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  1. Carl Crawford = Roberto Clemente, and more of the latest buzz from Rosenthal

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal has a new column up.  Nothing outrageously juicy in it, but several thought-provoking items: Carl Crawford’s career to this point looks a lot like Roberto Clemente’s. A flawed comparison, no question, but an interesting one anyway. If the second half of Crawford’s career follows Clemente’s pattern anyone who signs him will be happy.…

  2. Why Clint Hurdle took the Pirates job

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    In the weekend wrap this morning I had a joke in there about Clint Hurdle taking the Pirates’ job on the basis of “hey, how could I do any worse than the last guy?”  I deleted that, though, because the real reason he took the Pirates job — aside from wanting to continue his managerial…

  3. Must-Click Link: The Periodic Table of Hall of Famers

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Every week or two, Larry Granillo at Wezen-Ball comes up with something that can only be classified as pure genius. This time I think he’s topped himself: the Periodic Table of Hall of Famers.  The table is here.  The explanation, here. Short version: Willie Mays is boron, Cap Anson is rubidium Tom Seaver is ununoctium,…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:27 AM EDT

    Midwest Snowstorm

    If you blog about your own blogging, I’m pretty sure you create a rift in the space-time continuum. It’s kind of like dividing by zero or putting Minute Rice in the microwave.

  5. Rosenthal: The Marlins could trade Dan Uggla within the week

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dan Uggla saga — in which he says he wants to stay but has rejected a big offer, and the Marlins say they want to keep him but have cut off negotiations — may be concluded this week. How? With a trade, which he reports the Marlins are “down the…

  6. Your Awards Week Preview

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

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

    Starting tomorrow, the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the winners of the major postseason awards. Tomorrow is Rookie of the Year Awards (both of them), Tuesday is the NL Cy Young Award, Wednesday is both Manager of the Year Awards, Thursday is the AL Cy Young Award, next Monday is the NL MVP…

  7. And then there were two: Collins, Melvin appear to be finalists for the Mets job

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    With Clint Hurdle looking more and more like he’s destined for Pittsburgh, it’s being reported that the Mets have narrowed their managerial search down to two men: Terry Collins and Bob Melvin. While Jose Oquendo is on Sandy Alderson’s interview schedule, the New York Times is saying that he’s not “a serious contender.”  Same with…

  8. Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run bat sells for $575,912

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    I can’t believe what I just saw! Is it just me, or does over half a million bucks for a bat from 1988 seem excessive? Because that’s what the bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his famous walkoff homer in the 1988 World Series went for last night.  $575,912 to be exact.  Other items sold:…

  9. Are John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman nearing the end of their run as the voice of the Yankees?

    Nov 14, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    John Sterling

    The Daily News reminds us that the Yankees contract with WCBS-AM expires at the end of the 2011 season, so with it so do the contracts of radio voiced John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Moreover, there has not been any serious negotiation between the Yankees and WCBS yet, and other stations are reportedly interested in…

  10. The Red Sox want to keep Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez

    Nov 12, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Red Sox’ GM Theo Epstein held a conference call with the Sox beat writers this afternoon. The most notable nugget, according to Pete Abraham: Theo said “in strong terms” that the Red Sox want Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez back and that he’s pursuing them. Specifically, he said that Martinez “would certainly be our first…

  11. Ruben Amaro: never say never on Jayson Werth

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Yesterday Jayson Stark reported that an anonymous person in the Phillies front office said that Jayson Werth wasn’t coming back to Philly. In fact, the quote was “No chance. None. Zero.” Ruben Amaro is NOT happy about that: “That’s unequivocally a false statement,” Amaro said. “That did not come from me and I would not…

  12. Deep thoughts: should your team’s conditioning coach eat well?

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Double Double

    UPDATE: My bad. The quote about In-N-Out came from Spencer Dallin, the team’s Assistant  to the equipment manager. The strength coach is  Jim Malone, mentioned earlier in the article.  Apologies. Both for misreading the story, and for rendering moot a perfectly good Pablo Sandoval joke. Story on MLB.com about how a couple of Padres’ employees…

