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  1. The anti-Franklin? Rick Ankiel thanks the fans of St. Louis

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ankiel Ad

    Ryan Franklin may be on the outs with the fans of St. Louis, but a former Cardinal — Rick Ankiel — is in warm fuzzy land. In town as an opposing player for the first time, Ankiel took out a full-page ad in the sports section of the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, thanking Cardinals fans for…

  2. On second thought, Frank McCourt may be ready to fight Bud Selig like there’s no tomorrow

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    “We need more people like Frank McCourt.” You will not be at all surprised to learn that that is the assessment of Frank McCourt’s newest employee, Steve Soboroff, who was hired as the Dodgers’ Vice Chairman on Tuesday. Soboroff was hired in order to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order, but based…

  3. Deep Thought: remember when Frank McCourt tried to buy the Red Sox?

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fenway

    Frank McCourt’s turmoil has contributed to a state of affairs in which a team that should have a tremendous financial advantage over all of its competitors has basically punted that advantage. Given their attendance, market size and revenue — as cash cow regional sports network would make perfect sense for them — the Dodgers truly could…

  4. Jered Weaver continues to mow ‘em down

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Given his early season dominance, I had made a mental note to keep a close eye on Jered Weaver. So of course I kicked myself when I realized that I had missed his start against the Rangers last night. And it was kick-worthy: Weaver gave up only one run on six hits while striking out eight…

  5. Bartolo Colon is delivering for the Yankees

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    I laughed when the Yankees signed Bartolo Colon. A lot of people did. I figured that he’d come to camp, not make the team, get assigned to extended spring training in Tampa and — as he has done a couple of times in recent years — decide that he’d prefer to be back home doing…

  6. R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this: “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are.…

  7. Frank and Jamie McCourt respond to the MLB takeover in expected fashion

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Ever since the Dodgers’ financial turmoil was made public, Frank McCourt has seemed to be in denial. When criticized over the team’s sordid  affairs, his response has been to assert that there is no problem whatsoever. Jamie McCourt, in contrast has exhibited more in the way of — what shall we call it? — magical…

  8. Frank McCourt may sue Major League Baseball

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    This nugget in the AP’s report about Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Dodgers is every bit expected as it is depressing: a baseball executive familiar with the situation said that McCourt is preparing to sue Major League Baseball.  He has reportedly hired the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to do it, too. Good luck. My…

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Angels 4, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver remains insanely good, winning his fifth while pitching a complete game, striking out eight and walking no one while allowing a lone run. Your move, Dan Haren. Marlins 6, Pirates 0:  Man, they were right about Charlie Morton looking just like Roy Halladay! Both of them got beat up while…

  10. Report: The McCourts are being investigated by the IRS too

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If the MLB takeover of the Dodgers isn’t enough, check this out. It’s from TMZ so consider the source, but really, would any of this surprise you at this point? The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the finances surrounding the Dodgers as well as Frank and Jamie McCourt … the IRS investigation was triggered by…

  11. The Rangers call up Brett Tomko

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    tomko mad

    Yay! Another baseball player who is older than I am — there aren’t many left! — will play in the bigs this year, as the Rangers have purchased Brett Tomko‘s contract from Round Rock. Tomko will pitch middle relief, filling in for Mason Tobin, who hurt his elbow. Tomko hasn’t pitched in a major league game since…

  12. Breaking: MLB to take over the Dodgers

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball has announced that it is going to take over the financial and day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.  The move, first reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, was detailed in the following statement that was just released by Major League Baseball on behalf of Bud Selig: “Pursuant to my authority…

  13. Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    1918 Cubs

    This isn’t exactly new — there was a book written about it a couple of years ago — but the Associated Press is circulating the story in light of some of the relevant documents becoming public, so why not:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, inspiring the White Sox…

  14. Attendance is down? Eh, no big deal

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    empty ballpark

    There has been an awful lot of chatter about attendance in the first couple weeks of season, driven mostly by empty seats in places that aren’t usually empty like Dodger Stadium. Yankee Stadium has had some small crowds too (for the Yankees anyway) and we’ve had the usual shots of nearly abandoned ballparks in Cleveland…

  15. And now we have a robot batter

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    All the talk of the robot umpires and the robot first pitch led reader jwbiii to alert us to the fact of a robot batter. It may be old – it’s been on YouTube for like three years — but I haven’t seen it before. Personally, when it comes to mechanical men, I prefer Charlie…

  16. Inevitability theater: Philly fans booed the robot

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Actually, the robot totally deserved the booing. According to those who saw the first pitch from that first-pitch-throwing robot a few minutes ago, he bounced it to the plate.  Brain as big as a planet and he can’t fling a sphere 60 feet on the fly. I’m far less impressed with this “machines become self-aware” business. Your move,…

  17. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    I sort of liked the reader questions on Twitter thing last week, so we did it again on HBT Daily a little while ago. And, like last week, we had way more questions than could fit on a three-minute video. Here are some of the many we left out: Q: Are McLouths flowing locks of…

  18. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The fattest rotation ever? Which team wins if baseball is like a Survivor Series brawl and is it time for the robots?

  19. And now, another edition of small sample size theater

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur‘s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.” Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all…

  20. Blah, blah, blah and the future of baseball beat writing

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Duvall Natural

    Did you see Andy Martino’s game story from the Mets-Astros in the New York Daily News?  If not, here’s how it started: Blah blah blah blah rain blah blah blah Niese blah blah Astros blah blah Mets got spanked. Blah blah, 6-1. We really don’t know what else to tell you about this one. But we will try: He goes…

  21. Mike Leake does not know how to exchange merchandise

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Leake_Mike

    That diversion program that Mike Leake‘s lawyer is trying to get him into requires the participant to admit his guilt first.  In light of that, let’s hope that this report from a Cincinnati TV stadion (hat tip to Big League Stew) doesn’t represent Leake’s current talking points on the incident: A reliable source tells me…

  22. It’s apparently time to declare the Mets dead

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    The Mets are off to their worst start ever and, no, it hasn’t been pretty.  But I am crazy to think that the multiple obituaries in this morning’s papers are premature?  Joel Sherman is calling for the fire sale. Tim Smith describes the apocalypse. No, I don’t think it was reasonable to expect the Mets…

  23. Miguel Cabrera could have killed someone on the night of his DUI arrest

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Yes, obviously anyone who gets behind the while when they’re intoxicated could kill someone, but in Cabrera’s case it was way more than hypothetical. According to evidence released by Florida state attorneys yesterday, two truck drivers told police that Cabrera’s black Range Rover forced one of the trucks off the road and forced an oncoming vehicle…

  24. Shame on Colby Lewis for witnessing the birth of his daughter

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Whenever I point out and link a column or an article that seems outrageous, there’s always someone who notes that the writer was probably just “trying to get a reaction” or that he’s an otherwise OK guy who says audacious or controversial stuff in order to draw attention to themselves. I get that. I understand…

  25. Jim Palmer thinks Mike Cuellar lost the 1970 Cy Young Award because of racism

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mike Cuellar pitch

    I didn’t watch the Orioles game last night — so someone please tell me if this is inaccurate — but a reader passes along a bit of byplay between Gary Thorne and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, the color man.  The subject: Mike Cuellar. The issue: why he didn’t win the 1970 Cy Young. Palmer…

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