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  1. Major League Baseball tried to get tobacco taken out of “Moneyball”

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    moneyball poster

    Major League Baseball has made no secret of the fact that it wants players to stop using smokeless tobacco while at the ballpark.  It’s a push they’re likely going to take to the MLBPA during collective bargaining this fall. That may be problematic and may meet resistance, but as I’ve written many times, it’s something worth…

  2. Fernando Rodney on lack of work for Angels: “I’m really mad”

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney has made no secret about his frustration with losing the closer job and becoming a forgotten man in the Angels’ bullpen, and Mike DiGiovanni of the Los Angeles Times reports that he asked the team for a trade a few weeks ago. His wish was not granted and over the weekend Rodney vented…

  3. Justin Upton left yesterday’s game due to nausea and dizziness

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Everyone is so focused on the chokes-in-progress back east that we didn’t take notice of the nausea out west. Justin Upton‘s nausea, which could be of some concern for Arizona. Upton was hit in the head by a Tim Lincecum pitch yesterday.  He stayed in the game, but he experienced nausea while running the bases…

  4. Davey Johnson is likely to keep job, but Nationals will conduct a manager search anyway

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson has gone 38-42 since taking over for Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager and every indication is that he’ll be retained for 2012, but before that happens general manager Mike Rizzo will go through the process of a manager search. Yesterday the GM told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that “we’ve got a very streamlined…

  5. The ten worst career-ending performances

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Eddie Murray Dodgers

    Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times makes the best lists. No, they may not get the kind of traffic that lists like “the 101 hottest wives and girlfriends of relief pitchers” get, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy. Today’s list: the ten worst career-ending performances of all time. Specifically, the worst final games of…

  6. Blue Jays manager John Farrell leaves team for son’s surgery

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell will miss today’s game against the White Sox after leaving the team and traveling to Boston for his son’s surgery. According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star the manager’s 20-year-old son, Luke Farrell, will “undergo a major scheduled operation” the details of which aren’t being made public. Farrell is…

  7. Jacoby Ellsbury for the MVP?

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    To be clear: I do not buy into the premise that a guy who “carried his team to the playoffs” deserves the MVP. Mostly because I don’t believe that one player can truly do that.  Baseball is not basketball. It takes an entire team to win anything, and even if some guy gets hot at…

  8. Braves haven’t ruled out Jair Jurrjens for playoff rotation

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Last week all indications were that Jair Jurrjens‘ knee problems would sideline him through at least the first round of the playoffs, but yesterday manager Fredi Gonzalez “left open the possibility” that he might be cleared to pitch in the NLDS. If the Braves make the playoffs, of course. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal…

  9. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    It’s the last Power Rankings of the season. In some ways it’s rather pointless, what with the season being effectively over for the majority of teams. To what end power, if there is no manner in which to exert it?  An interesting ettickal question. Indeed, I was just gonna not do a Power Rankings. But…

  10. Stephen Strasburg to be on an innings limit in 2012

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    strasburg wide getty

    A couple of weeks ago Stephen Strasburg said that he just wanted to be normal. One of the guys. To take his starts out from under the microscope and have them just sort of blend into the flow of the season.  I presume he’ll get there one day, but for 2012, it seems, he’s still…

  11. State of the Races

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Photo finish

    This is pretty much all you need to know: Boston:  89-70 Tampa Bay: 88-71 Atlanta: 89-70 St. Louis: 88-71 Such wonderful symmetry, both in record and in dynamic. A faltering would-be giant above the guys everyone wrote off in August. A three-game sprint to Wednesday evening or — if things break just right — one-game…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    brad pitt moneyball getty

    The last weekend of the regular season brought us all kinds of interestingness: Walt Jocketty got a new deal from the Reds. Denard Span‘s fine in the kangaroo court may be five or six figures. You just don’t do that to a teammate, dude. Baseball wants the Dodgers sold. And if McCourt doesn’t do it,…

  13. John Lackey rips media in clubhouse after the game over a text message involving “personal stuff”

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Lacky phone.bmp

    You might have figured that John Lackey, having actually pitched deep into a ballgame last night — a game the Sox ended up winning — would have been happy about it.  But happy he wasn’t, as was clear from the bizarre scene at his locker. After being asked about his rocky first inning — which…

  14. Jacoby Ellsbury saves Boston’s bacon with 14th-inning homer

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:52 PM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Marco Scutaro

    This story could have been about Terry Francona dropping the ball.  Fortunately for the Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury was there to bail out his manager, with plenty of help from Boston’s bullpen. Ellsbury, who hit his 29th and 30th homers in a 6-2 loss in the first game Sunday, delivered a three-run bomb off Scott…

  15. Clayton Kershaw will earn the pitching Triple Crown

    Sep 25, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw furthered his Cy Young case on Sunday by allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings and beating the Padres in his final start of the year. Kershaw tied Ian Kennedy, who made his last start Saturday, for the NL lead with 21 wins. Justin Verlander has 24 wins in the AL,…

  16. Brian Matusz breaks Roy Halladay’s major league record

    Sep 25, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

    Brian Matusz

    But Brian Matusz is having an awful season.  How could he break a Roy Halladay record? Well, that’s because Roy Halladay once had a pretty terrible season himself. Starting against the Tigers, Matusz gave up six runs in five innings on Sunday, just slightly increasing his ERA from 10.68 to 10.69.  It’s the worst ERA…

  17. Cardinals gain a game on punchless Braves

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

    Rafael Furcal, Albert Pujols

    The Braves were shutout by the Nationals in losing Sunday for the 10th time in their last 15 games, allowing the Cardinals to make up ground and climb to within one game in the wild card chase. Atlanta lost this one 3-0 after dropping Saturday’s game 4-1.  Ross Detwiler tossed six scoreless innings and combined with…

  18. Jacoby Ellsbury becomes Red Sox’s first 30/30 man

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Red Sox may have collapsed, but their MVP certainly isn’t to blame. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a pair of solo homers Sunday off the Yankees’ A.J. Burnett to become the first member of the 30 HR/30 SB club in Red Sox history. It’s the 57th 30/30 season in major league history.  Matt Kemp and Ryan…

  19. Jim Thome plays third base for first time since 1996

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:19 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    For one pitch anyway. Jim Thome, perhaps appearing in his final game in Cleveland for the Indians, took to his old position for one pitch in the ninth inning Sunday, playing third base for the first time since Sept. 29, 1996. Thome had entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.  He left to…

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