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  1. Wait. NFL analysts don’t factor in context?

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons

    Tom Verducci — a baseball guy — has a football-related column up over at Sports Illustrated today in which he throws in some baseball spice to the NFL soup: Baseball fans get the importance of context on performance — especially where the game is being played — going all the way back to the debate…

  2. Steve Garvey wants to own the Dodgers

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    It’s a big week for phony-baloney would-be-heads-of-ownership-groups. We’ve had reports of a couple of billionaire businessmen with interest in buying the Dodgers.  Because they’re billionaire businessmen, they’ll likely have people handling negotiations for them and will eschew media so as to keep their plans and intentions strategically oblique. Then we got Steve Garvey: The 62-year…

  3. Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!* Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources…

  4. Alfredo Simon denied bail

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    No, we haven’t forgotten that Alfredo Simon is in custody down in the Dominican Republic under suspicion of murder.  Looks like he’s going to be in custody for much, much longer: Confirman prision preventiva para el relevista de los Orioles Alfredo Simon. Se rechazo solicitud de fianza. Abogados apelaran nuevamente The translation, courtesy of a friendly reader:…

  5. Rob Neyer debuts at SB Nation

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    So many eulogies for Rob Neyer’s career yesterday. And here he is today, with his first column up at his new gig over at SB Nation less than 24 hours later.  Faster than the speed of Internet! The subject of his first column: writing, naturally. He kicks off with a fun anecdote about the time…

  6. Jose Canseco is serious about making a comeback

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    You know where Jose Canseco’s attention-seeking shtick would really not go over well at all? Asia. Guess where he’d like to play.

  7. More stuff about that new baseball series on TBS

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Darrell Hammond

    Last October we learned that TBS is going to produce a a weekly series about a baseball team with Ron Shelton — of “Bull Durham” fame — as the creative force.  It’s called “Hound Dogs,” and last fall it was described as being about “a minor league team and its general manager as they try…

  8. Deep Thought: Internet paywall edition

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Image (1) Money%20Bag.jpg for post 4218

    In the wake of Rob Neyer’s announcement that he’s leaving ESPN yesterday, I’ve encountered a good dozen or more people on Twitter, on various message boards and in comments sections saying something to the effect of “I used to read Neyer all the time, but since he’s been behind a paywall, I haven’t read him…

  9. MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Martin Luther King III

    From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited: The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated…

  10. The Red Sox and Yankees don’t do humble well

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Mike Lowell, Robinson Cano

    Last week Brian Cashman said that the Red Sox were probably the better team on paper. Yesterday, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino downplayed that. For those of you who don’t think the Yankees-Red Sox thing isn’t icky enough, I give you “hormonal satisfaction”: Although Larry Lucchino admitted to taking “hormonal satisfaction” from the Red Sox outdueling the…

  11. Sandy Alderson speaks about the Wilpon-Madoff drama

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    Sandy Alderson was on a conference call today to discuss the R.A. Dickey signing. Everyone knew about that a week ago, however, so inevitably the topic of conversation switched to the whole Wilpons-have-to-sell-a-stake-of-the-Mets business. Alderson’s highlights: “The plan and the course I’ve taken the last few months hasn’t been affected at all by any other…

  12. Jim Edmonds will probably retire next week

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds Cubs

    Jon Heyman tweets: jim edmonds’ agent paul cohen says edmonds will probably decide by early next week whether he’ll play in 2011 My guess that the deciding factor of whether or not Jim Edmonds plays next year is whether there is a team that actually wants to give him a roster spot.  Given that we…

  13. Freddy Garcia wants to play for the Yankees

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The White Sox are apparently still interested in bringing back Freddy Garcia, but if you hear Freddy Garcia tell it, he’d rather be in New York. Courtesy of the translation services of one Nick Collias over at MLBTR: “My preference is to be with the New York Yankees, and it’s not unreasonable to have that in mind,…

  14. Comment of the day: an important note about smokeless tobacco

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Nellie Fox

    You’ll recall in the linked article about smokeless tobacco earlier today that the reason Stephen Strasburg is quitting the stuff is because of Tony Gwynn’s recent cancer diagnosis.  Gwynn, it is noted, has blamed his years of smokeless tobacco use for the current state of his health. Following that post, I received an email from…

  15. Rob Neyer says goodbye to ESPN

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer has announced that after 15 years — which is about 300 in Internet years — he’s leaving ESPN.  Rob is going to keep writing, of course — we don’t know where, but a little bird tells me that we’ll hear more about that part tomorrow morning — but this is still pretty major…

  16. Frank Viola is going to work for the Mets

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Frank Viola

    Frank Viola — the best pitcher in the history of Long Island —  was all over the lobby down at the Winter Meetings last month.  I figured it was just because he lives down in Florida and was meeting and greeting, but maybe he was there on the make for a job. He just got…

  17. If baseball handled its All-Star Game like hockey does

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    I am not a hockey fan — I knew very little about it actually — but I am fascinated with the way they’ve handled their All-Star Game in recent years.  They used to do that North America vs. the World thing.  Now they pick a couple of captains who choose their squads, playground style.  Very…

  18. Martin Luther King III confirms his interest in the Mets

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Martin Luther King III

    Over the weekend we learned that Martin Luther King III is interested in becoming one of Fred Wilpon’s “strategic partners.”  Last night he released a statement confirming this interest: “I believe in the merit and American value of creating an example, and if I personally, or as part of a collective, can advance the vision…

  19. Baseball should ban smokeless tobacco

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Francona tobacco

    After Tony Gwynn — Stephen Strasburg‘s college coach — was diagnosed with parotid cancer, Stephen Strasburg decided to give up smokeless tobacco: “I’m still in the process of quitting,” Strasburg, 22, said. “I’ve made a lot of strides, stopped being so compulsive with it. I’m hoping I’m going to be clean for spring training. It’s going…

  20. The Rangers and Josh Hamilton are making progress

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton waiting to hit during workouts in preparation for Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    A week ago we mused about whether the Rangers will play the drug addict card in an arbitration with Josh Hamilton.  Most signs, however, are pointing to us never finding out, as the Rangers and him are making progress on a deal.  Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine: “I would characterize our communication as very open…

  21. The Wilpons are no strangers to Ponzi schemes

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Alison Cowan of the New York Times reports that the Bernie Madoff affair was not the first time the Wilpons have had to pay back money as a result of getting in early on a Ponzi scheme: But for the owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, it is not the first time they have had their…

  22. Manny Ramirez is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    This is a bit of a stretch. Neither he nor his agent used those words, and that’s normally what triggers this kind of post.  But this is fun anyway: Marc Topkin, who covers the Rays for the St. Pete Times, waited for Manny Ramirez as he arrived at the Tampa airport last night: He was…

  23. Let them use ‘roids

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    syringe

    One of these sorts of articles comes down the pike every six to eight months or so, and I usually link them: Laws and ethics are not based on what is easy and what is hard to control. They are based on standards of justice and what is ethically right. The reason I believe doping…

  24. The Orioles sign Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have signed Justin Duchscherer.  The Baltimore Sun says that the deal is for $700K guaranteed, a base salary of $1.1 million if he makes the roster and as much as $4.5 million if he makes 30 starts. This sounds like a great deal for Baltimore.  If Duchscherer can stay healthy,…

  25. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Office at Night

    I spent my weekend with a bad back and a couple of books about artists with some serious psycho-sexual issues. Let’s see how the baseball world spent its weekend.

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