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  1. Mets hire J.P. Ricciardi as special assistant to Sandy Alderson

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    JP Ricciardi headshot

    New Mets GM Sandy Alderson has already secured one of his former trusted lieutenants. During a conference call just a short while ago, former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was officially added to the Mets’ front office under the title of special assistant to the general manager. We’re a long way from Tony Bernazard,…

  2. Report: Edwin Rodriguez to return as Marlins’ manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    It was easy to see where this one was headed after Bo Porter signed on to be the third base coach with the Nationals earlier today, but Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel just confirmed what we all expected. Edwin Rodriguez will return as Marlins’ manager next season. Rodriguez was offered and accepted…

  3. World Series Live blog: Giants-Rangers Game 5

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    World Series logo

    UPDATE: It’s all over! Brian Wilson strikes out Nelson Cruz swinging and the Giants have won it! The Giants have won their first World Series title since 1954! Stay tuned for the postgame from Craig and all sorts of fallout. Thanks for reading HBT all season long. 10:28 PM: Make that two away. Vlad swings…

  4. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg issues apology for comments about Yankees fans

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    That didn’t take long. As you’ve probably heard in various media outlets by now, Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg has contacted Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Hal Levine today in order to apologize for calling Yankees fans “violent” and “apathetic” earlier today. Here’s Greenberg’s mea culpa, courtesy of Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal: “Earlier…

  5. Neftali Feliz expected to remain at closer next season

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    You wouldn’t know it by Jon Daniels’ somewhat reflective comments to the media today, but Rangers actually still have a shot of winning this series. Granted, a pretty small one. Anyway, one of the notable things to take away from today is that Daniels told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that he expects Neftali Feliz to…

  6. Giants grab 3-1 lead, leave Rangers on last legs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

    Hamilton Cruz frustrated

    Before this series began, many prognosticators gave the Rangers the edge because of the postseason success of Cliff Lee and the team’s powerhouse offense. Not an unreasonable conclusion to make, really. Well, not only did Lee get knocked around pretty good back in Game 1, but the Rangers have been shut out twice in the…

  7. Pablo Sandoval to DH for Giants in Game 3 on Saturday night

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Pablo Sandoval will be the Giants’ designated hitter for Game 3 against right-hander Colby Lewis tomorrow night. Juan Uribe started at third base for the first two games of the World Series with left-handed starters on the mound for the Rangers. Sandoval has just 14 at-bats during the…

  8. No major changes expected in Ron Washington’s lineup for Game 3

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Things are looking somewhat bleak for the Rangers right now, but Ron Washington doesn’t have any major changes up his sleeve for Game 3 against Jonathan Sanchez on Saturday night. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Washington plans to roll out the same lineup he has used lately against left-handed pitching. This means we can…

  9. Placido Polanco undergoes successful elbow surgery

    Oct 29, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco underwent successful surgery on his left elbow Friday, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Bothered by a bone spur and tendinitis in his elbow for most of the season, the 35-year-old required four cortisone injections in order to play 132 regular season games and eight playoff games. “It went very well and we…

  10. Notes from the Sandy Alderson press conference

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Alderson thing

    The Mets just introduced Sandy Alderson as their new general manager a short while ago. A few items of interest… It’s true, Alderson slipped up and began to say Oakland when describing the Mets’ GM job as the “best job in baseball.” A rough start, but it didn’t take him long to melt my nerd…

  11. World Series Game 2 Live Chat

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Come join HBT’s live chat as the Rangers attempt to pull even with the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.

