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  1. Plan your “Moneyball” Oscar party now!

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    “Moneyball” was nominated for several Academy Awards, and over at the website Buzzsugar, they give some advice on how to throw a “Moneyball”-themed Oscar party. The upshot: Serve beer and peanuts! Wear baseball jerseys! Decorate the room with gloves, caps and memorabilia! I wonder what these captains obvious suggested when “Revolutionary Road” was nominated. That…

  2. Ike Davis is “good to go” and has “been fine for a while”

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis‘ sophomore season was ruined by a ankle injury and multiple setbacks, but the Mets first baseman said yesterday that he’s now “good to go” and has “been fine for a while now.” Davis opted for rest and rehab rather than microfracture surgery, telling Dan Martin of the New York Post: “It’s great to…

  3. Happy Valentine’s Day from HBT

    Feb 14, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Valentine's Day

    Some people say Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday.  Other people think it’s an important day on which to express one’s love for another. Still others, no matter what they think of the day’s legitimacy, dread it either because they have no love in their life or because they do but they can’t stand the…

  4. Manny Machado is optimistic

    Feb 14, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    manny machado

    Orioles top-prospect Manny Machado is either the most optimistic man on the planet or else he’s just an awesome team guy: I hate how MLB keeps ranking my orioles in last place again. Man I can’t wait till we shut them up nd become al east division champs. — Manny Machado (@MannyMachado3) February 10, 2012…

  5. Is Hiroki Kuroda gonna be OK in New York?

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    kuroda getty

    I tend to greatly discount talk about players who won’t be able to play in New York due to the pressure or whatever. I mean, it’s a real thing I think, but it seems overplayed. These guys are pros. And with a handful of exceptions, guys who have fizzled in New York have done so for more…

  6. Jorge Soler expected to sign with the Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Cubs logo

    When it comes to Cuban free agents, everyone’s attention has been on Yoenis Cespedes.  But, as the man said, there is another. His name is Jorge Soler.  He’s and outfielder who profiles as a corner guy, long term. He has the same sorts of tools as Cespedes. He’s much younger too: 19. And according to Dave…

  7. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 right fielders

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Saving the best for last, here are the top 10 right fielders: 1.008 – Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 547 AB – 1.056 in 2011 .958 – Justin Upton (D-backs) – 574 AB – .898 in 2011 .911 – Mike Stanton (Marlins) – 560 AB – .893 in 2011 .868 – Jason Heyward (Braves) –…

  8. Carl Barger’s family isn’t happy with No. 5 being unretired for Logan Morrison

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    We learned over the weekend that the Marlins were unretiring No. 5 so that Logan Morrison could wear it in memory of his father. Nice story, right? Turns out it’s a bit more complicated. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the family of former Marlins’ president Carl Barger didn’t hear from the…

  9. Red Sox and Cubs submit Theo compensation arguments to Bud Selig

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Cubs have submitted written arguments to commissioner Bud Selig in regard to compensation for Theo Epstein. The Red Sox say they were promised “significant compensation” after Epstein stepped down as general manager nearly four months ago in order to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations,…

  10. Dmitri Young works out for the Pirates

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dmitri Young Getty

    We recently passed along word that Dmitri Young was going to have a tryout for the Pirates at the team’s spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. The scheduled workout took place today, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. The slimmed-down Young fielded balls at first base and in the outfield, ran the bases and hit…

  11. Blue Jays and Casey Janssen agree to extension

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Jays and Janssen have agreed to a two-year, $5.9 million contract with a $4 million option for 2014. The new deal buys out his final year of arbitration and potentially his first two years of free agency. 3:29 PM: Casey Janssen and the Blue Jays…

  12. The Oakland A’s in 2014

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Though they’ve since made moves geared more for the short-term in re-signing Coco Crisp and trading for Seth Smith, the A’s pretty much gave up on 2012 when they shipped out pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey for youngsters. That’s still true even after they anted up $36 million for Yoenis Cespedes. Their eyes are…

  13. Running down the rosters: St. Louis Cardinals

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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

    The World Series champion Cardinals will go it without Albert Pujols, but the additions of Adam Wainwright (back from Tommy John surgery) and Carlos Beltran should sufficiently make up for that. On paper this year’s team looks just as good as the one that won it all. Of course, last year’s winners wouldn’t have sniffed the postseason…

  14. Josh Hamilton: don’t be like Whitney Houston, Mmm-kay?

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Whitney Houston

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You have a sports column due tomorrow and can’t think of a topic. Then, suddenly, a big national story erupts in a world that has absolutely nothing to do with sports.  You feel like it’s just too big a leap to make and you hesitate to try to squeeze a sports story…

  15. Walt Jocketty expects Roy Oswalt to sign with Rangers, says Reds “are pretty well set”

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Last week Walt Jocketty said he was “sick and tired” of rumors about the Reds negotiating with Roy Oswalt and today the general manager told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t anticipate making any more significant moves. “We’ll meet again Wednesday and review it, but I think we’re pretty well set,” Jocketty…

  16. Rex Hudler is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 13, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Meme-creep!  It’s not just players who can be in the BSHOL, announcers can too.  Like the Royals’ new announcer, Rex Hudler: “I’m training right now, physically, like I’m a player,” he said. “I’m in the best shape I’ve been since I played. I don’t think (manager) Ned Yost would have a guy who is 51…

  17. Pablo Sandoval on weight critics: “I’ll shut their mouths when spring training begins”

    Feb 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Ten days ago Giants manager Bruce Bochy voiced some mild concern about Pablo Sandoval‘s conditioning, offering a little dubiousness that Sandoval’s reported 25-pound weight gain was “all muscle,” and saying “he knows he has some work to do.” Today Carlos Alberto Zambrano at Lider en Deportes — translated for us by amigo-of-HBT, Nick Collias — reported that…

  18. The 1993 Phillies were the inspiration for “Moneyball?” Really?

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Well, they were the inspiration for Billy Beane who, in turn, inspired the book and movie. At least that’s what Beane says.  Here’s Beane talking at Villanova Law School the other night: “I was right here in Philadelphia watching the World Series [which the Phils lost to Toronto],” said Beane, who was part of a panel…

  19. Video of the Day: Derek Holland, Weather Man

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland came on in relief of the weather man during a local television broadcast, with predictably amusing/weird results:

  20. Finally, confirmation that Phil Hughes is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    We’ve had several stories about Phil Hughes‘ conditioning this winter. Word that the Yankees didn’t like that he was out of shape last year. Word that he was re-dedicating himself to conditioning this offseason. Because of the uncertainty, Kopy, our resident keeper of the BSOHL roster, has had Hughes listed in the “awaiting confirmation” category,…

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