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  1. The saga of the Lake County Fielders

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Remember back in July how we wrote about the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Well, today Don Babwin of the…

  2. UPDATE: Theo, Hoyer to the Cubs is ALMOST a done deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    UPDATE:  OK, not everything is done. Edes just updated his tweet: To clarify: Hoyer as Cubs GM, Byrnes as Padres GM is done. Epstein to Chi not yet resolved per compensation. Review of medicals remains So, yeah, not quite yet the big news we expect. 3:25 PM: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston just tweeted that the…

  3. Confirmed: Angels met with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

    Oct 20, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    This morning Jason Collette of DRaysBay reported that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman dined Tuesday night with Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms the story. Rosenthal adds that Friedman is the Angels’ top choice to replace Tony Reagins as general manager, although Friedman’s level of interest…

  4. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa’s mohawk

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    It was windy at Busch Stadium prior to last night’s game, so Tony La Russa channeled his inner-Donald Trump for a temporary mohawk:

  5. HBT Extra: Looking back at Game 1

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers second baseman Esteban German flips his bat after his second strike with two on and two outs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Game 1 of the World Series

  6. Ozzie Guillen is open to Hanley Ramirez switching positions

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen met with Hanley Ramirez earlier this week and indicated afterward that he’s open to the Marlins’ star shortstop possibly switching positions. “I just got there and I just want him on the field no matter where,” Guillen told Adam Berry of MLB.com. “If he has to be a shortstop, it’s shortstop. If he…

  7. Thhhheeee Yankees win!

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Sorry, I’m going to let the real world intrude on our baseball world here for a minute.  From a report of Muammar Qaddafi’s capture/death today: A fighter in Sirte has told the BBC his account of the reported capture. Mohammed, a young fighter in his 20s, wearing a blue T-shirt and a New York Yankees…

  8. Will the Rangers’ runners keep testing Yadier Molina’s arm?

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Running has been a big part of the Rangers’ offense all year, as they ranked fourth among AL teams in steals during the regular season and swiped seven bases in 10 games through the first two playoff rounds. Texas tried to get that running game going right away in Game 1 of the World Series…

  9. Great Moments in Tortured Metaphors: The Red Sox were unsinkable!

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    TITANIC 11/26/97 HO

    Rob Bradford of WEEI apparently didn’t read Pete Abraham’s column from yesterday in which Pete made a great case for chilling out about the Red Sox’ recent troubles.  About how this stuff happens on lots of teams and that, because of that, it makes little sense to make this into some sort of high and…

  10. Jerry Dipoto looks like the favorite for Orioles’ GM job

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks and Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays are the two general manager candidates who’ve already interviewed with the Orioles and a third candidate, Dan Jennings, likely won’t be allowed to interview because the Marlins blocked the request. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun believes Dipoto is the current favorite to…

  11. A Cubs/Theo Epstein deal could be done as soon as today

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that “significant progress has been made” in negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox over compensation to be paid in exchange for the Sox letting Theo Epstein out of his contract to join the Cubs.  Kaplan says that a deal could be done as soon as today and that, pending…

  12. Padres “have internally discussed” trading for John Lackey

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Lackey

    San Diego’s front office is in a state of flux amid rumors that Theo Epstein could take various Padres staffers with him to the Cubs, but in the meantime they’re apparently talking about taking John Lackey off the Red Sox’s hands. Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “have internally…

  13. Jim Crane wants $50 million to switch the Astros to the American League

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    How much is a league-switch worth?  According to this story in the New York Post, Jim Crane thinks it’s worth $50 million: Potential Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is looking to cut $50 million from the purchase price of the team in exchange for the Astros switching leagues, The Post has learned … Sources told The Post that…

  14. A’s want pitching coach Curt Young back from Red Sox

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Curt Young

    Right around this time last fall Curt Young resigned as A’s pitching coach to take the same job with the Red Sox, but a year later Young may be returning to Oakland. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Young “is expected to be reeled back to the Bay Area by the end of the month”…

  15. Is Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman Anaheim-bound?

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’m angry at DRays Bay. Oh, they’re a fine blog and in this case they have a neat little news/gossip item that could be pretty significant, so that’s all good. No, I’m mad that they took the “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this girl who’s going out…

  16. Change of plans: Dirk Nowitzki to throw out Game 3 first pitch

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Marc Stein of ESPN Dallas reported yesterday that MLB rejected the Rangers’ request to have Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki throw out the ceremonial first pitch once the World Series moves to Texas. That led to a lot of angry fans, particularly since MLB’s attempted explanation didn’t really make much sense, and now they’ve changed their…

  17. Crown the Cardinals!

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols slaps hands with relief pitcher Jason Motte after defeating the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    We like to say that anything can happen in a short series, but at some point you have to acknowledge that some things happening are pretty unlikely, at least from a statistical/historical point of view. Example: the team losing Game 1 of the World Series going on to win it.  In fact, as noted in…

  18. C.J. Wilson achieves a rare and dubious feat

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    I presume it’s rare. I couldn’t think of anyone else who has done it, and I’m not exactly sure how to research it without sifting through 100 box scores I don’t feel like sifting through right now. But C.J. Wilson‘s loss last night means that in 2011 he lost (a) the All-Star Game; (b) a…

  19. In Game 2, Rangers turn to playoff ace … Colby Lewis?

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 AM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — All the talk about bad starting pitching from these two World Series teams — and the numbers to back it up — has taken the focus away from the hottest starting pitcher in the last two postseasons. Who’s that, you’re thinking? Colby Lewis, that’s who. The Rangers’ Game 2 starter is the…

  20. Josh Hamilton, clearly in pain, goes 0-for-4 with a K

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton told reporters this past weekend, after Texas had secured a World Series berth by taking care of the Detroit Tigers, that he has been operating at about 50 percent health this postseason due to a lingering groin injury. After checking out Game 1 of the World Series, we’re thinking he’s hurting…

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