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  1. Boras: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know”

    May 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    David Wright took the high road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments in The New Yorker. Now Carlos Beltran‘s agent — the inimitable Scott Boras — offers a somewhat more pointed, but still far from angry response: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know … If you’re a member of a…

  2. A far more interesting Power Rankings than HBT’s

    May 23, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    I think I do at least a serviceable job with the Power Rankings each week, but mine really pale compared to what Grant Bisbee has been doing over at SB Nation. This week: he ranks the teams based on the most annoying player on their roster.  At number one, the White Sox, who employ the…

  3. The Phillies signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal

    May 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    podsednik reuters

    Not the biggest thing in the world, but if the release of Scott Podsednik is big enough for us to comment on, I suppose his signing — by a contender no less — is big enough too. This move is clearly about insurance for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino is hurt and Charlie Manuel has…

  4. David Wright takes the high road in response to the Wilpon comments

    May 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Wright_David

    The Mets are off today, so there doesn’t necessarily have to be a meet-the-press moment for the main players in Fred Wilpon-a-palooza until another day of the news cycle has passed. But at least one of the players called out by Fred Wilpon in the New Yorker profile — David Wright — has responded. And…

  5. Moose Skowron has lung cancer

    May 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    moose_skowron

    Bad news about former (mostly) Yankees first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron: “He collapsed into my arms,” said oldest son Greg, a trucking executive in the Phoenix area. “We were leaving a spring game around the fifth inning, which was unusual for him. Then he turned down an autograph request, which I’d never seen him do…

  6. Baseball parks and the sound of silence

    May 23, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Old Fenway

    Nick Carfado writes in the Globe about how the Red Sox turned off the sound system for a couple of innings during their throwback game with the Cubs, killing the music and the PA and the big flashing video board.  Carfado likes it. And to be honest, I think I’d like it too. But he also…

  7. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 23, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera, Orlando Cabrera

    Ohio reigns supreme at the top of the Power Rankings for the third consecutive week.

  8. What should we make of Fred Wilpon’s comments to the New Yorker?

    May 23, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    I’ll admit that when I read that Wilpon story in the New Yorker this morning my primary focus was what it all meant for his ownership situation and the Madoff mess, but based on the initial response today, it’s clear that the immediate fallout is going to be all about Wilpon’s comments regarding the Mets…

  9. Everyone wants to be like Bartolo Colon

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Stem cell injections are the new black: One of the doctors who assisted in a stem cell procedure last year on Yankees starter Bartolo Colon says that 10 other pitchers have expressed interest in undergoing the treatment that is being scrutinized by Major League Baseball. He doesn’t say who they are, but if the list doesn’t include…

  10. An in-depth profile of Fred Wilpon, with bonus Reyes, Beltran and Wright-ripping

    May 23, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    If you have the time — and if you don’t, I suggest you make the time — go read this profile of Fred Wilpon in The New Yorker. It’s easily the most in-depth thing I’ve ever read about him, his life, his ownership of the Mets and — of course — his dealings with Bernie Madoff.…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    What you missed while watching dancing girls drinking bootleg alcohol. Seriously!

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

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Indians 12, Reds 4: Asdrubal Cabrera hit two homers and went 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, but he wasn’t alone as the Indians complete the sweep of the Reds. This series is called “The Ohio Cup,” by the way. Little known fact: loser of the Ohio Cup has to stay in Ohio. Rays 4,…

  13. Selig: the Dodgers’ financial woes are “historic”

    May 20, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bud Selig gave a commencement speech in Wisconsin today. Before he went on, he referred to the Dodgers’ financial problems as “historic” and, according to the AP, dodged (ha!) speculation that Major League Baseball would assist the Dodgers in any way short of just taking them over when they fail to make payroll later this…

  14. Orlando Cabrera becomes a U.S. citizen

    May 20, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Cabrera_Orlando

    If you were wondering why Orlando Cabrera wasn’t the one taking that sweet throw from Asdrubal Cabrera in the highlight from last night, it’s because he left the Indians yesterday to go to South Carolina where he is being naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Which is cool, though I’m not sure why it has to happen…

