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  1. Padres officially name Josh Byrnes as general manager, Hoyer and McLeod head to Cubs

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:26 PM EST

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    None of this will come as a surprise to the HBT readership because it has been public knowledge for weeks, but the Cubs and Padres finally announced in a joint press release Wednesday night that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are headed to Chicago and that Josh Byrnes has officially been promoted to the position…

  2. Holland in bullpen for Game 6, Harrison starts Game 7

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

    washington and holland reuters

    There’s been some speculation that the Rangers might take advantage of the extra day of rest provided by Wednesday night’s rainout and start young lefty Derek Holland in a potential Game 7 Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. But those rumors can now be put to rest. Via beat writer Drew Davison of…

  3. Aroldis Chapman to make first start in AFL on Monday

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Word is already out that the Reds are planning to convert hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman from a setup man to a starter this winter. Just under four weeks from the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, that transition is already in full swing. According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chapman is…

  4. Skip Schumaker will start in center field in Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker drew the start in center field Monday night in Game 5 of the World Series, spelling a badly-slumping Jon Jay. In Game 6, it will happen again. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa informed the media Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium that Schumaker will…

  5. Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo needs another elbow surgery

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:48 PM EST

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was removed from the Chinese Taipei national team’s roster for the upcoming “All-Star series” against a team of MLB players because of elbow soreness and the Dodgers just announced that he’ll undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from the elbow. Kuo has a long history of elbow problems, including multiple surgeries, and…

  6. Potential candidates to replace Bud Selig

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    The other day I noted that there was no clear successor to Bud Selig when he steps down at the end of 2012.  From my lips to Maury Brown’s keyboard, for today he runs down some of the possibilities over at The Biz of Baseball. None of the candidates Maury mentions are bad. Sandy Alderson…

  7. Juan Nicasio “making remarkable progress” in recovery from broken neck

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio, Joe Diaz, Kieth Dugger

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an update on Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck and the news is very encouraging. Renck writes that Nicasio “is making remarkable progress” and “has begun throwing off a mound for the first time since his injury.” Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae when he…

  8. Joe Torre: “Do you want to play in the rain?”

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Joe Torre

    Can’t help but think that Joe Torre and the powers that be made the easy — and the correct — call in postponing Game 6. Why risk having delays knock out Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia? Why risk the annoyance? Why risk the broadcast going on until 1AM?  Especially when Thursday and Friday look to…

  9. Melky Cabrera unlikely to sign long-term extension with Royals

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EST

    Melky Cabrera

    General manager Dayton Moore told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the Royals are unlikely to sign Melky Cabrera to a long-term contract extension because the 27-year-old outfielder wants to test free agency following next season: We’ll probably go a year at a time at this point, but he was a terrific player for us and…

  10. MLB postpones Game 6 until Thursday due to expected rain

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    charlie brown rain

    MLB announced that tonight’s scheduled Game 6 of the World Series has been postponed because of expected rain in St. Louis. Cardinals and Rangers officials learned of the early postponement during an afternoon conference call with MLB. Light rain has been falling throughout the day in St. Louis and various weather reports peg the chances…

  11. Still no word on whether Game 6 will be postponed

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Rain Busch

    UPDATE II:  It’s postponed. Here’s our updated post. UPDATE: Well, we’re an hour past the time the Cardinals and Major League Baseball were supposed to meet to determine if tonight’s game will be postponed and there’s still no word.  Some people looking at the radar — amateurs, natch — think the rain will swing south…

  12. HBT Extra: Looking ahead to Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    2011 World Series - Workout Day

    Tiffany and I preview the game which may or may not go down tonight

  13. Theo Epstein wants to meet with Carlos Zambrano

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

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    Not so long ago it seemed certain that Carlos Zambrano would never pitch for the Cubs again, but new team president Theo Epstein said during a television interview today that he wants to meet with the veteran right-hander. I need to get to the bottom of that. I think the best organizations get the most…

  14. Nationals waiting until after World Series to announce Davey Johnson as full-time manager

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    At this point it’s no secret that the Nationals have decided to retain Davey Johnson as their full-time manager, but general manager Mike Rizzo continues to avoid confirming various reports and said today that the team will wait until after the World Series to make an announcement. Rizzo did, however, tell reporters that Johnson has…

  15. The Frank McCourt trial pushed back a month

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    We were supposed to see Bud Selig and Frank McCourt take the stand in the final showdown in bankruptcy court next week, but the judge just kicked the whole thing a month.  The trial is now scheduled for November 29 through December 2. No reason was given. No interesting reason has to exist. Litigation just…

  16. Marcel Lachemann resigns from Rockies after 12 seasons

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Marcel Lachemann

    Marcel Lachemann has resigned as specialist assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd, stepping down after spending 12 seasons in the organization because of “different ideas on the development of pitchers.” Based on what Lachemann told Jack Etkin of Inside the Rockies, he appears to have a pretty strong disagreement with the team’s approach: Not…

  17. La Russa’s Game 5: Age? Medication? Exhaustion? Or does stuff just happen?

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

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

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a provocative column today, trying to drill down into why, exactly, things got out of Tony La Russa’s control in Game 5.  It goes in a direction that I’ve not seen anyone take — and I predict that Bernie will catch some serious hell from some quarters…

  18. Albert Pujols prepares for Game 6 by hanging out at Best Buy

    Oct 26, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    albert pujols best buy

    What would you do before playing in Game 6 of the World Series? Well, if you’re Albert Pujols apparently you’d put on a sleeveless shirt and go hang out at Best Buy: It’s always nice when sleeveless shirt-wearing people find other sleeveless shirt-wearing people. And can anyone figure out which DVD he’s holding?

  19. Mike Scioscia gets defensive about the Mike Napoli trade

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mike Napoli continuing his spectacular season in the playoffs has led to the Angels being criticized for trading him in a deal for Vernon Wells and manager Mike Scioscia being criticized for never being the biggest Napoli fan. Scioscia got defensive when that topic was raised during a radio interview yesterday, saying: We did not…

  20. Wait, Theo Epstein had a stalker?

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about Peter Gammons is how he’ll be writing about topic A and then, in the course of it, he’ll drop some background factoid that completely blows your mind. The best thing is that he doesn’t do it in a way that screams “check out this…

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