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  1. Jeff Moorad steps down as the CEO of the Padres

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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    This is not a surprise. Two weeks after he withdrew his application to purchase the San Diego Padres — a withdrawal prompted by baseball’s reluctance to approve his ownership group — Jeff Moorad has stepped down as the Padres’ CEO. Moorard will remain as Vice Chairman of the club and will be responsible for completing and…

  2. Pirates choose Erik Bedard as Opening Day starter

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates starter Bedard walks to the dugout after pitching against the New York Yankees during a spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Considering his lengthy injury history making this official with two weeks left in spring training seems sort of risky, but the Pirates announced that Erik Bedard will start Opening Day. Manager Clint Hurdle told reporters that he’d planned to give the Opening Day assignment to A.J. Burnett after the Pirates acquired him from the Yankees,…

  3. Major League Baseball launching a “prospect league” for unsigned Dominican players

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    dominican republic

    Just got this press release. Surprisingly, nowhere on it does it say “dudes, we’re doing this as a baby step towards instituting an international draft: Major League Baseball will launch a new league that will provide a neutral forum for Major League organizations and scouts to observe the top unsigned amateur players in the Dominican…

  4. Carlos Beltran may play some center field for Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran played zero innings in center field last season, but he was out there for today’s spring training game and the Cardinals are considering giving him some regular season starts. Jon Jay is the primary center fielder, but manager Mike Mathney told Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that he’d like to occasionally sub Beltran in…

  5. Rays unveil “Fortune Favors The Bald” t-shirts

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Last week when 70 members of the Rays organization shaved their heads for charity manager Joe Maddon explained that he hopes “fortunate favors the bald” this season and today the team began selling t-shirts with that catchphrase in an effort to raise even more money for pediatric cancer research. I’m going to buy a case…

  6. Gambling/poop-related tweet of the day: Brandon McCarthy

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Airplane Toilet

    From the man who brought us the idea of “coffee farts” comes another great tweet about baseball players’ gastrointestinal systems. Take it away Brandon McCarthy: 12 hr flight to Japan and most important question is: which Oakland A will poop on the plane first? — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) March 22, 2012 Hmm, Manny isn’t on…

  7. Zach Britton gets platelet-rich plasma treatment on shoulder

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Michael Morse isn’t the only big leaguer trying to get healthy via platelet-rich plasma treatment this week, as Orioles left-hander Zach Britton also underwent the procedure in an attempt to avoid shoulder surgery. Dr. James Andrews recommended the new and somewhat controversial treatment for Britton, who’s struggled with shoulder inflammation dating back to August of…

  8. Negro League stats now available at Baseball-Reference.com

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bingo DeMoss

    Caveats about incomplete data and stuff notwithstanding: This. Is. Cool: This data is constructed from the best available information as provided by Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers and Dick Clark of the Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group. It contains data culled from newspaper boxscores, covering league sanctioned games from 1920 to 1948, which was produced…

  9. Placido Polanco took batting practice, “felt pretty good”

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Placido Polanco took live batting practice today and afterward said that his sprained left index finger “felt pretty good.” Polanco has been out of the lineup since injuring his finger diving back into first base Sunday and according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer most of the swelling has subsided, but there’s no return…

  10. Michael Morse gets platelet-rich plasma treatment, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Morse‘s odds of being recovered from a lat injury by Opening Day are “dwindling” after the Nationals left fielder received platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Here’s a little more about the platelet-rich plasma treatment from Zuckerman: A relatively new procedure also referred to as “blood spinning,” in which blood plasma…

  11. MLB Network to produce Fox’s pregame show

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    I tend not to watch the pregame shows for national broadcasts. No compelling reason for it. It’s just that I spend all day thinking about the broader baseball news and upcoming games as it is, so when go to watch a national telecast I just like to turn on the TV and have the game begin.…

  12. Yasmani Grandal wonders where he fits in Padres’ plans after Nick Hundley extension

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    yasmani grandal reds

    In writing about Nick Hundley‘s contract extension earlier this week I noted that the move blocks top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors, as he looks likely to be MLB-ready by 2013 at the latest and now Hundley is signed through 2015. Dan Hayes of the North County Times took it one step…

  13. Chipper Jones makes for an easy Hall of Famer

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Some players kind of sneak up on the Hall of Fame. Chipper Jones, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the season, never led his league in anything until he was 35. He was never even really all that close: – His one year that he hit 40 homers, a couple of…

  14. Ryan Howard ditches protective boot, cleared for workouts

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Ryan Howard took a big step in his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon today, as doctors cleared him to stop wearing a protective boot and start working out. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Howard’s first post-boot workout involved fielding ground balls at first base while sitting on a stool, so he’s…

  15. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    The Question

    I was bored last night, so I asked for Twitter questions. As usual, you obliged. A pretty healthy Batman content too, so it’s almost like we’re in midseason form already. And I mentioned New Jack Swing when I sent out my call for questions, so there’s obviously some Bell Biv Devoe content. Which is how…

  16. Royals undecided on Jonathan Broxton or Greg Holland as Joakim Soria closer replacement

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Regardless of whether Joakim Soria is able to rest and rehab his damaged ulnar collateral ligament or undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery the Royals will need a new closer. Free agent signing Jonathan Broxton is the obvious replacement because of his previous experience in the role, but Greg Holland was great as a rookie setup…

  17. The Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg. Gregg has historically been a useful reliever, though he’s coming off a bad year.  Reynolds is probably the worst defensive third baseman in my lifetime — maybe anyone’s lifetime — and managed the neat trick of hitting 37 homers…

  18. Red Sox are “monitoring the Mike Gonzalez market”

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Mike Gonzalez is one of the best remaining unsigned free agents and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox “are monitoring the Gonzalez market” as they search for left-handed bullpen help. After a long history of arm problems Gonzalez underwent knee surgery in October, but if healthy he’s an elite left-handed…

  19. Chipper Jones will retire after the 2012 season

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Braves Spring baseball

    We had to figure this was going to happen, but it’s still a bummer: Chipper Jones announced this morning that he will retire following the 2012 season. There will be a press conference later today. Jones is under contract for this year with an option that kicks in if he were to play 123 games…

  20. Grady Sizemore’s injury replacement, Michael Brantley, is injured too

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Cleveland has shifted Michael Brantley from left field to center field following Grady Sizemore‘s latest injury setback, but now Brantley is hurting too. Brantley is expected to miss at least the next 3-5 days with a hamstring injury and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that “the Indians are taking a cautious approach to try to…

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