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  1. Fastest man in baseball Billy Hamilton ‘possibly’ September call-up for Reds

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    At this point there’s little question about whether the fastest man in baseball, Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, will break the minor-league stolen base record held by Vince Coleman. Coleman set the record with 145 steals in 1983 and Hamilton already has 133 steals with 23 games remaining. Hamilton’s season at Double-A ends on September 3,…

  2. Over the long haul, Barry Bonds’ Hall of Fame prospects aren’t that bad

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Gregg Doyel has a column up over at about why he thinks Barry Bonds is a Hall of Famer. This part, though, about his CBS colleagues, is interesting to me: has seven baseball writers—three with actual HOF votes—and five of the seven said they would vote for Bonds. That’s 71.4 percent in favor…

  3. Would you rather: Gold medal or baseball?

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    I asked this on Twitter a few minutes ago and was sort of fascinated by the strong yet far from unanimous opinions, so I’m curious to hear what HBT nation thinks: Would you rather be the gold medal winner in a relatively obscure Olympic sport or the 200th-best baseball player in MLB? For me the…

  4. Angels catcher Bobby Wilson quit Twitter because of the criticism

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Before you say anything, yes, it is a slow news day. Believe me, if there were three-team trades and actual baseball drama going on at the moment, I’d be writing about it. But there isn’t, so you get more stuff like this: Bobby Wilson spent his off day Thursday lamenting all the guff he’s taken as…

  5. Brandon McCarthy rejoining A’s after six weeks on DL

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    One of the many remarkable things about the A’s rise to playoff contention is that they’ve done most of their winning without Brandon McCarthy, who’s been on the disabled list since mid-June with a shoulder injury. Before going on the DL he was Oakland’s staff ace, throwing 78 innings with a 2.54 ERA and 52/19…

  6. Help rename the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Vote Fireflies!

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT


    It was announced some time ago that the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees — the Bombers’ Triple-A team — would be getting a new name. This to coincide with their renovated ballpark and stuff.  As has become the custom over the years, the team let fans come up with names. And … here they are: – Blast: A…

  7. Astros demote RBI leader J.D. Martinez to minors

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    J.D. Martinez

    I’m not much for evaluating hitters based on RBI totals, but it’s still interesting that the struggling Astros have demoted their RBI leader, J.D. Martinez, to Triple-A after he was their starting left fielder for the first two-thirds of the season. Martinez has a team-high 54 RBIs in 102 games, although that a) isn’t all…

  8. For Braves fans, a simultaneously encouraging and discouraging fact

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney linked to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story about the Braves’ improving financial picture. After doing so, he said this: The bottom line is that the no team has a harder budget than the Braves, who are like cadets at a military school. They are given an allowance and cannot and do not spend beyond…

  9. Frank Viola’s daughter didn’t qualify for Olympic diving final

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Former Cy Young winner Frank Viola’s daughter, Brittany Viola, finished 15th in the 10-meter platform diving semi-finals at the Olympics in London and was eliminated from the competition. She was in good spirits afterward despite failing to advance: My mind felt right, my body felt right. It just didn’t come together. Still, to be here…

  10. Great Moments in Media Relations

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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    We’ve all gotten into Twitter arguments in which things have gotten a little out of hand. It happens. It’s just not the best thing to do when you’re in the media relations business for a major league baseball team.  Just ask the assistant media relations guy for the Reds who found himself having to offer…

  11. Joey Votto: “I’m not ready to play yet”

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Joey Votto is three weeks into what was initially a 3-4 week recovery timetable for knee surgery, but told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that his return isn’t imminent: I’m not ready to play yet. I’m moving in the right direction. I’m definitely not sure on a timetable. I’m not doing that to be coy,…

  12. Criticism of Joe Girardi has reached PalinFey levels of ridiculousness

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Palin Fey

    Don’t know what “PalinFey” is?  Read on, my friends, read on. It’s always been strange to see the New York media go after Joe Girardi for use of actual information to inform his decisions. Things like scouting reports, statistics and stuff. You know, the things smart managers have always done. Except Girardi dared organize his…

  13. Andrew Bailey “real close” to making Red Sox debut

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Andrew Bailey has been on the disabled list all season following a spring training thumb injury, but the Red Sox reliever is on the verge of returning after making back-to-back Triple-A appearances Wednesday and Thursday. Overall on his minor-league rehab assignment Bailey has allowed one run in five innings with a 9/1 K/BB ratio and…

  14. John Lackey has beer in the clubhouse, so apparently the Sox have given up

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Joe Haggerty of believes that the Red Sox have given up and the season is lost. I don’t know that that’s true. While things seem bleak, the race for the wild card is still tight enough that a week’s worth of good fortune could totally transform things. But for a moment, let’s pretend that…

  15. Andy Pettitte’s setback cost him 7-10 days

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    Last week we learned that Andy Pettitte had something of a setback in his rehab, but that it wouldn’t cost him any time. Those facts are no longer operative: “We have to let the healing process take its course,’’ said Cashman, who expects to see Pettitte pitching next month in the big leagues. “He had…

  16. Scott Podsednik is back with the Red Sox

    Aug 10, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    There are some players everyone wants. There are some players no one wants. Then there’s Scott Podsednik. Everyone acts like they want him — they sign him, they trade for him — but then they let him go. And then he shows up again like a loyal little puppy or something: Source: Podsednik back with #RedSox…

  17. The Padres sent a job fair invite to the wrong woman

    Aug 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Getting a job in baseball is hard. Really hard. There is a line of super smart, highly-credentialed young men and women who would kill to work in sports. The teams and leagues know this, so the competition is fierce an the pay is low for entry level positions. Oh, and the hours are totally bonkers.…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dickey throws a knuckleball as he pitches to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning of their MLB National League game in New York

    Mets 6, Marlins 1: R.A. Dickey continues his dominant year. He struck out ten and didn’t walk any while tossing a complete game. And we may see more of him soon. Royals 8, Orioles 2: Manny Machado made his major league debut. Two for four with a triple. Not bad! No one else did anything,…

  19. Manny Machado has two hits in major league debut

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

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    In the most hyped debut for an Orioles’ prospect since Matt Wieters back in 2009, Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in tonight’s 8-2 loss to the Royals. Machado, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, started at third base and batted ninth. After grounding out…

  20. Terry Collins not ruling out using R.A. Dickey on short rest to help his Cy Young bid

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    The Mets have floated the possibility of using R.A. Dickey on short rest at various times this season, but that talk has died down in recent weeks as the team has faded in the standings. However, Mets manager Terry Collins raised the possibility again this afternoon after Dickey finished off a complete game 6-1 victory…

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