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  1. Charlie Manuel’s extension is official

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    Ryan Lawrence tweets that Charlie Manuel’s contract extension is now official. Presumably it’s along the lines of what Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday and is in the $3.5 million — $4 million range  for two years.  Since Manuel is under contract for this season already, that keeps him in red pinstripes through 2013. When reached…

  2. Screaming foul balls, errant hockey pucks and Luis Salazar

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:48 AM EST

    Luis Salazar

    We learn this morning that Luis Salazar seems to have avoided brain damage as a result of the wicked foul ball that tore into the dugout yesterday. He has multiple facial fractures, but he’s recovering in an Orlando hospital. That incident reminded me that I wasn’t wrong to feel really vulnerable when I was at…

  3. The Mets had money trouble even before the Madoff lawsuit

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:59 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Mets’ talking points have been that, were it not for the Madoff lawsuit, everything would have been hunky dory financially speaking.  The New York Times reports this morning, however, that such is not the case: When the owners of the Mets said in late January that they would seek buyers for up to 25 percent…

  4. Sign of the Day: even New York hates the Mets

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    I have yet to see it, but several readers have told me that there are ads on New York subways for a storage company that read “Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?” 1. That seems harsh even for a hardcore Mets hater like me; and 2. Anyone who…

  5. Former WVU quarterback Pat White retires from baseball

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    The NFL didn’t suit former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Pat White too well — you gotta be able to throw in that league — so he tried his hand at baseball, where he was once a standout. In fact, he had been drafted by the Angels and the Yankees in the past, so it wasn’t…

  6. Chipper Jones on the Luis Salazar incident: “I wish I wouldn’t have looked”

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Dave O’Brien talked to Chipper Jones, who was standing on first base when Braves’ minor league manager Luis Salazar was hit by that foul ball earlier today. We already know that Salazar’s injuries are serious, but it was feared to be even worse as it happened: I just … I wish I wouldn’t have looked.…

  7. Jon Garland leaves game with an injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland just left the first inning of the Dodgers-Mariners game at Camelback Ranch today, holding his side.  Bill Shaikin thinks it could be a problem with an oblique muscle. Garland is currently the #5 starter on the Dodgers’ depth chart. If it is an oblique, he could be out for a while. With Vicente Padilla…

  8. Future sports stadiums to be horrible hellscapes

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    In the year 2000

    I’m having a hard time swallowing some of the entries in this Business Insider slideshow about how stadiums may change in the future. Or should I say in the future!, because so much of it sounds like those flying car/colonies on the moon predictions from the golden days of the space age in that they…

  9. Braves minor league manager hit by foul ball in dugout, airlifted to the hospital

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    A scary scene in Orlando as the Braves play the Cardinals this afternoon:  a foul ball came screaming off the bat of Brian McCann and into the Braves dugout.  It struck Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who was face down on the ground for several minutes after it hit him. An ambulance crew took…

  10. Jonny Gomes had a tougher childhood than you

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    When I hear the other fathers in the neighborhood talking about how kids have no shot at playing sports at a high level unless they’re on expensive travelling teams and go to specialized camps and clinics, I roll my eyes. Partially because, damn, don’t you hope your kids pick what they want to do with…

  11. Marlins’ reliever Burke Badenhop wants to make a movie

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Florida Marlins Photo Day

    We’re only interested in one thing, Badehop: Can you tell a story? Can you make us laugh? Can you make us cry? Can you make us want to break out in joyous song? Is that more than one thing? Okay! The 28-year old right hander not only wants to cement his spot in the Marlins…

  12. Cody Ross joins a club that is probably just going to frustrate Giants fans

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    cody ross giving high five

    Hank Schulman has a feature story today about Cody Ross catapulting into fame last fall on the power of postseason heroics. He compares this to the legacies of Dusty Rhodes, Al Weis, Buddy Biancalana, Brian Doyle and … Mark Lemke: Lemke might be the most famous member of the fraternity, at least in this era. The…

