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  1. Arte Moreno is not a Scott Boras fan

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno

    Angels owner Arte Moreno was asked a question about Scott Boras yesterday. His response: “My mother always told me, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That kind of stuff makes me roll my eyes. Braves’ President John Schuerholz took a fairly similar attitude toward Boras a few years back and…

  2. Bobby Valentine is taking public service very seriously

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    We all shook our heads when Bobby Valentine was named the public safety director for Stamford, Connecticut, but the dude is committed: he was caught on film directing traffic near the I-95 on-ramp this morning. Click through for the video. This is classic. The reporter calls him a “mini-celebrity” and is unaware that Valentine actually…

  3. Keith Law releases his top 100 prospects list

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Following up on yesterday’s organizational rankings Keith Law today releases what I feel to be the most thorough and useful top prospects lists we get each year: his top 100 prospects list and his top-10-in-each-organization list.  Yes, it’s for those with Insider subscriptions only. Law gets a salary by virtue of people buying the Insider cow, so…

  4. The Rays are getting new fake grass

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    A wise man once said this of artificial turf: “if a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” We as fans don’t have to play on turf, but we do watch games played on it, and it’s kind of a drag. Really, if I have a choice of games I’ll almost…

  5. How DARE Brian Cashman be a celebrity bartender?!

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Cashman bartender

    You gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to be this much of a joyless scold: At this point, I would much rather have someone who is “no name” – but a real and qualified “baseball person” – someone trying to make his bones as a hard working GM, running the Yankees. Someone who…

  6. Our annual Byung-Hyun Kim report

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Byung-Hung Kim

    There are some guys whose movements I’ll always track no matter how far away they get from major league baseball. Jose Canseco. Jose Lima before he died (and don’t think I won’t post more stuff about him eventually). Another one is Byung-Hyun Kim, who has fascinated me for years.  NPB Tracker reports that he has signed…

  7. Who might the Yankees target next winter?

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Does the 2010-2011 offseason got you down, Yankees fans? Then why not look ahead to next winter? Larry Koestler of Yankeeist does that this morning. The upshot? Seems like the free agent pickins are a tad slim: A quick glance at the free agent starting pitching list yields the following potentially interesting names: Mark Buehrle,Chris Carpenter…

  8. Could the Cardinals survive without Albert Pujols?

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so: The St. Louis Cardinals ranked among Major League Baseball’s most successful franchises before Albert Pujols arrived. And the Cardinals will remain prosperous long after the Pujols Era finally ends, however it ends. Baseball is bigger than one player around here. It always has been, it always…

  9. Well, here’s one way for Brian Cashman to get a pitcher

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Cocktail

    We know Brian Cashman is already an expert on stout, but last night he had to expand his game a little: Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman donned his spiked hair/bandana hairpiece and assumed his celebrity bartender persona — Hard Cash — at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant on Wednesday to pour drinks and help raise money to fight…

  10. Fandom: once you’re gone, can you come back?

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Royals fail

    Rob Neyer has a very good — and uncharacteristically personal — post up today about the Royals.  He was a fan dating back to 1976. Then, six or seven years ago they lost him through mismanagement, contempt for their fans and overall misery. And now he wonders: is it too late to come back? Is…

  11. Highlights from the Tony La Russa roast

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Last month we learned that the St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA was going to have a roast of Tony La Russa.  Well, it happened last week, and FOXSportsMidwest.com has some of the highlights of it here. The profanity is bleeped out, but it does get a tad blue.  There’s a good J.D. Drew joke by…

  12. Dermatologists agree: Murray Chass is full of it

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Murray Chass’ “I know Mike Piazza did steroids because he had back acne” crusade has its charms, but sadly, it does not have much medical science on its side. We know this, because Howard Megdal did some shoe leather reporting on the matter and was told by multiple dermatologists that (a) back acne is common;…

  13. Source: “very strong possibility” that Andy Pettitte pitches in 2011

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    A source close to Andy Pettitte tells me that there is a “very strong possibility” that Pettitte is going to pitch in 2011.  He is doing his usual preseason workouts and has had no physical issues thus far. Moreover, the source tells me that Pettitte’s hesitation to confirm that he is coming back for the…

