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  1. There will be no Chipper Jones is in The Worst Shape of His Life posts

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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    I wasn’t gonna say anything about this, but you people won’t leave me alone, so here it is: no, I am not going to do a “Chipper Jones is in the Worst Shape of His Life” post. And it has nothing to do with me being a Braves homer. I just don’t see the evidence…

  2. Albert Pujols doesn’t like the Angels calling him “El Hombre” on their billboards

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Albert Pujols never liked the “El Hombre” nickname while he was in St. Louis, but the Angels decided to use it on their billboards promoting his arrival without asking him and Pujols isn’t happy. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that there are 20 billboards around Southern California with the “El Hombre” nickname and…

  3. Someone is suing the Marlins, claiming they bought the team for $10 million at an auction

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    This is fun. In 2008, Marlins’ president David Samson apparently served as auctioneer at what I can only guess was a charity auction at a Florida Marlins awards banquet at a country club. At the outset of the auction, he said, in what I can only guess was a joking manner, that the Marlins were…

  4. Jose Reyes isn’t the only Marlins star cutting off his hair for charity

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Jose Reyes cutting his hair and selling it for $10,200 in a charity auction was such a big deal (or there was such little in the way of real news) that MLB Network broadcast the clipping of his dreadlocks live in prime time. Reyes’ new teammate, ace Josh Johnson, didn’t get quite the same attention…

  5. The Rays are giving away a horrifying promotional item

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Zim Bear

    The Rays must have some weird tax situation that absolutely requires that no one show up for their June 29 game against the Tigers.  How else to explain them giving away a promotional item that, if there is a God in Heaven, should send people running for the hills or an exorcist or something. From…

  6. Tony La Russa will be in Cardinals camp too

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Much has been made of Tony La Russa hanging out in Tigers camp with his friend Jim Leyland, but the retired manager will soon be making an appearance in Cardinals camp as well. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that La Russa will be participating in a charity golf tournament next week…

  7. The Yankees sign David Aardsma

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed former Mariners’ closer David Aardsma. It’s a major league deal. There’s an option for 2013 too, and Brian Cashman told reporters a few minutes ago that the deal is more for 2013 than it is for 2012. Aardsma underwent Tommy John surgery last summer and won’t be…

  8. Rockies minor leaguer, former 10th overall pick, suspended 50 games for amphetamines

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joseph Torres, who was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2000 and pitched last season in the Rockies’ farm system, has been suspended 50 games for amphetamines. Torres was the 10th overall pick out of high school and once cracked Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but he’s now 29 years old and has yet to reach…

  9. Six clubs are interested in Scott Kazmir for some reason

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir threw for scouts the other day. Today Buster Olney reports that as many as six teams are interested in him. The only team mentioned by name is the Mets, but really, it’s hard to see why anyone would be too exercised by the notion of adding Scott Kazmir to the organization.  He’s been…

  10. Great Moments in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    The long epic battle between the Yankees and the Red Sox is played out mostly on the baseball diamond. But there are minor skirmishes here and there. Like the time that the guy in Florida bought the domain name matching the name of the Red Sox’ new spring training complex and directed it to the…

  11. Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement at age 35

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    Two weeks ago Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Edgar Renteria planned to play this season, but that is apparently no longer the case. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to Renteria’s agent and writes that the 35-year-old “does not plan to play this season and is leaning toward retirement.” His lack of job options no…

  12. Ronald Belisario tested positive for cocaine, said he used it only once

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario already faces a drug suspension at the beginning of the year, but it appears that his drug problems extend beyond whatever it was that sent him to rehab last year: he told reporters this morning that he tested positive for cocaine. It’s unclear when he tested positive, but Belisario says that…

  13. Jose Contreras “threw very, very well” in first bullpen session since surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September and Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said afterward that the veteran right-hander “did fine” and “threw very, very well.” Contreras was initially given a 4-6 month recovery timetable that made him unlikely to be healthy for the beginning of…

  14. Miami taxpayers one step closer to paying another $1.2 million per year to benefit the Marlins

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Last fall we learned that the city of Miami faces an unexpected $1.2 million property tax bill as a result of its largess to Jeff Loria and the Miami Marlins. Seems the city thought that a stadium parking garage it built and paid for is not going to be exempt from property taxes because, despite the fact…

  15. GM: Rangers no longer likely to trade Koji Uehara

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Koji Uehara trade rumors swirled for most of the offseason and at one point the reliever vetoed an agreed-upon trade to Toronto, but Texas general manager Jon Daniels no longer expects to deal him. Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers “have no moves planned or anything like that” and “are ready to…

  16. MLB adopts the “Maddon Rule” to combat relief pitcher shenanigans

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Remember last June when Joe Maddon had Sam Fuld warm up as a relief pitcher for the sole purpose of giving his real reliever, Cesar Ramos, more time to get loose?  And how he admitted that he lied to the umps about Fuld having an injury so as not to run afoul of the rules…

  17. Quote of the Day: “Si, Motherf****r”

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Buster Olney watched Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder take batting practice.  They sound like they’re having a lot of fun: When Cabrera took his turns in the box, he carved long liners to right field, over and over, shouting to the others to guess whether they would clear the fence. “SI OR NO?” Cabrera yelled.…

  18. Ozzie Guillen vows to keep Carlos Zambrano under control

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    As soon as Carlos Zambrano was shipped to Miami everyone wanted to know how baseball’s most combustible pitcher would get along with baseball’s most combustible manager in Ozzie Guillen. Guillen spoke on that yesterday. He opined that perhaps the reason Zambrano had issues with the Cubs is because the Cubs let him have issues. And,…

  19. A-Rod brown bags it

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    My son has a “Clone Wars” lunch box. It’s pretty cool. Only problem is that it’s black and you can’t really see where I wrote his name on it. Given how popular that particular lunch box is, you won’t be surprised to hear that he’s accidentally brought some other kid’s home several times.  First grade isn’t easy.…

  20. Running down the rosters: Miami Marlins

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marlins Spring Baseball

    The hopes are high with LeBron James having one of the greatest statistical seasons in NBA history and the Dolphins potentially landing Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn as their new quarterback. Also, the baseball team has a new name, a new stadium and a new star shortstop. Let’s see if that does the Marlins any…

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