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  1. Looking deeper at Luke Scott

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott caused a stir back in December when, during an interview with Dave Brown of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, his belief that President Obama wasn’t born in America came out into the open.  This piqued the interest of Amy K. Nelson of ESPN, who spent some time with Orioles’ outfielder Luke Scott this spring. Her…

  2. Jason Bay batting fifth for Mets in return from disabled list

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay has been activated from the disabled list after going 6-for-12 with two homers during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A and he’ll bat fifth in the Mets’ lineup tonight against the Astros. Bay hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on July 25 of last year, but his season-opening DL stint was…

  3. Looking back at previous league takeovers

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Montreal Expos

    This business with the Dodgers isn’t the first time Major League Baseball as taken over a team.  You all remember the Rangers’ thing last year. That wasn’t total control, of course, but it was something. More significant, however, were when the Expos in 2002 and the 1936 Boston Bees. The Boston Bees? Yep. Or as they…

  4. Blue Jays activate Brandon Morrow from DL for Saturday start

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    brandon-morrow-blue-jays

    Out since mid-March with a strained forearm, Brandon Morrow has been activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays and will make his season debut tomorrow afternoon against the Rays. I tabbed Morrow as one of my “breakout picks” for 2011, which naturally led to him being shut down with arm problems, but the…

  5. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Mets with Ted Berg

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Come for the Mets talk. Stay for the awesome pic of Ted’s mustache.

  6. Michael Young will be able to veto any trade starting on May 7

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Right now Michael Young‘s contract has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 22 of 29 teams, but Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com notes that come May 7 he’ll be able to veto all potential moves. That’s when Young will become a “10-and-5″ player, meaning he has 10 full seasons of MLB…

  7. The percentage of U.S.-born blacks in baseball drops again

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jackie Robinson sliding

    In what has become an annual tradition — usually on Jackie Robinson Day, but a few days later this year — the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports has counted the beans and announced that, once again, the percentage of black ballplayers is lower than it has been in years: The…

  8. Maicer Izturis calls fans doubting durability “ignorant people”

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Izturis_Maicer

    Maicer Izturis fired back at fans who question his durability, as the Angels infielder told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “those are ignorant people who say that” and “they don’t know the game.” Izturis, who was on the disabled list three times last season and has played just 254 of a possible…

  9. The right field foul pole in Petco Park is now a golf club

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Petco foul pole

    While I’m sort of blah on the idea of advertising taking up every available inch in ballparks these days, I realize why that’s the case and that there’s not a heck of a lot that can be done about it. So hey, if it’s going to happen anyway, we may as try to have fun…

  10. Joel Zumaya opts for rehab rather than exploratory surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Joel Zumaya said this offseason that he might retire if faced with another arm surgery, so not surprisingly the oft-injured Tigers reliever has opted to try rest and rehab rather than undergo exploratory surgery on his elbow. Surgery likely would have ruled Zumaya out for this season, whereas in theory at least rehabbing gives him…

  11. The anti-Franklin? Rick Ankiel thanks the fans of St. Louis

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ankiel Ad

    Ryan Franklin may be on the outs with the fans of St. Louis, but a former Cardinal — Rick Ankiel — is in warm fuzzy land. In town as an opposing player for the first time, Ankiel took out a full-page ad in the sports section of the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, thanking Cardinals fans for…

  12. Stat-head setup man? Daniel Bard reads Fan Graphs

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    In general pitchers seem much more willing to embrace sabermetrics than position players, as guys like Zack Greinke, Brian Bannister, and Max Scherzer have been vocal about their interest in and reliance on various new-school numbers. Daniel Bard joined that club yesterday by admitting to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he visits Fan…

  13. On second thought, Frank McCourt may be ready to fight Bud Selig like there’s no tomorrow

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    “We need more people like Frank McCourt.” You will not be at all surprised to learn that that is the assessment of Frank McCourt’s newest employee, Steve Soboroff, who was hired as the Dodgers’ Vice Chairman on Tuesday. Soboroff was hired in order to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order, but based…

  14. Geoff Blum likely to miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    geoff-blum-diamondbacks

    Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.” Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum…

  15. Deep Thought: remember when Frank McCourt tried to buy the Red Sox?

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fenway

    Frank McCourt’s turmoil has contributed to a state of affairs in which a team that should have a tremendous financial advantage over all of its competitors has basically punted that advantage. Given their attendance, market size and revenue — as cash cow regional sports network would make perfect sense for them — the Dodgers truly could…

  16. Andrew McCutchen leaves Pirates for “personal matter”

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen missed last night’s game after leaving the Pirates to attend to what the team is calling a “personal matter.” No other details have been offered, with manager Clint Hurdle saying only that McCutchen “went home today to deal with a personal matter” and “we’re respecting his privacy.” Left fielder Jose Tabata shifted to…

  17. Jered Weaver continues to mow ‘em down

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Given his early season dominance, I had made a mental note to keep a close eye on Jered Weaver. So of course I kicked myself when I realized that I had missed his start against the Rangers last night. And it was kick-worthy: Weaver gave up only one run on six hits while striking out eight…

  18. Bartolo Colon is delivering for the Yankees

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    I laughed when the Yankees signed Bartolo Colon. A lot of people did. I figured that he’d come to camp, not make the team, get assigned to extended spring training in Tampa and — as he has done a couple of times in recent years — decide that he’d prefer to be back home doing…

  19. R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this: “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are.…

  20. Frank and Jamie McCourt respond to the MLB takeover in expected fashion

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Ever since the Dodgers’ financial turmoil was made public, Frank McCourt has seemed to be in denial. When criticized over the team’s sordid  affairs, his response has been to assert that there is no problem whatsoever. Jamie McCourt, in contrast has exhibited more in the way of — what shall we call it? — magical…

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