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  1. OK, maybe Sox fans shouldn’t worry that much about Josh Beckett after all

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    beckett

    Yesterday I linked John Tomase’s dire warning about what the future may hold for Josh Beckett.  Today Bill at The Platoon Advantage picks Tomase’s analysis apart. Setting aside the notion that Tomase could have used more refined metrics with which to analyze Beckett, Bill observes that Tomase unwittingly stacked the deck against him: Even assuming plain…

  2. It’ll never happen, but the Yanks need to put Joba back into the rotation

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    JOBA CHAMBERLAIN

    The Yankees have been unwavering in their position on Joba Chamberlain: he’s a relief pitcher and he always will be a relief pitcher as long as he plays for the New York Yankees.  As Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues notes, however, such a position is a horrible one, and with no less than three…

  3. The Royals sign Jeff Francis

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Jeff Francis

    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick reports that Francis will get a $2M base salary. He can make $2M more in incentives based on starts and innings pitched. Seems like a good deal. Especially considering that Brad Penny just got $3 million base, $3 million incentives. 9:40 AM: Jerry Crasnick just tweeted that the Royals have signed free agent starter…

  4. Lance Berkman is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Lance Berkman

    Usually, BSoML stories are mock-worthy. In Lance Berkman’s case, it’s serious business. That’s because Berkman is trying to do that which is not usually done: move right on the defensive spectrum in his mid-30s.  As Joe Strauss notes, however: Berkman is taking this very, very seriously: “If I have a repeat of last year I’m…

  5. Irony alert: Reggie Jackson tells an athlete to be quiet and humble

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Reggie Jackson

    I don’t give a pair of fetid dingo’s kidneys about the NFL playoffs and — certain strokes of unadulterated genius aside — don’t care if the Jets beat the Patriots this weekend or vice-versa.  But Mr. October Reggie Jackson does. And he’s had it with the trash-talking of the Jets’ Antonio Cromartie: Former New York Yankees’…

  6. Nice work by Scott Boras on the Rafael Soriano deal

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    The Rafael Soriano deal represents some pretty sweet work by Scott Boras. Not just the in the sell-ice-to-Eskimos sense — the Yankees already have a pretty decent bullpen ace — but also in its structure. As was reported all over the place, the contract calls for Soriano to make $10 million this season, $11 million…

  7. The Giants are taking their World Series trophy to New York

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:10 AM EST

    1954 Giants

    To most of us, 1957 may as well be ancient history. The Giants don’t view it that way, however, and they’re doing a solid for whatever Giants fans are still left in New York from back when they skipped town: they’re taking the World Series trophy there and will put it on display in a…

  8. Tony Gwynn Jr. could be the Dodgers’ starting center fielder

    Jan 13, 2011, 5:37 PM EST

    tony-gwynn-jr-padres

    Tony Gwynn Jr. was non-tendered by the Padres, but ESPN Los Angels reports that he may be good enough to start for the Dodgers: As he prepared to leave baseball’s quarterly owners’ meetings, [Ned] Colletti said Gwynn’s speed and defensive ability were strong enough that if he can return to form offensively — he hit…

  9. So we’re really doing this Eric Chavez thing, huh?

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics

    If I were Bill Simmons, right about now I’d say something like “I wish there was someplace you could bet on things like ‘the date on which Eric Chavez hits the disabled list, the date on which its reported that his career is likely over and the date on which he says he’s coming back…

  10. Civil Rights Game set for May 15th in Atlanta

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball issued a press release a little while ago regarding this year’s edition of the Civil Rights Game.  The game itself will be May 15th.  All of the relevant details are here. Kudos to baseball for not merely putting a couple of teams in Negro Leagues throwbacks, playing the game and calling it a…

  11. Scott Boras is in sales mode

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Top level talents are easy to sell. Where the men who represent major league baseball players truly separate themselves from the boys is in selling flawed, aging and relatively unattractive players to teams in the free agent market. Enter Scott Boras — the best of the best — hyping up clients Johnny Damon, Andruw Jones…

  12. Stephen Strasburg is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Strasburg walks off

    Stephen Strasburg‘s recovery from Tommy John surgery is going swimmingly, he says, and what’s more, he told CBS’s Ted Robinson that he’s feeling great: “I’m definitely in the best shape of my life … Once you start throwing, it’s gonna be a long process just getting your strength back, but I feel great about it…

