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  1. Sandy Alderson has totally revamped the Mets scouting system

    Feb 9, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In the Rotoworld Draft Guide — which you should totally buy now — I wrote an article ranking the top transactions of the offseason. I included the Mets hiring of Sandy Alderson in the top 10. It was the only non-player signing I mentioned. I mentioned it for good reason. Stuff like what the Daily…

  2. A bit more on the distinction between the Wilpons and the McCourts

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    handshake

    In that last post about the difference between the McCourt situation and the Wilpon situation, I said that there was a difference between Wilpon’s ownership interest in SNY and the Dodgers’ ownership of broadcast rights.  That distinction led to a couple of similar reader comments. Like this one: The situations are identical, just different structures. The…

  3. Comparing and contrasting the Wilpon fooforaw and the McCourt arglebargle

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    That’s what Bill Shaikin is up to over at the L.A. Times today.  At least comparing the possible solutions to it. Shaikin notes that one possible outcome that is being discussed with the Mets is that the Wilpons would sell part of the team and maybe a stake in their television network SNY and use…

  4. Milton Bradley’s initial hearing is put off

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Milton Bradley is still charged with making felony threats, but there’s a chance that things are looking up.  As Geoff Baker reports, Bradley’s initial hearing has been postponed until March 9th in lieu of a hearing with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.  It’s apparently a standard thing in domestic violence cases, done after the heat…

  5. Two distinct takes on the Michael Young situation

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    First we have Evan Grant’s take in the Dallas Morning News.*  Grant writes — in a very, very long open letter — that both Young and the Rangers are at fault, both sides have acted somewhat poorly, though understandably so and that each side must swallow its pride and carry on for the greater good…

  6. Want Cubs-Red Sox tickets? Feelin’ lucky?

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    fenway

    This summer the Cubs are coming to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series.*  It’s gonna be a tough ticket. So tough that the Sox are going to sell them via random drawing.  Yankees tickets too, though I’m guessing they’ve done that before. They’re also drawing for Green Monster seats and…

  7. Russell Martin has lost 15 pounds via MMA training

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia taps the yips away. Big deal: Russell Martin will make you tap out, brother!  (er, sorry. I have no idea what I’m talking about): It wasn’t as if Russell Martin was preparing to grapple with Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell or his favorite Mixed Martial Arts star, fellow Montreal native Georges St. Pierre. Martin…

  8. Must-Click Link: ballparks that were never built

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    UPDATE:  It seems that the traffic to the ballpark pics place from HBT and many other sites is crushing the servers.  Last I checked, the stadium renderings were mostly down.  Bookmark it, though, and head back later. It’s well worth it. Say goodbye to your day: This page contains images/drawings/renderings of ballparks that never made…

  9. Joba Chamberlain is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    UPDATE:  Erik Boland talked to Chamberlain.  Joba says his added weight is muscle, and is the result of adding a home gym this winter.  So there. 11:oo AM: CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds. If you believe this tweet from the Post’s Brian Costello a few minutes ago, Joba Chamberlain may have found some of them: Joba…

  10. Sorry Daily News: The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their Brooklyn throwback uniforms

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Dodgers

    Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while.  It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about…

  11. Morneau is taking batting practice, feeling good

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Morneau catch

    I have no idea what I’d be doing if I was a Twins fan these days. Probably freaking out a lot, knowing that the season could very well hinge on Justin Morneau‘s recovery from the least understood malady affecting athletes this side of the yips.  Unfortunately, the placebo effect of tapping various parts of one’s…

  12. The Mets sign Casey Fossum

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Casey Fossum

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have signed Casey Fossum.  Fossum, a lefty, will bolster the bullpen. I don’t include this because it’s a major deal. It’s not.  I include it because Casey Fossum is one of those guys whose existence I completely and utterly forgot.  I had to go check…

  13. Jarrod Saltalamacchia taps the yips away

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox catcher Saltalamacchia holds up the ball after forcing out Toronto Blue Jays' Lind at the plate in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Boston

