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  1. Autographed Cardinals cap found on the side of the road

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Lost and Found

    I just want to know what led to it being on the side of the road:  A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan has found a 2011 World Series championship cap autographed by rival St. Louis Cardinals players – and he wants to give it back.  Joe Couri tells the Journal Star in Peoria he was driving along Interstate…

  2. Awkward much? Jim Hendry and Theo Epstein meet at a restaurant

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    This from CSNChicago.com is pretty funny.  Old boss, meet the new boss: Theo Epstein and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry were at the same event at the Palm Restaurant in Chicago last night.  Actually had some small talk and everything. I only met Jim Hendry once and it was for about ten minutes when he…

  3. The Mets are going to settle one of their many lawsuits

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

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

    The big one — the case brought by the bankruptcy trustee for the Bernie Madoff debacle — is still going on, but the Mets are now poised to settle a bit of business. It’s a lawsuit brought by employees of Sterling Equities — the company run by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz — accusing the…

  4. The Tigers want a leadoff hitter, but Jose Reyes doesn’t make sense

    Nov 4, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com said today that the Tigers offseason priority is to find a leadoff hitter.  Not surprisingly, Crasnick says that Jose Reyes is a “dream candidate.” Just about anyone I talk to about the Tigers seems to think that too.  The only problem with it is that the Tigers already have $90 million committed…

  5. Bob Forsch 1950-2011

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bob Forsch, a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, throws out ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Sad news: Longtime Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch died unexpectedly last night at the age of 61.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch pitched 16 seasons in the bigs, pitching all but 37 of his 498 career games with the Cardinals, the others with the Astros at the…

  6. Mark Buehrle may prefer the National League

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Ken Rosenthal spoke to Mark Buerle’s agent who said that all teams are on the table for his free agent client this winter but that he may prefer the National League: “Mark is not going to eliminate any team from free-agent consideration. But having pitched 12 years in the American League, the National League certainly…

  7. The Giants should trade Tim Lincecum? Really?

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    In trying to chart a course for the San Francisco Giants, Jon Paul Morosi is either thinking outside the box or trolling. I’m not sure which: So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices. 1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes…

  8. Mets official: we have “no shot” to sign Jose Reyes

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with someone in the Mets front office and that someone thinks the team has “no shot” to re-sign Jose Reyes: “My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go…

  9. Knock me over with a feather: Mike Scott admits to scuffing baseballs

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Scott

    You could fill a book with the things I was wrong and deluded about in 1986, but one thing I was certain of was that Houston Astros pitcher Mike Scott was scuffing baseballs. Yeah, people were all taken at the time with the notion that the splitter was some vexing form of sorcery, but it…

  10. Next! The Orioles ask permission to interview Allard Baird for their GM job

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    It was Andy Warhol who said that, in the future, everyone will interview for the Orioles GM job for 15 minutes. He could paint a little too. Anyway: The Baltimore Orioles have asked permission to speak to Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird about their general manager vacancy. Baird had a…

  11. Jamie Moyer “Same as he’s been for the past 15 years”

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    We mentioned Jamie Moyer‘s throwing sessions for scouts the other day. Today Ken Rosenthal has some more on that, having spoken to some scouts. The verdict from a scout: “Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound. He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as…

  12. Justin Verlander named Player of the Year by the MLBPA. Harbinger of an MVP?

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    The MLBPA Player’s Choice Awards aren’t as big a deal as the BBWAA awards, but they’re not nothing.  The players certainly think they’re significant as anyone who is awarded something by their peers is likely to feel.  Justin Verlander certainly feels that way, as his comments after being awarded the MLBPA’s Player of the Year…

  13. The nerdiest baseball article you’ll ever see. Ever. Really.

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Sisko baseball

    Because I often drop references to Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, comics and other similar fare, I get accused of being a nerd from time to time.  It’s OK. I own it. Not gonna run away from that because I am who I am and I’m OK with that. But if you ever thought…

