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  1. Must-Click Link: How to pick which team to root for

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

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    Most of us already have a rooting interest. But if you don’t or if you know someone who doesn’t, here’s the absolute best flow chart I’ve ever seen in my life to help you with your choice. I’m struggling to see any of the choices that lead you to any specific team as wrong.  Indeed,…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

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    I’m in the press box of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  I can’t say for sure how long I’ll be here, however, because real estate is at a premium.  Most of these boxes have two rows. The first row is for the beat writers who cover the team every day, the official scorer and people like that.…

  3. Uh-oh: Frank McCourt is in trouble with the missus!

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Remember how Frank McCourt tried to sell off the Dodgers’ broadcasting rights to FOX in an effort to raise cash to save his ownership of the team? Yeah, it seems that, given that the Dodgers are community property, Jamie McCourt has an interest in all of that and a right to obtain any information she…

  4. Mark Wohlers’ wife: Fireman of the Year

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    Mark Wohlers never won the Fireman of the Year award back when he was the Braves’ closer, but his wife deserves consideration now: Former Braves closer Mark Wohlers said his wife raced through their suburban Atlanta home and saved him and their three children as flames starting spreading through the house early Tuesday. The home…

  5. When is it OK to report what goes on in the clubhouse?

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

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    That’s the question a staff writer for the Dayton Daily News asks in the wake of that Jonny Gomes/Adam Wainwright thing: When do the media go too far? Is every nanosecond of every day fair game for anyone who we christen as a public figure? As a reader, do you even want to know that…

  6. Greg Anderson is going back to jail

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

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    Considering that Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds’ former trainer, has (a) already done over a year in jail for not testifying against Bonds; and considering that (b) the practical limit of any future refusal to testify against Bonds is the couple of weeks his trial will take to complete, it’s not at all surprising that Anderson…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to 2013, Royals fans

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

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    This was the rare spring training game that got more interesting as opposed to less interesting as it went on. And the reason for it was the very reason why I came here today: the Royals system is stocked. But the system is still young, and for as good as Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and…

  8. Red Sox owner John Henry was fined half a million bucks for slamming revenue sharing

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Recently, when Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine starting slamming teams who took revenue sharing and referring to it as “welfare,” I suggested that Bud Selig may take issue with the comments.  John Henry — who has himself slammed revenue sharing — admitted today that, yes, Bud Selig does take issue. And does so quite expensively:…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: Few people, good seats

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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    Despite it being perhaps the most beautiful day since I’ve been down here, it’s a near-empty ballpark today.  I guess you’ll have that when it’s the Royals and the Padres, neither of which are what you’d call national draws. But the good thing about it was that I was able to wander down to a…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: A photo tour of the Royals camp

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

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    George:  “Kevin, you and I are pretty awesome, aren’t we?” Kevin: “Yes, George. Yes we are. We could probably make this team if we tried, couldn’t we?” George: “Yes, Kevin, we could.  Oh, Kevin: did I ever tell you about that night I had in Vegas?” Kevin: “I swear, George, if you tell that story…

  11. Scenes from Spring Training: I get the Jeff Francoeur love

    Mar 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This isn’t going to change my view of his ballplaying skills or anything, but I’m gonna be honest and say it: Jeff Francoeur is a nice guy. So much so that it made me spend some time thinking this morning about my place in the baseball writing world.  But I’ll get to that in a…

  12. Roy Halladay is working on new things? Really?

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws during their Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Another classic spring cliche is the pitcher who is “working on some things.”  Usually that’s just a way of explaining away a bad early March outing — “I wasn’t really pitching, I was just working on some things!” — but in the case of Roy Halladay, it sounds like he may actually be working on…

  13. Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

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    Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports! “In the past two years the condition, the overall condition was not excellent and was not to the point where I needed to be,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada. “So this year my goal will be to [in] better shape and be on the mound throughout the…

  14. Quotes of the Day: Barry Zito and Prince Fielder

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Yesterday the Giants faced the half of the Brewers squad that wasn’t facing the Cubs over at HoHoKam.  In that game, a nearly two-year old grudge continued to play out as Prince Fielder and Barry Zito jawed at one another after Zito walked Fielder. The grudge, of course, is based on Fielder’s infamous “bowling ball”…

  15. The Mets are seeking another loan to cover expenses

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The New York Post reports that the Mets are seeking yet another loan to cover operating expenses: The cash-starved Mets are desperately seeking a new loan — totaling tens of millions of dollars — to cover their basic operating expenses, The Post has learned JPMorgan Chase — which led the banks that loaned the team…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: The Chase

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    “He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick No reason for that quote. None at all.…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: Wake me up when Kerry Wood comes in

    Feb 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    I’m not gonna lie to you: it was not the most riveting day at the ballpark.  Low energy game and a low energy crowd. It happens.  Random notes: The Cubs took the field wearing their full-blown home whites with pinstripes. LOVED it. I’m not a big fan of the lazy looking spring training warmups some…

  18. Photo of the Day: God Bless Midwesterners

    Feb 28, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    I encountered these fine women just outside of the main concourse. From afar I assumed they were Brewers fans, by virtue of the hats. When I told them this, they were mildly offended.  I salvaged the situation by noting that the hats actually undermine the Brewers’ stranglehold on beer iconography, appropriating the meme for Cubs…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: Where’s the press box again?

    Feb 28, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    I went down to the field to check out the Cubs’ BP.  As the pic suggests, it’s a damn fine day here in Mesa.  A little cold this morning, but it doesn’t take much sun to warm it up, and there is much sun today. Frank Lloyd Wright was right: wintering in Chicago is for…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: It’s hard not to like Mike Quade

    Feb 28, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

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    I got down to the clubhouse a little late — and entered through the wrong door, oops! — but my timing ended up being pretty good, as manager Mike Quade was just opening up his office for the media gaggle.  I walked in and, as I usually do, hung in the back to take it…

  21. Wanna be the P.A. announcer at Wrigley Field?

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    I just got back from the Cubs’ clubhouse — more on that later — and sitting on my laptop was a press release from the team announcing a partnership between the Cubs and CareerBuilder.com to find the next public address announcer at Wrigley Field. Really: they’re taking applications right on the web. Candidates, we’re told, should…

  22. Scenes from Spring Training: Greetings from HoHoKam Park

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

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    Or is it HoHoKam Stadium?  And is that capitalization correct?  Really, I can’t tell you because I’ve seen it written differently in different places.  I think “Stadium” is correct but Park rolls off the tongue better. Probably doesn’t matter considering that they’re building a new place a couple miles from here and will thus be…

  23. Be happy that Oliver Perez got rocked over the weekend, Mets fans

    Feb 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Oliver Perez worked in the Mexican League this winter and he showed up early to spring training.  Didn’t help, though, as he made his spring training debut against the Braves over the weekend and gave up four runs in two innings, walked three guys and only got the ball up to 86 m.p.h.  Once, that…

  24. Welcome to St. Jetersburg

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

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    The New York Times has a feature on the outrageously large house Derek Jeter has built down in Tampa. Cost?! No man can say! The 30,875-square-foot mansion, which overlooks Hillsborough Bay, features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, two boat lifts, a drive-through portico and a pair of three-car garages flanking the north and south…

  25. Bobby Valentine would like to buy into the Mets

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

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    Bobby Valentine wants to buy into the Mets’ ownership group? Wow, Stamford, Connecticut must really overpay their civil servants: Valentine has spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets, a baseball official told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’’ve talked to a number of people interested in purchasing…

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