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  1. Wilpon and Katz fire back. Which provides an opportunity for perspective.

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Sticking with the legal beat, Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the Mets fired back at the bankruptcy trustee in the Madoff case yesterday, filing a 94-page brief  (a copy of which is available at their website if you’re curious) accusing Irving Picard of — and there’s really no other way to put this — of being a…

  2. The inevitable has happened: Oliver Perez has been released

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    We’ve seen this coming all spring and, actually, I’m kind of surprised it took this long.  Oliver Perez has been released. His last outing as a Met came on Saturday against the Nationals, and it was pretty much standard-issue Oliver Perez: back-to-back home runs to a couple of anonymous hitters, a two-out walk to a lefty…

  3. Happy Barry Bonds Trial Day!

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Barry Bonds’ trial begins today. It’s expected to last a two-to-four weeks. First up on the agenda is jury selection which, I assume anyway, will take up the whole day. I love jury selection in a high profile case, by the way. It’s always fun to see the folks who say they haven’t heard a…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Iron Eagle

    Stuff you missed while trying to make sense of this whole Libya thing by watching “Iron Eagle” over and over again. On VHS.

  5. Madoff bankruptcy trustee increases his claim against Wilpon and friends: to one BILLION dollars

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    You can ask for anything you want in a complaint, but when you start off by asking for $300 million from the Wilpons and Saul Katz, and then increase your demand to one billion, one would assume there’s a reason for that: The amended complaint also provides additional substantiation of the inter-dependent relationship between Sterling…

  6. Must-Click Link: Ryan Westmoreland’s long road back

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Charles Pierce has a major piece on Ryan Westmoreland, the Red Sox farmhand who last year was diagnosed with a congenital condition that led to brain surgery and a long, long road back to baseball: Over the past year, Ryan Westmoreland had to teach himself how to relearn all the most basic things that made…

  7. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 18, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Dare I … Dare I … Dare I pick the Cubs?

  8. Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” to be honored by the Hall of Fame

    Mar 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Terry Cashman

    Ron Santo and Alan Trammell can’t sniff the Hall of Fame, but the Hall is going to honor this treacly, nostalgic wreck of a song: Thirty years ago singer/composer Terry Cashman displayed his love for the national pastime with his song, “Talkin’ Baseball.”  Now baseball is showing its love for Cashman and his composition, with the Hall…

  9. Is Aroldis Chapman the Reds’ future closer?

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Reds GM Walt Jocketty told John Fay yesterday that Aroldis Chapman may one day be the Reds’ closer: “We would still leave (starting) as an option,” Jocketty said. “He definitely could be a top-of-the-rotation guy. He’s either going to have to do that or be a closer. I don’t see him being a set-up guy…

  10. Kudos to Rafael Belliard. For two reasons.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    There are two notable things about this article in the Detroit Free Press: It catches us up with former Pirates and Braves shortstop Rafael Belliard, who is friends and neighbors with Luis Salazar. Belliard passes along some encouraging words Salazar told him during a recent hospital visit; and There’s a picture of Belliard — who…

  11. When baseball teams started wearing green

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Green Phillies

    A lot of teams wear green caps and jerseys and stuff for spring training games around St. Patrick’s Day. I assumed this was hatched as a marketing thing. A way to sell more merch.  It may be now, but apparently is started with a bit of a prank by Tug McGraw. You can read the…

  12. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Heyman on Luis Castillo

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Well, it’s either chutzpah or it’s deliciously but somewhat cruelly tongue-in-cheek.  Here’s Heyman on Twitter a few minutes ago, talking about Luis Castillo: not sure castillo gets a job. backup 2b aren’t in demand, even for the minimum. bad pub doesn’t help either.   Gee, I wonder where that “bad pub” came from. If only…

  13. Andy Martino asks: Was Luis Castillo hate a racial thing?

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    luis-castillo-mets2

    You can’t really win when it comes to talking about race on the record.  Even if there’s something to a charge of racism it’s always denied. Denied so often that, if you take people’s word for it, you’d have to conclude that there are no racists in this country anymore, the last of their kind…

