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  1. We’ll be live-blogging the All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    rage computer

    Because you can’t just watch a baseball game on TV — the very idea is insanity — you’re probably going to have a computer or a smart phone or something in front of you tonight during the festivities in Phoenix.  If so, tune it in to HardballTalk and rip off the dial,* because we’re going…

  2. Bud Selig has no problem with Jeter’s absence, says radical realignment not imminent, says other stuff

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Every year Bud Selig gives a big press conference on All-Star day. This year’s version just went down and, as usual, it was a rapid fire series of comments which pretty much set the official word of Major League Baseball on a ton of different topics. Highlights: The complaints of some notwithstanding, Selig has no…

  3. “The monster that ate the public sector”

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Paul Brown Stadium

    This is not about baseball — it involves a football stadium — but if there is anyone out there who still thinks that public financing of professional sports facilities is a good idea, read this article in the Wall Street Journal about the Cincinnati Bengals’ stadium and then check your position again. The lesson here…

  4. Clemens to challenge Congress’ authority to question him. Which is pretty darn rich.

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    A lawyer for Roger Clemens said in court today that part of Clemens’ legal strategy would be to argue that the hearing that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held three years ago — the hearing in which he allegedly perjured himself —  had nothing to do with Congress’ responsibility for legislation and was…

  5. Carlos Gonzalez has a deep bone bruise

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist last week when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field.  After pain and swelling and other assorted nastiness through off-and-on play since then, he had an MRI on it and it has been revealed that there is no break, just a deep bone bruise. Which,…

  6. All-Stars are looking forward to Kansas City next year

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Kansas City

    The 2012 All-Star Game is in Kansas City, so Sam Mellinger made a point to ask this year’s All-Stars how they feel about that.  After some de riguer complaining about the heat, they all said some pretty nice things about it: I asked 15 All-Stars about Kansas City and what they think the game will…

  7. An all-star game before there was The All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Addie Joss

    Despite the world getting smaller, print media dying and location not mattering all that much, I do make a point to read my local paper most mornings. Old habits die hard for old men. Glad I read my Columbus Dispatch this morning, because there was a great story in there by AJ Mazzolini about a…

  8. Roger Clemens’ family is tweeting in his defense

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I’d like to think that if I was ever thrust into the public spotlight that my family wouldn’t embarrass me. My brother might need a talking to, but I think I’d probably be OK. As we saw a bit ago, Colby Rasmus can’t say the same thing.  Roger Clemens can’t either, apparently, as his sister…

  9. The Cardinals might consider trading Colby Rasmus

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    For the past couple of years we’ve heard of Colby Rasmus‘ trade demands and various bits of discontent.  In response, the Cardinals and their partisans have — wisely — noted how silly it would be for the Cards to consider trading a young, cheap, talented and potentially elite centerfielder like Rasmus. Is that sentiment starting…

  10. The tax man is probably going to come to the fan who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    You’ll recall that Christian Lopez, in exchange for giving Jeter back his 3,000th hit ball, got signed baseballs, bats, jerseys and, most significantly, Legends Suite tickets to the Yankees’ remaining home games and any playoff games this year. And that he did that instead of, you know, keeping the baseball, giving it to an auction…

  11. Jury selection in Clemens case drags along, has its moments of entertainment

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    We’re three days into jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case and they still don’t have 12 people in the box. Like I said last week: it happens. It can be slow if everyone is being super thorough, and that appears to be the case here. But hey, it’s not our meter running on…

  12. Jeter sitting out All-Star Game due to “emotional exhaustion.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Since the sporting press descended on Phoenix yesterday morning there has been a lot of talk about Derek Jeter‘s absence from this year’s All-Star Game. Jeter was elected by fans, you see, so many — including some players and some reporters — think that he should be there regardless of whether he will play, rest…

  13. Idiot nearly falls from the stands chasing a ball at the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    All Star Dangling Fan Baseball

    Just days after Shannon Stone died from a fall while reaching for a baseball at a Texas Rangers game, a fan at last night’s Home Run Derby nearly fell out of the outfield stands while lunging for a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder.  He was spared serious injury or death only because his…

  14. “Game called on account of ‘Can’t feel my face.'”

