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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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;…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. You’re wrong, Calcaterra: Mets fans most certainly do live and die with their team

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Sad Mets fan

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote this about Mets fans: I don’t think there’s a fan base of its size in all of sports that has a more balanced take on things. Mets fans love ‘em when they win. When they don’t, well, they’re not gonna cry about it and make their lives miserable.…

  18. Did the Yankees censor blogs in the wake of the Rafael Soriano deal?

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    TYU has a new post up that raises an interesting ethical question about the Yankees and the blogs with which they’re affiliated: When news of Rafael Soriano’s signing filtered onto Twitter on the evening of January 13th, many Yankees fans were aghast at the length of the deal and the fact that the club had…

  19. The McCourt drama may not be over for a looooong time

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times — who has been all over the McCourts divorce saga since it began — has an update. And it’s not rosy. Jamie McCourt wants to be considered Frank’s co-owner of the Dodgers. Frank wants no part of it and is going to try to string out the litigation…

  20. In case you were missing Joe Morgan …

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Joe Morgan was interviewed on KJR in Seattle yesterday. When asked about what made the Big Red Machine special, he gave us a taste of exactly what we’ll be missing this summer when he is no longer on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball: We did things, we gave up our own individuality to make the team…

  21. The Jays have yet to approach Jose Bautista about a multi-year deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swinging

    The second most shocking thing about the Vernon Wells trade — after the Angels actually agreeing to it — was the fact that it left the Blue Jays with only $17.4 million in payroll commitments for 2012.  The conventional wisdom when that news started to spread was that all of that freed-up money would be used…

  22. Derek Jeter: full time outfielder? Never gonna happen

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    This morning, at Brian Cashman’s little press availability, the Yankees general manager said that he envisioned Derek Jeter moving off shortstop and into the outfield before his new contract is up after the 2014 season. It’s not a ridiculous thing to say at this point in time because (a) Jeter is unlikely to be able…

  23. David Eckstein: your destiny is calling

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Philippines_flag

    The mayor of Manila all but begs David Eckstein to come to The Philippines and help revive baseball: “Baseball is once a popular sport here and we have a number of baseball stadiums before. But its popularity continue to wane because of basketball,” said Lim. Lim said sports leaders and other sponsors should channel some their resources…

  24. A HardballTalk reader owns that Cubs shirt

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cubs dress shirt

    We weren’t expecting this:  a startling reader confession from the comments section of the Cubs shirt post: I actually own this shirt but I have never had the cajones to wear it.  My wife and her mother bought it for me on clearance this Summer at Von Maur.  They meant well, but they didn’t understand how…

  25. Great moments in team merchandise: Chicago Cubs edition

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    This is one you’ll need to click-through to see in its full glory.

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