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  1. Mike Lupica seems to think the Braun arbitration was rigged

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Lupica

    Mike Lupica has a pretty Mike Lupica column up about the Ryan Braun arbitration today.  The upshot: who cares what some arbitrator says, we all know Braun is dirty and blah, blah, blah.  Lots of people are actually writing that column today, of course. I’m sure it makes them feel good. But more notable to…

  2. Ryan Madson sticking with agent Scott Boras despite disappointing contract

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Scott Boras was able to land Prince Fielder a massive contract, but two of his other clients, Ryan Madson and Edwin Jackson, ended up settling for one-year deals well below what they were expecting when the offseason began. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that “there’s a lot of buzz in baseball circles that Madson might…

  3. Manny found God

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Image (1) Manny%20Ramirez%20Zen.jpg for post 4173

    Manny Ramirez arrived at A’s camp in Phoenix today.  After hitting several home runs in batting practice, he addressed the media.  Among the things he had to say: Manny was worried he might lose his family and his career last year and he found God and is working to turn life around. #Athletics — Susan…

  4. Josh Hamilton: “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers”

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton arrived at Rangers camp today and was predictably asked about both his recent alcohol relapse and contract, which is up after this season. His reply: The Rangers have done a lot of me. I have a question. Have I done a lot for the Rangers? I think I have given them everything I’ve…

  5. Jerry Sands is not available for substitute teaching this spring

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Jerry Sands

    If I ever knew that Jerry Sands was a substitute teacher in the offseason, I forgot it.  But this little anecdote from the L.A. Times made me laugh:  Jerry Sands was awakened at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday by a phone call. The automated call was from the Johnston County School District in North Carolina, where the second-year…

  6. Manny Ramirez is making fast friends in A’s camp

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Brett Anderson tweets about his first interaction with Manny Ramirez in A’s camp: Manny just asked if I was the video coordinator…our relationship can only go up from here. — Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) February 24, 2012 Sounds about right.

  7. Orioles hire sports psychologist “to provide mental performance services”

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dan Duquette’s latest move as the Orioles’ new executive vice president of baseball operations is hiring a sports psychologist who, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com will “provide mental-performance services.” Ghiroli reports that the sports psychologist, Seth Kaplan, will focus on working with pitchers and Duquette noted that he’ll attempt to improve “mental toughness.” Kaplan, who’s…

  8. MLB to appeal Braun ruling to federal court? Good luck with that.

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is considering appealing the arbitrator’s decision in the Ryan Braun case to federal court: Sources said MLB is livid and is evaluating the possibility of suing in federal court to have Das’ decision overturned, but that they did not expect a decision to be made until after Das…

  9. Ryan Zimmerman sets Saturday deadline for contract talks

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    zimmerman face

    Yesterday afternoon Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported that Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals were “close to a resolution” with his long-term contract talks, but apparently that didn’t necessarily mean they were close to a resolution that ends in an extension being signed. Ladson now reports that Zimmerman has set a Saturday deadline for negotiations, telling…

  10. Mike Minor: start me in the majors or trade me

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Minor_Mike

    Braves starter Mike Minor is likely to be the Braves’ fifth starter. But yesterday he made it clear that, if there’s any doubt about that, he’d just as soon be traded: “Overall, it’s not really – it’s about making the team, but if … I can control my third pitch and have a decent fourth…

  11. Vicente Padilla’s role with the Red Sox is unclear, but he really, really wants to be a starter

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When the Red Sox signed Vicente Padilla they did so in part because he’s capable of starting or relieving depending on how Daniel Bard‘s attempted move into the rotation and the rest of the pitching staff shake out. However, it’s clear now that Padilla wants to be a starter. In fact, during an appearance on…

  12. Justin Morneau: “there comes a point when you can only torture yourself so long”

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    morneau getty wide

    Justin Morneau spoke with the media this morning down in Fort Myers and he does not sound like a man who is totally healthy and ready to proceed with his career. Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune reported that “he looks skinny” and “sounds worried.” Morneau said that he had not had concussion symptoms since…

  13. Joe Torre’s group pulls out of the bidding for the Dodgers because McCourt won’t sell the parking lots

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles Times reports that Joe Torre’s ownership group — backed by real estate developer Rick Caruso — has pulled out of the bidding for the Dodgers.  Why?  Because Frank McCourt wants to keep the parking lots. Caruso and other bidders thought the purchase of the lots would be negotiable. However, in a recent meeting…

  14. Think Braun is still dirty? Fine, but then at least admit you don’t care about drug testing

    Feb 24, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    After a night’s sleep and a couple hundred angry comments and emails, I think I’ve figured a couple of things out about the Ryan Braun reaction and people’s overall feelings about MLB’s drug testing program. Mostly, though, I’m just dumbfounded at the cynicism and intellectual dishonesty of so many who wish to ignore the arbitrator’s ruling…

  15. Your morning Ryan Braun roundup

    Feb 24, 2012, 7:48 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    If, like a lot of people, you read HBT at work for the most part, you missed out on Ryan Braun insanity last night.  Here’s a roundup of it: Braun’s appeal prevails, his suspension overturned; Why? Because of a chain of custody issue. Fine, that’s what the arbitrator said. But … wait, was it really…

  16. Running down the rosters: Baltimore Orioles

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Adam Jones

    After sitting out the chase for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, the Orioles are staring down a fifth straight last-place finish and a seventh consecutive 90-loss season. Such is life in the AL East. Rotation Jason Hammel – R Zach Britton – L Jake Arrieta – R Wei-Yin Chen – L Tommy Hunter – R…

  17. Was there really a violation of chain of custody protocol in Ryan Braun’s PED case?

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    braun reuters

    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension overturned Thursday after independent arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that there were legitimate chain of custody issues with the urine sample that eventually tested positive for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone. After a thorough review of the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and its…

  18. Clayton Kershaw on tap for Friday bullpen session

    Feb 23, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    kershaw reuters

    Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw skipped a scheduled bullpen session Wednesday after feeling stiffness in his back following his first spring workout. As expected, the stiffness is no big deal. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will throw that bullpen session on Friday and is expected to have no restrictions going forward…

  19. Bryan LaHair named Cubs’ cleanup hitter after BSOHL claim

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    A fitting reward, is it not? Cubs manager Dale Sveum said today that while he’s still figuring out the rest of his lineup, he’s currently planning to use David DeJesus as a leadoff man and Bryan LaHair in the cleanup spot. It’s quite a show of faith in LaHair, a 29-year-old who has hit .262/.335/.395…

  20. Ryan Braun got off on a “technicality?” Bull!

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    In almost all cases, the people who say that someone “got off on a technicality” or took advantage of a “loophole” really mean “I think the SOB was guilty and because of that I don’t care if the proper safeguards and protocols were followed!”  It’s a ridiculous stance. Ridiculous because procedures such as chain of…

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