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  1. The Braves give Dan Uggla an interesting new number

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Uggla 26

    Ever see news reports from towns in the path of a hurricane? In the days before landfall, you always see houses with boarded up windows, and there’s always some joker who paints something like “Hey Hurricane Betsy! Blow this!” on them just as fun.  We laugh, but tempting the fates like that is rather empowering,…

  2. Losers walk: Only one end zone will be in use for the football game in Wrigley Field

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:06 PM EST

    Wrigley Football 1

    I said earlier this week that, based on the funky alignment of the gridiron and just how close the brick wall was to the end zone, Wrigley Field looked like an awful place to play tomorrow’s Northwestern-Illinois game.  I didn’t even know the half of it: Only one end zone will be used at Wrigley…

  3. Rumor: the mediator is going to propose a pro-Jamie McCourt settlement tomorrow

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    As we mentioned yesterday, today the court-appointed mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose settlement terms to Frank and Jamie.  Thom Loverro of ESPN 980 in Washington tweeted late last night that a source is telling him that the proposal from the mediator is going to favor Jamie, and will have her…

  4. Attention iPad users: You can now get a HardballTalk app

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    iPad

    Actually, it’s not just a HardballTalk app. It’s an app for all of NBC Sports.com’s blogs, called “NBC Sports Talk.”  You can get it here, and it covers us, ProFootballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, and all the rest.  Word is that the iPhone app will be ready soon as well, and of course we’ll let you know…

  5. Brewers, Nats are “out in front” on Carl Pavano

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    Carl Pavano

    I spent this morning at the doctor’s office getting my annual checkup.  First one since, like, 2003, so I should probably look up the term “annual.”  In any event it went well.  When my doctor asked me if I’m still practicing law I told him no, that I was a baseball blogger.  I got the…

  6. The Astros are for sale

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:51 AM EST

    Drayton McClane

    Mark Cuban and Jim Crane, please call your office . . . Astros owner Drayton McLane has retained the services of the investment bank Allen & Company to assist in the sale of the team, according to two people with knowledge of the arrangement. McLane, who could not be reached for comment Thursday night, has…

  7. UPDATE: OK, it was a joke that went over my head

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EST

    face palm

    UPDATE: Forget I said anything. It was apparently a joke, as Tango explained in the comments after I saw the post.  I guess my sarcasm meter was malfunctioning today. Sorry Tom. 5: 36 P.M.: I’ve long respected Tom Tango’s work, but man, this is exactly the kind of unctuous arrogance that causes people to resist…

  8. If wins don’t matter for the Cy Young Award, how about for the Hall of Fame?

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:59 PM EST

    blyleven

    It was nice to see Felix Hernandez win the Cy Young Award today, chiefly because it showed that the Baseball Writers Association of America is past the point where they believe wins to be the ultimate arbiter of which pitchers are good and which are bad.  Well, they’ve been past it a while actually, what…

  9. Quote of the Day II: Felix Hernandez

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The new American League Cy Young Award winner goes beyond the usual, tired cliches.

  10. “Melvin: smooth. Hale: cautious. Backman: nervous. Collins: intense.”

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Wally Backman

    This means very little in the grand scheme of things, but I think it’s great fun: Andy Martino of the Daily News, who is down at the GM meetings, tweeted a quick thumbnail assessment of the demeanor of each Mets managerial candidate the moment they came out of their second interviews with Alderson and company:…

  11. The Brewers are unlikely to deal Prince Fielder

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Brewers are leaning towards keeping Prince Fielder. It’s not easy to be trying to trade Fielder right now, given that Adrian Gonzalez may soon be available and that other, lesser-but-cheaper first basemen can be had via free agency at the moment.  And of course, given that Fielder is a Boras…

  12. Felix Hernandez wins the American League Cy Young Award

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    Felix Hernandez crop

    The results have been released and Alexander Mendoza was right: Felix Hernandez has won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award.  He beat out David Price, who finished second, and CC Sabathia who took third. Jon Lester and Jered Weaver rounded out the top five.  Ultimately — and as I predicted — the voting wasn’t…

  13. BBWAA leak? Venezuelan reporter says King Felix has won the Cy Young Award

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The BBWAA won’t officially release the winner of the Cy Young Award until 2PM, but Venezuelan journalist Alexander Mendoza tweeted a few minutes ago that Felix Hernandez has won it, and that he’s celebrating his win with his family already. I guess we’ll see shortly if he was right.

