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  1. HBT Daily: New York needs another team

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Your Twitter questions — including where I’d relocate a team if I had the power to do so — answered

  2. Twins on waivers: Indians claim Jim Thome, White Sox claim Jason Kubel

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    There was speculation that the White Sox would block the Indians’ attempt to reunite with Jim Thome by claiming him off waivers with their higher spot in line, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Thome indeed made it all the way to Cleveland on the waiver wire. Rosenthal also reports that the White Sox…

  3. Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Mike Flanagan

    It was reported last night that suicide was suspected in the death of Mike Flanagan. Now it is confirmed: Chick Hernandez of CSNWashington.com reports that Baltimore police are saying that Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More details here. What a tragic waste.

  4. Carlos Quentin likely out until next week with shoulder injury

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    quentin getty wide

    Carlos Quentin remains on the active roster despite a sprained left shoulder, but he hasn’t played since Saturday and Ozzie Guillen said last night that he’s unlikely to be back in the lineup before next week. Dayan Viciedo is waiting in the wings at Triple-A as a potential fill-in for Quentin, but Mark Gonzales of…

  5. Wait, the Tigers complained about an opponent hustling?

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The play that ended the Tigers-Rays game last night was weird.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a would-be putout at second with two down fail, thus allowing the guy from from third to score. Neat. But more interesting to me were Joe Maddon’s comments after the game in which he praised Sean Rodriguez —…

  6. Lance Berkman says re-signing with Cardinals “would be my first choice”

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    At times last season Lance Berkman looked washed up, posting an OPS below .800 for the first time, but he’s bounced back in a huge way this season at age 35 by hitting .290 with 29 homers and a .975 OPS. Not surprisingly Berkman plans to keep playing in 2012, but the big question is…

  7. The crafty lefty hall of fame

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Tommy John

    Joe Posnanski writes a lot of great, deep things. But it’s often his simplest observations that are the best.  Like this one: And so, in Mike Flanagan’s honor, I’ve come up with the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame. To find my first Crafty Lefty class, I came up with what I consider the quintessential Crafty…

  8. Where’s the MVP love for reigning winner Joey Votto?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Joey Votto is the reigning NL MVP and his performance this season is remarkably similar to last year’s award-winning production, yet I’ve rarely seen him touted as a leading candidate this time around. Last year Votto hit .324 with 37 homers, 113 RBIs, 105 runs, and a league-leading 1.024 OPS. This year Votto is on…

  9. What’s the point of the waiver trade deadline?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    We post on random waiver deals and waiver deal rumors, but our hearts aren’t really in it because it’s all rather silly.  Yes, it matters when a trade is made, but if I had to bet the lives of my children on anything in this world it would be that the “Player X claimed by…

  10. Nationals’ interest in B.J. Upton has cooled somewhat

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was among the many center fielders consistently linked to the Nationals at the trade deadline and the Rays placed him on revocable waivers yesterday, potentially setting up a trade. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post “some Nationals scouts are lukewarm on him, especially at the plate” and “there’s healthy debate…

  11. Davey Johnson could very well be the Nats manager in 2012

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When Davey Johnson was hired following the resignation of Jim Riggleman, it was thought to be a temporary gig.  With comparisons to Jack McKeon, the story was that Johnson, already on the payroll, would be the 2011 caretaker and that this fall and winter Mike Rizzo would find the guy to lead the Nationals into…

  12. Ozzie Guillen on Peter Bourjos: “I’ve never seen a white man that can run that fast”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has been one of the most underrated players in baseball this season, combining exceptional defense with surprisingly strong hitting to rank 11th among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement. Ozzie Guillen came to appreciate Bourjos after the Angels swept a two-game series against the White Sox this week, heaping…

  13. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    The Question

    Time for the weekly Twitterbag. Which, when I put out the call for questions last night, I did so thusly: Twitter questions for HBT. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. Go! So, predictably, among my first few “questions” were “One…

  14. Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Billy Beane

    Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.” Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002,…

  15. “No one made me laugh like Mike Flanagan. Tonight, he made me cry”

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:47 AM EST

    Mike Flanagan

    As a ballplayer, Mike Flanagan was more of a fuzzy memory to me than a lot of guys of his era and stature. I should have more vivid memories of him pitching for the early 80s Orioles, back when I used to watch Tigers games all the time, but I don’t. I remember Jim Palmer…

  16. Gary Matthews: The Mets are crybabies

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

    crybaby

    This was fun. As I mentioned in the comments, Mike Pelfrey got into it for a second with Placido Polanco when he thought Polanco was trying to stick his elbow out to get on base via a HBP.  In the booth, Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews called the team “crybabies.” Later, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News,…

  17. Cubs interested in Cashman, Friedman and … Colletti?

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    One of these things, is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time we finish our song? Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about…

  18. Barry Bonds snags a ball, has a great time at Giants-Padres game

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Bonds at game.bmp

    Barry Bonds had front row seats — and somehow got himself a baseball — at last night’s Giants-Padres game.  Just watch the video of him here. Clearly the man is miserable and loathed due to his notorious past. His smiles mask his pain and all of those people shaking his hand, smiling at him and…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:29 AM EST

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers’ pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn’t think we’d have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five. Angels 8, White Sox 0: It’s not just about Texas’ pitching sucking though. It’s…

  20. Brian Wilson could resume throwing as soon as Thursday

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

    brian wilson reuters

    The bearded one is on his way back. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants closer Brian Wilson will attempt a light game of catch on Thursday afternoon. If it goes well, he will be cleared for more strenuous throwing workouts by the weekend and could begin tossing bullpen sessions by early…

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