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  1. Jose Reyes doesn’t really like his bobblehead doll

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Tomorrow night the Marlins are giving away a Jose Reyes bobblehead doll, but the shortstop isn’t thrilled with how it looks. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post describes the amusing scene: “It doesn’t look like me,” he said. “Not at all. Except for the beard.” He reached into his locker and pulled out one…

  2. Ike Davis is NOT happy with whoever on the Mets accused him of being out late

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    In the earlier Ike Davis story, Adam Rubin cited Mets team officials who said they were concerned with Davis being out too late after games and not taking instruction.  All of this is news to Ike Davis, who does not sound at all happy about what he read this morning: “I have never missed games…

  3. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  4. Gleeman and The Geek: Buying Starting Pitching

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Note: I do a weekly podcast that’s mostly about the Minnesota Twins, but also about baseball in general and other random topics that HBT readers may find amusing. On this week’s “Gleeman and The Geek” episode we peppered in some Twins talk, but spent most of the show breaking down the upcoming free agent starting…

  5. Larry Bowa confirms he interviewed for Astros manager job

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Larry Bowa

    Larry Bowa was in Houston last week meeting with the Astros, but the team declined to say what exactly it was about other than general manager Jeff Luhnow saying “baseball-related matters.” Bowa was more forthcoming yesterday, admitting that he was indeed there to interview for the manager job. That means Bowa is now one of…

  6. The wild card game is going to be like baseball on Mars

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Distortion

    I assume I was aware of this when the new playoff formats were announced, but if so I totally forgot about it.  From Buster Olney: The wild-card games will be conducted under circumstances we’ve never seen before in the postseason. The participating teams will set 25-man rosters for this one-game, winner-take-all extravaganza — rosters that…

  7. Bryan LaHair has gone from All-Star to out of Cubs’ plans

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    One side effect of Anthony Rizzo‘s emergence for the Cubs is that Bryan LaHair has fallen completely out of the team’s plans just months after being named an All-Star. LaHair was a great story in the first half, finally getting his big chance at age 29 after a decade in the minors and hitting .286…

  8. Must-click link: some awesome old pics of Yankee Stadium

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Old Yankee Stadium

    Apologies to whoever pointed out this link on Twitter this morning, but I can’t find your tweet to give you credit (UPDATE: It was Alex Belth). The post itself is from last year, but it doesn’t matter because I’m a sucker for this stuff. Old pics of old Yankee Stadium, many in color.  My favorite is…

  9. Alex Cobb, Jose Molina had to be separated in Rays dugout

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    In the middle of last night’s loss to the Red Sox, starter Alex Cobb and catcher Jose Molina had to be separated in the Rays dugout after an altercation that manager Joe Maddon called simply “boys being boys.” However, according to Greg Zeck of MLB.com Molina refused to speak to the media afterward and Cobb…

  10. Great Moments in hubris: The Nationals will make the playoffs every year forever

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    It’s not outside of the realm of possibility. The Yankees have made the playoff almost every year for 18 years. The Braves did it year after year for ages. Until this season the Phillies had a nice run too. But it just seems … wrong to say stuff like Thom Loverro of the Washington Examiner…

  11. Jim Thome on the verge of rejoining Orioles

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jim Thome continues to make progress in his recovery from a herniated disk in his neck and could be back in the Orioles’ lineup within a week, according to manager Buck Showalter. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Thome took a handful of at-bats in a simulated game yesterday “and experienced no pain.”…

  12. Throw one perfect game and you own Cincinnati forever

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Tom Browning

    I once met former Reds pitcher Tom Browning at the Home Depot near my house. I thought it didn’t get any better than that, but little did I know: Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Browning will get a chance to perfect his chicken dance moves. The city has tapped Browning as grand marshal of its…

  13. Photos of the day: Great Moments in empty Wrigley Field

    Sep 18, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Here’s what Wrigley Field looks like when you start a game after a three hour, forty minute rain delay.  Note: baseball games should not start after a three hour, forty minute rain delay.  There were about 750 actual fans in the seats by the time the game ended according to reporters covering the game.  Viva…

  14. The Mets may trade Ike Davis, will criticize him to the media first

    Sep 18, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Last night Matthew talked about how it appears that the Mets are making Ike Davis into a platoon player late in the season and how, by doing so, they’re letting Lucas Duda play games at first base, which is where he really belongs. Today Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are thinking about going one…

  15. Tim Bogar to interview for the Astros managerial job

    Sep 18, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Photo Day

    ESPN Boston.com reports that Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will interview with the Astros some time this week. The fact that the Astros last manager — Brad Mills — used to be a Red Sox bench coach to is a coincidence, I’d imagine. Bogar played for the Astros from 1997-2000. He played in his only…

  16. Escobar the victim of a prank? Possible, but unlikely

    Sep 18, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT

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    One possibility that should be considered in the Yunel Escobar eye black thing is that he was the victim of a prank.  The problem with that, though? Mr. Escobar, a 29-year-old native of Havana, Cuba, has been seen at other games this season with different Spanish phrases written on his eye black. And If Yunel…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 18, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    White Sox 5, Tigers 4: For want of some leather, the empire was lost. Or something like that.  The Tigers now find themselves three back of the White Sox with no more head-to-head games. This is pretty dire for the Tigers. Braves 7, Marlins 5: Dan Uggla continues to kill his old team. He hit…

  18. Blue Jays issue statement regarding Yunel Escobar

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays released a statement this evening regarding shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was spotted with a homophobic slur on his eye black during Saturday’s game. The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and…

  19. Alex Avila dealing with headache after collision with Prince Fielder

    Sep 17, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Alex Avila

    Alex Avila was held out of the starting lineup this afternoon against the White Sox after he hurt his jaw in a collision with teammate Prince Fielder during yesterday’s game, but the hope was that he wouldn’t have to miss much time after he passed a concussion test. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Chris…

  20. We could see Chase Utley at third base soon

    Sep 17, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

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    We heard late last month that Chase Utley was starting to take some grounders at third base to see if he could be an option at the position at some point down the road. The experiment could begin pretty soon. After Utley worked out at third base again this afternoon at Citi Field, manager Charlie…

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