  15. A wonderfully sensible realignment/schedule optimization plan

    May 20, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Light Bulb

    In response to the realignment post earlier this afternoon, I got an email from reader Ron in Chicago, in which he exhaustively sets forth a realignment/schedule optimization scheme that pretty much accomplishes what everyone seems to want and does so in the least obtrusive manner possible. It expands the playoffs, as seems inevitable. It makes travel better.…

  16. The Phillies call up Domonic Brown

    May 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Brown_Domonic

    On Wednesday, Ruben Amaro said this when asked when Domonic Brown would be called up to the Phillies: “We have to bring him at the right time for us … And we have to make sure it’s the right time, so when he comes to the big leagues it’s not a situation where we’re questioning…

  17. Interleague time brings the usual realignment talk

    May 20, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    Image (1) us%20map.gif for post 4243

    Every year, just as interleague play gets going, someone decides that it’s time for baseball to undergo some sort of divisional realignment. They just go together as topics I guess. Probably because they both involve messing with the natural order of things. I have no idea. Just read one by Tom Van Riper in Forbes.…

  18. To long toss or not to long toss, that is the question

    May 20, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Long toss

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has an interesting story up today about long-tossing for pitchers. The upshot: two of the top prospects in this year’s draft are warning teams that ban their pitchers from long-toss drills against selecting them, because they’re all about long-tossing.  Included in the anti-long toss crowd: the Royals and Pirates and, according…

  19. Diamondbacks owner calls for a ban on smokeless tobacco

    May 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Nellie Fox

    We’ve heard from outside advocacy groups, politicians and basement bloggers on the matter of smokeless tobacco in baseball — and Bud Selig has said he would propose a ban in the upcoming labor negotiations — but this USA Today editorial by Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick may be the first time someone who actually has a seat…

  20. Great moments in taunting: Kansas City vs. St. Louis edition

    May 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Don Denkinger call

    OK, there’s one more fun interleague rivalry: Cardinals vs. Royals. And actually, it’s less fun for the baseball than it is for the wonderful St. Louis-baiting done by Sam Mellinger today in the pages of the Kansas City Star. Makes my Philly-baiting look like child’s play: Crime •Kansas City: Was a well-known mafia hub and…

  21. Say what you want about interleague play, but the Cubs vs. the Red Sox is pretty cool

    May 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    1918 Cubs

    I’ve said enough about the blahness of interleague play. Let’s be done with that. Because, as Tiffany noted at the end of the video, there are some redeeming matchups that generate some actual organic fan interest, and the top of that list this season is the Red Sox vs. the Cubs. These two storied franchises…

  22. Madoff trustee throws some new stuff at Wilpon and Katz

    May 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Both the New York Times and the Post today run with the latest filing in the Bernie Madoff/Wilpon/Mets case. The allegation: in 2001 Wilpon and Katz went shopping for “fraud insurance,” and that by doing so it shows that they had reason to believe that Madoff was, in fact, a fraud, it says. For those…

  23. HBT Daily: Three “mehs” for interleague play

    May 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    I’m not going to join the “let’s see how much we can overstate how bad interleague play is” contest, but I’m not all that excited about it either.

  24. Asdrubal Cabrera makes an insane flip to start a double play

    May 20, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera DP.bmp

    One of the big reasons the Indians have been winning this year is their defense. One of the reasons their defense has been good is because Asdrubal Cabrera plays some sharp shortstop.  And here’s a great play he made last night that most guys aren’t gonna make. It helps if you whistle “Sweet Georgia Brown”…

  25. The memorable homers I missed

    May 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Nelson Cruz home run

    As I suspected, I missed the most memorable home runs by a number of teams yesterday.  Here, based on reader feedback, are the most egregious oversights and a few other random observations: Yankees There wasn’t strong dissent here, probably because there was so much to choose from, but there were some interesting alternative suggestions. One…

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