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  1. Gary Carter: The Hall of Fame Biography

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    A quick video from the Hall of Fame showing Gary Carter as an Expo and his big hit in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox:

  2. It’s possible, but not certain, that Geovany Soto is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    I have to put a caveat on this report from Carrie Muskat at It’s all a matter of balance for Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. He’s working on better balance in his diet, which should help Soto keep off the 25 pounds he dropped this offseason. The caveat being that he lost 40 pounds prior to…

  3. Gary Carter by the numbers

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Gary Carter Mets

    As we mourn the passing of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, here’s a look at the numbers for “The Kid.” – Carter played 19 seasons in the big leagues before retiring after 1992; 12 with the Expos, five with the Mets and one each with the Giants and Dodgers. – He hit .262/.335/.439 with…

  4. Gary Carter loses his battle with cancer

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    It was inevitable. But it doesn’t make it any less sad. Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who put the Montreal Expos on the map and helped the New York Mets win a World Series died today at the age of 57. Carter had been battling brain cancer for the past nine months. While…

  5. Tigers will give Brandon Inge a chance to play second base

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT


    Miguel Cabrera‘s planned shift across the diamond means Brandon Inge is no longer the Tigers’ starting third baseman, but manager Jim Leyland said today that the team will give him an opportunity to compete for the job at second base. Inge is 34 years old and has played 1,800 professional games without logging even one…

  6. Hey look, it’s the inevitable “is Josh Hamilton getting off easy because he’s white?” column!

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    I was surprised we didn’t see this within a couple of days of the Josh Hamilton story breaking, but I’m glad it’s here all the same. Not because I think it’s worth a damn — it’s not! — but because no story about a scandal involving an athlete feels complete without it. Take it away…

  7. As a matter of law, the Twins are the White Sox’ arch rivals

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    There was a ruckus in the stands at a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field back in 2004. A woman, among others, was arrested and charged with battery. The charges were eventually dismissed. The woman then turned around and sued the White Sox for violating her civil rights in removing her from the ballpark.…

  8. Zach Britton’s arm felt “like brand new” after 30-40 pitches

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jim Duquette of (not to be confused with Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette) reported earlier this week that Orioles starter Zach Britton‘s shoulder injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.” That may still prove accurate, but Britton took the mound today and threw 30-40 pitches, reporting no problems…

  9. If it’s February, it must be time for Jon Heyman to stump for Johnny Damon

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT


    My favorite all-time “Jon Heyman trying to get Johnny Damon a job” column came two years ago when Heyman noted Damon’s “matinee-idol looks and obvious love of the big stage,” and parroted previous Scott Boras comments about Damon’s love of Detroit while wondering why oh why Damon had not yet been signed by someone. He’s got…

  10. Juan Nicasio “will have no limitations” after broken neck

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio , Bob Apodaca

    Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck has gone so well that he “will have no limitations this spring,” according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Renck that Nicasio “has a very, very good chance to be a member of our rotation” and “is coming into camp with the…

  11. There will be no discipline for Josh Hamilton

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Because of Josh Hamilton‘s severe substance abuse history, MLB has taken an interest in the young man since he resumed his baseball career following all of that time in the wilderness.  He has to check in with the league’s substance abuse panel and stuff.  And according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, he…

  12. Nationals think Edwin Jackson has been tipping his pitches

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post interviewed Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty about a variety of topics today, including the idea that Edwin Jackson has been tipping his pitches for years now. McCatty reviewed video of Jackson’s starts and thinks he was letting batters know what was coming out of the windup: These guys are…

  13. The Yankees and Pirates expected to have a Burnett deal done in 24 hours

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    burnett getty

    I can’t remember trade talks/rumors that have gone on this long. Especially not for a pitcher as mediocre as A.J. Burnett. But they’re still going on. But today Jim Bowden said that the end is nigh: NYY-PGH close to finalizing deal w/ Burnett.should get done in next 24 hours according to source;NYY weighing one last…

  14. A handy sabermetric primer

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT


    Some of you are statheads. Many of you aren’t.  I don’t care what you are, but I do hope that if you take issue with sabermetrics that you at least know what the hell it is you’re criticizing. To that end, go read Amanda Rykoff’s very useful yet very accessible sabermetrics primer over at espnW.…

  15. Arbitration hearings final tally: Teams 5, Players 2

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT


    Garrett Jones‘ hearing against the Pirates was the final one of the arbitration season and his loss means that teams defeated players in five of the seven cases that went the distance. MLB Trade Rumors notes that the seven hearings represent just five percent of the 142 total arbitration eligible players, as settling for one-year…

  16. Yet another Josh Hamilton-Whitney Houston column

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Whitney Houston

    On Monday we watched Patrick Rishe of Forbes, in much the way we’d watch a car wreck, make a hamfisted comparison between Josh Hamilton and Whitney Houston.  I figured no one else would touch that, but I guess I figured wrong. Jen Engel of has one today. It’s nowhere near as bad as Rishe’s.…

  17. Jim Edmonds and Ryan Franklin take post-retirement roles with Cardinals

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Jim Edmonds canceled his comeback attempt last spring, signing a minor-league contract with the Cardinals and then retiring before reporting to camp. This time around he’ll be at Cardinals camp, wearing his familiar No. 15, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Edmonds will be a “special instructor.” And according to…

  18. Pirates and Casey McGehee avoid arbitration

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    First Garrett Jones, now this.  We are officially your go-to source for Pittsburgh Pirates arbitration news. Accept no substitutes. Anyway, yes: the Pirates and their new third baseman Casey McGehee avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. The amount: $2.5375 million. Which makes sense. McGehee had requested $2.725 million and the Pirates countered with…

  19. Pirates defeat Garrett Jones in arbitration hearing

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    garrett jones ap

    Garrett Jones and the Pirates had an arbitration hearing yesterday and the three-person panel has ruled in favor of the team, meaning he’ll be paid $2.25 million this season instead of the $2.5 million he requested. Going through with a hearing over a $250,000 gap is unusual, but Jones is arbitration eligible for the first…

  20. A.J. Burnett turned down trade to Angels for Bobby Abreu

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    While the A.J. Burnett trade talks between the Yankees and Pirates keep chugging along Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees had a deal in place to send him to the Angels for Bobby Abreu … but Burnett used his no-trade clause to block the move. Jon Heyman of…

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