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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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?

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Yankees will meet to formulate plan to keep CC Sabathia

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    While the New York Daily News photo-shops CC Sabathia into a Red Sox uniform the New York Post (and George King) reports that the Yankees will meet in Florida to formulate a plan to keep Sabathia. A few months ago there were several reports about how Sabathia had no plans to exercise his opt-out clause,…

  8. Milton Bradley says his wife’s charges are bogus

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Milton Bradley sitting

    We report when Milton Bradley gets arrested and gets restraining orders filed against him and stuff, so it only seems fair to give the man time for his own side.  Not saying I believe him or that he’s a good guy, but the fact is that stuff starts flying in domestic situations and, while you…

  9. Why would you ever hit-and-run with Pujols at the plate?

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 5 - St Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers

    In addition to taking the blame for the bullpen phone snafu on Monday night, Tony La Russa yesterday explained the failed hit and run with Albert Pujols at bat and Allen Craig on first.  In doing so he confirmed what everyone suspected and what he himself briefly said on Monday: that Pujols has the authority…

  10. Photo of the Day: The Daily News trolls Yankees fans with Sabathia as a Red Sox

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Troll

    This is pretty fantastic. Oh, not the story, which makes absolutely no suggestion that the Red Sox would ever spring for CC Sabathia should he opt out of his deal with the Yankees. It’s just a “hey, what if …” kind of piece that you often see this time of year, especially from papers like…

  11. Red Sox expected to pick up Marco Scutaro’s option for 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EST

    Marco Scutaro

    New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has plenty of important decisions awaiting him this offseason, but the status of Marco Scutaro looks like an easy call. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by “a source familiar with the Red Sox thinking” that the club is leaning toward picking up Scutaro’s $6 million option…

  12. Hong-Chih Kuo to miss All-Star series in Taiwan due to elbow soreness

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to pitch for the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star series next week against a group of MLB players, but it turns out he’ll skip the series due to left elbow soreness. Kuo has undergone four procedures on his elbow during his career, including two Tommy John surgeries.…

  13. Tony La Russa takes responsibility for bullpen mix-up

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa tried to explain the bullpen phone mix-up following last night’s loss and failed miserably, seemingly throwing his bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist under the bus. Fortunately he sung a decidedly different tune in his comments to the press this afternoon at Busch Stadium. According to the Associated Press, La Russa took full responsibility…

  14. Lance Berkman to bat cleanup in Game 6 vs. Rangers

    Oct 25, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    As expected, the Cardinals are making some changes to their lineup for Game 6 of the World Series against the Rangers. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed that Lance Berkman will bat cleanup against the right-hander Colby Lewis tomorrow night (weather permitting, of course) while Matt Holliday will…

  15. Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson underwent hip surgery today, but according to the Brewers’ statement they expect the left-hander to be fully healthy in time for spring training. Barring setbacks along the way Narveson will be in Milwaukee’s rotation after throwing 162 innings with a 4.45 ERA and 126/65 K/BB ratio this season. He shifted to the bullpen…

  16. You should order the Hardball Times Annual

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    THT Annual

    I’m happy to report that you can now order The Hardball Times Annual for 2012.  Get it here. For those unfamiliar, the THT Annual has scads of articles with history, commentary, analysis and, of course, retrospectives of the 2011 season by some of the best writers going. For the past few years I’ve contributed some…

  17. A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Wuertz_Michael

    Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012. Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a…

  18. It sounds like Mike Quade will have to interview to keep his job

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Quade

    There was a point during the Theo Epstein press conference today in which Epstein said that before he officially resigned from the Red Sox he felt like Milton from the movie “Office Space.” A man without a job, but no one would actually tell him about it. From the sounds of it, Cubs manager Mike…

  19. John Lackey to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    John Lackey

    Well, at least this explains why he couldn’t get anyone out. John Lackey traveled to California to have his elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum and the Red Sox announced today that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for all of 2012 and perhaps part of 2013. Lackey will earn $15.25 million while…

  20. Twins decline $12.5 million option on closer Joe Nathan

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Joe Nathan

    UPDATE: It’s official, as the Twins announced that they’ve declined Nathan’s option and hope to re-sign him at a lesser salary. ========== No surprise, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “all signs point to the Twins declining Joe Nathan‘s $12.5 million option for 2012.” Nathan missed all of 2010 following Tommy…

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