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  1. Ed Delahanty was the most 19th Century baseball player ever

    May 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ed Delahanty

    Magglio Ordonez‘s retirement inspired Trent McCotter of SABR to note that Ordonez ended his career with an 18-game hitting streak. That’s the longest streak at the end of a career ever, eclipsing the previous record holder, Ed Delahanty, who ended his career with a 16-game streak. This in turn led to some Twitter talk about…

  2. Hideki Matsui hits .170 at Triple-A, gets called up by Rays

    May 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    As expected the Rays have called up Hideki Matsui despite the 37-year-old veteran hitting just .170 at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract last month. Matsui went 8-for-47 with zero homers, two doubles, and a 10/4 K/BB ratio in 13 games for Durham, seemingly showing no signs of being ready to make an impact in…

  3. Great Moments in the Internet: How Many Altuves?

    May 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I sometimes get confused with units of measurement. Yards? Feet? Meters? Hectares? Bushels? Pecks?  It’s all so mystifying! So imagine, if you will, that there is a unit of measurement that we can all agree on. Because it’s awesome.  Ladies and gentlemen: the Altuve. It’s pretty self explanatory. But, just by way of example, that…

  4. Magglio Ordonez to retire Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day”

    May 29, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez was unable to latch on with a new team after rehabbing his second ankle surgery and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the six-time All-Star will make his retirement official Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day” in Detroit. Ordonez spent his first eight seasons with the White Sox and his final seven seasons with…

  5. Expanded replay for 2013 to include umpires “at a central location”

    May 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The new Collective Bargaining Agreement is supposed to include expanded use of instant replay. It wasn’t able to be implemented for 2012, however, because no one was clear on how the logistics would work. Jayson Stark was on ESPN Radio this morning, however, and he says that the league, the union and the umps have…

  6. Brian Roberts is several weeks from returning to the Orioles

    May 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts hasn’t played for the Orioles in more than a year following multiple concussions, but the veteran second baseman started a minor-league rehab assignment last week and is now aiming to be back in the majors at some point next month. Roberts went 2-for-9 with two doubles and two walks in five games at…

  7. Bad news for you if you want to watch the Nats or Orioles in North Carolina

    May 29, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    A legal ruling in the Fourth Circuit pretty much encapsulates all that is wrong with the current broadcasting regime in Major League Baseball: Nationals and Orioles: We want the cable company in North Carolina to carry our regional sports network so that our fans in that great state can watch their O’s and Nats play!…

  8. Brett Gardner starts another comeback from elbow injury

    May 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner has once again started down the path to coming off the disabled list after numerous setbacks have delayed his return from a strained right elbow. Gardner has been out since April 18, progressing in his recovery several times during that span only to be shut down again. For now he was cleared to…

  9. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Curt Schilling speaks

    May 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Curt Schilling has spent many years promoting conservative candidates and causes and styled himself a champion of private enterprise, limited spending and self-reliance. Good for him. Even if I don’t agree with his political views, I do not believe that anyone has a monopoly on wisdom and I respect those views as a legitimate alternative…

  10. Rangers considered heavy favorites to sign Roy Oswalt

    May 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is reportedly close to choosing his new team and returning to the mound, and according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Rangers are heavy favorites to sign the 34-year-old right-hander. In fact, an unnamed “baseball official” told Crasnick that he “would be shocked” if Oswalt doesn’t end up in Texas. Along with the…

  11. Blue Jays demote starting left fielder Eric Thames to minors

    May 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Eric Thames had a solid 95-game debut with Toronto last season and then beat out Travis Snider for the starting left field job during spring training, but the Blue Jays have demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A after he hit just .243 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 46 games. That represents a 137-point…

  12. Torii Hunter returns to Angels two weeks after son’s arrest

    May 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Torii Hunter was back with the Angels yesterday, rejoining the team after more than two weeks away following his 17-year-old son’s arrest on sexual assault charges. Hunter remained on the restricted list for last night’s game, but indicated that he expects to be in the lineup tonight versus the Yankees. Here’s what Hunter said about…

  13. Please don’t try to explain why you love baseball to anyone ever

    May 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Whenever I hear someone talk about how baseball “was the only thing my dad and I could talk about together,” it doesn’t make me think of baseball as some great coming-t0gether thing. It makes me think of how sad it must have been to grow up in a house where you didn’t have anything else…

  14. A’s rookie Ryan Cook’s 23-inning scoreless streak snapped

    May 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Coming into yesterday’s game A’s rookie Ryan Cook hadn’t allowed a run in 23 innings this season, but his scoreless streak ended when the Twins got to the 25-year-old right-hander for two runs in an eighth-inning comeback that snapped the streak and handed him a loss. And naturally the runs scored on a bloop double…

  15. Miami-Dade challenges the Marlins over $1.7 million of stadium expenses

    May 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Miami Marlins are supposed to share a certain percentage of the construction costs for their new ballpark. To that end, the team claimed numerous expenses related to the ballpark towards their magic number. The Miami-Dade government, however, is calling b.s. on some of them, saying that the team should not get expense credit for…

  16. Indians transfer reliever Rafael Perez to 60-day disabled list

    May 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Showing decreased velocity led to Rafael Perez being placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder muscle in late April and yesterday the Indians transferred the left-hander to the 60-day DL, which means he’s not eligible to return until the end of June. Perez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but now he’ll…

  17. Comment of the Day: The Jays and national holidays

    May 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Reader Proudly Canadian made a decent point this morning: Yesterday, the Jays played at home on Memorial Day which is not a Canadian holiday. Last week, the Jays were on the road on Victoria Day which is a Canadian holiday. July 1 is a Canadian holiday, yet the Jays are sometimes on the road on…

  18. Heyman: “folks” say that a Roy Oswalt deal is expected this week

    May 29, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    We heard yesterday that, despite an offer being on the table, the Dodgers and Roy Oswalt were “far apart” on a deal.  This morning Jon Heyman says, never fear, something will happen soon. He cites “folks” — which are a really reliable source in my opinion — who believe that the deal will happen between…

  19. Quote of the Day: Bill Welke essentially admits the need for instant replay

    May 29, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Yesterday a bad call by umpire Bill Welke cost the Tigers several runs and possibly the game. Afterwards, he said something that made complete and total sense: For record, umpires agree they got the call wrong. Bill Welke: “What looks crystal clear [on video] didn’t look crystal clear from 1B line.” — DKnobler (@DKnobler) May…

  20. Theo Epstein: no one is untouchable

    May 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Is it just me, or do people in Chicago not feel as bad about the recently-ended losing streak and what seems to be the inevitable dreadful remaining season as they might normally be?  At least among the Cubs fans I know, people are just being cool, knowing that the roster was a mess and knowing…

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