Garza. This makes a lot of sense given how thin the free agent pitching market is.  Garza had a 3.32 ERA and 197/63 K/BB ratio in 198 innings this year. He’s only a second-year arbitration-eligible player and he made just under $6 million last year.…

  25. The Marlins “flatly rejected” the Athletics’ demands for Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Yesterday we talked about the Marlins’ interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez.  Later in the day Matthew broke down the possible players Oakland might ask for in return. Chief among them: Logan Morrison. Today Clark Spencer reports that, yes, Logan Morrison was a requested player. As was Mike Stanton, but really, that was never going…

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