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  1. The Mets’ attendance isn’t so rosy either

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Empty Citi Field

    We noted the Dodgers’ attendance problems a little while ago, but let’s not let the Mets off the hook either.  Nate Silver has a story about that in the New York Times with graphs and everything.  The key takeaway: you can’t simply blame the poor performance, because even if you control for that and other…

  2. So you wanna be an MLB beat reporter, huh?

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Astros Cubs Baseball

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweeting about his duties as the Cubs beat writer, which this morning included asking Carlos Zambrano how he felt after breaking a bat over his leg last night: Oh jeez. Big Z just pulled his pants down to show me his legs. No bruises. “I got soccer legs.” Watching…

  3. The World Baseball Classic gets bigger

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Globe

    HBT is not exactly your go-to source for World Baseball Classic information.  I just did a search of the archives, and apart from random mentions of international players who may have once played in the WBC, the last two posts we had about the thing was (a) Joe Torre saying that managing in the WBC…

  4. Padres place Cameron Maybin on DL, but MRI exam shows no structural damage

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin‘s reign as the Padres’ center fielder is on hold after 50 games because of a knee injury that sent him to the disabled list. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but Maybin had been playing through the injury for two weeks before sitting out the past…

  5. Stat of the day: Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is really the Dodgers’ attendance problem

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    A pretty stunning stat from Steve Dilbeck at the L.A. Times: Through Monday attendance in Major League Baseball is down 237,983 through the same number of games in 2010.  207,612 of that decline — a whopping 87% — is accounted for by the Los Angeles Dodgers alone. Wow. I said it in the last McCourt…

  6. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks make nice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    bobby-jenks-and-ozzie-guillen-white-sox

    Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks had a nasty breakup, with mud being slung from both sides after Jenks signed with the Red Sox as a free agent and Guillen hinting at having some further bombs to lob should things escalate. Eventually the situation died down and yesterday, with the White Sox in Boston for a…

  7. Changing course: Matt Holliday may very well go on the disabled list

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    holliday batting

    Matt Holliday sat out for most of six games, getting some pinch-hit duty only, with a bad quad. The Cardinals said he didn’t need a trip to the DL, and they started him on Sunday. Then was scratched again last night. Now he’s heading for an MRI and, probably, a trip to the disabled list,…

  8. Justin Morneau reveals pinched nerve and then homers twice

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau told reporters prior to last night’s game that he’s been playing through a pinched nerve in his neck that required cortisone shots and may lead to offseason surgery. And then he went out and homered twice against the Tigers. Morneau’s season totals are still ugly, but he hit .264 with four homers and…

  9. The Athletics tell Kurt Suzuki to avoid collisions

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Suzuki_Kurt

    Buster Olney reports that Oakland Athletics’ GM Billy Beane has told catcher Kurt Suzuki that he should avoid collisions at home plate, telling Suzuki:  “I don’t subscribe to the theory you should be a crash-test dummy … I don’t want to lose you for six months.” Seems smart, because if you just leave it up…

  10. Frank McCourt robs Peter to pay Paul in making May payroll

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s debt addiction got him and the Dodgers into their current dire straits, so it makes total sense that, as May payroll loomed yesterday, he continued to borrow in order to avoid a takeover by Major League Baseball.  It’s just what he does. That according to ESPN’s Molly Knight, who reports that McCourt met…

  11. Is it really time to retire Gary Carter’s number?

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Gary Carter Mets

    Today the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for Gary Carter’s number to be retired by the Mets. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules about when it’s appropriate to retire someone’s number — there clearly aren’t, as every team approaches it differently — but I do find myself approaching this with…

  12. Carlos Marmol asploded last night

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s due it’s own post: Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol was absolutely hammered last night, blowing the game against the Astros in epic-style.  Taking the ball with a 3-1 lead at the beginning of the ninth inning, it went like this: Single Double Double Sacrifice — hey, an out!…

  13. Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie get good news on their wrists

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Top prospects for two teams — the Giants’ Brandon Belt and the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie — each had scares yesterday as they were each hit by pitches on the left wrist.  Each of them also received good news: in both cases no bones were broken and the diagnosis was a mere bruise. Lawrie’s little…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    The last NBA Finals I paid really close attention to was 1993. So no, I don’t give a diddly durn about the Heat and the Mavs. Baseball, people. It’s the only sport worth a damn.

  15. Blue Jays GM: decision coming soon on top prospect Brett Lawrie

    May 31, 2011, 10:50 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    10:50 p.m. EDT update: Amid speculation that Lawrie could be called up to make his major league debut Friday, he was forced to leave Tuesday’s game with Triple-A Las Vegas after being hit on the hand by a pitch. /// With two months down, we’re nearing the point at which teams can call up their top prospects without…

  16. Gary Carter diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

    May 31, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Unfortunately the news isn’t getting any better for Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. According to the Associated Press, doctors have confirmed that Carter has a glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Because the location of the tumor makes surgery difficult, Carter will soon begin an aggressive treatment plan consisting of chemotherapy and radiation. ESPN New York…

  17. Eric Wedge gives Chone Figgins a couple days off to regroup

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge has finally decided to put the struggling Chone Figgins out of his misery. At least for a little while. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Figgins will get the next couple of days off in order to clear his head. Luis Rodriguez will make the start at third base…

  18. Dustin McGowan building up arm strength in another comeback bid

    May 31, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan, last seen on a major league mound in July 2008, has hit 95 mph on the gun while throwing in extended spring training and should begin a rehab assignment in about three weeks, according to manager John Farrell. Shi Davidi reports that the Jays are considering stretching out McGowan and…

  19. Ryan Zimmerman to begin playing in extended spring training games

    May 31, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Good news for the pathetic Nationals’ offense. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Ryan Zimmerman will play “several innings” tomorrow in his first extended spring training game. Zimmerman has been limited to just eight games this season due to an abdominal injury. He was initially placed on the disabled list on April 12…

  20. Rubin: Mets may deal David Wright, keep Jose Reyes

    May 31, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Looks like ESPNNewYork.com is hunting for traffic. The ever familiar “source familiar with the organization’s thinking” told Adam Rubin that the Mets may re-sign free-agent-to-be Jose Reyes and trade David Wright next winter. According to the unnamed source: It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so…

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