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  1. The Wilpon case gets a mediator: Mario Cuomo

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Wilpons and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff case are having a daily back and forth in the papers. The judge is probably getting tired of it. Yesterday he did something about it: A federal judge on Thursday appointed former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo to try to resolve the $1 billion dispute…

  2. Prosecutors drop six of the 11 charges against Barry Bonds

    Feb 11, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    You know the sign of a righteous prosecution advanced by confident prosecutors? Dropping half the charges on a several-years-old indictment relating to a seven-year-old incident on the eve of trial: Among the charges eliminated from earlier indictments were claims that Bonds perjured himself by denying that he received testosterone from his trainer, Greg Anderson, and…

  3. Mike Trout probably won’t see the bigs until 2012

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles headline writers are going to have to hold their clever fish-related one-liners for next year, because Mike Trout isn’t likely to make The Show until 2012. Here’s Bill Shaikin: [Angels GM Tony] Reagins said Angels would start Mike Trout at double-A. In Anaheim by end of season? “I would say it’s unlikely” Gotta…

  4. UPDATE: Orlando Cabrera to compete for the Indians’ second base job

    Feb 10, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE: Rosenthal tweets that Cabrera will compete for the second base job. Asdrubal Cabrera will stay at short. The idea is to make Orlando Cabrera learn second. Much better that way I think seeing as though the Indians’ second base options — Luis Valbuena and Jason Donald — don’t have Asdrubal Cabrera’s upside.  And worse case scenario for…

  5. The Ten Coolest Dodgers? OK, why not?

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Stengel Glasses

    Steve Dilbeck makes a list of the “Top Ten Coolest Dodgers” over at the L.A. Times.  The top four — Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela and Jackie Robinson — were pre-selected. He picks 5-10. Click through to read them. Milk/cow/free, don’t you know. With the understanding that “cool” is about as subjective an adjective…

  6. The biggest difference between Wilpon and McCourt? Bud Selig likes Fred Wilpon more.

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Yesterday I talked about how baseball views the Wilpon and McCourt situations differently and about how, because of this, Bud Selig is likely to take a harder stance when it comes to McCourt’s proposed use of TV money vs. Wilpon’s use of SNY money. Today Ken Rosenthal has his own compare and contrast on it,…

  7. Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench and the intentional walk that wasn’t

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rollie Fingers

    I’m guessing that Reds and A’s fans — and other fans of a certain age — knew this already, but I had never heard this story about Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench and the intentional walk that wasn’t from the 1972 World Series: With Bench standing in the box expecting a wide pitchout, Fingers broke off…

  8. Jered Weaver loses his arbitration case

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The Angels had no problem taking on Vernon Wells‘ $81 million deal, but dadgummit they fought Jered Weaver over less than $1.5 million.  In arbitration, that is.  An arbitration that was held yesterday. Which the Angels have won, reports MLBTR. Weaver wanted $8.8 million.  The Angels offered him $7.365 million, which seems at least two…

  9. Here’s a bad idea: A Michael Young for Francisco Liriano trade

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    On the heels of Joe Christensen’s report this morning that the Twins may be open to trading Francisco Liriano comes a column by the Star Tribune’s Howard Sinker in which he toys with a possible scenario: a Francisco Liriano for Michael Young trade: In a deal with the Twins, that would mean Texas picking up…

  10. Keith Law rips the Orioles’ offseason moves

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Iannetta

    I’ve been asked about the Orioles offseason a lot.  My standard answer is that while I still have a hard time seeing them finish in anything but last place due to how brutal the division is, I do think they have improved themselves and will be a better team this year. They could win 80…

  11. Mark Buehrle hoped that Michael Vick would get injured, but MLB.com doesn’t want you to know that

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Weird stuff afoot over at MLB.com. Yesterday afternoon a story by Scott Merkin appeared featuring Mark Buehrle and focusing on his passion for animal rights.  Not surprisingly, the subject of Michael Vick came up.  When the story first went up, the following quote was in it: “He had a great year and a great comeback,…

  12. The Rockies may not be out of the Michael Young sweepstakes after all

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    Late Tuesday night Troy Renck reported that the Rockies were out of the Michael Young derby. Not so fast says Jon Heyman. He tweets that there’s still a disagreement about the sort of player and sort of dollars that would be involved in a trade but that the Rockies “haven’t heard they’re out.” Who knows?…

