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  1. The McCourt drama may not be over for a looooong time

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times — who has been all over the McCourts divorce saga since it began — has an update. And it’s not rosy. Jamie McCourt wants to be considered Frank’s co-owner of the Dodgers. Frank wants no part of it and is going to try to string out the litigation…

  2. In case you were missing Joe Morgan …

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Joe Morgan was interviewed on KJR in Seattle yesterday. When asked about what made the Big Red Machine special, he gave us a taste of exactly what we’ll be missing this summer when he is no longer on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball: We did things, we gave up our own individuality to make the team…

  3. The Jays have yet to approach Jose Bautista about a multi-year deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swinging

    The second most shocking thing about the Vernon Wells trade — after the Angels actually agreeing to it — was the fact that it left the Blue Jays with only $17.4 million in payroll commitments for 2012.  The conventional wisdom when that news started to spread was that all of that freed-up money would be used…

  4. Derek Jeter: full time outfielder? Never gonna happen

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Derek Jeter smiling

    This morning, at Brian Cashman’s little press availability, the Yankees general manager said that he envisioned Derek Jeter moving off shortstop and into the outfield before his new contract is up after the 2014 season. It’s not a ridiculous thing to say at this point in time because (a) Jeter is unlikely to be able…

  5. David Eckstein: your destiny is calling

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    The mayor of Manila all but begs David Eckstein to come to The Philippines and help revive baseball: “Baseball is once a popular sport here and we have a number of baseball stadiums before. But its popularity continue to wane because of basketball,” said Lim. Lim said sports leaders and other sponsors should channel some their resources…

  6. A HardballTalk reader owns that Cubs shirt

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Cubs dress shirt

    We weren’t expecting this:  a startling reader confession from the comments section of the Cubs shirt post: I actually own this shirt but I have never had the cajones to wear it.  My wife and her mother bought it for me on clearance this Summer at Von Maur.  They meant well, but they didn’t understand how…

  7. Great moments in team merchandise: Chicago Cubs edition

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    This is one you’ll need to click-through to see in its full glory.

  8. Casey Kelly has an innings limit

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Casey Kelly was the centerpiece of the Adrian Gonzalez deal. Well, Gonzaelz was, but Kelly was the most notable guy coming to San Diego.  This morning Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Kelly is going to be capped at 150 innings this year. Makes sense, given that he’s logged only 190 professional innings across two…

  9. Brian Cashman is dropping some moderate-sized bombs this morning

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Cashman profile

    espnW’s Amanda Rykoff is at WFAN’s Breakfast with a Champion event in New York this morning, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman is talking to the media.  She’s live-tweeting it, and it you can check out her feed now to see what all the columnists will be talking about tomorrow. Among the comments from Cashman that might…

  10. The Nats are interested in Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Fausto Carmona

    Phil Wood of MASN reports that a “big league scout” says that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. I guess I can see that. Both of those guys have tremendous upside. But it also strikes me that the Indians would be silly to entertain offers for them…

  11. Must-Click Link: Sabermetrics’ greatest one-hit-wonder

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

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    Personally I wouldn’t consider Voros McCracken a one-hit-wonder — I’d like to think he’s got another half-dozen breakthroughs in him — but he uses the phrase himself, so I suppose it’s fair enough. For those who don’t know, McCracken is the man who figured out defense-independent pitching statistics — shortened to DIPS — which form…

  12. The Pirates raise prices for walkup tickets, but it’s cool

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Empty PNC Park

    My eyes bulged a bit when I saw that the Pirates had raised some ticket prices. The Pirates? Really? You can’t give Pirates tickets away some days, so how do they get off raising prices? Then I read further — and read Dejan Kovacevic’s longer take on it — and realized that (a) it’s only a…

  13. Murray Chass can’t let go of Mike Piazza’s back acne

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:18 AM EST

    10 METS FAYTOK

    While I was initially outraged at Murray Chass’s insistence that he knows Mike Piazza used steroids because he saw back acne on him once while walking through the locker room, I have since become amused by it. And a little bit in awe of his tenaciousness in holding on to the point. He wrote this over…

  14. The President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum defends the decision to move the Legacy Awards Show