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Baltimore Orioles

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jim Palmer

    The Best: They’ve stayed quite steady over the course of their 56-year existence, but they’ve changed little details more than you might remember. They’ve switched between various cartoon and various realistic birds a number of times and they’ve messed with the orange/black/white ratio on the hats too. They’ve always looked pretty sharp, though, never running…

  14. Anheuser-Busch sues Major League Baseball

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Budweiser baseball

    Anheuser-Busch has sued Major League Baseball, claiming that they had an agreement to continue their longstanding sponsorship deal that has AB brands as the official beer in every park but four of ’em. The article doesn’t list the four, but I’m guessing Coors Field and Miller Park are two of them. Maybe Toronto is a…

  15. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Toronto Blue Jays

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    The Best: The Blue Jays came out of the gate in 1977 with a bird’s head smack dab in the center of the jersey. And you know what? I liked it!  No, it wasn’t totally sharp in an absolute sense, but it’s certainly better than anything they’ve worn since.  It has character, and it’s pretty…

  16. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Boston Red Sox

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    The Best:  The Red Sox are always included in lists of franchises with proud and grand traditions, but even if they are a classic organization, they have mixed it up a little bit over the years.  Red hats, for one thing. Changing the lettering on the road unis from blue to red. All in all,…

  17. Rosenthal says the Rangers can sign Lee and Victor Martinez

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal writes today that he thinks the Rangers could be bigger players on the free agent market than some of us are giving him credit for: The defending American League champions, major-league sources say, are in strong enough financial position to add not one but two top free agents — left-hander Cliff Lee and…

  18. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Yankees

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    The Best: Wow, this is tough!  Do I go with 1937? 1947? 1957? 1967? 1977? 1987? 1997? 2007? 2017?  OK, that last one was merely speculative, but there you go.  The point is: there are so many options! The Yankees, obviously, know what looks good and how to stick with it.  With the exception of…

  19. Kato Kaelin: Brewers fan

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kato

    Baseball may not be the true National Pastime anymore, but it’s still pretty darn popular. And it’s certainly universal enough to where every team has a celebrity fan or two.  This can be a weird thing to think about. I mean, it’s hard to get my brain around the fact that, on any given night,…

  20. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Tampa Bay Rays

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    The Best: There certainly isn’t much history to work with here.  You got this, you’ve got that and you’ve got the other. Well, “that” came in a model with sleeves too.  Anyway, I like “the other” best.  I can’t decide how I feel about the light blues they wear on Sunday.  While I’m predisposed to…

  21. Things that don’t go together: Cleveland Indians Edition

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Paul Hoynes offers a couple of tidbits in his latest article about the Indians. first: . . . the $2.53 million the Indians spent on big-league free agents last winter — $850,000 for Mike Redmond and $1.5 million for Russell Branyan — may look like a lavish spending spree compared to this winter. Then: Here’s…

  22. The Cubs are asking the Illinois legislature for $200 million in Wrigley upgrades

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Attention Tea Partying Cubs fans: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is asking the state of Illinois to help finance more than $200 million in renovations at Wrigley Field. In a letter to season ticket holders and Wrigleyville residents, Ricketts said the Illinois General Assembly will be considering a bill to preserve Wrigley Field. The plan will…

  23. Justin Morneau wants the fences brought in at Target Field

    Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The Star-Tribune reports that Justin Morneau said that the team’s hitters “are very disappointed with the organization’s decision not to move in the fences at Target Field for next season.” In an email to the paper he said: “Right-center to left-center is ridiculous. [It’s] almost impossible for a righthanded hitter to [homer to the] opposite…

  24. Cashman: we’re not desperate for Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Here’s Brian Cashman, talking about the Yankees’ need for Cliff Lee: “I don’t feel like we are in a desperate situation here. I think we have a lot of quality players on this team that won 95 games and fell two games short of a World Series.” To the extent that you’re never “desperate” when…

  25. Hire Wally Backman! He tries to win!

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Interesting conversation in the comment thread to yesterday’s post about how much impact a manager has on team performance.  In response to a commenter who asked if I thought managers had absolutely no affect, I said, no, I thought that managers are ultimately limited on the top end by the talent on their team, but…

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