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  1. Ryan Howard got a second place MVP vote. That actually happened.

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    It has become ritual for we blogger-types to scan the awards ballots to find the oddities, outliers and outrages of the BBWAA vote, so I dutifully do so now.  No real outrages here.  Any reasonable person figured that Votto, Pujols and maybe — maybe — Carlos Gonzalez were your huckleberries, and they finished 1-2-3.  So…

  2. What season is it?

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Winter tree

    As I wait for the NL MVP to be announced — likely the only real news that will be had today — I find myself struggling with something:  when do we start calling 2010 “last season?”  When do we start calling 2011 “this season.”  More importantly, what do we call them now? Let’s start easy:…

  3. The Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske

    Nov 22, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske proved himself to be a useful bench player last year — and he had a shot at being a playoff hero if Brooks Conrad hadn’t intervened — and as a result, the Braves quickly offered him a contract last week, reported to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million.  Atlanta has some competition,…

  4. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’ve read a bunch of Terry Collins reactions this morning. Most of them aren’t all that insightful, frankly, because the guy just doesn’t have a recent track record anyone can grab onto. He’s intense. Some players who are now in their mid-40s didn’t much care for him. Hard to really find any traction with that.…

  5. No, Hisashi Iwakuma did not want “Barry Zito money”

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    iwakuma with blue glove

    As was reported yesterday, talks between the Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisahi Iwakuma broke down. A bit surprising things fell apart so quickly given that the A’s put up a sizable (and refundable) posting fee for the right to talk to him, but it happens.  The talking point that came out of this yesterday was…

  6. Did “bullies” give the Cy Young Award to Felix Hernandez?

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Scut Farkas

    Murray Chass spoke with Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune about the American League Cy Young Award results. Rogers, who voted for David Price, wondered about the outcome: “I wonder how much of it was bullying on the Internet. There were a lot of columns written in September saying no one should be stupid enough…

  7. The Diamondbacks are interested in J.J. Putz

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    The Tribune reports that “multiple National League sources” are saying that the Diamondbacks are interested in White Sox’ setup man J.J. Putz. This is silly. No, not the Dbacks’ interest in Putz — he’s good and could help their crappy bullpen — but the notion of “National League sources.”  The league offices were abolished years…

  8. Some thoughts on the Mets’ hiring of Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’m not sure what to make of the Terry Collins choice just yet.  Obviously I didn’t think Wally Backman was the right choice, but I didn’t have a preference for any specific candidate per se. While Mets fans don’t want to hear it, my thinking is that the team is likely to be in the…

  9. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 22, 2010, 6:23 AM EDT

    Turducken

    The stuff you missed as you spent the weekend trying to track down the perfect turducken recipe in anticipation of the big day.

  10. The Yankees hire Larry Rothschild to be their pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Larry Rothschild

    Larry Rothschild was the Cubs’ pitching coach when we woke up this morning. Now he’s the Yankees’ pitching coach.  They just announced that he got the gig. And when I say he was the Cubs’ pitching coach, that was only technically speaking. He was the incumbent. He was under contract and had just exercised his…

  11. I think Ruben Amaro is messing with Scott Boras

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Scott Boras likes to compare his free agent clients to Hall of Famers.  I think it’s pretty funny that Ruben Amaro is comparing one of Scott Boras’ clients to someone of a  . . . lesser stature: Amaro, however, did bring Werth into the discussion when asked about leftfielder Raul Ibanez’ 2010 season. Ibanez “was…

  12. Mariano Rivera wants a two-year deal

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    The Yankees are busy with Derek Jeter and Cliff Lee, but after that’s all said and done, Mariano Rivera will be tops on their priority list.  Jon Heyman reports today that, when they do get to him, they’ll find that he wants a two-year deal, not a one-year deal. This should not be a problem.…

  13. The Cubs aren’t happy with the Big Ten’s decision to use one end zone in Wrigley

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wrigley Football 1

    Everyone I know who read the report about the Big Ten ruling that only one end zone will be used for tomorrow’s Illinois-Northwestern game in Wrigley Field had a chuckle about it.  The Cubs, however, are not laughing.  They issued a statement today that is about as close to “screw all y’all, OK?” as you’ll…

