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  1. Mets hire former A’s manager Bob Geren as bench coach

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Bob Geren

    After interviewing several potential candidates, including former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, the Mets have settled on former A’s manager Bob Geren as their new bench coach, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Geren was fired by Oakland in June after compiling a 334-376 (.470) record in four-plus seasons, but has previous ties to the various…

  2. Angels negotiating new television deal with FOX Sports

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    television money

    For months now the Dodgers’ attempts to get a new television contract have made headlines, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels may be nearing a new TV deal of their own with FOX Sports. According Shaikin in a recent court filing on behalf of MLB media consultant Ed Desser…

  3. How to fix the Red Sox

    Oct 14, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has a good column up about what the Red Sox should do this winter and into next season.  I take issue with the headline — “Sounds crazy, but the Red Sox can be saved” — because, dude, they still won 90 frickin’ games and are insanely talented. It’s not like…

  4. In defense of Theo

    Oct 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    The knives that have been out for Theo Epstein and Terry Francona over the past few days has been great fun.  Only problem is that it obscures the fact that, hey, those guys did more for Red Sox baseball in the past few years than anyone else had for the previous 80+. The response to…

  5. One reason to wish the Yankees were still in the playoffs

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Like a lot of red-blooded Americans, I’m happy the Yankees got beat in the first round. Viva variety and all of that. Let Fox and TBS fixate on some other teams for a change. But a side effect of that is that a bunch of New York reporters now have nothing to do except to…

  6. The NLCS is the beer series

    Oct 14, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    generic beer

    There’s a fun article over at the New York Times today, reminding us that when St. Louis meets Milwaukee it’s not just the Cards and Brewers facing off, but Budweiser and Miller beer facing off as well. No, not directly, as Anheuser-Busch no longer has an ownership stake in the Cards and Miller’s connection to…

  7. Cubs-Red Sox negotiations over Theo Epstein compensation not going well

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    WEEI’s John Dennis reports that talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for GM Theo Epstein have not gone well so far. I’m picturing this: Red Sox: Give us Starlin Castro Cubs: No. Take Carlos Zambrano. Red Sox: No. Give us $10 million. Cubs: No. Take Alfonso Soriano. And on and on. I’ve…

  8. Milton Bradley threatened to kill his wife

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    FILE: Seattle Designates Milton Bradley For Assignment

    Details of Milton Bradley’s September 27th arrest have come to light and they’re not pretty. According to TMZ, which has obtained the request for a restraining order filed by Monique Bradley after the arrest, Milton Bradley threatened her with a baseball bat and picked up a photo of a gun and told her “this is the gun that I’m…

  9. Randy Wolf steps up as Brewers even NLCS with 4-2 Game 4 victory over Cardinals

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

    wolf ap

    Just as Wednesday night’s NLCS Game 3 was supposed to be a pitchers’ duel and wasn’t, Game 4 of the NLCS was supposed to be an offensive shootout — filled with fireworks. And it wasn’t. Yes, the Brewers had 10 hits and the Cardinals had eight. But the story of Thursday night’s game at a…

  10. NLCS Game 4 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 13, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    NLCS Brewers Cardinals Baseball

    11:31pm: Furcal grounds out to short, ending Game 4 of the NLCS. The Brewers captured a 4-2 victory and have guaranteed that the series will travel back to Miller Park. NLCS Game 5 is Friday night at 8:05 p.m. ET. Thanks for hanging out. 11:29pm: Berkman punches a single through the right side of the…

  11. The Leyland plan gets the job done

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland had a plan: even with his team facing elimination in Game 5 against the Rangers, Leyland said Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde were off limits and that he wanted to get through the game with Justin Verlander and left-hander Phil Coke going the distance. Which is exactly what happened in a…

  12. Delmon Young: Detroit’s unlikely ALCS hero

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    If not for a Brennan Boesch thumb injury, Delmon Young may well have finished out the year as a soon-to-be non-tendered disappointment on an almost 100-loss Twins team. And if not for a Magglio Ordonez injury, Young might still be sitting out the ALCS because of a strained oblique suffered last week against the Yankees. But the stars aligned…

  13. Tigers open the floodgates after lucky bounce and hang on to beat Rangers, forcing Game 6

    Oct 13, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera double off third base

    It started with a lucky bounce and ended with the Tigers knocking around C.J. Wilson to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 with a 7-5 victory. Texas missed a big opportunity to break the game open with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, as Ian Kinsler helped Justin Verlander…

  14. Report: Rangers prepared to throw ‘boatload of money’ at CC Sabathia this winter

    Oct 13, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    sabathia hat gety

    Yankees ace CC Sabathia has stated time and time again that he wants to remain in New York, but all signs point to him opting out of his contract this winter in order to gain a few more years and dollars. In order to secure those years and dollars, though, Sabathia will need other interested…

  15. NLCS Game 4 lineups: Brewers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Brewers-Cardinals series: MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Mark Kotsay, RF 2. Allen Craig, RF 3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. David Freese, 3B 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Matt Holliday,…

  16. Ron Washington: seedless

    Oct 13, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has a scoop:  Ron Washington, a sunflower seed addict, got the monkey off his back in Game 4 and went with gum instead. Why? Washington normally goes through two bags of sunflower seeds (usually ranch flavored). But his wife, Gerry, doesn’t like the way Washington looks on camera when he’s…

  17. Report: Ben Cherington will be named Red Sox’s new GM

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    ben cherington red sox

    Ben Cherington has always been Boston’s presumed choice to replace Theo Epstein and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have informed him that the general manager job is his. Cherington was with the Red Sox before Epstein, joining the organization in 2002 and rising up the front office ranks to…

  18. HBT Extra: Talking Brewers fans off the ledge

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Trenni Kusnierek of 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee and I tell Brewers fans not to freak out. Yet.

  19. ALCS Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Rangers-Tigers series: TEXAS RANGERS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ryan Raburn, RF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, DH 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Delmon Young, LF…

  20. Beer and fried chicken? Amateurs! The late 90s Mets had a “porn room”

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    shocked

    This is just silly on top of silly now, which is what makes it so much fun. Al Leiter was on the Dan Patrick Show today talking about the Red Sox and their beer, chicken and video games clubhouse.  The tone of the conversation was one with which I totally agree: they’re grownups and ballplayers…

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