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  1. Introducing Carlos Beltran: “RBI whore”

    May 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    beltran bats

    Joel Sherman’s latest column is about the fury and backlash among Mets fans in the wake of Fred Wilpon’s comments about the team and its best players.  And he has some decent observations about how, if you’re a Mets player, you’re not likely to be all that motivated at the moment. But there was one…

  2. Gamer earns $1 million by throwing a perfect game against the Astros with Roy Halladay

    May 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    2K Sports offered $1 million to the first person to throw a perfect game on their baseball video game MLB 2K11 and a music teacher from Louisina named Brian Kingrey has claimed the prize. Kingrey smartly chose Phillies ace and cover boy Roy Halladay as his pitcher and picked the Astros as his weak-hitting opponent, setting…

  3. A good review of the new Derek Jeter book

    May 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    Ben Kabak of River Avenue Blues has a good review of the new Ian O’Connor book about Derek Jeter.  Which I haven’t read and I don’t really plan to, on the basis that no really good biography can be written about someone whose story is not complete. Which is basically where Ben comes down too.…

  4. “Heck yeah” Bengie Molina would step in for Buster Posey … if the Giants will have him back

    May 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Bengie Molina

    Matthew examined the Giants’ various options to replace Buster Posey behind the plate, noting that bringing back Bengie Molina was an iffy proposition because the hefty 36-year-old “didn’t seem to have a whole left last year” and was “awfully immobile behind the plate.” Molina, as you might expect, is very much open to the idea…

  5. David Cone: Stathead

    May 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Cone

    Maybe that’s putting it too strongly, but David Cone is big into advanced metrics, citing Fangraphs as his favorite site. Not bad!  What say you about sabermetics, David? You know, it’s something I got into more when I stopped playing. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t have this sort of data when I was…

  6. Jose Lopez and $3.6 million salary designated for assignment by Rockies

    May 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Back in December the Mariners were expected to non-tender Jose Lopez rather than risk giving him a raise on last year’s $3 million salary via arbitration following a season in which he hit just .239 with a ghastly .279 on-base percentage and .609 OPS. Instead the Rockies stepped in at the last minute and traded…

  7. Baseball team needs help? Call Wall Street

    May 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    In light of hedge fund manager David Einhorn buying into the Mets, The Wall Street Journal makes an observation this morning: Einhorn is poised to join a growing number of sports team stakeholders who have come to this highly eccentric vocation bearing one basic skill: the ability to manage enormous sums of money. Over the past…

  8. Harmon Killebrew’s memorial service, featuring Mudcat Grant on “What a Wonderful World”

    May 27, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Harmon Killebrew

    Commissioner Selig, Hank Aaron, scads of current and former Twins players and thousands of fans turned out at Target Field yesterday for a memorial service for Harmon Killebrew.   The details of the service can be read here. And at the risk of creating isolated dust storms in the vicinity of your computer, I embed…

  9. Ray Fosse doesn’t think you can change the rules regarding catcher collisions

    May 27, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Rose Fosse

    If there is one person whose opinion of the Buster Posey injury is worth hearing it’s Ray Fosse. Who, if you’re unaware, suffered a pretty bad injury that seriously impacted his career when, as a 23-year-old, he was bowled over at home plate by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game. It’s worth noting, though,…

  10. Buster Posey schadenfreude? No, that’s taking it too far

    May 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    posey catching

    I said in the recaps this morning that I think the tone of mourning that has surrounded Buster Posey‘s injury is a bit much. But in my mind it’s preferable to this, from the AZ Snakepit blog: But, let’s be brutally honest. While on one level, it’s a terrible thing, there’s a dark corner of…

  11. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 27, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    hangover breakfast

    A lot of people are getting tired of the old pic of the breakfast wrap. Here’s something that may be more up your alley

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Wes Helms

    Marlins 1, Giants 0: Anibal Sanchez with the shutout and Ryan Vogelsong took a tough loss.  And at the risk of being a big jerk here, am I crazy for thinking that the articles about the Giants that have taken on a tone of mourning over the Posey injury are a bit much? It sucks.…

  13. Royals acquire Felipe Paulino, dump Robinson Tejeda

    May 26, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    royals gate

    The Royals made a couple of roster moves after Thursday’s 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Orioles. First, Kansas City gave cash to the Rockies for veteran right-hander Felipe Paulino, who’ll operate in middle relief for the Royals beginning Friday. Then, to clear a roster spot, setup man Robinson Tejeda was designated for assignment. The 29-year-old…

  14. Aroldis Chapman rocked in rehab outing Thursday at Triple-A

    May 26, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Reds placed prized left-hander Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day disabled list last week with shoulder inflammation and, probably more to the point, a worsening control problem. Chapman took a week off from throwing before beginning a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday evening at Triple-A Louisville. He allowed no hits and needed just eight…

  15. Brett Favre spotted throwing baseballs in Mississippi town

    May 26, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    favre wide

    Yeah, that headline is a bit misleading. But only slightly. Brian Hickey of Deadspin passes along this video of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre throwing out the first pitch at a college baseball game Wednesday evening between the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and the Tulane Green Wave. Even our good friends at ProFootballTalk are sick…

  16. Buster Posey has fractured fibula, strained ankle ligaments

    May 26, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    posey catching

    The Giants provided an update on the status of catcher Buster Posey on Thursday evening. In this kind of situation, the news is always going to be troubling. But there are some positives to be taken from Posey’s early test results. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Posey underwent three different MRI…

  17. Cubs acquire veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez from Braves

    May 26, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Rodrigo Lopez

    It’s about a month and a half too late, but the Cubs added some additional pitching depth on Thursday, picking up Rodrigo Lopez from the Braves for Ryan Buchter. After failing to make the Braves out of spring training, Lopez, 35, was 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Gwinnett.  Pitching for…

  18. 10 years ago today: Ben Davis breaks an unwritten rule

    May 26, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling Diamondbacks

    May 26, 2001 With Arizona’s Curt Schilling bidding for a perfect game, Ben Davis drops down a bunt single in the eighth inning, giving the Padres their first baserunner of the contest. The Diamondbacks were up 2-0 at the time, and there was much debate about Davis’ play afterwards.  Given that it brought the tying run…

  19. Marlins complete sweep as Giants lose 1-0 in first game post-Posey

    May 26, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez, May 26, 2011

    Anibal Sanchez pitched his third career shutout Thursday as the Marlins beat the Giants 1-0 to complete their first sweep in San Francisco since 1995. With Buster Posey absent from the middle of the lineup, the Giants managed just five hits today and never put together much of a threat.  Only in the first inning…

  20. Carl Crawford’s sudden surge fuels another Red Sox rout

    May 26, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Terry Francona, Dustin Pedroia

    Although he was just a triple away from the cycle, Carl Crawford was pulled early from Wednesday’s rout of the Indians.  As if to make up for it, he tripled twice today as part of a second straight four-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 14-1 in a rain-shortened game. It’s the first…

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