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  1. Selig seeks slotting; international draft

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    We’ve seen this coming for a couple of years now, but on the occasion of the 2011 draft, Bud Selig once again called for the hard slotting of draft picks and the extension of the draft to cover other countries: “I believe in slotting and I believe in a worldwide draft. I think it’s important,”…

  2. The implications of moving the fences in at Citi Field

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Citi Field AP

    Everyone talks about moving the fences in at Citi Field, but no one analyzes it.  That is until today, when Adam Rubin — with the help of Greg Rybarczyk from Hittrackeronline.com — looks into how various modifications to the dimensions of Citi Field would affect the Mets in general and David Wright — the most frequently…

  3. Bryce Harper needs to grow up

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    There has been quite a response since the post of that Bryce Harper home run trot this morning (the video is embedded below).  It has me thinking about the curious beast that is Bryce Harper and what, if anything, we can take from that little episode. First, let me be clear: I’m not trying to…

  4. The draft is happening

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    In case you missed our coverage, be it known that the first round of the amateur draft went down last night. Matthew Pouliot’s wrapup can be read here.  As-it-went-down reactions can be read here: Pick number one; Picks 2-5; Picks 6-10; Picks 11-15; Picks 16-20; Picks 21-25; and Picks 26-33 Personally, I’m no draft expert.…

  5. Carlos Zambrano apologizes to Carlos Marmol, but no one else; stands by his words

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Zambrano_Carlos

    A funny thing happened yesterday: Carlos Zambrano‘s Sunday rant about the Cubs being “embarrassing” went over really well with Cubs fans. Seemed Zambrano said something that they needed someone else besides themselves to say. That this outfit is playing poorly and needs to get better. As such, Zambrano didn’t apologize generally for his comments. He…

  6. Bryce Harper is going to get himself hurt

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Check out the home run that Nats’ prospect Bryce Harper hit last night. Specifically, check out the way he stopped to admire it and the kiss he blew to the pitcher when he crossed home plate: Yes, he’s young. But there’s no excuse for that kind of thing.  Even someone who cares as little about…

  7. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

    Seven-game losing streaks are the new black.

  8. Dodgers call up Dee Gordon

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The last we heard from Dodgers’ shortstop prospect Dee Gordon, he was scoring from first base on a bunt.  That was pretty special. Also special: the Dodgers called him up this afternoon. Gordon, the son of Tom “Flash” Gordon and the Dodgers’ top prospect by most experts’ reckoning,  is as fast as they come. He…

  9. NL All-Star voting update: McCann passes Posey

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    Major League Baseball just released its latest results in the NL All-Star voting.  The most notable change: the injured Buster Posey is no longer leading at catcher, having been passed by Brian McCann.  Word on the street is that McCann tried to call Posey to apologize, but that Brian Sabean has taken out a contract…

  10. UPDATE: New charges against Lenny Dykstra detailed

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    UPDATE: The details are in: Dykstra is alleged to have fraudulently leased three high-end cars from a Southern California auto dealership. Then, when he was arrested for the car theft, police found cocaine, ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone in his home. In other news, Lenny Dykstra had a home as recently as April. 1:03…

  11. Brian Sabean called Scott Cousins and apologized

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    We had statement after statement after statement about the Scott Cousins Buster Posey thing late last week and over the weekend, but maybe, just maybe, we’re reaching the end of the soap opera portion of this story: Giants manager Brian Sabean and Scott Cousins apparently made peace over the weekend. The Chronicle has learned that Sabean and…

  12. Happy Draft Day! Here’s a depressing draft story for you!

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    When I look back at old drafts, be it baseball, football, basketball, whatever, I am struck by the sheer number of names I have never heard before. Because, of course, professional sports is about attrition and so many of the guys who get selected never go on to anything big. I always wonder if any…

  13. Orel Hershiser is interested in joining Steve Garvey’s hypothetical bid for the Dodgers

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Orel Hershiser

    We heard a few months ago that Steve Garvey was interested in owning the Dodgers if (read: when) they are eventually put up for sale.  I sort of laughed that off because, well, it’s Steve Garvey. When he played it was said that he wanted to be the governor of California one day. And then…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Ozzie Smith

    Not a lot separates most teams due to this season’s frustrating parity. So this week I do something a bit different.

  15. Jake Peavy is heading to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season and the first several weeks of this one following shoulder surgery. Since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation, however, he had been pitching pretty darn well, and helping the Sox slowly dig out of the big hole they found themselves in.  Now, however, that’s on hold, as…

  16. The Mets would prefer that you not tell them what to do with Jose Reyes

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Mets fans are starting to work up a pretty healthy “Keep Jose Reyes” lather lately. And why not? He’s playing well. He’s not easily replaced. Letting him go will be downright depressing. The security at Citi Field isn’t too crazy about it when you advertise the idea very much, however. That according to The7Line blog, who…

  17. Carlos Zambrano calls the Cubs “embarrassing”

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    zambrano1

    Yesterday I flipped from the Reds-Dodgers game to the Cubs-Cardinals game. The kids were watching with me, and as they do every time a game is on, they constantly asked me questions about who so-and-so is, and is this guy good and all of that. Carlos Zambrano was on the mound and they asked me…

  18. Major League Baseball still wondering about A-Rod and Dr. Galea

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    In the New York Times today is a story about Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment and who is suspected of giving professional athletes PEDs.  You’ll recall that, among several others such as Tiger Woods, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez received treatment by Dr. Galea and has been…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Hendricks Firefly

    I had a capital weekend. I passed the ten-pounds-lost mark since I got that treadmill, I got some new shirts, we grilled tasty meats twice and I saw the episode of “Firefly” with Christina Hendricks for the first time which, had I been, like, 14 when I saw it, probably would have made a profound…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley, Aaron Miles

    Dodgers 9, Reds 6: Chad Billingsley — altogether now — helped his own cause by hitting  a homer, a double and driving in three.  I was watching the game when he hit the homer. I couldn’t see the beginning of his sentence, but Reds’ starter Travis Wood quite clearly mouthed the words “… homer to…

  21. Hey, Nick Johnson is alive

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson, who was rumored to have once played major league baseball, is going to get the start for the Double-A Akron Aeros tonight. I’m informed that it’s actually in a baseball-playing capacity as well.  Interesting. Now, everyone who remembered that Johnson signed with the Indians in the offseason, please raise your hands.  Not you…

  22. This is getting fun: Logan Morrison fires back at Brian Sabean, Buster Posey

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins’ outfielder Logan Morrison was on Sirius/XM with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden this afternoon, talking about the Buster Posey/Scott Cousins collision and Brian Sabean’s comments from yesterday.  Not surprisingly, Morrison pulled no punches, especially with respect to Sabean: “First of all, it’s wildly unprofessional for him to make any comment on the situation.  When…

  23. Anonymous GM: players can’t handle a 162 game season

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    coffee pot

    Jayson Stark spoke with a major league general manager — we don’t know which one — who had a couple of interesting things to say about the length of the season and player stamina and all of that.  The upshot: the GM thinks the season is too long, players can’t handle it, and it needs…

  24. HBT Daily: What to make of the Dbacks and Mariners

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    What east coast bias? Tiffany and I discuss a couple of surprise teams out west.

  25. Joe Torre is going to have a talk with Brian Sabean

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! hears from a source that MLB’s discipline czar Joe Torre is going to call Brian Sabean to talk about his comments regarding Scott Cousins. I would presume that there will be something of a “hey Brian, MLB frowns on senior management issuing or perpetuating defacto bounties on marginal rookies” flavor to…

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