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  1. In 0-for-23 slump, Jason Bay takes a seat

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Jason Bay in New York, he’s gone 0-for-20 without an RBI in six games this month. Hitless in 23 at-bats overall, he’s now down to .207/.307/.279 in 140 at-bats for the season. Because Bay missed the first three weeks of the season with a strained oblique, he’s…

  2. Pirates’ starting catcher Chris Snyder to have back surgery

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    chris-snyder-pirates-spring

    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Snyder needs surgery and may be lost for the season. ========== Coming into the season the Pirates had so much catching depth that they were desperately trying to trade Ryan Doumit rather than use him as a part-time outfielder, but now Doumit is on the…

  3. Logan Morrison is not happy with the Marlins’ firing of hitting coach John Mallee

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    mallee pose

    Yesterday the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee.  Today Logan Morrison made it clear that he — and possibly others on the team — were not at all happy with the move. “They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He’s there from day one. He got me to the big leagues.…

  4. Dodgers option rookie Jerry Sands back to Triple-A

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Los Angeles showed patience with Jerry Sands by sticking with the rookie despite a very slow start and he rebounded with a solid May, but after beginning this month in a 1-for-17 slump the Dodgers have demoted him back to Triple-A. Sands’ overall numbers aren’t pretty, as he hit just .200 with two homers and…

  5. Albert Pujols is playing third base again

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    There will come a time when Albert Pujols getting the start at third base will no longer be newsworthy. To be honest, it probably came the last time he started at third base. But hey, it’s almost 5, I’ve been up since 4AM, I’m getting punchy and posting about this seems better than trying to…

  6. Jimmy Rollins avoids disabled list, rejoins Phillies’ lineup

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins was apparently right about not needing a stint on the disabled list for his knee injury, because the Phillies’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs. Rollins was out of the starting lineup for the previous four games after an MRI revealed what the Phillies called a “deep…

  7. Nyjer Morgan was quite pleased following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan got the game-winning hit last night. Methinks he was somewhat happy about it.

  8. Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Crash and Nuke

    ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives…

  9. Magglio Ordonez asks for more rehab time in minors before rejoining Tigers

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Magglio Ordonez was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he asked the Tigers for some additional time in the minors to get “his timing at the plate.” Ordonez is 7-for-26 (.269) with a double through six games at Triple-A, striking out six times versus zero walks…

  10. Communication issues meant Bob Geren had to get the boot

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Anyone need a bench coach?

    It’s a given that Oakland GM Billy Beane didn’t want to let his close friend go: Bob Geren was the best man at his wedding.  Still, the change needed to come with Geren having lost the A’s clubhouse. In replacing Geren, the A’s chose a lesser baseball man but a better manager of people in Bob Melvin. …

  11. Is changing managers in the middle of the season a good idea?

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    In honor of the firing of Bob Geren, The Common Man updates and re-presents his study from a year ago in which he examined whether changing managerial horses in midstream actually helps teams.  The short version: eh, not really, at least from a won-loss perspective.  But it’s entirely possible — and in the case of…

  12. GM on Phillies’ trade deadline plans: “You will not see a major move this year”

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that he has no plans to pick up a big bat before the July 31 trade deadline, telling Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia: “You will not see a major move this year.” Philadelphia has MLB’s best record at 37-25, putting the Phillies on pace for 97 wins, but…

  13. Dylan Bundy would hit Bryce Harper four times if he blew a kiss at him

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Dylan Bundy was the Orioles’ top draft pick.  I can’t say that I like interleague play, but based on what he said about the Bryce Harper argle-bargle while appearing on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore yesterday, I’d like to see the Nats and Orioles play 50 times a year starting in 2013: Host Steve Davis: “So…

  14. 50 years ago today: Ryne Duren strikes out seven straight Red Sox

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Ryne Duren - 1962 Topps

    June 9, 1961 Making his first start of the year in the second game of a doubleheader, the California Angels’ Ryne Duren fans seven straight Red Sox to set an American League record in a 5-1 victory. Duren’s streak started when Frank Malzone whiffed to end the first inning with two men on.  He went…

  15. Mike Stanton has 35 homers after 365 days in the big leagues

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Marlins calling up Mike Stanton and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that his power numbers after 365 days as a big leaguer are every bit as impressive as the hype suggested. Stanton has struggled to make consistent contact, striking out 184 times compared to 51 non-intentional walks, and…

  16. HBT Daily: Thursday Twitter questions

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Come for the question about Francisco Rodriguez. Stay for the revelation of the movie Tiffany has not seen!

  17. Giants need catching help, but “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer”

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    General manager Brian Sabean loves veterans and the Giants are in need of catching help with Buster Posey out for the season, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer.” Rodriguez is old enough that his son was drafted by the Twins earlier this week and he’s hitting…

  18. The Athletics fire Bob Geren, hire Bob Melvin

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Bob Geren

    Wow: ten minutes after I do an extended “Logan’s Run” riff on Bob Geren, speculating that he’ll be gone come this September when he turns 50, the A’s go and fire him.  Geren is out: Bob Melvin takes over. The A’s have lost nine in a row and absolutely nothing has gone right for them.…

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

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    The Question

    If it’s Thursday, it’s Twitter question day. Here are the ones that didn’t make the video, which will be posted in a few minutes: Q: Was Billy Beane smart enough to put in some kind of escape clause with Bob Geren? Yep. Geren turns 50 this September. Few people know this, but his contract requires that…

  20. Josh Hamilton on why Texas fired hitting coach Thad Bosley: “It was communication … not a lot there”

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    When the Rangers fired hitting coach Thad Bosley yesterday after just two months on the job I wrote that it couldn’t have been based on the lineup’s performance, because they rank fourth among AL teams in runs scored with a similar output to last season. And sure enough, comments from the front office and various…

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