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  1. Silver Slugger Award winners announced on MLB Network

    Nov 2, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling this year’s Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients as they are announced: National League…

  2. “Field of Dreams” property in Iowa sold by Lansing family

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

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    “Don’t sell the farm, Ray.” That’s what the character Mark tells Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams,” after seeing Shoeless Joe (or his spirit or whatever) for the first time. Well, get this: According to the Associated Press, via SI.com, the property in Iowa on which that Kevin Costner-starred baseball flick was shot has been…

  3. Watch live coverage of the Cardinals’ World Series parade

    Oct 30, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals won their 11th World Series title on Friday night with a 6-2 Game 7 victory over the Rangers. On Sunday night, the city of St. Louis will “go crazy” again with a parade through downtown. It’ll end with a celebration inside Busch Stadium, which sold out of $5 tickets by Saturday afternoon. MLB.com…

  4. Brewers decline 2012 options on K-Rod and Betancourt

    Oct 30, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    With option decisions due by midnight Monday, teams are beginning to make things official. We’ll have all of the transactions as they stream in. Here are some obvious ones. According to the Associated Press, via the New York Post, the Brewers have declined a $17.5 million mutual option on right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, paying him a…

  5. Padres hire Phil Plantier as hitting coach

    Oct 30, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach. Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California. He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home runs in 610 games, 298 of which he played with San…

  6. Will David Ortiz have National League suitors?

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    The general assumption is that free agent slugger David Ortiz will only get offers from American League teams this winter. He hasn’t played more than 10 games at first base since the 2004 season, and even then he had poor range defensively. But what if Ortiz commits to getting in great shape over the offseason,…

  7. Red Sox to interview Mackanin, Sveum for managing gig

    Oct 30, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the Red Sox have identified the first two candidates who could potentially fill the team’s opening at manager: Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Both men will interview within the next week. Mackanin, 60, has managed nine different minor league teams and served as…

  8. Rangers to exercise Colby Lewis’ $3.25M option for 2012

    Oct 30, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

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    As reported by Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are fully expected to exercise right-hander Colby Lewis‘ $3.25 million club option for 2012 by Monday’s midnight deadline. Lewis has topped 200 innings in back-to-back seasons, registering a 3.72 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2010 and a 4.40 ERA with 169 strikeouts in…

  9. Buster Posey on pace to be fully healthy by spring training

    Oct 30, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    From Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle comes this promising update on young Giants catcher Buster Posey, who had his 2011 season cut short by a nasty late-May collision at home plate: For the last six weeks, Posey has been rehabilitating and strengthening his leg in Scottsdale. He is taking batting practice. He has…

  10. Joe Nathan says Mets are “on radar” this offseason

    Oct 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Veteran reliever Joe Nathan posted a disappointing 4.84 ERA in 44 2/3 innings this season. And while his numbers were greatly improved in the second half, the Twins made the no-brainer decision earlier this month to decline his $12.5M option for 2012. Nathan will become a free agent on Thursday, allowed to sign with any…

  11. Marlins prez: Hanley Ramirez will play shortstop in 2012

    Oct 30, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen told the media a few weeks ago that he had spoken to Hanley Ramirez about possibly moving away from shortstop. Hanley’s defense there has always been a bit spotty and there’s a belief that it will only get worse. But there will be no position change in 2012. According to Joe…

  12. Yankees exercise 2012 club options on Cano, Swisher

    Oct 29, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    From beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that the Yankees have exercised 2012 club options on second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher. Cano’s option is worth $14 million, a bargain rate for a player of his caliber. The 29-year-old All-Star batted .302 with an .882 OPS, 28 home…

  13. Rangers won’t hold fan rally in Arlington this year

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:05 PM EDT

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    The Rangers drew several thousand fans to a rally outside the Ballpark in Arlington a few days after last season’s World Series loss to the Giants. Despite that strong turnout, the organization is not going to host a similar event this time around. According to Eva-Marie Ayala of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers higher-ups asked…

  14. Indians expected to exercise Fausto Carmona’s option

    Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Matthew noted earlier that the Indians are expected to decline Grady Sizemore‘s $9 million option for 2012, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead. Fausto Carmona will meet a different fate. According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Cleveland front office is planning to exercise the right-hander’s $7 million club option for next season when contract option…

  15. 89 percent of televisions in St. Louis tuned into Game 7

    Oct 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    St. Louis’ whole “best fans in baseball” thing can get a little tired. But there are times when the city truly backs it up. Like… well… last night. Via MLB’s public relations department, 80 percent of the televisions in St. Louis were tuned into the FOX broadcast throughout Friday’s World Series Game 7, and 89…

  16. Jason Giambi, Rockies agree to exercise 2012 mutual option

    Oct 29, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies and Jason Giambi have agreed to exercise the backup first baseman’s $1 million mutual option for 2012. Giambi might have been able to fetch a slightly more fruitful salary on the open market after slugging 13 home runs and tallying 32…

  17. David Freese plays the hero again as Cards force Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT

    Cardinals' David Freese steps on home plate surrounded by his teammates after hitting the game winning home run against the Rangers in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    The fairytale continues for a certain St. Louisan. Cardinals third baseman David Freese, a child of the Gateway City’s western suburbs, played the hero two different times in Thursday night’s thrilling 10-9 Game 6 victory over the Rangers, continuing to build on his magical 2011 postseason run. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with…

  18. Nelson Cruz suffers groin strain late in Game 6

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday wasn’t the only big-name slugger to make an early exit from Thursday’s wild World Series Game 6. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been diagnosed with a groin strain, suffered in his final at-bat of the night. Esteban German took…

  19. World Series Game 6 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 27, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 1

    For the Rangers, this one’s for the all the marbles. They’re just one victory away from the first World Series title in the 51-year history of the franchise. For the Cardinals, a win means survival. It means a Game 7 on Friday night in downtown St. Louis. Chat with us from the evening’s first pitch…

  20. Red Sox, Yankees could make bids on Carlos Beltran

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants have already made it known that they want to bring outfielder Carlos Beltran back for the 2012 season. But they’re going to have some stiff competition for the 34-year-old impending free agent. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York heard from sources on Thursday morning that the Yankees are planning to pursue Beltran this…

  21. Blue Jays may look to sign David Ortiz this offseason

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    Impending free agent David Ortiz told ESPN’s Collen Dominguez earlier this month that he would be open to signing with the Yankees this offseason. While the Bombers aren’t likely to have interest, another American League East foe just might. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Blue Jays “will not rule out” making…

  22. Padres officially name Josh Byrnes as general manager, Hoyer and McLeod head to Cubs

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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    None of this will come as a surprise to the HBT readership because it has been public knowledge for weeks, but the Cubs and Padres finally announced in a joint press release Wednesday night that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are headed to Chicago and that Josh Byrnes has officially been promoted to the position…

  23. Holland in bullpen for Game 6, Harrison starts Game 7

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    There’s been some speculation that the Rangers might take advantage of the extra day of rest provided by Wednesday night’s rainout and start young lefty Derek Holland in a potential Game 7 Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. But those rumors can now be put to rest. Via beat writer Drew Davison of…

  24. Aroldis Chapman to make first start in AFL on Monday

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Word is already out that the Reds are planning to convert hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman from a setup man to a starter this winter. Just under four weeks from the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, that transition is already in full swing. According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chapman is…

  25. Skip Schumaker will start in center field in Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker drew the start in center field Monday night in Game 5 of the World Series, spelling a badly-slumping Jon Jay. In Game 6, it will happen again. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa informed the media Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium that Schumaker will…

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