  13. The Twins may trade Francisco Liriano

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    Twins ace Francisco Liriano is under team control though 2012 and he’s coming off a season that looks as though he’s back on track to being the ace he looked like he’d be before Tommy John surgery.  Normally that would make a guy a candidate for a long-term extension.  The Twins, however, may be thinking differently…

  14. In which I am accused of being part of the problem in modern sports writing

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    comic computer.bmp

    Remember that stuff I wrote the other day about the future of sports writing?  Well, not everyone’s buying it.  Particularly not Andrew Humphries of the Let’s Go Tribe blog, who argues that the sort of blogging I do here at HBT is not in keeping with the “meaning-building pieces” that Jason Fry described in his excellent…

  15. The Wilpons test their defense in the pages of the Daily News

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    As has become standard practice, the day after the New York Times says something bad about the Wlipons/Madoff case, the New York Daily News has a story — sourced, quite clearly, by Wilpon’s lawyers — endeavoring to counter it.  Today’s story: explaining the Wilpon defense. And that defense:  “hey, if the Securities and Exchange Commission…

  16. Sandy Alderson has totally revamped the Mets scouting system

    Feb 9, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In the Rotoworld Draft Guide — which you should totally buy now — I wrote an article ranking the top transactions of the offseason. I included the Mets hiring of Sandy Alderson in the top 10. It was the only non-player signing I mentioned. I mentioned it for good reason. Stuff like what the Daily…

  17. A bit more on the distinction between the Wilpons and the McCourts

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    handshake

    In that last post about the difference between the McCourt situation and the Wilpon situation, I said that there was a difference between Wilpon’s ownership interest in SNY and the Dodgers’ ownership of broadcast rights.  That distinction led to a couple of similar reader comments. Like this one: The situations are identical, just different structures. The…

  18. Comparing and contrasting the Wilpon fooforaw and the McCourt arglebargle

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    That’s what Bill Shaikin is up to over at the L.A. Times today.  At least comparing the possible solutions to it. Shaikin notes that one possible outcome that is being discussed with the Mets is that the Wilpons would sell part of the team and maybe a stake in their television network SNY and use…

  19. Milton Bradley’s initial hearing is put off

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Milton Bradley is still charged with making felony threats, but there’s a chance that things are looking up.  As Geoff Baker reports, Bradley’s initial hearing has been postponed until March 9th in lieu of a hearing with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.  It’s apparently a standard thing in domestic violence cases, done after the heat…

  20. Two distinct takes on the Michael Young situation

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    First we have Evan Grant’s take in the Dallas Morning News.*  Grant writes — in a very, very long open letter — that both Young and the Rangers are at fault, both sides have acted somewhat poorly, though understandably so and that each side must swallow its pride and carry on for the greater good…

  21. Want Cubs-Red Sox tickets? Feelin’ lucky?

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    fenway

    This summer the Cubs are coming to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series.*  It’s gonna be a tough ticket. So tough that the Sox are going to sell them via random drawing.  Yankees tickets too, though I’m guessing they’ve done that before. They’re also drawing for Green Monster seats and…

  22. Russell Martin has lost 15 pounds via MMA training

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia taps the yips away. Big deal: Russell Martin will make you tap out, brother!  (er, sorry. I have no idea what I’m talking about): It wasn’t as if Russell Martin was preparing to grapple with Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell or his favorite Mixed Martial Arts star, fellow Montreal native Georges St. Pierre. Martin…

  23. Must-Click Link: ballparks that were never built

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    UPDATE:  It seems that the traffic to the ballpark pics place from HBT and many other sites is crushing the servers.  Last I checked, the stadium renderings were mostly down.  Bookmark it, though, and head back later. It’s well worth it. Say goodbye to your day: This page contains images/drawings/renderings of ballparks that never made…

  24. Joba Chamberlain is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    UPDATE:  Erik Boland talked to Chamberlain.  Joba says his added weight is muscle, and is the result of adding a home gym this winter.  So there. 11:oo AM: CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds. If you believe this tweet from the Post’s Brian Costello a few minutes ago, Joba Chamberlain may have found some of them: Joba…

  25. Sorry Daily News: The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their Brooklyn throwback uniforms

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Dodgers

    Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while.  It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about…

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