  13. UPDATE: The Yankees did not offer Aroldis Chapman $54 million

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    UPDATE: As I suspected, the Yankees deny that they ever offered Chapman a thing. Olney quotes Brian Cashman: “We never made an offer… Never.” 6:16 AM: This tweet from SI’s Melissa Segura is interesting: The FL lawsuit v. Hendricks/Fernandez says Yankees made “offer to Chapman valued at more than $54 million” Chap signed 6yr/$30.25 mil w…

  14. A new potential Mets investor emerges

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Unlike the Donald Trumps of the world, this seems plausible: Paul Danforth, a former Mets executive who now holds a senior post at CAA Sports, the fast-growing sports division of the Creative Artists Agency of Hollywood, is a lead investor in a group seeking to buy a share of the Mets, according to a person who…

  15. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL East

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Tiffany and I are back and today we talk the AL East. Well, we actually talked about it yesterday, but nothing new has happened since then, so we’re cool.

  16. An Utley update should come sometime this morning

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We’re hearing rumblings out of Philly that an update on Chase Utley‘s knee is going to come this morning. I’m hearing non-specific rumblings that it’s not going to be great news. No idea if that’s reliable or not — people are kind of freaking, so it may be hyperbole — but we’ll obviously update it…

  17. There will be a public memorial service for Bob Feller

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Bob Feller

    For those of you who (a) were Bob Feller fans; and (b) will be in Cleveland at the end of the month — and who wouldn’t be in both of those categories? — you can go to the public memorial service that has been planned for him.  The Indians announced it this morning. It will…

  18. Zack Greinke didn’t violate his contract by playing basketball

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When I saw that Zack Greinke’s broken rib came playing pickup basketball, my first thought was “man, that dude just cost himself some money.”  Tom Haudricourt reports, however, that the Brewers don’t agree: [Doug] Melvin said Greinke did not violate his contract by playing a game of pick-up basketball, which is how he was injured…

  19. It’s actually Carlos Beltran’s other knee that hurts

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    The wonkiness of Carlos Beltran‘s knee has been cause for concern. Has he simply not healed properly from last year’s surgery? Was it just never meant to be right again?  Nope, those questions aren’t operative. Because it’s his other knee that is causing him problems. Seems that, though the surgery was on his right knee,…

  20. Carlos Silva is calmed by … Carlos Zambrano

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a real man-bites-dog story today: Carlos Zambrano compassionately helping a teammate through a rough emotional time: “Right after I finished pitching, I texted Zambrano, and I was telling him, ‘Man, I don’t know what’s going on,’  ” Silva said. “What he told me in the text was, ‘You just need…

  21. Must-click link: Stephen Strasburg, mechanics and injuries

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    I tend to glaze over at most stories about pitching mechanics. They seem so jargony. I really have no idea what an “inverted W” is nor do I know why they don’t just call it an “M.” But today’s story by Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated is a different thing. It focuses on Stephen Strasburg…

  22. The Major Leagues and Minor Leagues will stay together a while longer

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Minor League baseball

    Maury reports that Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues — which is what you had no idea the affiliated minor leagues were called — have reached an agreement on a new six-year Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), extending through the 2020 season. An agreement, you ask? Why on Earth would they…

  23. UPDATE: It was Evan Longoria’s car that got boosted

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Reggie Jackson

    UPDATE: Disregard all that wild speculation below. Turns out it was Evan Longoria’s car that was stolen, not Reggie Jackson’s. Oh well, I never was that good a detective. 3: 33 P.M.: I’m bored, so I’m going to channel my fictitious hero Daryl Zero and play detective with this story from Arizona that reader Bloodysock…

  24. Your obligatory Oliver Perez update

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    There are so many good players in Major League Baseball.  Why, then, I focus so much on one of the worst ones is beyond me. But I do, probably because of that contract. Anyway, here’s Oliver Perez‘s line against the Astros today: three innings, three earned runs — all in the first inning — four…

  25. Corey Hart was in the best shape of his life but he’s not anymore

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    corey-hart-brewers

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post had the tweet of the day earlier when he said that now is that time of the spring when all of those guys who said that they were in the best shape of their lives are breaking down. I literally lol’d. Tom Haudircourt has a concrete example of…

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