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  1. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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    Everyone has reported to camp, so we’re probably done with best shape of his life stories. The last arbitration case is over, so we bid farewell to the word “midpoint” for a year. Yep, all that’s left now is sweet, glorious baseball.

  2. Carlos Beltran is in shape, running without a knee brace

    Feb 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Let’s just consider this another one of those posts where the headline says it all. But the guild requires a body as well as a headline so let us just note that Ken Davidoff is reporting that Beltran is feeling great and, unlike last year, is running without a brace on his bum knee. This is…

  3. Someone asked Vernon Wells what he thinks of the Michael Young situation for some reason

    Feb 18, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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    Actually I know the reason: Michael Young and Vernon Wells are good buddies who came up in the Jays system together.  For what it’s worth, Wells thinks the Rangers mishandled Young’s situation: Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January.…

  4. Photo of the Day: The Natinals continue to get no respect

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    No, that’s not a headline typo. And no, it’s not a two-year-old callback to that issue the Nats had with their jersey. It’s an all new NatsFail

  5. Wilbon: The Cubs have to go after Albert Pujols

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Michael Wilbon has a column up over at ESPN today in which he implores the Cubs to go after Albert Pujols in free agency. It’s fine as far as it goes, but I tend not to like arguments that basically come down to “how big it would be!” for team X to sign player Y…

  6. Collins upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report early for camp

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Terry Collins, commenting on Luis Castillo not showing up to Mets camp until — gasp! — he was required to show up: “I was hoping he would be here,” Collins said. “Yeah, I was hoping he would be here, just so I can get the conversation over. And, again, I’m a real believer in sending…

  7. Comment of the Day: We live for baseball gossip!

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    My half-baked “Metafans” idea from this morning is being better received than I thought it would.  I knew I should have (a) put it in a book proposal; (b) cashed an advance check; and (c) never written the book and than changed my identity.  Way easier than working for a living, ya know? Because, as…

  8. Hey bartender! Tom Wilhelmsen’s long road back to organized baseball

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    I’m always a sucker for “ballplayer gets lost in the wilderness for years but then comes back all the wiser for his experiences” stories.  Today Geoff Baker has a version of that one involving former Brewers’ prospect Tom Wilhelmsen, who is now a Mariners’ minor leaguer. Wilhelmsen is no Josh Hamilton case, but he partied a…

  9. Carlos Santana is going to get some reps at first base for the Indians

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    The Indians are going to give catcher Carlos Santana the Victor Martinez treatment: Next thing on Santana’s spring-training checklist is learning how to play first base. Eduardo Perez and Mike Hargrove, former first basemen and recently hired by the Indians, will help him in the weeks to come. Santana — who played third when he was in…

  10. Cameron Maybin discusses his Panda Express tweets

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

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    I missed this yesterday, but apparently someone asked Cameron Maybin about that whole mess withe the Panda Express tweets: “I’m on Twitter probation,” Maybin said through a big smile Thursday morning at the Padres complex. “I’m hoping we can sweep that one under the rug. I would like to say I love Panda Express. I have…

  11. Miguel Cabrera probably won’t do any jail time

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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    That’s what a Florida DUI expert who Jon Paul Morosi spoke with said. And it’s not because he’s a big baseball star: people with Cabrera’s record who did what Cabrera did — including the resisting arrest stuff — generally don’t do any jail time.  They tend to get a six-month license suspension, community service, and an…

  12. Great Moments in litigation: Roger Clemens’ lawyer subpoenas stuff he knows he can’t get

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    I won’t make too much out of this because when I read a couple of weeks ago that Roger Clemens had subpoenaed Congress in order to get notes and reports and whatever he could find, I didn’t think anything of it.  But the Daily News makes a good point today:  you can’t subpoena stuff from…

  13. Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I swear: I am not joking. Someone just said that. And that someone was Jim Leyland

  14. Baseball’s Joe Frazier: 1922-2011

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Joe Frazier

    A lot of folks may not remember Joe Frazier.  He played for the Indians, Reds, Cardinals and Orioles organizations in the late 40s through the 50s. His highest profile job in baseball was as manager of the Mets, but he only had the job for a short period of time.  He took over for the…

  15. What is “metafandom?”

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    1932 poster

    A long time ago I made up a word: “metafan.”  I only had a vague idea of what it meant, but I liked the sound of it.  Recently I’ve come to think that the word was too good to just sit by itself, undefined, so I decided to build a concept around it. That concept…

  16. Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox continue to pretend that they don’t have a deal

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Adrian Gonzalez trade was prefaced by a negotiating window between Gonzaelz and the Red Sox. No contract was signed during that time, but it has been widely speculated that the sides agreed to a framework of a deal. Gonazalez spoke with the Providence Journal yesterday about that: “We don’t have any set deadline. Hopefully,…

  17. Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “We have an issue”

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke with the media about the Miguel Cabrera situation just after 4 p.m. today.  The highlights: Dombrowski has spoke with Cabrera today. Cabrera was “down, feels bad and was apologetic”; Dombrowski said “We have an issue here that needs to be addressed and helped”; Dombrowski expects Cabrera to join the club…

  18. Baseball player reports to camp in the fourth best shape of his life

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    I suppose a satire like this was inevitable.  I’m just sad that I didn’t think of it first: Seattle Mariners veteran catcher Miguel Olivo reported to training camp this week feeling as though he is already physically ready for the 2011 season. “I’m in the fourth best shape of my life,” said a sort of…

  19. A great, though not new story about Prime Minister Pete Nice and baseball memorabilia

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Pete Nice

    I was involved in a random Twitter exchange with Jason Collette and Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus today in which the subject of 3rd Bass came up.  No, not the hot corner, but the hip hop group best known for the single “Pop Goes the Weasel.”  Yeah, that was a long time ago, but neither…

  20. A man sues the Braves over a beating in Turner Field

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Turner Field

    We Braves fans get knocked for being apathetic on the one hand and then we get sued the moment we show any spirit. How is that fair?! A Pittsburgh Pirates fan is suing the Atlanta Braves because the baseball club’s security officers and ushers allegedly ignored complaints about six rowdy fans who later attacked the Macon…

  21. There’s a timetable for Johan Santana

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

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    It’s been assumed that Johan Santana will return to the Mets sometime in the middle of the year, but the schedule has been somewhat amorphous.  Today Sandy Alderson brought the specifics: Santana will throw from flat ground in three months, from a mound in early May and will return to throwing balls in anger and toward…

  22. The Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman says that the Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood, but they’re not willing to do anything much more beyond a minor league deal with him. Makes sense. They have a lot of moderately warm bodies competing for the back end of the rotation.  None of them in and of themselves seems like…

  23. You treat your catcher nicely in the 209

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    We all had a lot of fun with Dallas Braden last year, what with the “get off my mound” stuff and the “we don’t do much talkin’ in the 209” stuff.  But one thing they do do in the 209, apparently, is reward the guy who caught your perfect game.  Specifically, by sending him and…

  24. That report of the lowball offer to Pujols could be bogus

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Albert Pujols hit Cardinals training camp today and met the press.  By all reports he was calm, cool and collected.  He said that he’s not just about the money and that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. He said that he has no ill will with the Cardinals over negotiations and that it…

  25. Miguel Cabrera’s arrest was ugly

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    If you’re goin’ down, go down with dignity.  Miguel Cabrera was either uwilling or simply unable to do that when he was arrested last night. According to the TC Palm, Cabrera made reference to another person — who was not on the scene — saying “I’m going (expletive) kill him.”  Then he played the “do…

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