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Last week I posted  a link to Sam Mellinger’s story in the Kansas City Star about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s decision not to hold its annual Legacy Awards Show this month.  Today I received an email from the President of the NLBM, Dr. Raymond Doswell, who takes issue with Mellinger’s characterization and, subsequently, my…

  15. Joe Torre leaning toward taking a job with Major League Baseball

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Joe Torre

    A couple of weeks ago we learned that Joe Torre was considering taking Sandy Alderson’s gig with Major League Baseball. Today it’s reported that he’s learning towards accepting it. Or at least something like it: Joe Torre may not stay retired much longer. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager says he’s leaning toward accepting a…

  16. Should the Rangers bring up Josh Hamilton’s substance abuse history if they go to arbitration?

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    File photo of Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton waiting to hit during workouts in preparation for Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Unless they settle with either a one-year deal or a big lockup package, Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are slated to head to an arbitration hearing sometime soon.  From that an interesting question emerges: how hard do the Rangers hit him — if they hit him at all — with his substance abuse history? The…

  17. Potential buyers for the Dodgers emerge

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Frank McCourt’s official line is that the Dodgers are not for sale. But whether they’re ultimately sold is kind of out of his hands. If the latest court ruling is upheld, Jamie McCourt is going to be owed a ton of money for her share of the team, Frank doesn’t have it handy, and the…

  18. Would Brian Cashman rather run a small market team?

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Cashman profile

    Over the weekend, Bill Madden of the Daily News wrote a column about the Brian Cashman/Rafael Soriano press conference.  The premise: Brian Cashman is chafing at what it means to be the general manager of the New York Yankees: If you listen to some of things Cashman has said over the years and look at…

  19. What if Clay Matthews Jr. was a baseball player?

    Jan 24, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    NFC Championship Football

    If a baseball player had gained nearly 100 pounds of muscle between the ages of 16 and 22, what would be said about such a player? HBT reader and former major leaguer Bob Tufts asks, and I’d really like to know the answer. Bob also talks about the football and NBA labor situations, which could…

  20. Who cares if Roy Halladay wouldn’t talk to reporters?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    When you have four legitimate number one starters on your team and you’re coming off two pennants in the last three years, it’s hard to find something to complain about. But via Crossing Broad, we learn that Howard Eskin found something. Roy Halladay allegedly won’t talk to the media: And because of my track record…

  21. Bryce Harper to have his jersey retired

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Bryce Harper college

    For those of you doing the math, Bryce Harper’s college jersey will be retired before Sparky Anderson’s Tigers jersey will be: The College of Southern Nevada will retire the No.34 jersey worn by Bryce Harper on Friday. Harper, 18, played in 66 games with the school after skipping his senior year of high school to accelerate his eligibility…

  22. What will the Red Sox’ lineup look like?

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Pedroia fist pump

    There’s nothing going on news-wise today, as every national sports writer is trying to figure out how to make a heroic “triumph over adversity” narrative out of Ben Roethlisberger.  Tall order, but I’m sure they can find a way to do it. Jason Whitlock will probably go there first. It ought to be fun to…

  23. Justin Morneau to start swinging a bat the first of February

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Justin Morneau

    The characterization of Justin Morneau‘s status hasn’t changed:  a couple of weeks ago Bill Smith said the team as “optimistic” about him, and yesterday he said the same thing.  But there is reason to be a little more optimistic today than we were before, because Smith now says that Morneau should be swinging a bat…

  24. The guy Jeff Pearlman called responds

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Internet Tough

    You’ll recall the thing on Friday afternoon in which Jeff Pearlman wrote a column at CNN about confronting “online haters” who have made Pearlman and other online writers “targets for abuse,” aided by the anonymity of the Internet. One of the guys Pearlman tracked down and called was Andrew Tworischuk. Yesterday Andrew gave his side…

  25. A very cool Dave Niehaus tribute song and video

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Dave Niehaus

    This Dave Niehaus tribute song from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis may not be your style — white boy hip hop is exceedingly hit-or-miss in my experience — but the video is fantastic, especially if you have any love for the Mariners and their history. It’s the sort of thing that makes one wonder how much…

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