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  1. The man who sold the BBWAA on Bert Blyleven

    Jan 4, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Blyleven Angels

    Yesterday Jon Heyman made a reference to “the small coterie of Internet zealots” who are responsible for getting BBWAA voters to change their minds about Bert Blyleven and push him to the brink of election to the Hall of Fame.  While Heyman was unbelievably snotty in writing it like he did, he wasn’t technically wrong.  There…

  2. UPDATE: Vlad Guerrero may not be in the Angels’ future after all

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    UPDATE: Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angels says that Vlad is not part of the Angels’ Plan B. That’s the speculation from the Los Angeles Times’ Mike DiGiovanna: Adrian Beltre, according to numerous media reports, is closing in on a deal with the Texas Rangers, a move that would be a considerable blow to the…

  3. The Mariners may not formally replace Dave Niehaus any time soon

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Dave Niehaus

    How do you replace a broadcasting legend?  As Larry LaRue reports, the Seattle Mariners may just avoid a replacement for the late great Dave Niehaus altogether: Out of respect for Niehaus, his family and fans, the team has not conducted a single interview – and may not. Among the options the Mariners are considering is…

  4. And now for a little Hall of Fame perspective

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Cy Young

    Given that I’ve written approximately ten thousand Hall of Fame posts in the past three weeks, I have no leg to stand on, but something over at MLB.com today provides a good reminder for us not to get too worked up at tomorrow’s vote totals: First, there were five. Cy Young, whose name graces the highest…

  5. HBT Commenters always tell the truth

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    Back before Christmas I did a post about Lenny Dykstra that inspired some fun comments from a person named Monica Foster. Those of you who hung around that thread heard Ms. Foster explain how Lenny Dykstra bounced a check to her for escort services in a Beverly Hills hotel. As soon as she began posting…

  6. There was nothing improper about Scott Boras’ loan to Edward Salcedo

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Boras sulking

    An MLBPA source has told the Associated Press that Scott Boras did not violate any union rules when his company made loans to client Edward Salcedo. Of course we knew this back in November. The only person who didn’t seem to know this was the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt, who continued to push this story…

  7. Alfredo Simon will likely be charged with involuntary manslaughter

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Things are not looking good for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon.  The prosecutor told the Associated Press that the evidence supports an involuntary manslaughter charge: “The version that we have is that there was a dispute between two women and [Simon] tried to dissolve it, fired a shot that ended up wounding a young person in the…

  8. Jeremy Hermida signs with the Reds

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    This is not a notable signing in and of itself.  Jeremy Hermida will, at best, be a bat off the bench for Cincinnati.  It’s notable, however, because it shows just how powerful first impressions can be. Hermida raked during a cup of coffee with the Marlins in 2005 and had another nice 120 games with…

  9. The Garfoose bids Toronto adieu

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Dirk Hayhurst

    I’ve mentioned Dirk Hayhurst here before.  For those who missed it or forgot, Hayhurst — known on Twitter and elsewhere as @TheGarfoose — is a mostly minor league pitcher, most notable to us for having written “The Bullpen Gospels.” The book was published last year, and it’s a great one. Sort of a “Ball Four”…

  10. What’s wrong with “innocent until proven guilty” for PEDs?

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:25 AM EST

    Salem trial

    Several writers who have defended excluding Jeff Bagwell from their Hall of Fame ballots have said that they don’t have a problem doing so even though there’s no evidence that he used steroids because the Hall of Fame is not a court of law, and the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply.…

  11. Chad Cordero signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    cordero

    When last we saw former All-Star closer Chad Cordero, he was being signed by the Mets.  That didn’t really go anyplace — he didn’t make it out of AAA after the deal — but he’s got a gig for 2011: the Blue Jays have signed him. It’s not definitely a gig. The report is vague…

  12. UPDATE: The Adrian Beltre/Rangers seesaw continues

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  First Adrian Beltre and the Rangers had a deal. Then they didn’t. Then a deal was imminent. Now it’s not again: Club officials are not particularly optimistic that something will get down with third baseman Adrian Beltre. That deal seems unlikely give the tenor of feeling on Monday but things could change. The weird…

