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  1. Leaderboards vs. the projections: the hitters

    Sep 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    For those who may not know, I do a big set of projections every year over on Rotoworld, and while I’ll be doing an in-depth review of those over on that site in the next few weeks, I thought it’d be fun here to take a look at how the leaderboards compared to my picks. I’ll…

  2. Rangers will use Alexi Ogando as a reliever during playoffs

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando spent nearly all of this season in the Rangers’ rotation, throwing 167 innings with a 3.56 ERA in 29 starts, but his last appearance came as a reliever and he’ll be working out of the bullpen during the playoffs. Ogando had never started prior to this season, so the bullpen role will be…

  3. The Indians will raise payroll “significantly” for 2012

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Progressive Field

    A funny thing happened to the Cleveland Indians in 2011. They won a lot more games than many thought they would, especially early in the season.  That led to a lot more people coming out to the ballpark — about 450,000 more — which made the team money.  And because generally smart people run the…

  4. Tweet of the Day: Bryce and Jimmer (and Bryce’s hair)

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Bryce Harper and Jimmer Fredette are workout partners. Naturally.

  5. The Giants are very much interested in bringing Carlos Beltran back

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    beltran scores getty

    On this day of rest, let us take a sneak peak at what basically every post on HBT will look like between November and February: Andrew Baggarly reports that Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy have already reached out to Scott Boras “to let him know the Giants are very much interested” in re-signing Carlos Beltran.…

  6. Indians exercise manager Manny Acta’s option for 2013

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    manny-acta-indians

    Cleveland faded in the second half after jumping out to a big lead in the AL Central, but at 80-82 the Indians still improved by 11 games compared to last season and they wasted no time exercising their 2013 option on manager Manny Acta. Acta, who was already under contract for next season, has gone…

  7. Baseball has best attendance since 2008; fifth best season ever

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    old turnstile

    Remember how the first half of the season was dominated by stories about how attendance was down? Yeah, funny you mention that, because the final totals are all in and attendance ended up being up over last year. And the year before that. In fact, it was the fifth best season ever: 73,425,568 tickets sold. No…

  8. Petco Park claims another victim as Padres fire hitting coach Randy Ready

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Earlier this season general manager Jed Hoyer tried to deflect criticism aimed at hitting coach Randy Ready for the Padres’ offensive struggles, but today the team fired Ready after 2.5 seasons on the job. San Diego scored the second-fewest runs in the league, so firing the hitting coach certainly isn’t shocking, but it’s worth noting…

  9. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Yankees

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Yankees and the Tigers have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (95-67) vs. New York Yankees (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Friday in New York: Justin Verlander vs.…

  10. Jorge Posada will be Yankees’ designated hitter in ALDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Jorge Posada

    Remember back in August when Joe Girardi benching Jorge Posada as the Yankees’ starting designated hitter was a big story? Posada ended up starting just 12 of the Yankees’ final 45 games at DH (plus a couple starts at first base), but Girardi announced that he’ll turn back to Posada as the starting DH for…

  11. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the NLDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    You can’t predict baseball. Yet Tiffany and I try to do just that with the NLDS.

  12. Albert Pujols’ streak of .300-30-100 seasons ends at 10

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not that Albert Pujols, the Cardinals, or any Cardinals fans care much after last night, but his streak of consecutive seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 homers, and 100 RBIs came to an end at 10. And just barely, as Pujols finished with a .299 batting average and 99 RBIs to go along with…

  13. Oh look: Joe West and Angel Hernandez get to umpire the postseason

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Major League Baseball just announced its umps and, to my surprise, fear and — on some strange level amusement — Cowboy Joe West and his notorious crew get to work the Milwaukee-Arizona series. The whole crew: West, Ron Kulpa, Alfonso Marquez, Bruce Dreckman, and additions Jeff Kellogg and James Hoye for outfield duty. It’s a way better…

  14. NLDS Preview: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Diamondbacks and Brewers have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Arizona Diamondbacks (94-68) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (96-66) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Milwaukee: Ian Kennedy vs. Yovani Gallardo…

  15. Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp were baseball’s only iron men

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Not only did Prince Fielder have another monster season for the Brewers, ranking among the MLB leaders in nearly every key offensive category, the 27-year-old first baseman is the only player in baseball to be in the lineup for all 162 games. Matt Kemp also missed zero games, but the Dodgers only played 161. Along…

  16. Kenley Jansen broke the all-time strikeout rate record

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I wrote last week about how Kenley Jansen had the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball history, but the Dodgers rookie was so dominant down the stretch that he vaulted into the top spot. Jansen ended up striking out 34 of the final 56 batters he faced this season–which is absolutely ridiculous–and finished the year as…

  17. ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    The Teams Tampa Bay Rays (91-71) vs. Texas Rangers (96-66) The Rangers won the season series 5-4, outscoring the Rays by 15 runs (41-26). The Matchups Game 1 Friday in Texas: Matt Moore vs. C.J. Wilson Game 2 Saturday in Texas: James Shields vs. Derek Holland Game 3 Monday in St. Pete: Colby Lewis vs. David…

  18. Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Jeanmar Gomez, Tim Belcher

    Indians bench coach Tim Tolman resigned yesterday because of Parkinson’s disease and today pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to “spend more time with his family.” Sandy Alomar Jr. was immediately promoted from first base coach to bench coach to replace Tolman, but the Indians haven’t decided on Belcher’s replacement yet. Paul Hoynes of the…

  19. Victor Martinez needed his toe drained with a drill last night

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez exited last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right big toe and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers’ medical staff had to drill a hole in the nail to drain it, but the designated hitter made it very clear that he plans to be in the lineup for Game…

  20. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Phillies

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Phillies and the Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (102-60) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Philadelphia: Kyle Lohse vs.…

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