  14. Jim Leyritz is halfway to an acquittal

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    The details and reasoning is not yet being reported, but apparently the judge in the Jim Leyritz criminal trial has just ordered that one of the two manslaughter charges against Leyritz be dropped.  I never looked at the actual charges against him, but apparently there were two distinct manslaughter charges, one being a lesser-included offense…

  15. Nolan Ryan isn’t confident about the Rangers landing Cliff Lee

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal caught up with Rangers’ President Nolan Ryan down at the GM meetings and asked him about Cliff Lee.  Ryan’s response: he’s not giving up or anything, and he and the rest of the Rangers are going to try and sell Lee on the charms of Texas, but he’s…

  16. The Blue Jays are showing “strong interest” in Justin Upton

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Justin Upton

    There’s not much more to this than that statement itself, which Ken Rosenthal passed along a few minutes ago.  It’s kind of hard to analyze such a rumor in the manner we normally do, however, because (a) all teams should have a strong interest in Upton, so Toronto’s would not be surprising; and (b) Justin…

  17. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the expanded playoffs

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    Spinal Tap But it goes to eleven

    Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. Exactly.

  18. Update: Shin-Soo Choo is one win away from freedom

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Well, maybe freedom is not the right word — it’s the army he’s trying to avoid here, not a jail sentence — but he is on the cusp of being able to take advantage of his full earning potential in Major League Baseball without a bunch of hassle: South Korea is in the Asian Games…

  19. Tribune Columnist: Tear down Wrigley Field

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    I’m with the Tribune’s Steve Chapman on the whole “tax dollars should not be used to renovate Wrigley Field” thing, but I’m not quite sure how this follows as a “b” to that “a”: Wrigley is attractive and charming in many ways, but it’s like driving a vintage car: After a while, the novelty is…

  20. The Diamondbacks want to “win” any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean?

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    This from Rosenthal and Morosi: “The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.” What does that even mean?  What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand.  We will make sure that any offer to you will…

  21. If the Yankees can’t get Cliff Lee, plan B is Carl Crawford

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    If the Yankees don’t get Cliff Lee, they’re not going to go with the so-called second best options on the market to bolster their rotation. Mostly because those second best options are allegedly Jorge De La Rosa, who isn’t that good, and Carl Pavano, who the Yankees wouldn’t sign again if he was the last…

  22. It’s AL Cy Young day: Let’s get ready to rumble

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners Photo Day

    A lot of us went nutso with our Felix Hernandez vs. CC Sabathia vs. David Price Cy Young arguments back in September. Then the playoffs happened and we got distracted for a while. But today, at 2PM Eastern, the Baseball Writers Association of America is going to name the winner of the AL Cy Young…

  23. Friday is the McCourts’ last chance to avoid Dodgerpocalypse

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:39 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose “a fair settlement” to each side on Friday. The idea: this is a last chance for the McCourts to avoid the judge telling them how the Dodgers will be divided up. If they don’t settle…

  24. U.S. investors are commodifying Dominican ballplayers

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:51 AM EST

    Dominican baseball player

    In today’s New York Times Michael S. Schmidt  reports that U.S. investors, many of whom are unconnected to Major League Baseball, are setting up training academies in the Dominican Republic with the sole purpose of profiting on draftees’ signing bonuses: Recognizing that major league teams are offering multimillion-dollar contracts to some teenage prospects, the investors…

  25. Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:09 AM EST

    Jeter error

    I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it! Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it: According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy…

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