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  1. Poor Jose Guillen

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Jose Guillen

    Jose Guillen is in a lot of trouble. Still, I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for the guy.

  2. The Marlins were considering trading Mike Stanton for . . . Ozzie Guillen?!

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    That’s the report from Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun Times, who says that Marlins owner Jeff Loria — who is apparently obsessed with having Ozzie Guillen as his manager — was willing to trade phenom Mike Stanton to the Sox in exchange for Kenny Williams letting Guillen out of his contract. At least…

  3. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Richie Tenenbaum

    Giants 9, Rangers 0: Aaron has the gory details of the bottom of the eighth inning here, and covers just about everything important about this game. I’ll simply add that watching Ron Washington manage the Rangers’ bullpen in the postseason has been like watching Richie Tennebaum against Gandhi at the U.S. Nationals tournament. All I…

  4. Programming Note: HBT Mobile should be working now

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Cell Phone

    I’m a scared old man, so I don’t access the Internet via mobile devices. I’m told a person can lose their soul that way. But there are a lot of you who use such voodoo, apparently, and many of you have told me that HBT’s mobile feed — or app, or subroutine, or happenstance or…

  5. Pat Burrell is The Machine

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    For those of you who don’t know about the whole bit in which Brian Wilson was being interviewed by FOX while a guy he referred to as “The Machine” — dressed up in much the way The Gimp from “Pulp Fiction” would look if he took a trip to the beach — you may just…

  6. Gammons: The Red Sox are going to “go hard” after Carl Crawford

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Peter Gammons was on WEEI today and said that he thinks the Red Sox are going to be all over Carl Crawford this winter: “There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford. That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are…

  7. The Mets will not be interviewing John Gibbons for the manager’s job

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    John Gibbons

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier today that the Mets have not yet really gotten into filling their managerial vacancy yet. Which makes sense, because they haven’t formally announced their new GM yet, and you have to assume Sandy Alderson will drive that train.  Rubin nonetheless listed a handful of “logical candidates” for the job,…

  8. How are the Reds going to use Aroldis Chapman next year?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Dusty Baker has one answer: “I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.  Because it’s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you haven’t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is…

  9. Wait — did 2009 actually happen?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    I’m sorry to be fixated on Yankees stuff this afternoon, but apparently watching two teams that aren’t the Yankees play in the World Series is driving the New York writers crazy. Lupica’s column today is about how, for all the money the Yankees have spent in the past decade, they only have the one World…

  10. Bob Klapisch gets three more years in which to bury Joe Girardi

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    So Joe Girardi’s contract seems to be in order. Three more years, around $9 million dollars. Keep things running as-is, the Yankees are saying.  Is everyone happy? Nah, Bob Klapisch isn’t: Girardi gets three more years to wean himself off managing-by-numbers. Good luck. Not that ripping Girardi for actually playing the percentages is anything new…

  11. “Nobody sits in Vlad’s seat”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Interesting insight from Buster Olney on Vlad Guerrero today: Vladimir Guerrero is more than just the Rangers’ cleanup hitter. He is a centerpiece of respect and dignity and consistency, the wise old man of the group. He sits in the same seat on the team’s bus everyday, and if you happen to sit in his…

  12. Breaking: someone was smokin’ weed in San Francisco last night

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    “People hanging around in San Francisco smoking weed” is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but it was apparently pretty shocking for one newsman from Dallas reporting from the game last night. But don’t laugh too hard, Northern Californians. I got even money on a San Francisco reporter going crazy outside of the Ballpark at Arlington when…

  13. Please, can we put an end to the “nobody believes in us!” nonsense?

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    A comment in the Cliff Lee thread from a reader named “feartherallythong”:   “All the Giants-haters are cracking me up (I’m looking at you, Mr. Calcaterra). Of all the posts post-Game 1, I see a bunch of “How could the Rangers lose?”, and “What happened to Cliff Lee?” posts and stories. Even the MSM is…

  14. O’Connor: Sandy Alderson needs to apologize for steroids

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor thinks Sandy Alderson may be a great GM choice for the Mets, but he thinks he needs to atone for past sins before taking the job: But when he steps to the microphone as Omar Minaya’s replacement, Alderson should take the time of offer an apology. He should say he’s…

  15. HBT Daily: I suppose we’ll talk about the World Series

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the ugliness that was Game 1 and look ahead to C.J. Wilson’s task of not repeating Cliff Lee in Game 2

  16. McCovey Cove was . . . crowded

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My favorite pic from last night’s game that did not involve Vlad Guerrero stumbling around like my Uncle Harry.

  17. Sandy Alderson is getting the old band back together

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Joel Sherman reports that that new Mets GM Sandy Alderson wants to bring Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi on board. Both of these guys, you’ll recall, worked under Alderson in Oakland before going off on their own GM frolics.  Depodesta’s was, in hindsight anyway, pretty successful with the Dodgers, even if they still don’t realize…

  18. Would you pay $7200 for a World Series ticket?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Either StubHub is lying or else there are going to be a couple of deluded, perspective-free people sitting in AT&T park tonight: Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets: StubHub hits new price highwater mark for World Series: pair of Dugout Club seats sold for tonight at $7,223 each. Demand overall still big. That’s a piece, not…

  19. What’s your favorite World Series memory?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    DAVID JUSTICE

    After that abomination of a game last night I needed something to cleanse the palate.  Here’s something, from Baseball Prospectus: Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it’s Willie Mays’ catch, Bill Mazeroski’s home run, Brooks Robinson’s defense, Kirk Gibson’s limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November.…

  20. So what happened to Cliff Lee?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    I know the NFL likes to play up that “any given Sunday” crap, but baseball is really the sport where anything can happen. To wit: Cliff Lee getting torched by a team that wasn’t supposed to have any offense. A team that was supposed to be so dominated by Lee that people actually suggested saving…

  21. For the love of God, Ron Washington: get Vlad out of right field

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I was uneasy with Vlad Guerrero playing right field before Game 1. Afterwards? Ye Gods, don’t let this happen again, Ron Washington. Vlad was hell on wheels in the outfield last night. And not round wheels. Square, stone wheels like something you’d see on the Flintstones. Among the highlights: First inning, Buster Posey at the…

  22. Remembering a sloppier World Series game

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    I said in ATH that I couldn’t remember a sloppier World Series game. Reader Michael Caragliano reminds me of one I must have blocked from my memory: 14-11 game the Indians and Marlins played in 1997. It was a bad enough 7-7 game after eight, and THEN it got epic sloppy. Three errors and a…

  23. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Giants 11, Rangers 7: I’m trying to remember a sloppier World Series game, but I’m comin’ up empty. At least if you don’t count the earthquake. The big story today is obviously Cliff Lee, who saw his postseason ERA climb from 1.26 to 1.96 in the space of a couple hours. Then there are the…

  24. World Series Game 1 Live Chat

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Come on in and join us as we snark our way through Game 1!

  25. Must-Click Link: How Josh Hamilton got where he is today

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Some of you may be tired of Josh Hamilton: Human Interest Story, but it doesn’t get old to me.  He truly was a can’t-miss prospect, and the way he’s hit so hard these past few years makes us wonder what might have been had he had a normal path of development and if he had…

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