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  1. Deep thoughts: what the heck is “Old School Baseball” anyway?

    May 8, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    When Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper, he defended himself by saying it was just a case of “old school” baseball.  Others said that by Harper taking his base and then stealing home, it was “old school baseball.”  Some others — most notably Cal Ripken, earlier today — said that they were unaware of any tenet…

  2. Has Ron Washington learned his lesson?

    May 8, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    The Texas Rangers tied a postseason record when they issued 12 intentional walks last October. Some worked out, but overall, the Rangers likely would have upped their chances of winning the World Series had they just avoided the strategy entirely. Which seems to be what Ron Washington is doing this year. The Rangers have played…

  3. Braves haven’t discussed Jair Jurrjens returning to majors

    May 8, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens has allowed just three runs in 15 innings at Triple-A since being demoted to the minors last month, but the Braves haven’t given any thought to his return. Manager Fredi Gonzalez made it clear that Jurrjens was sent to the minors as a demotion, rather than as a rehab assignment, telling David O’Brien…

  4. The Dodgers probably need a team spokesman

    May 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Dodgers owners Patton, Jr., Kasten,Walter, Johnson, Guber and Boehly pose after a news conference to announce the new ownership of the Major League Baseball team at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Because when Magic Johnson and Mark Walter say things about the team, they aren’t always truthful: Neither Johnson nor Mark Walter, the Dodgers’ chairman, attended the meeting as promised. That left Kasten to answer for the comments Johnson and Walter made at last week’s news conference, when they pointedly said McCourt would make no money…

  5. Ryan Zimmerman rejoins Nationals after disabled list stint

    May 8, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    ryan zimmerman getty

    As expected, the Nationals have activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list after the third baseman missed 15 games with a shoulder injury. Zimmerman being placed on the DL is what motivated the Nationals to call up Bryce Harper, but obviously sending the 19-year-old phenom back to the minors ceased being an option almost immediately…

  6. Loving and hating Bryce Harper

    May 8, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    NBC’s Jelisa Castrodale considers the phenomenon that is Bryce Harper. And, after noting his … uniqueness … He was the guy who smudged his eyeblack down onto his cheekbones, the guy who cost his team a National Junior College World Series after an ejection and suspension, the one who blew a kiss to an opposing Single-A…

  7. Josh Beckett cleared to start Thursday versus Indians

    May 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Josh Beckett skipped his scheduled Saturday start because of a sore lat muscle and Aaron Cook had a disastrous outing in his place, but Beckett avoided the disabled list and has been cleared to rejoin the rotation Thursday versus the Indians. Beckett told Ian Browne of MLB.com that he won’t have any pitch count restrictions…

  8. The Clemens Trial desperately needs Joe West right now

    May 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Trying a case to a jury is like pitching: work fast and throw strikes. It’s amazing how many lawyers fail to understand this. How many fall in love with their own outline of questions and fixate on points that matter only to them when a jury really only cares about the important crap. But even…

  9. Rockies turn to prospects Alex White, Christian Friedrich amid rotation struggles

    May 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    alex white ap

    Colorado’s starting pitchers have combined for an NL-worst 5.75 ERA, so the Rockies are calling up a pair of prospects to join the rotation. Alex White, who was acquired from the Indians along with Drew Pomeranz in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade last season, will start tonight. Christian Friedrich, who was the 25th overall pick in…

  10. Brad Penny released by Japanese team after one start

    May 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    This offseason Brad Penny signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan, but the two sides have already parted ways. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker linked to a Japanese report that says Penny complained of shoulder soreness after a poor debut on April 4 and hasn’t pitched since, with team officials saying…

  11. Jarrod Parker was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all

    May 8, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Sorry, I saw Susan Slusser’s headline from her piece on Jarrod Parker — “A’s Parker shaped by happenstance …” — and that’s the first thing I thought of. That aside, it’s a good piece about Parker, his brother and growing up in baseball. Fun anecdotes and that sort of thing.  And this: Justin and Jarrod played…

  12. Jim Leyland thinks Cole Hamels’ five-game suspension “is way too light”

    May 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Lost in Cole Hamels saying his decision to intentionally hit Bryce Harper was “old school” is that someone who’s actually old school thinks he should have been suspended for longer than five games. Jim Leyland, who’s 67 years old with 21 years of big-league managing experience and a World Series title, told Jason Beck of…

  13. The Dodgers won’t discuss an extension with Clayton Kershaw this season

    May 8, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said yesterday that he won’t discuss a long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw until the offseason, saying “Nothing will happen with us and Clayton this season.” Two observations: 1) Given that Kershaw signed a two-year deal before this season for $19 million, why would there be any expectation that they’d do a deal this…

  14. LaTroy Hawkins out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

    May 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Butcher, LaTroy Hawkins, Chris Iannetta

    Just when the Angels’ bullpen was showing some signs of getting its act together LaTroy Hawkins suffered a broken right pinkie finger closing out Sunday’s win. Hawkins, who was only in the game because closer Scott Downs tweaked his knee earlier in the ninth inning, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. To take his spot…

  15. Just your standard 1-5-4-3 double play

    May 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Beavan

    Blake Beavan started a double play in last night’s Tigers-Mariners game that he probably wishes he hadn’t. Why? because it started with a line drive right off his freakin’ back. Pitcher’s best friend? Hardly. Ouch. UPDATE: OK, I guess it hit his elbow because Beavan left the game with an elbow contusion. So, ugh, worse.

  16. Guillermo Mota appeals 100-game suspension, blames positive test on children’s cough medicine

    May 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday afternoon MLB suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol, but the Giants reliever is appealing the suspension while blaming the positive result on children’s cough medicine. Mota’s agent, Adam Katz, issued the following statement: Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands…

  17. Dylan Bundy finally gave up a run

    May 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    We’ve been keeping track of Dylan Bundy’s firsts because he’s started so well — he didn’t give up his first hit until his fifth professional start — so why not keep track of the first run too? It came last night. It was unearned. And it wasn’t exactly a case of him getting knocked around:…

  18. Ryan Howard takes batting practice

    May 8, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    Ryan Howard took batting practice yesterday, the first time he’s done so since being cleared for baseball activities at the end of April.  Ruben Amaro was pleased, calling it “progress.” The next step will be a minor league rehab assignment, though there’s no timetable for that.  The thinking is still that he’ll return to the…

  19. Mariano Rivera runs into “complications”

    May 8, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    This is scary, mostly because of how little information is actually provided. It seems that Mariano Rivera met with surgeons who were supposed to confirm his initial diagnosis and then set a date for his ACL surgery. Except … they didn’t: “We ran into complications,’’ agent Fernando Cuza told The Post. “I am referring to…

  20. HBT Extra: In which Tiffany invites your angry comments

    May 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Not about her. You could never say bad things about her, right?  No, at the end of my little Cole Hamels rant she asks all of you to rip me in the comments.  Which I know you would anyway, but it is sweet that she cares.

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