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  1. The Cardinals release Miguel Batista

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Miguel Batista

    Given that — as Bernie Miklasz noted in his evisceration of the Cardianls’ bullpen today — Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks per nine innings and 15.43 base runners per nine innings, he was likely not long for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.  And today his run there ended: the Cards have given Batista his…

  2. Bryan Stow’s condition improves

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    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

    Based on everything we’ve heard, Bryan Stow likely suffered brain damage in the beating he received at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Yet within the overall sense of gloom about his condition, there have been occasions of good news. The latest coming today: Doctors say the medical condition of a San Francisco Giants fan who…

  3. Greg Anderson and the College World Series star

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Greg Anderson

    A good read over at The Post Game today. Steve Henson, who has been following the BALCO/steroids beat for years, reports on the relationship between University of California second baseman Tony Renda and Greg Anderson.  Yes, that Greg Anderson. Along the way Henson paints a picture of what the never ending BALCO prosecution has done to…

  4. “Life in Frank McCourt’s ghost town”

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    In what is becoming something of a series over at the Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke writes a column today about what it’s like to go to a Dodgers game now that the McCourt fan boycott is in full swing.  Those who have been to Dodger Stadium before will not recognize Plaschke’s description: We put…

  5. David Ortiz stole a base. That actually happened.

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    When someone tells me that the DH rules because pitchers can’t hit, I have historically responded by saying “well, it ain’t like watching David Ortiz run the bases is a thing of beauty either.” I take it all back. Every word of it. Because this was poetry in frickin’ motion. The form. The grace. Sheer…

  6. Jonah Keri to write the definitive history of the Montreal Expos

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Expos in a line

    And now for some news as fantastic as it was inevitable: friend of HBT Jonah Keri, fresh of his bestselling success, The Extra 2%, just signed a deal to write the definitive history of the Montreal Expos. The details are over at Jonah’s blog. The only slight bummer: his publisher has it slated to come…

  7. Aroldis Chapman to be optioned to Louisville

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    chapman getty

    John Fay reports that Aroldis Chapman will not be activated from the disabled list today, but rather, will be optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Chapman had another nice outing for Louisville yesterday, but the Reds likely want to make sure that’s more the norm than his horrific performances from earlier in his rehab stint and for the Reds before…

  8. Jack McKeon and the radio transmitter

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Dick Tracy ad

    Larry Granillo has a neat story over at Wezen-Ball today, recounting the time when, as a minor league manager nearly 50 years ago, Jack McKeon was part of an experiment wherein the manager and the pitcher communicated via radio transmitters. After reading that, all I can do is thank the maker that the idea didn’t…

  9. Photo of the Day: Sunglasses at Night

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    I think the Rangers little sunglasses at night world record thing was kind of silly. But hey, at least it gave us this picture, via the Associated Press:

  10. A trek to meet Omar Vizquel

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    omar-vizquel-white-sox

    We talked relics in the last post. An autograph is kind of like a relic too, but it’s way higher up the list, at least if it’s obtained in person.  And the circumstances around getting that autograph matter too.  If you pay a bunch of money to have some flunky take your baseball card from…

  11. You can own the dirt beneath Derek Jeter’s feet

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Derek Jeter smiling

    In ancient times, some random sect of people might lay claim to the remains of a venerated hero as a part of hero cult.  Parts of their weapons or clothes, a lock of hair, earlobes, whatever.  This practice developed over the centuries and, like most ancient practices, was adopted and/or co-opted by organized religion, with stuff like Elisha’s bones…

  12. The Twins’ first eight hitters reach base, all come around to score

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Luke Hughes

    I saw the eight-spot the Twins put up in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner last night, but didn’t dig down into the play by play of it all until a few minutes ago.  And how about this: the first eight batters all got hits, and all eight came around to score. That’s some trick. In…

  13. Sign a petition to have Vin Scully call the World Series this year

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Vin Scully

    I tend not to put too much stock in the efficacy of online petitions — big corporations are gonna do what big corporations are gonna do — but I’ll endorse this one because (a) it’s a fabulous idea; and (b) it helps cleanse the palate a bit after that bile I’m feeling towards the Dodgers right now.…