  12. UPDATE: Mets to hire Sandy Alderson as GM

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:16 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will hire Sandy Alderson as general manager. Worst kept secret ever? Expect an official announcement later this week, likely on Friday. I have lived — and suffered — through the Mets making some pretty stupid decisions in my lifetime, but I really believe this will not…

  13. David Ortiz confident he’ll be back with Red Sox next season

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Ortiz home run swing

    David Ortiz was in attendance at tonight’s Heat-Celtics game and told the Boston Globe that he is confident he will be back with the Red Sox next season. The Red Sox have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up his $12.5 million option for 2011. “We’re going to talk…

  14. Bobby Valentine rumored to be a finalist for Brewers manager

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine may not end up with a managerial job at all this winter, but he’s darn sure going to be rumored for all of them. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com “keeps hearing” that Bobby V is a finalist to be the Brewers’ next manager. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Saturday that the…

  15. Report: Marlins leaning towards keeping Edwin Rodriguez as manager

    Oct 26, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post passes along news from Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Marlins are “leaning towards” keeping Edwin Rodriguez as manager for at least one more year. Rodriguez led the Marlins to a 46-46 record after replacing Fredi Gonzalez as manager in late-June. He was told…

  16. Ron Washington sets Rangers’ rotation for World Series

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Not be outdone, Rangers manager Ron Washington just announced his team’s rotation for the World Series against the Giants. Cliff Lee will start Game 1 against Tim Lincecum on Wednesday, C.J. Wilson will pitch versus Matt Cain in Game 2 on Thursday and Colby Lewis will oppose Jonathan Sanchez in Game 3 on Saturday, reports…

  17. Bruce Bochy confirms Giants’ rotation for World Series

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy just confirmed his starting rotation for the World Series against the Rangers. Courtesy of Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury, Tim Lincecum will start Game 1 on Wednesday, while Matt Cain pitches Game 2 on Thursday and Jonathan Sanchez starts Game 3 on Saturday. Lincecum was a no-brainer to start…

  18. Josh Byrnes completes second interview for Mets’ GM job

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Josh Byrnes

    Former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes came in for his second interview for the Mets’ general manager vacancy today. This time, Byrnes met with Mets owner Fred Wilpon, team president Saul Katz, and COO Jeff Wilpon. According to team’s Twitter feed, Jeff Wilpon released the following statement: “Out of respect for the candidates and the ongoing…

  19. Charles Nagy emerges as frontrunner to be D-Backs pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Nagy

    According to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Republic, former major league pitcher Charles Nagy “has emerged as the leading candidate” to be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach. Nagy pitched 14 seasons in the major leagues, 13 of them with the Indians, but spent the final year of his career with the Padres in 2003. The general manager…

  20. Cliff Lee not concerned about long layoff before Game 1 start

    Oct 24, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee hasn’t pitched since last Monday’s Game 3 victory over the Yankees in the ALCS. He was lined up to start a potential Game 7, but since the Rangers were able to finish off the Yankees in six games, Lee will be on eight days’ rest for Game 1 of the World Series against…

  21. Jayson Werth is likely done in Philadelphia

    Oct 24, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Not to kick Phillies fans while they are down or anything, but shortly after last night’s season-ending loss to the Giants, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted that teammates don’t expect Jayson Werth to return next season. Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Werth is poised to make big money in free agency,…

  22. Curt Young leaves as A’s pitching coach; where’s he headed?

    Oct 24, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Curt Young

    The Athletics just announced in a press release that Curt Young has declined the team’s offer to return as pitching coach next season. Young, who was originally drafted by the A’s in 1981, spent 27 years in the organization, including the past seven as the team’s pitching coach. Overseeing the youngest pitching staff in the…

  23. Vladimir Guerrero will play the outfield in either Game 1 or 2

    Oct 24, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The Giants have home-field advantage during the World Series thanks to the National League winning the All-Star Game back in July, so the Rangers will have to play without the designated hitter for the first two games of the series. With that in mind, Rangers manager Ron Washington told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that Vladimir…

  24. Damaso Marte has shoulder surgery, out until at least All-Star break next season

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Damaso Marte throwing

    Damaso Marte underwent surgery Friday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Marte was concerned that the surgery could spell the end of his career, but told reporters on Sunday that doctors expect him to begin throwing after the All-Star break in 2011. “I have to…

  25. Andres Torres hopes to play in Game 1 on Wednesday

    Oct 24, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Andres Torres

    Andres Torres injured his left hip and upper groin area while legging out a bunt single in the top of the ninth inning last night, but hopes to be available to play in Game 1 of the World Series against the Rangers on Wednesday night, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Torres…

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