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  1. Red Sox fire strength and conditioning coach, assistant trainer

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Beer, fried chicken, and video games specifically got all the headlines, but various Red Sox players simply not being in peak physical condition was also an issue this season and today Boston fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page along with assistant trainer Greg Barajas. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Page was with the…

  2. Why did Tony LaCava turn down the Orioles?

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Tony LaCava was very professional with his comments about the Orioles, saying they handled the interview process with class and explaining that his decision to turn down the general manager job was due to wanting to remain with the Blue Jays. That never really passed the smell test, at least not entirely, and sure enough…

  3. Matty Alou: 1938-2011

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    Sad news: Matty Alou has died. He was 72. No cause of death was given. An overdose of being a really awesome and underrated contact hitter is being investigated. Alou, as most folks know, was part of what — with a nod to the DiMaggios — was arguably the most successful trio of brothers in…

  4. Ron Santo is back on the Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    After getting totally boned by the Hall of Fame for decades, Ron Santo will once again be up for consideration as part of the new-look Veterans Committee process. At this year’s Winter Meetings Santo — and 10 other former players — will be up for votes as part of the “Golden Era” slate of candidates…

  5. Javier Vazquez wants to play for an East Coast team if he doesn’t retire

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Earlier this week the Marlins were said to be trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retiring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander is “50-50″ to pitch in 2012. According to Rosenthal he has a “strong East Coast preference” after spending his 14-year career in Montreal, New York (twice), Arizona,…

  6. Let’s watch someone convince himself that Wilson Valdez isn’t a falloff from Jimmy Rollins

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    I don’t know if Jimmy Rollins is going to stay in Philly. I kind of think he will because it’s a great match and I have a hard time envisioning a world in which he isn’t wearing red pinstripes. But I do know this much: if he leaves the Phillies, the team would be way worse…

  7. Orioles expand GM search to include Phillies’ Scott Proefrock and Twins’ Mike Radcliff

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    After being turned down by both Jerry Dipoto and Tony Lacava the Orioles have expanded their search for a new general manager to include Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock and Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Proefrock will meet with the Orioles today and the…

  8. Bryan Stow writes his name

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    This ceased to be a baseball story a long damn time ago. And maybe it’s no longer properly in HBT’s jurisdiction. But I kinda don’t care. Sometimes you just have to highlight the fact that there’s some hope in this mean old world and, for whatever reason, Bryan Stow’s progress represents hope to me right…

  9. Cardinals’ candidates include Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Following up on yesterday’s news that the Cardinals asked for and were granted the Phillies’ permission to interview Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg to fill Tony La Russa’s shoes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be one of “fewer than 10″ candidates for the job. According to Strauss the Cardinals are…

  10. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    If you’re like me and you get excited about fringe regulars, injury-prone fifth starters and hopefully-not-quite-over-the-hill DH possibilities, you’ll love this part three of the free agent rundown. Free agents Nos. 111-91 , Free agents Nos. 90-71 (All ages are as of April 1, 2012. Compensation noted as Type A or Type B when applicable) 70.…

  11. Free agent Coco Crisp wants to stay on the West Coast

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the free agent center fielder “has made it clear that he would like to play for a team that is determined to compete and he’d also like to stay on the West Coast.” As for potentially returning to Oakland, Comte speculated…

  12. Mike Maddux, Dale Sveum Cubs managerial candidates

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times hears from his sources that the Cubs may move relatively quickly on the replacement of Mike Quade, and that two candidates are thought to be at the top of the list: Mike Maddux and Dale Sveum. Sveum, the Brewers hitting coach,  interviewed with the Red Sox yesterday. Maddux, the…

  13. Roy Oswalt wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

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    Roy Oswalt’s agent told Jon Paul Morosi that Oswalt wants to sign a “long-term” contract. This winter.  Hurm.  Depends what he considers “long-term” I suppose. Oswalt is still effective when he pitches — he had a 3.69 ERA and a 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings in 2011 — but he’s got back problems and…

  14. The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

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    Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011. Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A.…

  15. Must-click link: Bing Russell and Lou Gehrig’s bat

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

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    There is a fantastic story over at The Postgame by Steve Henson that went live late Monday night. Thanks to Old Gator I read it this morning. The topic: Bing Russell, Lou Gehrig’s last home run bat and a whole lot more. Bing Russell is the father of actor Kurt Russell and the grandfather of…

  16. Steve Garvey and a billion others line up to bid on the Dodgers

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:28 AM EST

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    ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that former Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey is preparing to put in a bid for the team in the upcoming bankruptcy auction which will finally wrest control of the team from the clutches of Frank McCourt. Garvey went on record last February with his interest in buying the team.  Of…

  17. It’s good to be the king: David Freese wows ‘em at Macy’s

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:09 AM EST

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    After his heroics in the World Series, you had to know that life was going to become very, very good for David Freese. As a Cardinal playing in his native St. Louis, the World Series MVP might never again be forced to buy his own drink or pay for his own dinner, even if he regresses to…

  18. Red Sox interview second potential skipper: Dale Sveum

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:39 PM EST

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    On Monday, the Red Sox brought in Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to interview for the club’s managerial vacancy. The chat went well, according to Mackanin, who remains a promising candidate. But the interview process is far from over. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the Red Sox held their second meeting for the open…

  19. D’Backs reach two-year, $3M deal with John McDonald

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

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    From Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a two-year, $3 million contract with veteran utility infielder John McDonald. McDonald batted just .169/.222/.203 in 63 plate appearances after joining Arizona in late August, but he’s still a capable defender at the age of 37 and will provide the Snakes…

  20. Report: Rays “dead-set” on keeping James Shields

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

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    James Shields posted a fantastic 2.82 ERA in 33 starts this season, striking out 225 batters and issuing only 65 walks across 249 1/3 innings. There’s been some thought that the Rays might try to capitalize on that breakout 2011 campaign by shopping the 29-year-old right-hander this winter. He’s owed a $7.5 million salary in…

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