  14. Frank McCourt: Shameless

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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

    Last night, Bob Sacks, a lawyer who represents Frank McCourt, spoke with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The subject: Frank McCourt’s response to Major League Baseball’s rejection of the television deal McCourt sought with Fox and the impending standoff between McCourt and Bud Selig. Everyone knows this is a difficult time for McCourt…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    Jack McKeon

    Marlins 5, Angels 2: The Feesh win! How they did it while allowing 13 hits is something you’d have to ask the Angels, who went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Stanton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit game himself. Brewers 5, Rays 1: Zack…

  16. Baseball divisions are probably not going anywhere

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    Jeff Passan — who, unless I’m wrong, coined the phrase “unalignment” to describe the elimination of divisions several years ago — reports that while the concept of unalignment has been discussed, it’s not terribly likely. His sources tell him that the reason is simple: too crazy!  Well, they didn’t say “crazy,” — the phrase “drastic…

  17. Jose Reyes does not want to negotiate with the Mets during the season

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Jose Reyes

    This morning we saw the shocking — shocking! — news that a player approaching free agency wants $X, and his team wants to pay him something less than $X.  That’s Jose Reyes and the Mets, in case you didn’t know. Perhaps because he’s felt this all along and perhaps he realized that stories like this…

  18. The Braves call up Julio Lugo. Yeah, that Julio Lugo.

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    So I’m minding my own business a few minutes ago when Gleeman IM’s me, asking me if the Braves actually called up Julio Lugo.  His comment: Swear to god i assumed it was a different Lugo. no way they’d call up the same guy … I figured they had some 21-year-old at AA or something. So…

  19. A.L. All-Star voting update: Bautista continues to pile up the votes

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    Not much new in the American League All-Star voting, the tallies for which were just released by Major League Baseball. Jose Bautista is the first player to surpass the four-million mark with 4,156,940 votes.  Bautista continues to be  joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson and Josh Hamilton, though Jacoby Ellsbury is only a couple hundred…

  20. HBT Daily: Talking the Pujols injury with Matthew Leach of MLB.com

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Matthew Leach covers the Cards for MLB.com. Today he tells us if Cardinals fans should fret, panic or run completely amok.

  21. Wily Mo Pena is coming back to the big leagues

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Wily Mo Pena hasn’t seen any major league action since 2008, but he has been absolutely destroying baseballs at AAA for the past two years, so it was only a matter of time before someone gave him a shot.  The Diamondbacks are giving him that shot, having just purchased his contract from AAA Reno, reports…

  22. Whitey Herzog doesn’t like the idea of realignment

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Whitey Herzog

    Whitey Herzog is a year younger than Jack McKeon, but given his reactions to just about anything that comes down the pike in baseball, you wouldn’t know it.  Hey Whitey, what do you think of the realignment proposals floating around? “I’ve heard about it and what I hear is all crap … I really hope…

  23. Help set a world record with the Texas Rangers

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Corey Hart Sunglasses at night

    Look, this isn’t a top shelf record like “fattest twins” or “most cigarettes smoked at one time” — and Robert Wadlow has nothing to worry about — but a place in the Guinness Book is a place in the Guinness Book: Seventeen years after the Canadian singer released his hit song “Sunglasses at Night,” the Rangers…

  24. Players kick butt in their free agency walk years and slack off later, right? Um, no.

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s taken as a matter of faith that players go crazy in their free agent walk years, motivated by that big paycheck. And then that, after they get the fat deal, they themselves get fat and lazy and simply cash their checks. And sure, we all can cite examples of players who seem to fit this…

  25. Baseball and religion do not mix, so let’s stop arguing about the DH

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    I often take jabs at the DH as the most evil thing in the universe. And, yes, in some very, very small corner of my brain, part of my id believes that. But I don’t really endorse that view, and when I say such things I hope people realize that I’m joking around. Yes, I…

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