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  1. Collins upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report early for camp

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Terry Collins, commenting on Luis Castillo not showing up to Mets camp until — gasp! — he was required to show up: “I was hoping he would be here,” Collins said. “Yeah, I was hoping he would be here, just so I can get the conversation over. And, again, I’m a real believer in sending…

  2. Comment of the Day: We live for baseball gossip!

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    1932 poster

    My half-baked “Metafans” idea from this morning is being better received than I thought it would.  I knew I should have (a) put it in a book proposal; (b) cashed an advance check; and (c) never written the book and than changed my identity.  Way easier than working for a living, ya know? Because, as…

  3. Yorvit Torrealba and MLBPA lose grievance against Mets

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Torrealba dropping popup

    Back in November of 2007 the Mets agreed to a three-year, $14.4 million contract with free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, only to nix the deal when a pre-signing physical exam raised concerns about his right shoulder. Torrealba and the MLB players’ association later filed a grievance, but yesterday an arbitrator ruled in favor of the…

  4. Hey bartender! Tom Wilhelmsen’s long road back to organized baseball

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Cocktail

    I’m always a sucker for “ballplayer gets lost in the wilderness for years but then comes back all the wiser for his experiences” stories.  Today Geoff Baker has a version of that one involving former Brewers’ prospect Tom Wilhelmsen, who is now a Mariners’ minor leaguer. Wilhelmsen is no Josh Hamilton case, but he partied a…

  5. Ivan Rodriguez will be the Nationals’ starting catcher at age 39

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

    Washington’s former catcher of the future Jesus Flores is finally healthy after missing nearly two years with shoulder problems and current catcher of the future Wilson Ramos is just about MLB-ready after spending last season at Triple-A, yet manager Jim Riggleman announced today that Ivan Rodriguez will be the starter behind the plate: We’re going…

  6. Carlos Santana is going to get some reps at first base for the Indians

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Tigers Indians Baseball

    The Indians are going to give catcher Carlos Santana the Victor Martinez treatment: Next thing on Santana’s spring-training checklist is learning how to play first base. Eduardo Perez and Mike Hargrove, former first basemen and recently hired by the Indians, will help him in the weeks to come. Santana — who played third when he was in…

  7. Injury forces should-be Hall of Famer Jim Edmonds to retire

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jim Edmonds has decided to retire rather than attempt a comeback with the Cardinals because the Achilles’ tendon injury he suffered late last season “has not come around.” It’s a shame too, because Edmonds remained a very productive player last season even after sitting out…

  8. Cameron Maybin discusses his Panda Express tweets

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently someone asked Cameron Maybin about that whole mess withe the Panda Express tweets: “I’m on Twitter probation,” Maybin said through a big smile Thursday morning at the Padres complex. “I’m hoping we can sweep that one under the rug. I would like to say I love Panda Express. I have…

  9. Vicente Padilla on uncertain role: “It’s all the same, no? You’re just throwing a ball”

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Last year the Dodgers surprisingly tabbed Vicente Padilla as their Opening Day starter, but this year he’s not even slated for a spot in the rotation after re-signing for $2 million in guaranteed money. Padilla can also earn a ton of money in incentives, as his contract includes up to $8 million in bonuses tied…

  10. Miguel Cabrera probably won’t do any jail time

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    That’s what a Florida DUI expert who Jon Paul Morosi spoke with said. And it’s not because he’s a big baseball star: people with Cabrera’s record who did what Cabrera did — including the resisting arrest stuff — generally don’t do any jail time.  They tend to get a six-month license suspension, community service, and an…

  11. Great Moments in litigation: Roger Clemens’ lawyer subpoenas stuff he knows he can’t get

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    I won’t make too much out of this because when I read a couple of weeks ago that Roger Clemens had subpoenaed Congress in order to get notes and reports and whatever he could find, I didn’t think anything of it.  But the Daily News makes a good point today:  you can’t subpoena stuff from…

  12. Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I swear: I am not joking. Someone just said that. And that someone was Jim Leyland

  13. Baseball’s Joe Frazier: 1922-2011

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Joe Frazier

    A lot of folks may not remember Joe Frazier.  He played for the Indians, Reds, Cardinals and Orioles organizations in the late 40s through the 50s. His highest profile job in baseball was as manager of the Mets, but he only had the job for a short period of time.  He took over for the…

  14. What is “metafandom?”

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    1932 poster

    A long time ago I made up a word: “metafan.”  I only had a vague idea of what it meant, but I liked the sound of it.  Recently I’ve come to think that the word was too good to just sit by itself, undefined, so I decided to build a concept around it. That concept…

  15. Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox continue to pretend that they don’t have a deal

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Adrian Gonzalez trade was prefaced by a negotiating window between Gonzaelz and the Red Sox. No contract was signed during that time, but it has been widely speculated that the sides agreed to a framework of a deal. Gonazalez spoke with the Providence Journal yesterday about that: “We don’t have any set deadline. Hopefully,…

  16. Keppinger likely to miss the first six weeks of the season

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t have the best offseason. First the ‘Stros traded for Bill Hall and named him their starting second baseman, pushing the 30-year-old Keppinger into a backup role. Then the guy found out in January that he needed surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot. Keppinger is not going…

  17. Peavy throws “nice and easy” in Thursday bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Jake Peavy is still considered questionable for Opening Day, but everything has gone smoothly to this point in White Sox camp. The right-hander, making his way back from major lat surgery, threw a bullpen session in front of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday afternoon. According to Mark D.…

  18. Miguel Cabrera planning to arrive at camp on Saturday

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke to reporters for an extended period of time Thursday about Miguel Cabrera‘s Wednesday DUI arrest. Dombrowski touched on a number of important items, but he didn’t have an answer to the question, “When will Cabrera arrive at spring camp?” Now we know. According to Noah Trister of the Associated…

  19. Blue Jays finalize five-year, $65 million deal with Jose Bautista

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays made things official this afternoon, announcing his five-year contract extension worth $65 million. The contract breaks down as follows: 2011 – $8 million 2012 – $14 million 2013 – $14 million 2014 – $14 million 2015 – $14 million 2016 – $14 million team option or $1 million buyout.…

  20. Mark Buehrle stands behind comments about Michael Vick

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week Scott Merkin of MLB.com wrote an article about Mark Buehrle‘s passion for animal rights and Buehrle made some comments about Michael Vick, including stuff like “I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt” and “everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen…

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