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  1. HBT Daily: Draft chatter for non-draft experts

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Matthew has been posting the stuff you need to read about the draft. This video is for those of us who really can’t get our brains around it.

  2. 2011 MLB Draft – Round 2 wrap: Josh Bell goes to Pirates

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Josh Bell

    The Pirates grabbed the best player available to start round two, taking Texas prep outfielder Josh Bell with the 61st overall selection.  Bell, who would have gone in the middle of round one on talent, told teams not to select him because he was planning on honoring his commitment to the University of Texas. A…

  3. Getting to know David Einhorn — and hatching a half-crazy ownership roulette scenario

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Richard Sandomir has a story on the background of the Mets’ new minority and possible future majority owner, David Einhorn.  It’s all worth reading because it gives you a sense of what makes the guy tick, but the lede is interesting to me. Seems Einhorn — who grew up in Milwaukee — was interested in…

  4. Rays’ Double-A pitching coach shot in apparent mugging

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    bill moloney rays

    A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Bill Moloney, the Double-A pitching coach for the Rays, was shot in the thigh last night in an apparent mugging. According to Long the incident occurred at Moloney’s apartment complex around 11:30 pm, after he’d coached in the Montgomery Biscuits’ game. Here are a few more…

  5. Cubs, Red Sox to make “It Gets Better” videos

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    It gets better

    On the heels of the San Francisco Giants’ well-received “It Gets Better” video, which is part of a national anti-bullying campaign aimed at helping gay youth, two more teams are going to join in the fun as well: the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox’ announcement was inspired by a petition by a…

  6. Rockies move Carlos Gonzalez to center field, leadoff spot

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Dexter Fowler‘s abdominal injury has the Rockies shaking up their outfield and batting order by moving Carlos Gonzalez from left field to center field and from No. 3 hitter to leadoff man. Gonzalez had played exclusively left field this season, but he started 55 times in center field last year and has 1,300 career innings…

  7. Brad Lidge had a setback

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge had been pitching in extended spring training down in Clearwater, but he’s on his way back to Philly now due to a setback: elbow soreness. You’ll recall that the reason he’s on the DL in the first place is a strain of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, so this is a…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman “unlikely” to come off disabled list this week

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    zimmerman face

    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and played seven innings defensively last night at Single-A, but manager Jim Riggleman said the third baseman is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list before the Nationals end their 11-game road trip Sunday. “We don’t want to push it,” Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I really want…

  9. Or maybe Harper should just embrace villainy

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Piper Snuka

    Maybe I went too far in my advice to Bryce Harper this morning.  Maybe Ted Berg has a better idea about it all: a full-on heel-turn: … make ‘em teach you, Bryce. Admire your moonshots. Maintain that godawful mustache. And maybe armor up a bit. The baseball world needs bad guys, and due to your unique…

  10. Yankees draft Dante Bichette’s son, Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    They didn’t have a first-round pick last night, but the Yankees did have a supplemental first rounder at No. 51 thanks to losing Javier Vazquez as a free agent (seriously) and they used it on high school slugger Dante Bichette Jr. In addition to being the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette he’s also…

  11. It ain’t just Harper: pitchers who throw at guys need to grow up too

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    In that first Bryce Harper post this morning I wrote: Maybe he gets away with that kind of thing in A-ball. But if he doesn’t learn a bit of humility at some point on his journey to greatness, he’s going to get his ribs broken. To be clear, that was a prediction, not a prescription,…

  12. Jason Kendall takes “a huge step” in post-surgery comeback

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall took what he called “a huge step” in his recovery from shoulder surgery, participating in live batting practice yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in September. Kendall’s throwing program has progressed to 100 feet and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he could be cleared for…

  13. Davey Lopes misses Philly; isn’t crazy about the mess in L.A.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes liked it in when he coached in Philly but, as was suspected at the time and as he said in an interview upon his return to Philly yesterday, the Phillies just didn’t want to pay him what he thought he was worth.  Despite this, however, he has fond memories…

  14. Andy Pettitte: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again”

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    While appearing on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday Andy Pettitte made it very clear that he has no plans to come out of retirement, saying: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again.” Pettitte added that he’s “not dying to be playing baseball right now” and is “absolutely loving being home.” He left the door…

  15. Selig seeks slotting; international draft

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    We’ve seen this coming for a couple of years now, but on the occasion of the 2011 draft, Bud Selig once again called for the hard slotting of draft picks and the extension of the draft to cover other countries: “I believe in slotting and I believe in a worldwide draft. I think it’s important,”…

  16. Joakim Soria reclaims closer duties after one-week demotion

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Demoted from closer to middle reliever last week after blowing three saves in four appearances, Joakim Soria threw five hitless innings in three outings and now the Royals are ready to hand him ninth-inning duties back. Aaron Crow was tabbed as the fill-in closer, but never actually got a save opportunity. Ned Yost told Dick…

  17. The implications of moving the fences in at Citi Field

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Citi Field AP

    Everyone talks about moving the fences in at Citi Field, but no one analyzes it.  That is until today, when Adam Rubin — with the help of Greg Rybarczyk from Hittrackeronline.com — looks into how various modifications to the dimensions of Citi Field would affect the Mets in general and David Wright — the most frequently…

  18. Bryce Harper needs to grow up

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    There has been quite a response since the post of that Bryce Harper home run trot this morning (the video is embedded below).  It has me thinking about the curious beast that is Bryce Harper and what, if anything, we can take from that little episode. First, let me be clear: I’m not trying to…

  19. The draft is happening

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    In case you missed our coverage, be it known that the first round of the amateur draft went down last night. Matthew Pouliot’s wrapup can be read here.  As-it-went-down reactions can be read here: Pick number one; Picks 2-5; Picks 6-10; Picks 11-15; Picks 16-20; Picks 21-25; and Picks 26-33 Personally, I’m no draft expert.…

  20. Carlos Zambrano apologizes to Carlos Marmol, but no one else; stands by his words

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Zambrano_Carlos

    A funny thing happened yesterday: Carlos Zambrano‘s Sunday rant about the Cubs being “embarrassing” went over really well with Cubs fans. Seemed Zambrano said something that they needed someone else besides themselves to say. That this outfit is playing poorly and needs to get better. As such, Zambrano didn’t apologize generally for his comments. He…

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