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  1. How cute! Nationals fans vow to fight off the Philly “horde”

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Attention Phillies fans. You have been called “the lowest form of humanity” and your hometown has been called “a stinking cesspool.” Don’t get mad at me, for I am merely the messenger. But dudes, you totally gotta see this.

  2. Charlie Sheen, Brian Wilson and Lenny Dykstra are hanging out, and …

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Major League

    No, that’s not the start of a joke. It’s just a report from this past weekend, according to TMZ: Sheen tells us … in addition to flying in SF Giants pitcher Brian “The Beard” Wilson on his jet from Arizona to L.A. … Charlie also imported Kenny Lofton, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, Lenny Dykstra and others. We’re told Pete Rose was supposed to…

  3. The MLBPA would like to start CBA talks soon

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Weiner

    Union head Michael Weiner is taking his annual tour of spring training facilities, and while at Cardinals camp today he said that, though the current labor deal doesn’t expire until December, he’d like talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins. I’m assuming that the primary reason for this is…

  4. Adrian Beltre is probably pleased that he has a mild calf strain

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre swinging

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain.  It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running.  He can still take BP and do fielding drills. I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if…

  5. Should the Hall of Fame lower its voting standards?

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Friends of HBT Bill and The Common Man — proprietors of the Platoon Advantage blog — are writing over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot today.  Their big conversation starter of the day: a proposal for the Hall of Fame to lower the bar.  This, Bill and TCM argue, will help alleve the giant backlog that many…

  6. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    This has nothing to do with anything important, but I feel it’s worth sharing.

  7. The Orioles went to the movies

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Movies

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles reported to the spring training complex last night but, instead of the expected team meeting, Buck Showalter loaded them on buses, took them to a movie theater and showed them a movie of motivational Orioles highlights including great plays and bench-clearing brawls and stuff. Britt Ghiroli…

  8. Wilpon and Katz served as buffers between investors and Madoff

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Maybe Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz didn’t know anything about Bernie Madoff’s fraud, but after reading this in today’s New York Times do NOT tell me that they were “just like everyone else who was duped.”  Because as far as I know, no one else who was duped served as a buffer between everyday investors…

  9. Livan Hernandez: “I want to be the Jamie Moyer of right-handers”

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    For as often as I’ll curse Livan Hernandez‘s name because of the infamous Eric Gregg game in the 1997 playoffs, I don’t really hold it against Hernandez. He was just taking what the umpire was giving him, and how on Earth can a fan of Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux fault anyone for that?  Eric…

  10. The catching Molina you probably haven’t heard of

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT

    Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

    Ben: That Molina was our last hope. Yoda: No. There … is another: Every winter, Gustavo Molina and his wife, Carla, seem to have the same conversation. She asks him which team he will play for. He tells her he doesn’t know. She asks why he switches teams every season. He tells her that it’s…

  11. Terry Collins cracks down on the Mets pregame card playing

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Mets Playing Cards

    Great, there go the Mets chances of signing Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla again … Manager Terry Collins told The Post yesterday his team rules, many of which will be unveiled today when he addresses his full squad for the first time, will include a limit on card playing in the clubhouse. “It’s my understanding…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    suitcase

    Everyone has reported to camp, so we’re probably done with best shape of his life stories. The last arbitration case is over, so we bid farewell to the word “midpoint” for a year. Yep, all that’s left now is sweet, glorious baseball.

  13. Carlos Beltran is in shape, running without a knee brace

    Feb 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    beltran1

    Let’s just consider this another one of those posts where the headline says it all. But the guild requires a body as well as a headline so let us just note that Ken Davidoff is reporting that Beltran is feeling great and, unlike last year, is running without a brace on his bum knee. This is…

  14. Someone asked Vernon Wells what he thinks of the Michael Young situation for some reason

    Feb 18, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    Actually I know the reason: Michael Young and Vernon Wells are good buddies who came up in the Jays system together.  For what it’s worth, Wells thinks the Rangers mishandled Young’s situation: Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January.…

  15. Photo of the Day: The Natinals continue to get no respect

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    No, that’s not a headline typo. And no, it’s not a two-year-old callback to that issue the Nats had with their jersey. It’s an all new NatsFail

  16. Wilbon: The Cubs have to go after Albert Pujols

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Michael Wilbon has a column up over at ESPN today in which he implores the Cubs to go after Albert Pujols in free agency. It’s fine as far as it goes, but I tend not to like arguments that basically come down to “how big it would be!” for team X to sign player Y…

  17. Collins upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report early for camp

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Terry Collins, commenting on Luis Castillo not showing up to Mets camp until — gasp! — he was required to show up: “I was hoping he would be here,” Collins said. “Yeah, I was hoping he would be here, just so I can get the conversation over. And, again, I’m a real believer in sending…

  18. Comment of the Day: We live for baseball gossip!

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    1932 poster

    My half-baked “Metafans” idea from this morning is being better received than I thought it would.  I knew I should have (a) put it in a book proposal; (b) cashed an advance check; and (c) never written the book and than changed my identity.  Way easier than working for a living, ya know? Because, as…

  19. Hey bartender! Tom Wilhelmsen’s long road back to organized baseball

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Cocktail

    I’m always a sucker for “ballplayer gets lost in the wilderness for years but then comes back all the wiser for his experiences” stories.  Today Geoff Baker has a version of that one involving former Brewers’ prospect Tom Wilhelmsen, who is now a Mariners’ minor leaguer. Wilhelmsen is no Josh Hamilton case, but he partied a…

  20. Carlos Santana is going to get some reps at first base for the Indians

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Tigers Indians Baseball

    The Indians are going to give catcher Carlos Santana the Victor Martinez treatment: Next thing on Santana’s spring-training checklist is learning how to play first base. Eduardo Perez and Mike Hargrove, former first basemen and recently hired by the Indians, will help him in the weeks to come. Santana — who played third when he was in…

  21. Cameron Maybin discusses his Panda Express tweets

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently someone asked Cameron Maybin about that whole mess withe the Panda Express tweets: “I’m on Twitter probation,” Maybin said through a big smile Thursday morning at the Padres complex. “I’m hoping we can sweep that one under the rug. I would like to say I love Panda Express. I have…

  22. Miguel Cabrera probably won’t do any jail time

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    That’s what a Florida DUI expert who Jon Paul Morosi spoke with said. And it’s not because he’s a big baseball star: people with Cabrera’s record who did what Cabrera did — including the resisting arrest stuff — generally don’t do any jail time.  They tend to get a six-month license suspension, community service, and an…

  23. Great Moments in litigation: Roger Clemens’ lawyer subpoenas stuff he knows he can’t get

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    I won’t make too much out of this because when I read a couple of weeks ago that Roger Clemens had subpoenaed Congress in order to get notes and reports and whatever he could find, I didn’t think anything of it.  But the Daily News makes a good point today:  you can’t subpoena stuff from…

  24. Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I swear: I am not joking. Someone just said that. And that someone was Jim Leyland

  25. Baseball’s Joe Frazier: 1922-2011

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Joe Frazier

    A lot of folks may not remember Joe Frazier.  He played for the Indians, Reds, Cardinals and Orioles organizations in the late 40s through the 50s. His highest profile job in baseball was as manager of the Mets, but he only had the job for a short period of time.  He took over for the…

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