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  1. The inner circle Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

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    The other day we talked about unanimous and first ballot Hall of Famers. That’s fun to talk about even if there is no formal designation or greater honor for Hall of Famers who got in on their first try and those who didn’t. Also fun to talk about despite it’s lack of true significance: “inner-circle”…

  2. Mike Rizzo: Stephen Strasburg’s shutdown will be determined by “the eye test”

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

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    Mike Rizzo says he has decided when he’s going to shut Stephen Strasburg down for a few starts. And it is him doing the deciding: “There is no magic number,” Rizzo said. “It will be the eye test. (Manager) Davey (Johnson) won’t decide and ownership won’t decide. It will be the general manager, and that’s…

  3. Melky was not plunked in his first at bat today

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:18 PM EST

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    After the business from last night, I and everyone else assumed that Tim Hudson was going to plunk Melky Cabrera today.  Well, so far no. Cabrera just had his first at bat of the game and he hit an infield single.  Hudson  made no effort to hit him. I’d like to think that this is…

  4. The Royals sign Jason Kendall for some reason

    Jul 19, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

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    This is so great: #Royals sign veteran catcher Jason Kendall to a minor league contract. Kendall reports to @NW_Ark_Naturals today and will play tomorrow. — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 19, 2012 Kendall last played in the bigs in 2010. It was with the Royals, and he hit .256/.318/.297. Unless you count his 57-game stint…

  5. Chris Carpenter to have his season-ending surgery today

    Jul 19, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chris Carpenter is going to have his season-ending surgery to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome today. I presume, as is the case with all athletic surgeries, it will be deemed successful. His rehab could stretch into next season, when he turns 38. He’s under contract with the…

  6. The Nationals designate Rick Ankiel for assignment

    Jul 19, 2012, 10:21 AM EST

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    Drew Storen is ready to come off the DL so someone had to go. That someone is Rick Ankiel, who the Nationals have designated for assignment. Ankiel is pretty much Ankiel at this point. He’s hitting .228/.282/.411, which is not terribly different from what he did last year. Or the year before that. Or the year…

  7. Miguel Batista: The Mets are better than the Nats, are the best team in baseball

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

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    Someone get some of what Mets pitcher Miguel Batista is smoking and pass me some. Via DC Sports Bog: “Right now [the Nats are] playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us. They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team … I believe we are…

  8. The Yankees hit a lot of home runs. This is a problem?

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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    There’s nothing  more annoying than fans of an otherwise awesome team obsessing on that team’s flaws. Or what the fans perceive to be flaws. They’re baseball’s version of First World Problems, really. The rest of us — who follow legitimately flawed teams — don’t really want to hear it. This year it’s Yankees fans —…

  9. Quote of the Day: Bert Blyleven on Reggie Jackson

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:18 AM EST

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    Yeah, I know we’ve beaten this one to death, but people keep saying fun things, so here we are.  This time: Bert Blyleven on WFAN yesterday, talking about Reggie Jackson insulting him as not being Hall-of-Fame worthy: “God gives us many holes in our body,” Blyleven said Wednesday morning. “And he just spoke out of…

  10. Jamie Moyer: “I’m not retired, I’m not retired”

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:51 AM EST

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    NBC’s own Rick Chandler has a fortified compound in the environs around Lake Tahoe, and each July he goes to the American Century Golf Celebrity Golf Championship. Jamie Moyer is there this year, and Rick talked to him. What’s the plan, Old Man Moyer? “I’m not retired, I’m not retired. I’m just kind of laying…

  11. Chipper Jones has words for Melky Cabrera after some pelvic thrusting taunting nonsense

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

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    Melky Cabrera wasn’t all that popular in Atlanta after his dismal, one-year stint there. He’s less popular now. Last night, during the Giants 9-4 win over the Braves, Cabrera did some sort of pelvic thrust choppy taunting thing after Gregor Blanco hit a home run. Earlier in the game he had been making some weird…

  12. Settling the Score: Wednesday’s results

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

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    Yes, I know And That Happened is supposed to be here, but I decided to have a bit of a life last night and I went and saw this fellow to the right down in Cincinnati. That’s Hayes Carll, and he’s fairly awesome.  But since I didn’t get back to my bunker until about 2AM…

  13. Brewers haven’t talked long-term deal with Zack Greinke

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:28 PM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi provides the scoop: It doesn’t appear there has been much dialogue between the Brewers and representatives for Zack Greinke since spring training. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no evidence that the team had made the 28-year-old a formal offer. And there isn’t much time left before the deadline for…

  14. Drew Storen could return to the Nationals on Thursday

    Jul 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

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    Nationals reliever Drew Storen hasn’t appeared in a major league game this season due to problems with his throwing elbow. But that’s about ready to change. According to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, the 24-year-old right-hander made a dominant one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday night at Class A Potomac and could be cleared to return to the…

  15. Catch the second episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise” tonight, featuring one of HBT’s own

    Jul 18, 2012, 8:22 PM EST

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    In one of my six “Dispatches From Kansas City,” I described a scene in which Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison approached me during the All-Star media day in search of Royals legend George Brett. I wasn’t much help and mostly just stood there stupefied, but my exchange with LoMo apparently made the cut for the second…

  16. Lance Berkman admits he doesn’t have “any bat speed”

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

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    Lance Berkman made the final out in the Cardinals’ crushing 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, lofting a bases-loaded fly-out to the warning track in deep left field. “Big Puma” is now 0-for-8 with three walks and four strikeouts since returning this past weekend from knee surgery, and acknowledged…

  17. James McDonald gives up six runs, wins anyway

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

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    Maybe this really is the Pirates’ year. All-Star Game snub James McDonald won Wednesday despite surrendering six runs to the Rockies in five innings at Coors Field. The Pirates knocked Jeremy Guthrie around for six runs in the first three innings and scored three more times in the fifth in a 9-6 victory. McDonald became…

  18. Family of little girl with fractured skull sues the Braves

    Jul 18, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

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    The family of an 8-year-old whose skull was fractured by a foul ball during a game at Turner Field on Aug. 30, 2010 is suing the Braves and MLB for negligence. The suit doesn’t disclose the names of those filing. They’d like both their privacy and their money. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which has…

  19. Report: Angels make Peter Bourjos, Kendrys Morales available

    Jul 18, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

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    According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Angels are willing to part with Peter Bourjos in order to upgrade their bullpen and could consider dealing Kendrys Morales as well. Bourjos, perhaps baseball’s premier defensive center fielder, has been made expendable in Anaheim by the emergence of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. Still, there are a…

  20. Francisco Rodriguez works overtime for latest save

    Jul 18, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

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    In theory, Francisco Rodriguez should be in line for a lighter workload now that he’s Milwaukee’s closer. Two days in, though, it certainly hasn’t worked that way. Working for the fourth straight day, Rodriguez walked three and threw 35 pitches on his way to getting a save against the Cardinals in the Brewers’ 4-3 win…

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