  14. Mike Maroth retires

    Jan 26, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Mike Maroth

    Back when I practiced law, there was a partner who lost a big case. Millions of dollars at stake, and his client got creamed.  We all wanted to taunt him about it afterward, but he simply said “gentlemen, it takes one hell of a lawyer to lose a case as big as that.” We thought he…

  15. The other NL West divorce finally comes to an end

    Jan 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    John and Becky Moores

    Remember the other divorce involving the owner of an NL West team? That was the John Moores divorce, which prompted Moores to sell the San Diego Padres.  It was way, way less acrimonious (at least in public) than the McCourts’ divorce. There was never really any fight about the baseball team either, what with the…

  16. Keith Law’s organizational rankings are out

    Jan 26, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    dayton moore

    As he does every year, Keith Law has released his organizational rankings. We’re talking farm systems here, not big clubs, as this will be followed up shortly — if form holds, tomorrow — by Keith’s Top 100 prospects list. Apologies, but both features are for ESPN Insider members only.  But really, these are two of…

  17. Start printing playoff tickets: the Yankees sign Bartolo Colon

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Yesterday Brian Cashman said that he’d feel better if he signed a starter. He also said that the Yankees are a starter away from being a World Series contender. Today he signed Bartolo Colon.  Really. It’s a minor league deal.  Colon probably doesn’t even make the team.  It’s not going to prevent the Yankees from…

  18. There’s a lot more going on during a televised baseball game than you realize

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    televised baseball

    Friend of HBT Caryn Rose — of  Metsgrrl fame — went to an event called “Art of Televised Baseball” last night, where the main attraction was SNY’s Bill Webb talking about how baseball games are produced for TV.  Lots of fun insider stuff about the decisions Webb — the director of some 145 Mets games a…

  19. MLB.com names Mike Trout baseball’s number one prospect

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    There are a lot of competing prospect rankings out there — I’m personally partial to Keith Law’s, which will come out today, I gather — but MLB.com puts a good one out every year too.  They did yesterday, and they rank the Angels’ 19-year-old outfield prospect Mike Trout as the toppermost of the poppermost: Trout,…

  20. Did the Rangers push Cliff Lee to Philly?

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Chuck Greenberg would like to be credited with an assist on the Cliff Lee-to-Philly deal: Even though Philadelphia was probably not in, they were always in the back of our mind,” Greenberg said. “I think if we wouldn’t have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees.…

  21. Does Neftali Feliz have a chance to start?

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I hate it when awesome young pitchers who started in the minor leagues are turned into big league relievers and then everyone talks about how much better suited they are for the bullpen. Of course they’re dominant out of the pen! almost every pitcher is better out of the pen. They can throw harder. They…

  22. Nelson Figueroa is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Astros pitcher Nelson Figueroa reminds us that spring is right around the corner: I was very fortunate for the past few years to go to the Dominican and win a few championships in the Caribbean Series. This year, going to Spring Training and not having to do all that, not having to do all that…

  23. Rocco Baldelli to announce his retirement today

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli

    From Marc Topkin at the St. Pete Times: Rocco Baldelli would have reason to spend hours, if not days, lamenting how his once promising baseball career was cut short by injury and a mysterious illness. He won’t do that, because that’s not his nature. Plus, he’s too busy embracing the next phase of his life.…

  24. Hank Steinbrenner: “we just have to (bleeping) win”

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Remember back when it seemed like Hank Steinbrenner had been given a lobotomy or had been sent off to an undisclosed location where the media couldn’t find him?  Yeah, that was a total drag. “We will do what we have to do to win,” Steinbrenner told The Post recently in a wide-ranging interview at Steinbrenner…

  25. Cashman clarifies his Jeter-to-the-outfield comments

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Brian Cashman’s comments about Derek Jeter moving to the outfield one day caused a mini-uproar yesterday (and a fun mini-research project). Late yesterday, however,  he told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger that people need to chill. Well, not in so many words, but that’s clearly what he meant: Later, Cashman said he was dealing merely in…

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