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  1. Rookie hazing is slowly fading away

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Rookie hazing

    Can I tell you my least favorite “story” — and I use that term very loosely — of the baseball season?  The late September story about how the rookies on some team were forced to dress up like Devo or Sailor Moon or strippers or something on a road trip. The rookie hazing, you know.…

  2. Royals sticking with .184-hitting rookie Mike Moustakas

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Royals loss

    Several of the prospects called up by the Royals this season are playing well, but Mike Moustakas isn’t one of them. Moustakas has hit just .184 with one homer and a .473 OPS in 51 games since being called up in mid-June, but manager Ned Yost explained to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star…

  3. Not so fast: Jim Crane’s approval as Astros owner put on hold

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane was supposed to be approved as the new owner of the Astros at this week’s owners meetings.  Now Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal is reporting that the vote has been put on hold.  It’s possible that the delay is based on concerns over Crane’s business background. These concerns are not new — Maury…

  4. Tigers acquire outfielder Delmon Young from Twins

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    delmon-young-twins

    Rarely do teams within the same division swing trades during the season, but the Twins are all but officially out of the AL Central race and … well, they probably figure sending Delmon Young to the Tigers might actually make Detroit worse anyway. Minnesota once gave up Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to get Young…

  5. Rick Vaughn goes to the DL with elbow problems

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    Beringer Sheen

    I was unaware that they’re filming another “Major League” movie, but nothing really surprises me when it comes to the entertainment business anymore. Seems the flick has hit a snag, though, inasmuch as Charlie Sheen has ruptured his ulnar nerve while filming.  Whether this is a minor disruption of a gratuitous cameo scene or a…

  6. Must-click link: Peter Bourjos is really, really good at defense

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Mark Simon has an interesting article about Peter Bourjos at ESPN Los Angeles, in which a cast of thousands break down the center fielder’s amazing defense for the Angels from a statistical and scouting point of view. Simon: Peter Bourjos has them covered It’s worth clicking, if only to see the really cool chart.

  7. HBT Daily: Rangers-Angels and the meaninglessness of hitting streaks

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    There aren’t many decent pennant races this year. If the Angels flop at home against Texas, there will be one fewer.

  8. Astros get 19-year-old Domingo Santana from Phillies to complete Hunter Pence trade

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    domingo santana phillies

    In trading Hunter Pence to the Phillies the Astros received prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, and Josh Zei, plus a fourth player to be named later. Today that player was revealed as 19-year-old Single-A outfielder Domingo Santana, who Baseball America ranked as the Phillies’ ninth-best prospect coming into the season. His stock may have dropped…

  9. The pros and cons of moving the Astros to the AL

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Astros logo

    The realignment talk of a couple of months ago has largely died down and it isn’t likely to be part of the new collective bargaining agreement this winter, but Zach Levine reports that it’s still being discussed, with the Astros the most likely candidate for shuffling. Of particular interest is Levine’s breakdown of the pros…

  10. A’s manager Bob Melvin wants Hideki Matsui back in 2012

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Hideki Matsui has recovered from a miserable first half to hit .400 with five homers and seven doubles in 27 games since the All-Star break, playing so well that manager Bob Melvin told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d like the A’s to re-sign the 37-year-old. That is, if Melvin is back…

  11. Quote of the Day: Adam Jones on unsigned draftees

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Today, if you did not know it, is signing day for those fellows taken in this summer’s amateur draft. If they don’t sign, back into the hopper or to college or to wherever they go. Most sign, though. At least the top-of-the-draft guys we non-draft experts tend to hear about and care about.  And as…

  12. Alex Gordon interested in contract extension with Royals

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    The American League's best left fielder?

    Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that his agent recently talked to Royals general manager Dayton Moore about a long-term contract extension. Gordon made it clear that he wants to remain with the Royals, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star: Staying here? Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love…

  13. Anyone want an expensive, no-defense, washed-up slugger?

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    I usually stay away from the “so-and-so was put on waivers” and “so-and-so cleared waivers” stories because they’re pretty dog-bites-man.  Shocker: really expensive guys on non-contenders are placed on and clear waivers all the time. But sometimes it’s worth looking at the examples of some to remind us of this.  Like today, when within a…

  14. Yankees or not, Jorge Posada plans to play next season

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada is 39 years old and having the worst season of his career, getting benched as the Yankees’ designated hitter last week, but the five-time All-Star indicated yesterday that he plans to play in 2012. And that seemingly means putting on a different uniform for the first time in 20 years, because it’s tough…

  15. Did you know that Ralph Branca was Jewish? Until recently, neither did he

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Ralph Branca

    This is only about baseball insofar as it involves a baseball player, but it’s a pretty interesting story anyway. The New York Times’ Joshua Prager has a story about retired Dodgers’ pitcher Ralph Branca’s family. Seems that even though Branca was baptized and raised Catholic to Catholic parents and remains Catholic to this day, his…

  16. Jose Reyes won’t be ready to return from DL when eligible

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list on August 23, but yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that the shortstop returning from his injured hamstring then is highly unlikely. Reyes was initially given a 2-3 week recovery timetable and has yet to begin baseball activities, so it’s hard to imagine him making it…

  17. Photo of the Day: The Memphis Redbirds channel Slim Goodbody

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Wait, you don’t remember Slim Goodbody?  Eh, the 70s were a different time. Anyway, the Memphis Redbirds had cool jerseys on Saturday night. They hosted Organ Donor Night, sparking awareness of the goodness of organ donation and encouraging fans to do the same.  And to help out, they donned the following jerseys. Kinda cool, no?…

  18. Sunday worst: Rockies lose 17th straight Sunday game

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last night’s loss to the Cardinals was the 17th straight time the Rockies have been defeated on Sunday, which is an MLB-record that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki called “mind-boggling.” Colorado actually won its first two Sunday games this season, back in April, but have dropped 17 in a row since then. Overall this season they’re 2-17…

  19. Baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Randy Moss

    Chris Jaffe has a fun article up over at The Hardball Times today. Of course, almost everything Chris Jaffe writes is fun, so this should be no surprise, but this one is more fun than most: it’s baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars. What’s a Randy Moss All-Star?  According to Chris, it’s a guy who had a…

  20. Astros catcher Jason Castro may play in Arizona Fall League after missing season

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro has missed the entire season after tearing his ACL early in spring training, so the Astros may get their projected starting catcher some 2011 playing time by asking him to play in the Arizona Fall League. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Castro is eligible for the AFL despite playing 67…

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