    Interesting story by Gordon Edes about Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s struggles to get over the throwing yips that plagued him down in Texas.  The key: working with sports psychologists, including an expert on yips who has developed a unique system: The system, he said, is modeled after the pressure points found in acupuncture. And athletes with the…

  14. Leave A-Rod alone!

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    Or: another great moment in self-awareness

  15. The Wilpons have more than just the bankruptcy trustee to worry about

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Feeding Frenzy

    For those of you following the Wilpon/Mets/Madoff train wreck, there’s a fascinating story in today’s New York Times which suggests that the Wilpons’ legal problems may just be getting started. The upshot: when Madoff got arrested, the Wilpons and Saul Katz were strapped. Coming to their rescue: as many as eight banks who provided them…

  16. Jose Canseco is going to write a third book

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Canseco book

    I’d probably mock this a bit more if Snooki, JWoww and The Situation hadn’t already gotten book deals. I mean, those guys make Canseco seem like F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unlike in 2005 and 2008 – when his books “Juiced” and “Vindicated” named baseball stars in the same sentence with PED use – Canseco, who has…

  17. CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Buster Olney says that CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds this winter.  To which I say: wow. Still, I’m not going to slap with this with “best shape of his life” for a couple of reasons.  Most directly, because I remember when CC was a young Cleveland Indian, and it would probably take more than…

  18. The Cardinals have yet to make an offer to Pujols. Does this mean anything?

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Well, they haven’t made a “concrete offer,” anyway. That according to Tim Brown of Yahoo!, who sets the scene a week from the start of Spring Training and the promised cutoff of negotiations. As Brown notes, Pujols has issued a virtual fatwah on negotiations through the media.  The Cardinals have said a bit more here…

  19. A brief aside about the role of sports writers now and in the future

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Newsroom

    Skip this post if you don’t care about  media stuff. [waits for those people to leave] OK, now that all of us reading this are people who do care, I direct you to a sharp column by Jason Fry over at the National Sports Journalism Center (you may also know Jason from the Wall Street…

  20. Nelson Doubleday feels sorry for the Wilpons

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday when asked to comment on the Wilpons’ struggles: “I’m just very sorry. I don’t know what they were doing. It is none of my business so I stay out of it. I’m just very sorry.” I have no reason to doubt Doubleday’s sincerity when he talks about how sorry he…

  21. Comment of the Day: II Super Bowl Ratings Edition

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    The Black Eyed Peas and guitarist Slash

    Thank God for the Super Bowl halftime show. If it hadn’t happened, I would have had to use some other reason to post a picture of Slash. Such as “he is totally awesome.”

  22. Nick Swisher is a social media superstar. And that’s good news for all of us.

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    swisher-101021

    There’s a story over at the Wall Street Journal today about how Nick Swisher has enhanced his personal brand, as they say, and is on track to be a bigtime product endorsement dude because of his social media cachet (i.e. he Twitters real good): Mr. Swisher is a good player but is not on a…

  23. So, Pete Rose and two franchise cornerstones walk into a bar in Las Vegas …

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    peterose-girlfriend-091111-thumb-550x374-3997

    If you run the Rockies or the Rays, how happy are you to hear that a gossip sheet is running a pic of Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria standing next to Pete Rose in Las Vegas? I’m sure it was all innocent, but if you put it just the right (or wrong) way, it has…

  24. Andres Torres is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Andres Torres swinging

    I’ve noticed that baseball writers are actually using the phrase “best shape of his life” less and less. Probably because it’s becoming a cliche.  But here the writers’ conscientiousness works against them! Yes, they are professional enough to quickly eshew cliche in their own writing, but they are also required by the same devotion to professionalism…

  25. For the one thousandth time: NFL and MLB TV ratings are apples and oranges

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    old TV

    Dejan Kovacevic writes this morning: One argument often heard in Major League Baseball circles is that the best way to get great TV ratings for the World Series is to have two very large markets in the equation. Oh, really? The Steelers-Packers Super Bowl, comprised of two markets that are among the smallest in professional sports,…

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