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  1. Bud Selig has no problem with Jeter’s absence, says radical realignment not imminent, says other stuff

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Every year Bud Selig gives a big press conference on All-Star day. This year’s version just went down and, as usual, it was a rapid fire series of comments which pretty much set the official word of Major League Baseball on a ton of different topics. Highlights: The complaints of some notwithstanding, Selig has no…

  2. Shuffling the deck chairs: Dodgers acquire Juan Rivera from Blue Jays, drop Marcus Thames

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Rivera_Juan

    I’m not sure if this means the Dodgers think they’re buyers at 41-51 or what, but they’ve acquired Juan Rivera from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or “cash considerations” while designating Marcus Thames for assignment. Setting aside the absurdity of the Dodgers sending “cash considerations” to another team–surely the Blue…

  3. “The monster that ate the public sector”

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Paul Brown Stadium

    This is not about baseball — it involves a football stadium — but if there is anyone out there who still thinks that public financing of professional sports facilities is a good idea, read this article in the Wall Street Journal about the Cincinnati Bengals’ stadium and then check your position again. The lesson here…

  4. With no fans to fill seats, Marlins close upper deck

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Florida Marlins

    After a good start the Marlins have plummeted to last place in the NL East at 43-48 and rank dead last among MLB teams in attendance with 17,101 per game. And that’s tickets sold, which as I learned while attending games at Dodger Stadium a couple times last week can be incredibly misleading. With no…

  5. Clemens to challenge Congress’ authority to question him. Which is pretty darn rich.

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    A lawyer for Roger Clemens said in court today that part of Clemens’ legal strategy would be to argue that the hearing that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held three years ago — the hearing in which he allegedly perjured himself —  had nothing to do with Congress’ responsibility for legislation and was…

  6. Reds have Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez “on their radar”

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds “have Ubaldo Jimenez on their radar” but also says “the Rockies will not trade Jimenez unless it is a perfect fit” and “the Reds are not certain buyers.” In other words … who knows. Rosenthal notes that the Reds, at 45-47 and four games back in the…

  7. Carlos Gonzalez has a deep bone bruise

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist last week when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field.  After pain and swelling and other assorted nastiness through off-and-on play since then, he had an MRI on it and it has been revealed that there is no break, just a deep bone bruise. Which,…

  8. Angels and Pirates “engaged in serious talks” about Jeff Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Mathis_Jeff

    Pittsburgh’s quest for catching help following injuries to Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit led them contact the Angels about Jeff Mathis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Morosi reports that the Pirates and Angels “engaged in serious talks” about Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap, but “the discussions fell apart after Pirates officials decided they couldn’t part…

  9. Good luck with that: David Ortiz wants a two-year contract extension from the Red Sox

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    During the All-Star game media session impending free agent David Ortiz told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that he wants the Red Sox to give him a two-year contract extension with an third-year option. Silverman kindly writes that Ortiz “is a couple of years beyond the age when the Red Sox normally get extremely…

  10. All-Stars are looking forward to Kansas City next year

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Kansas City

    The 2012 All-Star Game is in Kansas City, so Sam Mellinger made a point to ask this year’s All-Stars how they feel about that.  After some de riguer complaining about the heat, they all said some pretty nice things about it: I asked 15 All-Stars about Kansas City and what they think the game will…

  11. Gone nerding: 2011 SABR convention recap (with pictures!)

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    sabr41logo

    For anyone wondering where I’ve been during the past week or so–and just to be clear, that “anyone” is purely hypothetical–I wrote a very lengthy, picture-filled recap of my trip to Long Beach, California for the 41st annual SABR convention. If you’re into pictures of pale fat guys drinking, playing poker, and wearing cargo shorts…

  12. An all-star game before there was The All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Addie Joss

    Despite the world getting smaller, print media dying and location not mattering all that much, I do make a point to read my local paper most mornings. Old habits die hard for old men. Glad I read my Columbus Dispatch this morning, because there was a great story in there by AJ Mazzolini about a…

  13. Brad Lidge needs “about six more appearances” in the minors

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge threw a scoreless inning last night at Double-A in his fourth minor-league rehab appearance, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be cleared to return from the disabled list this week. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lidge “still could require about six more appearances” in the minors before the Phillies consider…

  14. Roger Clemens’ family is tweeting in his defense

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I’d like to think that if I was ever thrust into the public spotlight that my family wouldn’t embarrass me. My brother might need a talking to, but I think I’d probably be OK. As we saw a bit ago, Colby Rasmus can’t say the same thing.  Roger Clemens can’t either, apparently, as his sister…

  15. “Nothing” to report of Red Sox’s interest in Matt Garza

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Yesterday when Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Red Sox were interested in Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, Calcaterra noted that it’s been a while since any rumors in Rogers’ weekly column “actually happened.” And now 24 hours later Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com talked to “a baseball source familiar with the Cubs’ thinking”…

  16. The Cardinals might consider trading Colby Rasmus

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    For the past couple of years we’ve heard of Colby Rasmus‘ trade demands and various bits of discontent.  In response, the Cardinals and their partisans have — wisely — noted how silly it would be for the Cards to consider trading a young, cheap, talented and potentially elite centerfielder like Rasmus. Is that sentiment starting…

  17. The tax man is probably going to come to the fan who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    You’ll recall that Christian Lopez, in exchange for giving Jeter back his 3,000th hit ball, got signed baseballs, bats, jerseys and, most significantly, Legends Suite tickets to the Yankees’ remaining home games and any playoff games this year. And that he did that instead of, you know, keeping the baseball, giving it to an auction…

  18. Jury selection in Clemens case drags along, has its moments of entertainment

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    We’re three days into jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case and they still don’t have 12 people in the box. Like I said last week: it happens. It can be slow if everyone is being super thorough, and that appears to be the case here. But hey, it’s not our meter running on…

  19. Jeter sitting out All-Star Game due to “emotional exhaustion.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Since the sporting press descended on Phoenix yesterday morning there has been a lot of talk about Derek Jeter‘s absence from this year’s All-Star Game. Jeter was elected by fans, you see, so many — including some players and some reporters — think that he should be there regardless of whether he will play, rest…

  20. Idiot nearly falls from the stands chasing a ball at the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    All Star Dangling Fan Baseball

    Just days after Shannon Stone died from a fall while reaching for a baseball at a Texas Rangers game, a fan at last night’s Home Run Derby nearly fell out of the outfield stands while lunging for a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder.  He was spared serious injury or death only because his…

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