  13. Ubaldo Jimenez will have to wait for his extension

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    Troy Tulowitzki was under team control through 2014 and got a ten-year deal. Carlos Gonzalez was under team control through 2014, and he’s about to get a seven-year extension.  Ubaldo Jimenez is under team control through 2014 and … he’s gotta hold tight.  So says Troy Renck, who reports that the Rockies would wait until…

  14. One Hall of Fame voter will keep his votes secret from now on

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Voting booth

    Hall of Fame voters are under no obligation to share their ballots with the public. FanHouse’s Ed Price has, in the past, done so. He will not do so anymore: Unlike the annual BBWAA awards, Hall of Fame voting is by secret ballot. And while in the past I have published my vote, I no…

  15. Get to Royals’ spring training early this year

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    Eric Hosmer

    2011 is going to be a rough, rough year for Kansas City. But as we have noted a number of times in recent months, the future is bright.  And the future will be on display this spring, because the team has invited many of its big name prospects to big league camp: A total of…

  16. Quote of the Day: Heyman on Bert Blyleven

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

    blyleven

    Jon Heyman wrote one of those New Year’s Resolutions-style columns, in which he put voice to what he wishes 50 baseball figures would think heading into 2011.  Here’s his entry for Bert Blyleven: I will consider myself fortunate when I am voted into the Hall of Fame, and understand that while I had a great…

  17. The Mets are testing some grand business management theories or something

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    alderson at podium

    I don’t like the Mets very much, but I really hate business books. As such, this article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how a book analyzing what happens to businesses who collect brains rather than promote from within relates to the Mets was a bit of a slog.  Some of you may like it…

  18. Andy Pettitte is supposed to make up his mind this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York says that the Yankees expect to get Andy Pettitte’s decision this week. Most reports before now have had Pettitte leaning toward retirement.  It’s hard to know how much of that is true and how much of that is an attempt at extracting more money out of the Yankees. I…

  19. The Marlins look forward to their new multi-use stadium

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    marlins new park

    Wait, you thought they were moving into a baseball-specific ballpark? Ha! How little you know of commerce today. Marlins team president David Samson: “We’re prepared to host football games. We’re prepared to host soccer games. We’re prepared to host home shows, boat shows, trade shows, baseball tournaments, college baseball tournaments and concerts. All of these things…

  20. You could buy official jerseys in 1919. Cool. I think.

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Babe Ruth Red Sox

    I remember trying to get an official game-quality Tigers jersey back in 1983 or 1984. Even in Michigan it was a pain. My folks couldn’t find one anywhere in Flint. Just a bunch of cheapo-knockoffs with iron-on quality lettering and stuff.  The options were mail-order or to drive 60 miles to one of a handful…

  21. Alfredo Simon has turned himself in

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    simon bigger

    A reader passes along this Spanish-language tweet reporting that Orioles’ reliever Alfredo Simon has turned himself in to the police. My Spanish is terrible, but I think the entirety of that tweet says he’ll be transferred for interrogation and that he has pleaded not guilty. This is apparently a pic of Simon with the police…

  22. Cole Hamels is not sweating his contract at the moment

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:06 AM EST

    Cole hamels

    Cole Hamels’ Hamels’ contract expires after 2011, with an added year of arbitration eligibility for 2012. I suspect that some people are going to get antsy about that soon, wondering if grabbing Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt is going to cost the Phillies the chance to lock up the one pitcher of that crowd who might…

  23. Some baseball writers believe they are the morality police

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Jeff Bagwell

    In the course of Michael S. Schmidt’s recent column on Jeff Bagwell, Ross Newhan, the retired Los Angeles Times writer and still-current Hall of Fame voter, describes what he sees as the role of the electorate: “Somebody said we are not the morality police, but yet I think we are. If we aren’t, who is?…

  24. Carl Pavano could sign this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:05 AM EST

    Carl Pavano

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Carl Pavano may make a decision this week between the Twins and the Nationals.  There had been some previous chatter of Texas and possibly Seattle being interested, but there’s no mention of them in this latest report. As Aaron noted last week, Pavano wants a three-year deal, and…

  25. Have a happy new year, HBT Nation

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:27 PM EST

    champagne pic

    The wife and I are taking the kids to a party soon.  Really: a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party with a couple other families. It runs from 6PM to 9PM and all the kids blow their noisemakers at 9.  I know it sounds lame to a lot of you, but we’ll still have fun. I…

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