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  1. Alfredo Simon has turned himself in

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    A reader passes along this Spanish-language tweet reporting that Orioles’ reliever Alfredo Simon has turned himself in to the police. My Spanish is terrible, but I think the entirety of that tweet says he’ll be transferred for interrogation and that he has pleaded not guilty. This is apparently a pic of Simon with the police…

  2. Cole Hamels is not sweating his contract at the moment

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

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    Cole Hamels’ Hamels’ contract expires after 2011, with an added year of arbitration eligibility for 2012. I suspect that some people are going to get antsy about that soon, wondering if grabbing Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt is going to cost the Phillies the chance to lock up the one pitcher of that crowd who might…

  3. Some baseball writers believe they are the morality police

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    In the course of Michael S. Schmidt’s recent column on Jeff Bagwell, Ross Newhan, the retired Los Angeles Times writer and still-current Hall of Fame voter, describes what he sees as the role of the electorate: “Somebody said we are not the morality police, but yet I think we are. If we aren’t, who is?…

  4. Carl Pavano could sign this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Carl Pavano may make a decision this week between the Twins and the Nationals.  There had been some previous chatter of Texas and possibly Seattle being interested, but there’s no mention of them in this latest report. As Aaron noted last week, Pavano wants a three-year deal, and…

  5. Have a happy new year, HBT Nation

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    The wife and I are taking the kids to a party soon.  Really: a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party with a couple other families. It runs from 6PM to 9PM and all the kids blow their noisemakers at 9.  I know it sounds lame to a lot of you, but we’ll still have fun. I…

  6. Tough break for Rockies prospect Kyle Parker

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Literally, a tough break. Rockies prospect Kyle Parker — who doubles as Clemson’s starting quarterback — just went down with broken ribs in the Meineke Bowl.  His college career is now over.  With spring training less than two months away, one has to assume that his pro baseball career is going to be somewhat delayed. Parker…

  7. Must-Click Link: Comparing player physiques over time

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Most of the people who are on the Bagwell-is-a-roider train ask that we simply compare the physiques of young Bagwell and old Bagwell and all will be revealed. Oh really? Jason at IIATMS spent a ton of time today snagging pics of players when they were young and when they were old and puts them…

  8. No, bloggers don’t have Bagwell groupthink

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    “You’re part of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!” Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance … Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate. …

  9. People were sour on Bert Blyleven 35 years ago

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

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    A lot of the resistance to Bert Blyleven’s Hall of Fame candidacy is based on the notion that, while he was pitching, no one thought of him as a Hall of Famer. I think that’s definitely the case.  I wasn’t really aware of him as a player — as opposed to a random 1970s baseball card…

  10. Tom Vandergriff helped bring the Senators to Texas

    Dec 31, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

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    I promise that it won’t all be obituaries today, but this one is pretty notable.  Tom Vandergriff, the man who, as mayor, helped bring the Washington Senators to Arlington, Texas where they became the Rangers has died: In 1965, Vandergriff brought Dallas and Fort Worth officials together to help build a minor league baseball stadium…

  11. Former player, manager, scout Steve Boros dies

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT

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    Never heard of Steve Boros? Here’s some background.  Here’s some more. And here’s a signature accomplishment: Boros was part of a scout team that filled out reports that fall on the Athletics, the Dodgers’ opponent in the World Series. Among the traits that Boros and his co-workers noticed: Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley tended to…

  12. The Reds have talked to Edgar Renteria

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:09 AM EDT

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    Reds GM Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he has spoken to Edgar Renteria‘s agent. Gosh, I hope he wasn’t insulting! Jocketty is familiar with Renteria, of course, as he was the guy who signed him to play for the Cardinals.  Based on his previous comments, however, it seems kind of doubtful that Renteria would come…

  13. Add the Yankees and the Rangers to the Bartolo Colon sweepstakes

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Sure, once there are three teams, we can call it a sweepstakes. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Indians were thinking about bringing back Bartolo Colon.  Now, thanks to MLBTR’s Nick Collias who translated this Spanish language article, we learn that the Yankees and the Rangers have expressed interest too.  Well, at…