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Doc Ellis

    This is more of a link than a post, because there’s not a ton I can really add to this without appearing to endorse the content. But let me say this much: Doc Ellis’ LSD-aided no-hitter of June 12, 1970 is one of baseball’s weirdest feats; The linked story that is sort of about it…

  15. Too many All-Stars this year? Pshaw! Not enough!

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Participant

    The dominant All-Star conversation for the past 48 hours or so has been about how there are too many of them. What with all of the substitutions and everything, there are 84 or 85 guys who can count them All-Stars, and that’s an outrage, right? Maybe not!  Because according to Bill and The Common Man…

  16. Heath Bell would gladly setup if traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    In contrast to Francisco Rodriguez — who apparently doesn’t want to be a setup guy if he gets dealt — Padres’ closer Heath Bell is just fine with that. At least as long as he can go back to closing for 2012 when he presumably will sign someplace else as a free agent. Here’s Bell:…

  17. K-Rod may reject trades to teams that want him as a setup guy

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We learned over the weekend that Francisco Rodriguez had hired Scott Boras. The first thought: he knows he’s gonna get traded someplace to be a setup man or that the Mets will not use him to close games, thereby meaning that his 2012 option will vest and, as such, he wants the best agent possible…

  18. The guy who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit is “a couple hundred thousand dollars in debt”

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Look, I’m not saying that the guy had the simplest decision in the world in front of him.  And to hear him describe it during the radio interview he did at WFAN, things were pretty hectic around the time he decided to give the ball back to Derek Jeter.  Security had hustled him out of…

  19. HBT Daily: Home Run Derby and everyone’s an All-Star!

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Matt Stoup and I try to find what, if anything, is worth salvaging in the bloat-fest that has become the All-Star Week Extravaganza

  20. Indians TV ratings surge, Rays ratings plunge and lots of people watch Yankees games

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    old TV

    Sports Business Journal has an analysis of this year’s TV rantings out. The Cardinals are on top in terms of ratings, the Yankees — not surprisingly — lead in total viewers. The Indians have had the biggest rating increase, with an 80 percent jump over viewership last year. The Rays have seen the biggest drop,…

  21. And the All-Star Game starting lineups are …

    Jul 11, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In addition to the starting pitchers — Roy Halladay and Jered Weaver if you had not heard — we now have All-Star Game starting lineups too.  As follows: American League 1. Curtis Granderson CF 2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 4. Jose Bautista RF 5. Josh Hamilton LF 6. Adrian Beltre 3B 7.…

  22. This is how Derek Jeter got deified in the first place

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    I’ve had several conversations with non-baseball obsessives lately about Derek Jeter. Friends. Family. Sports radio hosts who talk about football 97% of the time and are desperate to talk about anything — anything! — besides the NFL labor thing.  Those conversations always come back to the same place: Where does Derek Jeter rate all-time? At…

  23. HBT Special Edition: Bob Costas and I talk about playoff expansion, realignment and instant replay

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Costas Calcaterra.bmp

    A little while back I got to go to New York and have a chat with Bob Costas about the state and future of the game. This is part of that chat. Can’t show you the rest of it, because that’s when we hatched our plan to take over.

  24. Are you ready for the excitement of the Home Run Derby?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    American League All-Star Ortiz poses with the trophy after winning Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby in Anaheim

    I’ll spare you all of my grousing about the Home Run Derby. Some people like it. Some people don’t. If you’re in the former camp, mazel tov. If you’re in the latter, may I suggest that you watch “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” which is streaming on Netflix?  I watched that on Saturday and was…

  25. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    The All-Star Break is here, and even though the season is more than half over, it’s that time when everyone assesses the so-called first half.  We’ll do the same here today. The rankings represent the current state-of-the-league, but the comments about each team are a bit more first-half all-encompassing. As always, last week’s rankings are…

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Fernandez (5085)
  2. A. Rendon (4419)
  3. C. Rodon (4414)
  4. Y. Tomas (4294)
  5. K. Jansen (4013)
  1. C. Martinez (3973)
  2. J. Verlander (3937)
  3. C. Davis (3925)
  4. S. Doolittle (3919)
  5. K. Bryant (3850)