  13. Ed Kranepool only roots for the Mets if they’re winning. And that’s OK.

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Ed Kranepool Pausing for Camera

    Mets legend Ed Kranepool, speaking to the TC Palm down in Port. St. Lucie: Like Mets fans, Kranepool said he only watches the team if they are winning. “I only watch a good product,” Kranepool said. “If they are winning, I will watch, and if not, I turn the station and root for someone else.…

  14. A baseball “Hard Knocks” series featuring the Giants? Why not?

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    Entertainment Weekly reports: Is Showtime looking to steal a page from the HBO playbook and air its own Hard Knocks-type series? EW has learned that Showtime is in early talks with producer Mike Tollin to do a docuseries that focuses on the San Francisco Giants. I think the same people who came up with the term…

  15. The Indians have inquired about Kevin Millwood and Bruce Chen

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    Dare to dream, Cleveland: That brings us to free agents Kevin Millwood and Bruce Chen. The Indians have talked to agent Scott Boras about both starters. It’s hard to imagine Chen, 33, signing a minor-league deal after he went 12-7 with Kansas City last year. Millwood, 36, is coming off the worst season of his career, 4-16 with…

  16. Bobby Valentine owns Stamford, Connecticut

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    No one may want Bobby Valentine to manage their team, but someone loves him: his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. Earlier this week he was named Stamford’s “Citizen of the Year.” Today he was named the city’s Director of Public Safety. There was probably a need for a new Director of Public Safety, actually: the last guy…

  17. Randy Wells committed two sins

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Randy Wells

    The Cubs’ Randy Wells admits that he wasn’t focused last season: “Last year I got caught up in a lot of stuff,” Wells said Wednesday at a Cubs Caravan luncheon at Harry Caray’s restaurant. “I maybe got too big for my britches.” Wells likened his season to that of fictional pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in…

  18. Sadly, there is nothing complicated or controversial about the sale of the Houston Astros

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    Drayton McLane

    There’s a good article by Zachary Levine over at the Houston Chronicle today about the sale of the Houston Astros. The short version: Unlike the sale of the Cubs, the sale of the Houston Astros doesn’t figure to be a protracted affair. Unlike the sale of the Rangers, it doesn’t figure to be complicated and acrimonious.…

  19. The best video explaining a sabermetric concept you’ll see today

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    And I’d say it was awesome even if it didn’t have a dragon in it. But yeah, it has a dragon in it.

  20. So they apparently play baseball in Ireland

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Irish baseball cap

    The Irish influence on 19th century baseball can’t be overstated. Indeed, in his “Historical Baseball Abstract,” Bill James wrote this: “Baseball in the 1890s was dominated by Irish players to such an extent that many people, in the same way that people today believe that blacks are born athletes, thought that the Irish were born…

  21. Angel Pagan: don’t count the Mets out!

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Angel Pagan homer

    Angel Pagan is waxing optimistic about the Mets’ chances in 2011: “Everyone is counting on Philadelphia, but they have to do it. I got my money on my team, bro. I love challenges and that’s why I’m looking forward to it. I believe in surprises.” Immediately after that statement, Pagan was banned from baseball for…

  22. Kerry Wood: Cub for life

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Kerry Wood was told by Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts that he has a job with the Cubs for as long as he likes after he retires.  One radio report yesterday said that Wood was specifically promised a broadcasting job, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com says that’s baloney. That…

  23. Don’t count on Josh Beckett bouncing back

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Josh Beckett

    John Tomase of the Boston Herald has some bad news for Sox fans who are counting on Josh Beckett bouncing back in 2011: Virtually every pitcher to struggle like Beckett did last season not only was never the same, but almost to a man failed to produce a single, solitary above-average season thereafter. … ……

  24. Andruw Jones is in demand

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:25 AM EST

    Andruw Jones

    Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to the Yankees and the Rockies, the Tampa Bay Rays are now talking to Andruw Jones. Jones hit  .230/.341/.486 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI for the White Sox last season, but is line against lefties – .256/.373./.558 — is pretty attractive for a lot of teams. He’d certainly…

  25. Hoffman: 300 saves is like 3000 hits

    Jan 12, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    trevor hoffman padres

    Trevor Hoffman is all over the news today, having given his farewell press conference and all of that stuff.  He was asked about the role of the closer today too, and to comment on what makes an elite one. His comments: “The 300 (save) mark hasn’t been done by a lot of people,” says Hoffman,…

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