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  1. The Rockies are still looking at different managerial candidates

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Last week we heard that the Rockies had narrowed down the candidates for their manager gig to four: Jason Giambi, Walt Weiss, Matt Williams and Tom Runnells.  Guess that’s a soft four, because they’ve interviewed someone else: According to Thomas Harding, who covers the Rockies for MLB.Com, Double A Frisco manager Steve Buechele has interviewed…

  2. Mike Piazza is probably gonna get boned in the Hall of Fame voting this year

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin has a column up today in which one of Roger Clemens’ lawyers argues for Clemens’ induction to the Hall of Fame. Shocker, I know. But apart from him, this passage piques my interest: Clemens is one of the headline attractions in what could be the most divisive election in Hall of Fame history.…

  3. When it comes to performance enhancing drugs, Romney beats Obama

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

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    Because the election season hasn’t been long or tortuous enough, Mitt Romney and President Obama were interviewed by Chris Berman on Monday Night Football last night. Which seems like a waste of time, because if you’re still an undecided voter on the evening of November 5 you’re probably unlikely to have the proper cognitive skills to operate…

  4. Ryan Howard is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

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    Man, it’s starting early this year. Take it away Ruben Amaro: Amaro said Ryan Howard’s offseason conditioning program has already shown results. “I think he’s lost a significant amount of weight, which bodes well for him,” the GM said. Good for Howard. And good for Amaro for making it safe for all general managers and…

  5. History suggests that Michael Bourn is likely to be a bust

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Center field is the one strong position in free agency this winter, and many teams appear to see view Michael Bourn as the head of a class that also includes B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino. I do no share that view. Bourn turns 30 next month. He was one of the NL’s better…

  6. Miguel Cabrera named Player of the Year by his peers

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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    We have to wait until next week for the awards voted on by the writers, but the Players Choice Awards were announced earlier tonight on MLB Network. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was voted as the Player of the Year by his peers, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. So, um, cue the…

  7. Joakim Soria open to being a setup man with the Yankees

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria recently became a free agent after the Royals declined his $8 million option for 2013. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the thought is that he’ll look for a closer job on a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value and testing the market again next offseason. But he’s keeping his options…

  8. Melky Cabrera’s agents cleared of wrongdoing by MLBPA

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Melky Cabrera‘s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the attempted coverup of Melky Cabrera’s positive test for testosterone following an investigation by the MLB players’ association. In other words, the union has apparently agreed with the notion that former ACES consultant Juan Nunez acted alone in the…

  9. David Ortiz’s contract includes incentives based on his Achilles injury

    Nov 5, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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    David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with the Red Sox earlier today. But he could make more if he stays healthy. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com was told by a baseball source that Ortiz’s contract includes specific language regarding the right Achilles tendon injury which limited him to just 90 games this season. The…

  10. Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    The Yankees announced this evening that they have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants. It’s your move, Russell Martin. Whiteside, 33, appeared in 12 games with the World Series champion Giants this season and owns a meager .215/.273/.335 batting line and a .608 OPS over 537 plate appearances in the majors. He…

  11. Davey Johnson still doesn’t have a contract with Nationals

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    It’s been assumed that Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals in 2013, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the two sides still haven’t agreed to a deal. Johnson is technically under contract with the Nationals through 2014 as a senior advisor–which is the role he filled before replacing Jim Riggleman as manager…

  12. Rick Sutcliffe, four others candidates for the Cubs broadcast booth

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

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    With Bob Brenly gone to Arizona, the Cubs need a new color guy for their broadcasts. We heard recently that Dan Plesac is a candidate. CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney hears that four others are in the running: With interviews scheduled to begin this week, sources have identified five contenders for the job: Dan Plesac; Rick Sutcliffe;…

  13. Cardinals promote John Mabry to replace Mark McGwire as hitting coach

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    As expected the Cardinals have promoted John Mabry from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach following Mark McGwire’s departure to take the same job with the Dodgers. Mabry was chosen for manager Mike Matheny’s coaching staff last offseason after Mike Aldrete went from assistant hitting coach to bench coach. No word yet on who the…

  14. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  15. Dodgers minor leaguer Jose Dominguez suspended for violating drug policy

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Dodgers minor leaguer Jose Dominguez has been suspended 25 games for violating baseball’s drug policy, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Dominguez was signed out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old and the 22-year-old right-hander has pitched five seasons in the Dodgers’ farm system, spending most of this year at high…

  16. David Ortiz on Bobby V: “this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something”

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    A couple weeks ago, Bobby Valentine gave an interview on NBC Sports Network in which he appeared to throw David Ortiz under the bus, claiming that Ortiz quit on the Red Sox and didn’t play because the Red Sox weren’t really in the playoff race. Ortiz kept quiet as he negotiated his contract extension with…

  17. Reds still haven’t given up on Aroldis Chapman as a starter

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman worked as a starter in spring training before Ryan Madson got hurt and the Reds decided to leave him in the bullpen, where he saved 38 games with a 1.51 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 72 innings during his first season as a closer. Three years and 137 appearances into his big-league career…

  18. Dennis Martinez, Eduardo Perez named to the Astros’ coaching staff

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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    For as long as there have been bench coaches and bullpen coaches, Man has sought to ascertain what, exactly, they do.  We may never know the answer to that question, but we do know who will be filling those roles for the Houston Astros next year: former big leaguers Eduardo Perez and Dennis Martinez. Perez used…

  19. Melky Cabrera is a finalist for the “Heart and Hustle” award

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    OK, so this was apparently announced way back in July, but I didn’t notice it until Mike Bates pointed it out on Twitter this afternoon and … well, you’ll see. Each year the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association gives out a “Heart and Hustle” award “to a player who demonstrates a passion for the…

  20. Melky Cabrera to get a full playoff share

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    The rules regarding playoff shares are weird and we don’t think about them much, but the San Francisco Chronicle notes that, per union rules, Melky Cabrera gets a full playoff share even though he wasn’t anywhere near the team after his suspension and contributed nothing to the playoff and World Series run: He spent 117…

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