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  1. The Dodgers file for bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    A mere three days before the payroll comes due — payroll that Frank McCourt can’t meet — the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy, reports Richard Sandomir. With that, the legal game begins. Obviously the situation is fluid, and more details will stream in as the morning and day progresses, but for the time being, this could…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    mix tape

    While in West Virginia over the weekend I took the kids to a couple of scenic places in the New River Gorge and had a couple of nice meals. But this was easily the highlight of the trip. Found it in my wife’s childhood bedroom. Still in the wrapper, just waiting to be made into…

  3. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I was out of town for the second weekend in a row. This time to West Virginia to visit my mother-in-law and to breathe some mountain air. Bonus: you can pick up the Beckley, West Virginia newspaper on Sunday morning and read last Wednesday’s box scores! Reminds me of being a baseball fan back in…

  4. The Rays: a little inconsistent on the no-smoking message

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    It seems fairly simply to me: you either wear throwback jerseys for a team called “the Smokers” and go with all of the tobacco imagery that entails, or else you just avoid it altogether. The Rays, however, want to have it both ways, by wearing replicas of the old Tampa Smokers minor league team jerseys, but…

  5. Roger Clemens trial is on track for July 6th

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Most trials never start when they’re supposed to due to all kinds of pretrial wrangling and stuff. But that’s not the case with Roger Clemens.  Today the law firm that could have appealed the order granting Clemens access to the Mitchell Report notes decided not to appeal, thereby clearing the way for baseball’s second biggest…

  6. Riggleman trashes Tom Boswell of the Washington Post

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Riggleman

    Reasonable people may disagree about the wisdom of Jim Riggleman leaving the Nationals like he did yesterday, but I think everyone can agree that going on the radio the next day and trashing a well-respected baseball columnist by name is going to make you many friends. Certainly not in the media, but likely not with…

  7. Will Mark Cuban’s day ever come?

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is always a popular topic of conversation around here. To feed that jones, go read Jayson Stark’s column today assessing Cuban, baseball’s opinion of him and his chances of one day becoming a baseball owner.  Here’s the highlight of the column, though. It’s a baseball insider quoted by Stark, summing up Bud Selig’s…

  8. Are imbalanced interleague schedules really so bad?

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Yesterday I linked a Ron Roenicke complaint — with which I agreed — about how having teams from the same division playing interleague schedules of differing strengths was unfair.  And it is unfair in the plainest sense of the term in that, without questions, teams have to face challenges of varying strength while vying for…

  9. Quote of the Day: Shin-Soo Choo

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    I’m not sure if Shin-Soo Choo has a nickname or not, but he should have one. And it should be frog-related.

  10. Thanks to a U2 concert, the Marlins will be the home team in Seattle this weekend

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Bono

    Because of U2 — who, if you try hard enough, can be blamed for most of what has happened for the past 25 years or so — the Marlins/Mariners series, originally scheduled for Sun Life Stadium in Miami this weekend is being played in Seattle.  But, as was the case when the Blue Jays/Phillies got…

  11. Tigers to retire Sparky Anderson’s number on Sunday

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Sparky Anderson ap

    While it would have been nice to do it while he was alive, the Tigers are nonetheless doing the right thing and are retiring Sparky Anderson’s number before Sunday’s game. The best part of it — and I’m sure it’s no accident — is that they’re doing it with the Diamondbacks in town. The Diamondbacks…

  12. Before we pile too much dirt on Jim Riggleman …

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    I’m not going to change my view of Jim Riggleman’s move — I think it was the wrong move to make and a bad one for his future for him to resign like that — but I’m also hesitant to bury the guy too deeply.  The reason? We don’t know what brought the situation to…

  13. The only way to create sympathy for Frank McCourt

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Author Frank McCourt

    Oh, how I wish I had seen this awesome, awesome post from Larry over at Wezen-Ball before I put up that last Frank McCourt post.  But better late than never. I won’t give away what ’tis about, but just know that anyone who has ever tried to Google Frank McCourt with the intent of finding…

  14. So, what happens next with the Dodgers?

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has a great step-by-step primer of where Frank McCourt and the Dodgers — who are six days away from failing to meet payroll — go from here.  Short version: don’t plan on the Dodgers being players for Albert Pujols this winter. For Dodgers fans, you can break it…

  15. Derek Jeter may be out longer than we thought

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    When Derek Jeter went on the disabled list with his bum calf, there was a sense that he’d do his 15 days and then be ready to go when he was eligible to come off on June 29th.  That target date is in doubt, however, reports George King of the New York Post, inasmuch as…

  16. History is not on Jim Riggleman’s side

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    As I mused yesterday, two competing explanations for Jim Riggleman’s departure from the Nationals are (1) a fit of pique or genuine disgust which forced his sudden resignation; or (2) a calculation that, if he wasn’t going to be the Nats’ manager in 2012, he’d have a much better shot at landing a new job…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:44 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 2, Twins 1: Welcome back to the land of the living, Tim Lincecum.  Timmy fans 12 and allows only three hits in seven shutout innings, notching his best start in over a month. No managers resigned after this game. Nationals 1, Mariners 0: Hit this one up yesterday, but the game itself got lost…

  18. So what was Jim Riggleman thinking?

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    I’m still pretty stunned by the Jim Riggleman resignation.  And to be honest, I still can’t decide if it was a smart move by Riggleman or the dumbest thing ever. On the one hand, Riggleman says that he’s been “disrespected.”  We’ve heard that from wide receivers and power forwards before, but we’re not used to…

  19. The Nationals are a juggernaut

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Holy schnikes! Jim Riggleman resigned right after the game. Washington just beat Seattle 1-0, with a walkoff sac fly — the most exciting walkoff in all of baseball! — to win it. That’s a sweep of the Mariners. The most mind-boggling thing about it is that the sweep comes even though Mariners’ starters allowed a…

  20. Futures Game rosters announced

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    bryce-harper-nationals

    Major League Baseball just announced the rosters of this year’s Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix during the All-Star break.  You know the deal: prospects. Ones with future potential. Get it?  Yeah, I knew you would. You’re clever like that. The setup is U.S. vs. the World.  Here are the players, with their…

  21. Bonus Twitter Questions!

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    The Question

    For reasons outside of my control — let’s just say the video feed for HBT Daily barfed on itself this morning — we weren’t able to get to all of your Twitter questions.  And I had some saved up for the video too!  Well, waste-not, want-not, I always say, so here’s what we would have…

  22. The Rays need to get out of Tampa Bay

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria

    I don’t know that I know enough myself to make such a judgment, but that’s the judgment of ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, who writes what I feel to be a fairly accurate and even-handed assessment of the problems facing the Rays in St. Petersburg, concluding thusly: Again: This is not about assigning blame. Nobody is a…

  23. Roger Clemens can get the Mitchell Report notes

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    Roger Clemens’ perjury trial is coming up soon, and one of the little skirmishes in advance of it is whether Clemens would be allowed access to the notes of the investigators who helped put together the Mitchell Report. Today a judge ruled that, yep, he can have access to them. The specific notes in question…

  24. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    If we can get the hamster and the wheel inside our camera working properly we’ll have some Twitter questions on HBT Daily later. For now, the ones that didn’t make the video cut.

  25. No, Jose Reyes is not going to the Yankees

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    There are some folks out there — not really folks with media credentials or any special insight, but folks all the same, usually in blog comments sections — who like to pretend that Jose Reyes is going to be a New York Yankee at some point soon.  They can probably apply their minds in a…

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