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  1. Kosuke Fukudome returns to Japan

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan after five seasons in America, with Sponichi News reporting that he’s agreed to a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers. Fukudome was largely viewed as a huge bust after leaving Japan in 2008 to sign a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cubs, but while he certainly wasn’t worth…

  2. Roger Clemens does not care that he didn’t make the Hall of Fame

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    clemens getty

    Roger Clemens tweeted a statement about his failure to make the Hall of Fame. Or, should I say, he tweeted an image of his statement. The sentiment: not surprising. The font: unfortunate: This ———–> twitter.com/rogerclemens/s… — Roger Clemens (@rogerclemens) January 9, 2013   And if anyone knows what “Muchie Peachie” means, well, just keep it…

  3. Will Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens ever get into the Hall of Fame?

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    If you had asked me before 2pm today I would have guessed that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would have received around 50% of the vote. Not a lot given their baseball accomplishments, but a healthy vote for two players so thoroughly associated with PEDs.  But they fell far short: Clemens received 37.6% of the…

  4. Indians trade Jeanmar Gomez to Pirates

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Cleveland designated Jeanmar Gomez for assignment last week and now Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that the Indians have traded the right-hander to the Pirates for minor leaguer Quincy Latimore. Gomez has a 5.18 ERA in 207 career innings spent mostly as a starter, including poor control and one of MLB’s worst strikeout rates during…

  5. Poll: What do you think of the Hall of Fame results?

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    What do you think

    No one made it, as you know. And there are a lot of reasons for that.  But what do you think of this year’s Hall of Fame results?   What do you think of the Hall of Fame voting results?

  6. MLB issues a statement on the BBWAA’s failure to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame

    Jan 9, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Bud Selig just released the following statement: “Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our game’s most extraordinary individual honor.  Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.  While…

  7. Did I do something wrong? Because I really don’t understand this at all

    Jan 9, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Los Aneles Dodgers

    Hi, I’m Mike Piazza.* Do you remember me?  Normally I wouldn’t ask that because I seem to remember being quite famous a few years ago, but it seems like several hundred people whose business it was to follow my career have forgotten me, and I just don’t know how to deal with that.  I mean,…

  8. Quote of the Day: Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson

    Jan 9, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jeff Idelson

    “The Hall of Fame has always entrusted the exclusive voting privilege to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We remain pleased with their role in evaluating candidates based on the criteria we provide.” — Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, moments after announcing Hall of Fame results in which Aaron Sele received a vote, the…

  9. Shutout! The Baseball Writers Association of America fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame

    Jan 9, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Cooperstown

    It’s possible that this year’s Hall of Fame ballot was the most stacked in the history of the institution.  It contained the all-time home run leader. It contained a seven-time Cy Young award winner who may have been the best pitcher in baseball history since the deadball era. It contained the best hitting catcher of…

  10. The Yankees, Mets have checked in on Grady Sizemore

    Jan 9, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    sizemore ap

    Grady Sizemore is probably going to play again. It’ll be pretty newsworthy when it happens, but he should eventually get over his injury problems and, at the very least, be a role player someplace. Some teams are watching and waiting for that eventuality: The Yankees and Mets have both checked in on outfielder Grady Sizemore, according…

  11. The Giants and Buster Posey have yet to begin contract negotiations

    Jan 9, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    The central fact of economic life for the San Francisco Giants over the next few years will be how much Buster Posey is to be paid. For he is now, for the first time, arbitration eligible. And because he is one of the rare ones who will be arbitration eligible for four years. As of…

  12. Another blank ballot submitted

    Jan 9, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    protest sign

    This one from Howard Bryant of ESPN: As it turned out, I sent my 2013 Hall of Fame ballot in blank. This wasn’t science. It wasn’t a clever attack in the three-front culture war among the players, the SABR s and the BBWAAs. It wasn’t a protest, either. It was just one voter’s inability to…

  13. Reminder: There are already steroids users in the Hall of Fame

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Milkshake

    Today, when the BBWAA elects either no one or, at best, two of over a dozen deserving candidates into the Hall of Fame, a lot of people will say they’re OK with that because it’s better to err on the side of caution than it is to allow a PED user to enter Cooperstown’s hallowed…

  14. Dodger Stadium makeover includes the return of hexagonal scoreboards!

    Jan 9, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium scoreboard

    Shut up. I think those things are cool. And now they’re coming back to both sides of the outfield (the one in left has been rectangular for several years) in bigger, more spectacular form. From Mark Saxon’s rundown of the renovations being done in Chavez Ravine: High-definition video boards in left and right field that…

  15. NBC SportsTalk: Is this the most loaded Hall of Fame ballot ever?

    Jan 9, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on NBC SportsTalk last night to talk about the Hall of Fame ballot, and the first question he asked us was whether this was the most loaded Hall of Fame ballot ever. Then we jawed and complained a lot and then we predicted how many will make it…

  16. Because we need more silly caps, MLB gives us “the interview cap”

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Interview Cap

    Mets Bro (found via Uni Watch) has the news that MLB has approved yet another cap to go along with regular caps, road caps, alternate caps, batting practice caps, cap-kabobs, caps creole, caps gumbo, pan fried, deep fried and stir-fried caps: interview caps: The purpose, according to Mets Bro, is go give players and managers…

  17. Jason Giambi still wants to play

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    giambi getty

    Jason Giambi was nearly the Rockies manager and turned down a chance to be their hitting coach. One of the reasons he’s not a coach right now? Dude still wants to play: Jason Giambi, 42, continues working out, told me still hopeful of playing this season. Likely have to go to camp on minor league deal…

  18. Ken Burns on Bonds, Clemens, Piazza: “Those motherf***ers should suffer for a while”

    Jan 9, 2013, 6:24 AM EDT

    Ken Burns

    I had a good conversation with my friend Norm Wamer of 106.5 The Ticket in Toledo yesterday. We talked about how, as a fan, it’s OK to feel anger and resentment any any other number of complicated emotions about baseball players who cheat. Because as a fan you’re allowed to feel emotions. Indeed, as a…

  19. The HardballTalk Hall of Fame series

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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    We’re gearing up for Wednesday’s 2 p.m. EST Hall of Fame announcement here at HardballTalk. In case you missed it, here’s my little five-part series from last month on some of this year’s more controversial candidates, non-Bonds and Clemens division. HOF voters: choose Mike Piazza or accuse him of using steroids In 12 years as…

  20. Bonds! Clemens! Sosa! Biggio! Schilling! The CSN Insiders go deep on five Hall of Fame candidates

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds 1993

    We here at HBT have been doing drive-bys on all of the Hall of Fame candidates for some time, but on the eve of the Hall of Fame results becoming public, the insiders at Comcast Sportsnet offer you five in-depth takes on five of the top Hall of Fame candidates in 2013: Andrew Baggarly of…

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