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  1. Greg Anderson asked to stop coaching youth baseball

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Remember a few weeks ago when we learned that convicted drug distributor and reluctant Barry Bonds witness Greg Anderson was coaching a youth baseball team? Yeah, not anymore: A Northern California youth baseball league has barred Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer from coaching his son’s team. The president of the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association says Greg…

  2. Scouting night owls is the new market inefficiency. Well, not for the Cubs.

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Alarm Clock

    File this under one of those things that should have been obvious but wasn’t. Or at least wasn’t because I never thought about it: researchers did a study of baseball players and found that players who classify themselves as morning people do better in day games and night owls do better in night games. There’s more subtlety…

  3. Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Moneyball

    Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than when something bad happens with the A’s and some clever wag — often a print sports journalist who still bases his Cy Young vote on wins — makes some crack about “well, I guess “Moneyball” isn’t helping anymore, huh?” This is usually followed by chuckling, snorting and…

  4. The dirt on Jim Crane

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Over at Forbes, our friend Maury Brown lays out the Jim Crane dossier, as he Mr. Crane prepares to take over the Astros. It’s a good read, containing many of the things we’ve talked about before. For example, the old deal with Drayton McLane that fell through. His dalliance with the Rangers last year. The…

  5. Astros fire their pitching coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

    Astros logo

    The Astros have announced that they have fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. He is being replaced by an interim: Doug Brocail, who if you put a gun to my head I probably would have guessed was still pitching mopup duty for someone out west because I tend not to track guys like Doug Brocail very well.…

  6. HBT Daily: Now let’s declare some NL teams dead

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Yes, one of the dead ones was my NL Central Pick. We’re just gonna have to deal with that.

  7. Great Moments in Perspective and Priorities: Nationals COO Andy Feffer

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Nationals Park

    Nationals COO Andy Feffer on a new element to Nationals Park: “I’ve been to stadiums and ballparks all over the country, and without a doubt I’ve never seen anything like this. I think it will become the iconic, defining element of Nationals Park, the thing people leave and say, ‘Did you see that?’” If the…

  8. The Marlins tell Logan Morrison to put a lid on it

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is famously outspoken, both in interviews and on his Twitter feed. To date the Marlins have been wary but generally OK with it, but that changed last week after Morrison went on about how the team was upset after hitting coach John Mallee was fired: Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has…

  9. Meet Mrs. Met

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Mr. Met Love

    I didn’t know there was a Mrs. Met.  I also didn’t know that she married Mr. Met.  And despite learning all of this just now, I find myself sad that they ended up getting a divorce. If two baseball-headed mascots can’t make love work, what hope do the rest of us poor schmucks have? (note:…

  10. The Diamondbacks do not want to move to the American League

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently there had been a report that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be an alternate candidate to move to the American League in that whole move-the-Astros-to-the-AL realignment gambit.  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, however, that the Dbacks wouldn’t be terribly interested in that.  And, for that matter, Diamondbacks CEO…

  11. OK, Justin Ruggiano was definitely safe

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Double Face Palm

    In ATH this morning I voiced some qualified sentiment that perchance Magglio Ordonez‘s gunning down of Justin Ruggiano at the plate in the Tigers-Rays game was a blown call, deferring to the fact that I couldn’t see a really good replay. Courtesy of reader ChurchOfThePerpetuallyOutraged, who pointed us to a pic from Jonah Keri’s Twitter…

  12. Frank McCourt said to have “no chance” to make the June 30 payroll

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt scrimped and saved — wait, no he didn’t; he borrowed — to make payroll at the end of May.  He is said to be fine for the mid-June payroll due tomorrow too, so good for him.  That business with the Manny Ramirez payment coming due at the end of the month, however, makes…

  13. A nation mourns Derek Jeter’s tragic, heroic calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Mourning angel

    There are, like, two dozen injury stories a week. Seriously, go back through the HBT archives and you’ll see that a huge percentage of our minor posts are this guy straining that muscle and this or that body part being sore.  It’s easily the most rote kind of post we or anyone else who writes…

  14. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:04 AM EST

    Ramon Santiago

    I had every recap done this morning, hit “save” and then just as that happened something barfed on itself in Google Chrome and I lost it all. So if these recaps seem superficial, it’s only because I’m trying to type them with one fist punched in the monitor. Tigers 2, Rays 1: A wilder one…

  15. HBT Daily: It’s time to declare some teams dead

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Tiffany and I decide if we can’t officially declare dead the pretenders of the American League.

  16. Documents released relating to the Livan Hernandez money laundering probe

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Throwing in the tow... umm, rosin bag

    We learned in late April that Livan Hernandez is the target of a federal probe related to money laundering on behalf of convicted Puerto Rican drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez.  Today the Washington Times has a report, based on court transcripts and other official records, fleshing out the alleged scenario: Now the target of a…

  17. Freddy Sanchez to try to avoid surgery on bum shoulder

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Sticking with the Giants, the San Jose Mercury-News is saying that, rather than opt to have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, Freddy Sanchez is going to try to go the rehab route. This is really a play for this season, because surgery would end it and rehab has at least a shot at getting him back in…

  18. The Giants activate Pablo Sandoval

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    sandoval cap

    As expected, the Giants activated third baseman — or catcher?! — Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll be in Tuesday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks. And not a moment too soon. He was hitting .313/.374/.530 with five homers in 24 games when he went down on April 30.  With Buster Posey and now Freddy Sanchez…

  19. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Red Sox batter Kevin Youkillis celebrates his two-run home during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    As usual, the number in the parenthesis was last week’s ranking. 1. Red Sox (5): I had them ranked number one to start the season. I was only two-and-a-half months off! 2. Phillies (3): A good week, but the Cubs and Dodgers aren’t exactly fearsome, nor were the Nats and Pirates, who they faced the…

  20. So what do you think about the realignment thing?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    As Drew wrote over the weekend and as everyone has been talking about since, Major League Baseball is considering realignment. There are a couple of flavors to it:  either just having the Astros moving to the AL or having that happen plus the elimination of divisions.  As has frequently been noted in these reports, that…

  21. Derek Jeter: best shortstop in baseball history?

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    You know what I don’t much care for?  When folks overly-denigrate Derek Jeter. He will be and should be a first ballot hall of famer and stands among the best ever, so it bugs me a bit when people overstate his flaws by way of pointing out that, yes, he does indeed have some flaws.…

  22. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    What you missed while, once again, paying attention to the lesser sports.

  23. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Milwaukee makes a statement, sweeping the formerly-first-place Cardinals. Shaun Marcum pitched seven strong innings and the Brewers came back from being down 3-0 after five and a half innings to taking the lead after six. The Brewers are the hottest team this side of Boston, methinks. Speaking of them … Red…

  24. Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter: “We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media…

  25. Joba Chamberlain to have Tommy John surgery

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    UPDATE: It’s official: Joba is going to have Tommy John surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Tough break, kid.  Or, well, tough tear. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Chamberlain’s name to The Human Fund. YESTERDAY, WHEN THERE WAS STILL HOPE LEFT IN THE WORLD: Bad news came back for Joba…

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