  14. Major League Baseball, Anheuser-Busch bury the hatchet

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Remember how Anheuser-Bush sued Major League Baseball back in November.  Sadly the lawsuit has been settled: Anheuser-Busch Inc. said Thursday that it reached a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball and dropped the lawsuit it filed against the league in November. The multi-year agreement designates Budweiser as the official beer sponsor of Major League…

  15. Pretty much every conversation about Matt Kemp and Rihanna

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    I should be really tired of those Xtra Normal videos by now.  But I’m not.  Not by a longshot. Jon Weisman did one on Matt Kemp and Rihanna over at Dodger Thoughts. And you just know that it’s a conversation that will be had in offices all over Los Angeles in the next couple of…

  16. Buster Posey is ESPN’s “Next” athlete. Uh-oh.

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has named someone their “NEXT” athlete.  It’s the person who, according to ESPN, “is a future leader or trailblazer in their sport.”  They just named Buster Posey their NEXT athlete for 2011.  Buster Olney has a nice writeup of Posey here. I think Posey has as bright a future in baseball…

  17. How about this: no one from the past 25 years makes the Hall of Fame

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    I don’t advocate that — I think I can tell the difference between elite players of that period and non-elite players — but some are advocating it.  Maybe not in so many words, but by the criteria they’re currently employing, it’s a necessary conclusion. Example: Jeff Pearlman, who today sides with those who would bar…

  18. Bill Lajoie was an honest man

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Murray Chass has a great story about the late Bill Lajoie.  He wrote about it in the New York Times when it occurred in 1988, but that was before I was paying attention to the New York Times, so I never heard it.  The scene: Lajoie’s Tigers trade for Fred Lynn at the end of…

  19. Harmon Killebrew has cancer

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

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    This is awful news: Twins legend Harmon Killebrew announced today that he has esophageal cancer.  His statement: I was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer.   With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life.   I am being treated by a team of medical professionals…

  20. Joe Posnanski brings the Hall of Fame noise

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Installment four of Joe Posnanski’s week-long series on the Hall of Fame is a dream come true for me.  Why? Because I’ll freely admit that I can be a monomaniacal nutjob when it comes to this stuff, so when a sober and respectable guy like Poz hits these notes I’m given a touch of intellectual cover. Really,…

  21. It’s never too early to predict the 2011 standings!

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Is it too early to talk about projected standings for 2011?  I think it’s too early. It’s bound to just make people angry. So here are some projected standings for 2011 over at Replacement Level Yankees Weblog based on the CAIRO projection system. Red Sox at 98 wins. Yankees edging out the Rays for the…

  22. Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame candidacy has ushered in the age of steroids McCarthyism

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

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    I railed against Danny Knobler’s exclusion of Jeff Bagwell from his Hall of Fame ballot for being cowardly. He clearly believes Jeff Bagwell took steroids, but he’s afraid to even offer an opinion to that effect.  Dan Graziano of FanHouse is not problematic in that regard. He comes right out and says what he thinks:…

  23. Oney Guillen: “Maybe I should have stepped away from the laptop”

    Dec 29, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

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    Oney Guillen went on a Chicago talk radio station today to defend his crazy-tweeting at Bobby Jenks.  Give a listen. // The only thing he said that made me think he even begins to understand that he was out of line was when he said “maybe I should have stepped away from the laptop.”  Other…

  24. Comment of the Day: No one’s buyin’ what Palmeiro’s sellin’

    Dec 29, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Attention Rafael Palmerio: I think everyone is entitled to the benefit of the doubt in this world, but I don’t think my readers are ready to hop on the “I never took PEDs” bus you’re driving.  Here’s commenter disulfide, knocking it out of the park in the first comment: “I believe Raffy….but then I also…

  25. Baseball folks we lost in 2010

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Over at MLB.com Marty Noble writes the obligatory “remembering the baseball people who died in the past year” column. I sort of hate to see this column every year, but I’m glad we have it too. We need it. We remember guys like George Steinbrenner and Ernie Harwell because they were giants, but we so…

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