  14. The Marlins’ new ballpark is green

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    A fan holds a placard during an MLB National League baseball game between the Marlins and the Nationals in Miami

    No, not the color green. Green as in environmentally friendly green. Or at least as environmentally friendly a ballpark in a neighborhood not accessible by useful mass transit can possibly be! The kitchen hosts energy efficient appliances and the hood is self cleaning, which means no chemicals are needed. The paint in the stadium emits less toxic fumes, Estevez…

  15. Matty Alou: 1938-2011

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Matty Alou

    Sad news: Matty Alou has died. He was 72. No cause of death was given. An overdose of being a really awesome and underrated contact hitter is being investigated. Alou, as most folks know, was part of what — with a nod to the DiMaggios — was arguably the most successful trio of brothers in…

  16. Ron Santo is back on the Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ron Santo

    After getting totally boned by the Hall of Fame for decades, Ron Santo will once again be up for consideration as part of the new-look Veterans Committee process. At this year’s Winter Meetings Santo — and 10 other former players — will be up for votes as part of the “Golden Era” slate of candidates…

  17. Let’s watch someone convince himself that Wilson Valdez isn’t a falloff from Jimmy Rollins

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Wilson Valdez

    I don’t know if Jimmy Rollins is going to stay in Philly. I kind of think he will because it’s a great match and I have a hard time envisioning a world in which he isn’t wearing red pinstripes. But I do know this much: if he leaves the Phillies, the team would be way worse…

  18. Bryan Stow writes his name

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    This ceased to be a baseball story a long damn time ago. And maybe it’s no longer properly in HBT’s jurisdiction. But I kinda don’t care. Sometimes you just have to highlight the fact that there’s some hope in this mean old world and, for whatever reason, Bryan Stow’s progress represents hope to me right…

  19. Mike Maddux, Dale Sveum Cubs managerial candidates

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Maddux

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times hears from his sources that the Cubs may move relatively quickly on the replacement of Mike Quade, and that two candidates are thought to be at the top of the list: Mike Maddux and Dale Sveum. Sveum, the Brewers hitting coach,  interviewed with the Red Sox yesterday. Maddux, the…

  20. Roy Oswalt wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt’s agent told Jon Paul Morosi that Oswalt wants to sign a “long-term” contract. This winter.  Hurm.  Depends what he considers “long-term” I suppose. Oswalt is still effective when he pitches — he had a 3.69 ERA and a 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings in 2011 — but he’s got back problems and…

  21. The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011. Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A.…

  22. Must-click link: Bing Russell and Lou Gehrig’s bat

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    There is a fantastic story over at The Postgame by Steve Henson that went live late Monday night. Thanks to Old Gator I read it this morning. The topic: Bing Russell, Lou Gehrig’s last home run bat and a whole lot more. Bing Russell is the father of actor Kurt Russell and the grandfather of…

  23. Steve Garvey and a billion others line up to bid on the Dodgers

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:28 AM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that former Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey is preparing to put in a bid for the team in the upcoming bankruptcy auction which will finally wrest control of the team from the clutches of Frank McCourt. Garvey went on record last February with his interest in buying the team.  Of…

  24. Barry Bonds makes a PSA for Bryan Stow

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Barry Bonds quietly reached out to Bryan Stow’s family following the Opening Day attack, pledging to help put Stow’s kids through college.  Now he has a PSA with the Stow family in which he promotes the fund he’s created for that purpose.  Some background here.  Here’s the video: I suppose it’s still possible to think…

  25. Same as the old boss: Fox may bid for the Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Michele Steele of Bloomberg Television reports that, according to some people in the company, Fox is interested in bidding on the Dodgers when they’re auctioned off in bankruptcy. As Steele later tweeted, this would simply be about the costs of programming, not about actually, you know, wanting to buy a baseball team.  She notes that…

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