  14. Report: Jeter to get an offer for three-years, $45 million

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are going to offer Derek Jeter a $45 million, three-year deal. Yesterday Wallace Matthews suggested that the Yankees were offering Jeter more than $20 million a year and that Jeter was cool to the idea.  This clearly undercuts that notion, which seemed rather nutty anyway.  The $45 million is…

  15. Bud Selig: labor scholar

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Matewan

    Yesterday Bud Selig, when talking about baseball’s recent harmonious relationship with the players’ union, said “In American labor history it’s probably as bad a relationship as ever existed.” Rob Neyer — who knows a few things about history — wasn’t going to sit for that. He detailed a handful of labor disputes that, with all…

  16. Omar Minaya has a job offer

    Nov 19, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya profile

    At the moment, Omar Minaya is off wherever he hangs his hat, thinking about his future.  He has one more option to think about, reports Brian Costa: a job offer to become Diamondbacks’ GM Kevin Towers’ special assistant. That job, Costa reports, would be similar to the job Towers had with Yankees last year after…

  17. The Braves give Dan Uggla an interesting new number

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Uggla 26

    Ever see news reports from towns in the path of a hurricane? In the days before landfall, you always see houses with boarded up windows, and there’s always some joker who paints something like “Hey Hurricane Betsy! Blow this!” on them just as fun.  We laugh, but tempting the fates like that is rather empowering,…

  18. Losers walk: Only one end zone will be in use for the football game in Wrigley Field

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Wrigley Football 1

    I said earlier this week that, based on the funky alignment of the gridiron and just how close the brick wall was to the end zone, Wrigley Field looked like an awful place to play tomorrow’s Northwestern-Illinois game.  I didn’t even know the half of it: Only one end zone will be used at Wrigley…

  19. Rumor: the mediator is going to propose a pro-Jamie McCourt settlement tomorrow

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    As we mentioned yesterday, today the court-appointed mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose settlement terms to Frank and Jamie.  Thom Loverro of ESPN 980 in Washington tweeted late last night that a source is telling him that the proposal from the mediator is going to favor Jamie, and will have her…

  20. Attention iPad users: You can now get a HardballTalk app

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    iPad

    Actually, it’s not just a HardballTalk app. It’s an app for all of NBC Sports.com’s blogs, called “NBC Sports Talk.”  You can get it here, and it covers us, ProFootballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, and all the rest.  Word is that the iPhone app will be ready soon as well, and of course we’ll let you know…

  21. Brewers, Nats are “out in front” on Carl Pavano

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    I spent this morning at the doctor’s office getting my annual checkup.  First one since, like, 2003, so I should probably look up the term “annual.”  In any event it went well.  When my doctor asked me if I’m still practicing law I told him no, that I was a baseball blogger.  I got the…

  22. The Astros are for sale

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Drayton McClane

    Mark Cuban and Jim Crane, please call your office . . . Astros owner Drayton McLane has retained the services of the investment bank Allen & Company to assist in the sale of the team, according to two people with knowledge of the arrangement. McLane, who could not be reached for comment Thursday night, has…

  23. UPDATE: OK, it was a joke that went over my head

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    face palm

    UPDATE: Forget I said anything. It was apparently a joke, as Tango explained in the comments after I saw the post.  I guess my sarcasm meter was malfunctioning today. Sorry Tom. 5: 36 P.M.: I’ve long respected Tom Tango’s work, but man, this is exactly the kind of unctuous arrogance that causes people to resist…

  24. If wins don’t matter for the Cy Young Award, how about for the Hall of Fame?

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    blyleven

    It was nice to see Felix Hernandez win the Cy Young Award today, chiefly because it showed that the Baseball Writers Association of America is past the point where they believe wins to be the ultimate arbiter of which pitchers are good and which are bad.  Well, they’ve been past it a while actually, what…

  25. Quote of the Day II: Felix Hernandez

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The new American League Cy Young Award winner goes beyond the usual, tired cliches.

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