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  1. We’ll be live-chatting Game 5 tonight

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    We’re experiencing the best World Series in a good nine years, so let’s make sure we all experience it together.  Tonight we’ll be doing the live chat thing, starting around game time. Your master of ceremonies will be D.J. Short, who, truth be told, is better at this live chat business than the rest of…

  2. Scouting report from Rotoworld forums helped teacher win $1 million with “MLB 2K11″ perfect game

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Back in May we wrote about the Louisiana music teacher who won $1 million by throwing a perfect game in “MLB 2K11″ using Roy Halladay versus the Astros. His name is Brian Kingrey and now he’s the subject of Google’s latest nationally televised commercial, which includes interviews with his students and tells the story of…

  3. World Series Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, RF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Lance…

  4. I’m struggling to see how Pujols’ big World Series changes his free agency plans

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    File this under not-so-deep thoughts, but for the past couple of days a lot of people have been asking how much money Albert Pujols has made himself on the free agent market due to his big World Series. And I can’t help but wonder why it changes anything. As Jon Heyman writes today, there are…

  5. Phillies decline 2012 options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    As expected, the Phillies have declined their 2012 team options on both Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge. Instead of exercising his $16 million option the Phillies will give Oswalt a $2 million buyout and Lidge will get a $1.5 million buyout instead of a $12.5 million option. In announcing the moves general manager Ruben Amaro…

  6. The lovable, anachronistic bullpen phone

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

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    I was barricaded deep within my fortified compound for the weekend, cut off from most forms of media. So this now makes — I think — the third neat story that ran in the New York Times over the weekend that I had missed and that I’m now seeing. It’s about how dugouts are one…

  7. Jim Thome has no plans to retire … if a team wants him

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Last week there was some Chicago-based speculation that the White Sox might hire Jim Thome as their new hitting coach, but that seemed illogical to me right off the bat and today Thome made it clear that he has no plans to retire, let alone to retire and immediately become a hitting coach. While appearing…

  8. Dodgers lowering ticket prices for 96 percent of their seats

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    Overall attendance at Dodger Stadium declined by 18 percent this year and many loyal customers decided they’ve had enough, with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reporting that the Dodgers’ season ticket base has dropped from 27,000 in 2007 to 17,000 in 2011. Not surprisingly the Dodgers have decided to lower their ticket prices…

  9. Japan goes to a standardized baseball

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

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    From the Department of Stuff I Never Ever Thought About and Even Now Have Trouble Believing, the New York Times had a story over the weekend about the baseballs used by NPB teams, and how — until this year — Japanese teams have all been able to use different suppliers for baseballs. In addition to…

  10. HBT Extra: It’s probably time for C.J. Wilson to show up

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I talk about last night, tonight and all of those animals that escaped in Ohio last week. Well, I do anyway. Tiffany looks at me like I’m an idiot. Which is fair.

  11. MLB Network has a new sabermetrics show

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    MLB Network is launching a new show called “Clubhouse Confidential” that they say “aspires to serve as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research.” In the past various mainstream attempts to integrate sabermetrics into the usual televised baseball talk has failed on multiple levels, but I’m…

  12. Welcome to the Michael Young-hater club, Joe Posnanski!

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

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    I’ve gotten a lot of crap over the past week or so for daring to suggest that Michael Young may be less than Hall-of-Fame-worthy and may be less of the leader that his fan club down in the Metroplex make him out to be.  Saying you want to work someplace else every time someone asks…

  13. Tony La Russa is on pace for the most pitching changes in playoff history

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The fact that Tony La Russa makes an incredible number of pitching changes is a surprise to no one, but Matthew Leach of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that the Cardinals are on pace to set the all-time record for relievers used in the playoffs. With at least two and possibly three games remaining…

  14. Dueling quotes of the day: Joe Torre and Dirk Hayhurst on replay

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

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    Joe Torre was asked about replay yesterday. As usual, he worried about how it might affect the pace of the game: “To me, it’s more the flow as opposed to how long it takes,” Torre said. “The game has a certain rhythm to it that you don’t really want to disrupt on a regular basis.”…

  15. Brewers GM thinks Yuniesky Betancourt is underrated

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt was horrible this season, batting .252 with a .271 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage to go along with his increasingly range-less defense at shortstop. Alex Gonzalez was the only player in baseball to accumulate more plate appearances than Betancourt with a lower on-base percentage and only five players batted more often with…

  16. Thanks, Red Sox! MLB to consider a ban on alcohol in the clubhouse

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

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    This is why we can’t have nice things: Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job. Allow me to say this: I don’t have…

  17. Seven walks by Edwin Jackson? Big deal, Nolan Ryan did that all time

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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

    Edwin Jackson walked seven batters last night before being pulled from Game 4 in the sixth inning, marking the third time in his career the 28-year-old right-hander has issued seven or more walks in a game. And one of those three was a no-hitter. It was the first time a pitcher had walked seven batters…

  18. What did Ron Washington say to Derek Holland last night?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Ron Washington and Derek Holland provided two of my favorite moments from last night’s game. The first came when Washington took Holland by the shoulders and gave him a dugout pep talk moments before taking the mound in the first inning, trying to motivate the young left-hander who’d struggled in his previous two starts. Holland…

  19. Last night’s game beat the NFL in the ratings

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

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    There is much surprise and discussion among the commetariat that Game 4 of the World Series topped Sunday Night Football last night. Preliminary results have baseball drawing a 10.1 in the ratings, the Saints-Colts an 8.2.* But before we get lost in jocularity, let me just say that if the ratings didn’t matter when baseball…

  20. Ryan Franklin began season as Cardinals closer, but now leaning toward retirement

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    It seems like a decade ago, but Ryan Franklin actually began this season as the Cardinals’ closer. He blew four of his first five save chances to quickly lose the job and then spent two months pitching sparingly in a mop-up role before the Cardinals released the 38-year-old veteran in late June. Franklin never latched…

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