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  1. Jose Rijo is not having a great retirement

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Remember Jose Rijo? His nasty, nasty stuff? Those great years with the Reds?  Yeah, that was a long time ago. In recent years we’ve heard about him mostly in infamy. He was neck-deep in the international prospect shenanigans that brought down Jim Bowden in Washington. And now we have this: The Justice Ministry’s Anti-laundering Unit…

  2. Conor Jackson still out after running into Fenway Park wall

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Last week’s Red Sox-A’s swap may end up being the least impactful in baseball history. Jason Rice, who the A’s acquired, was waived and claimed by the Indians just days after the trade, so Oakland lost him for nothing. Conor Jackson, who the Red Sox acquired, injured his knee running into the right-field wall in…

  3. The “Moneyball” movie may be good

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    I’ve been a bit skeptical of the “Moneyball” movie for a long time. I worry that it will be too impenetrable for mainstream audiences and too simplified and Hollywood-ized for baseball freaks, thus leaving everyone disappointed. I’d like to be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not holding out super strong hope. Our own Aaron Gleeman is…

  4. Your latest “Baseball is dying” column

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    baseball

    The first professional baseball team was established in 1869.  Two weeks later someone probably wrote a column about how baseball was dying, on its way out and utterly utterly doomed. From then until the present day, scribes have proclaimed baseball to be a dead sport walking. Here’s the latest, from the pages of the Kansas…

  5. Report: Chuck LaMar quit because he questioned the Phillies’ commitment to player development

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Phillies Logo

    Bill Conlin prefaces all of this by saying that it’s just what he’s hearing, not necessarily the God’s Honest Truth, but he tells a story in the Philadelphia Daily News today about why Chuck LaMar resigned as the Phillies’ assistant general manager. A story — with “quotes” that appear to be paraphrasing, not things actually said…

  6. The State of the Races

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    AL EAST The spread: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: It’s gonna be funny when the prognosticators look at the stumbling finish each of these teams seems to be embarking upon and uses it to…

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

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:18 AM EDT

    Ronny Paulino, Chipper Jones

    Braves 6, Mets 5; Braves 5, Mets 1: A makeup doubleheader. Chipper Jones made like it was 1999 and that dismantling the Mets was still his primary purpose on the Earth. Those were the days. He hit a homer doubled and scored twice in game 1 He drove in two more in the nightcap. Something…

  8. Brent Lillibridge done for season due to broken hand

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:09 AM EDT

    lillibridge broken hand ap

    Another one bites the dust. Via our friends at CSNChicago.com, the White Sox announced late Thursday evening that utilityman Brent Lillibridge has been diagnosed with a broken bone in his right hand and will not appear in a game for the remainder of the 2011 season. The fracture happened in the seventh inning of Thursday’s…

  9. Carl Everett arrested on domestic violence charges

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

    carl everett red sox

    Another sad turn in the life of Carl Everett. According to Kevin Boie of KDFW in Dallas, with a hat tip to Deadspin, the former big league outfielder was arrested in Colleyville, Texas earlier this month after an emergency 911 call was made at 5:30 a.m. from his 5,800 square-foot family home. Not many details…

  10. Chase Utley out this weekend due to mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Florida Marlins

    From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer comes word that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been ruled out of this weekend’s series against the Brewers due to a mild concussion. Utley suffered the slight head injury on Wednesday night when he was struck in the batting helmet by an Eric O’Flaherty pitch. He’s not…

  11. Brewers activate Rickie Weeks from the disabled list

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    rickie weeks getty

    He’s back. Well, kind of. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers have officially activated second baseman Rickie Weeks from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s game against the Phillies. Weeks has not been cleared to return to starting duties, however, and is not expected to rejoin the Brewers’ regular batting…

  12. Picture of the Day: Harrisburg’s stadium under water

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    A sudden drenching from Tropical Storm Lee (and lingering rainwater from Hurricane Irene) has produced an enormous amount of flooding this week in parts of the northeast United States. The nasty weather has only affected major league teams in the form of postponements and cancellations. But it’s wreaking havoc on one of the Nationals’ minor…

  13. Chipper Jones finding Citi Field more to his liking

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones named his son Shea after breaking the hearts of many a Mets fan through the years.  He hasn’t been quite so successful in Citi Field since the Mets switched parks — he entered today with a .200 average and two homers in 18 games there — but he’s homered and doubled in the first…

  14. Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada go on release waivers

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit, Aaron Rowand

    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Giants weren’t able to trade Aaron Rowand or Miguel Tejada after designating both for assignment.  The pair were placed on release waivers Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports. Both players figure to become free agents Monday, allowing them to sign with teams. …

  15. Ivan Rodriguez may not get another start for the Nationals

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Even though Ivan Rodriguez is healthy and ready to play five days after coming off the disabled list, he’s yet to get a start this month, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Rodriguez might not get another start this season. “One, [Wilson] Ramos is the No. 1 catcher,” Johnson said. “He needs all the experience…

  16. Wait: is Albert Pujols a big jerk or something? Since when?

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    I’ve had an interesting conversation with some Brewers fans on Twitter in the past few minutes.  It started when a guy named @brewfangrb called me and a couple others out for being critical of Nyjer Morgan in the wake of last night’s dustup with the Cardinals. The point wasn’t to defend Morgan — the guy and…

  17. Happy 21st birthday: Phillies prospect Zach Collier suspended for amphetamines

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    zach collier phillies

    Phillies prospect Zach Collier, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games by MLB after testing positive for an amphetamine. The kicker: Today is his 21st birthday. Collier is a left-handed-hitting outfielder who missed all of 2010 with injuries and spent this season at low Single-A, batting just .255 with…

  18. Tony La Russa: Smooth

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Following up on Joe Morgan doing the chicken dance, we have Tony La Russa playing maracas for Carlos Santana. The guitar player, not the catcher. Dave Brown has the story — and a photo of La Russa shakin’ ‘em — over at Big League Stew. No word on whether or not La Russa protested Santana’s…

  19. Alex Rodriguez bought a new place in Miami for $24 million

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez house

    Alex Rodriguez recently bought a new house in Miami for a reported $24 million and Splash News Online has some overhead photos of the place. It looks decent, I guess, if you’re into sprawling ocean-side estates that also have a pool. Presumably there’s also a poker room, although that isn’t pictured. Worth noting: $24 million…

  20. Joe Morgan is keeping busy

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    You have a Hall of Fame Second Baseman leading your Chicken Dance. Your argument is invalid: Reds great and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will lead the annual World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest next Saturday … “Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has long been regarded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America and the second largest in…

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