  14. And now for another episode of “Hitting Made Easy” with Nate McLouth

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Buster Olney discusses the key to Nate McLouth‘s hitting success this spring training: Nate McLouth has never discussed hitting mechanics with the Braves’ new hitting coach, Larry Parrish. The only thing they’ve talked about getting McLouth back to being aggressive at the plate, and so in his at-bats this spring, he’s gone to the plate…

  15. The Mets release Luis Castillo

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Castillo_Luis

    Sandy Alderson is about to have one less thing to be bewildered about.  WFAN is reporting that the Mets are about to release Luis Castillo. UPDATE: Adam Rubin says it’s done. If true, some people will be really happy.  Jon Heyman.  Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Luis Hernandez. People who won’t like it: folks who have spent…

  16. Photo of the day: Leprechaun National Anthem

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yeah, this actually happened.

  17. Another Greatest Living Player oversight: Jim Fregosi

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Portrait of California Angels' Jim Fregosi

    More fun stuff continues to spin out of that Greatest Living Player post from the other day. This one comes from Bill Parker over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot, running down a list of underappreciated non-Hall of Famers.  Guys like Dave Stieb, Reggie Smith, Jimmy Wynn and … Jim Fregosi. As Bill notes, Fregosi definitely should have made…

  18. Another spring cliche: “we want to run more”

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro, Jason Bartlett, Paul Emmel

    “Best shape of his life” is so last month.  “I’m just working on stuff, just trying to get my work in,” is old hat.  The new one — and it may not be new; I’m just noticing it now —  is “we’re gonna run some more.”  The Royals are saying it. The Pirates are saying it…

  19. You a lawyer? Wanna work for the Athletics?

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    briefcase

    Sticking with the Athletics theme this morning, Maury Brown alerts us to a job opening in Oakland. I don’t pass these along very often, but I know a lot of lawyers read this blog, so do with this what you will: Under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel, the Oakland Athletics are currently…

  20. How to jazz up the “Moneyball” movie

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Sticking with the movie theme this morning, Bruce Jenkins of the Chronicle is not optimistic about the upcoming adaptation of “Moneyball.” Problem? Too boring.  He makes suggestions: As the production of “Moneyball” grinds on, let’s hope the filmmakers take great liberties with the facts. Michael Lewis’ book was superbly written, but there’s nothing more boring…

  21. The “Michael Corleone” contraction theory

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Michael Corleone

    Let’s be clear at the outset: contraction is not happening. Even in the articles that talk about people talking about contraction — like Joel Sherman’s from yesterday — it is stipulated that, no this is a non-starter. So what I’m saying is, don’t cite this post or the Sherman column I’m linking as “continuing contraction…

  22. Joe Torre to attend Yankees Old-Timers Day

    Mar 18, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Jim Bouton wrote a tell-all book that angered the Yankees. They kept him away from Old Timers Day for close to 30 years and, if it wasn’t for an emotional plea in the New York Times by one of his sons following the tragic death of Bouton’s daughter, they may not have even invited him…

  23. For American ballplayers in Japan: uncertainty

    Mar 17, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Randy Ruiz

    The crisis in Japan is not a baseball story, but baseball is Japan’s biggest sport and this is a baseball blog so to the extent there is anything worthwhile about those two worlds intersecting, I’m inclined to link it. The latest: a story about former Blue Jay Randy Ruiz, who plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden…

  24. No surprise: judge bars profane voice mails from Barry Bonds trial

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    Judge Susan Illston ruled earlier this afternoon that the profanity-laced voice mail messages Barry Bonds left with his ex-girlfriend will not be allowed into evidence. She said that they are “unattractive,” and  “that’s the only reason they could be used … They are at most very marginal in terms of any relevance to this case.” Which…

  25. Great Moments in accurate yet embarrassing stereotypes

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Peter Buck

    I may or may not have written about The Baseball Project before. It’s a supergroup of sorts led by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, which only performs songs that are baseball related.  Last night they played in Austin, and this blog post about it in Rolling Stone pretty much hits the nail on the head. On the…

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