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  1. The Cubs will play with computers live on video tonight

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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    This is kind of neat. Back in January we learned that the Cubs had made it to the 21st century by forming a partnership with Bloomberg Sports to design a new player-evaluation system.  Very statty for the historically non-statty Cubs. Tonight CSNChicago.com will live stream a thing — they’re calling it a “chalk talk” — in…

  2. Ozzie Guillen has one rule: Don’t be late for the [bleeping] National Anthem

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Ozzie Guillen had a nice rant yesterday, explaining that one of his few rules as a manager is making sure all players are on time and in the dugout when the National Anthem is performed before each game. And because Ozzie is Ozzie, the explanation for why that’s so important to him was both insightful…

  3. “Al Hrabosky… is the reason I am an alcoholic”

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Last fall FanGraphs asked readers to offer their comments and observations about their team’s TV announcers.  They’re now starting a countdown of all of them, from worst to best.  Today’s installment has numbers 30-21. I like it because, unlike a lot of broadcaster ratings, it has examples of some of the guys’ bad behaviors, good…

  4. The Astros have made Brett Myers their new closer

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brett Myers

    This is unexpected: the Houston Astros have moved Brett Myers out of the rotation and have made him their new closer. Announced it this morning. This is not an unprecedented role for Myers. He was the Phillies closer for most of the 2007 season, moving back to the rotation after they picked up Brad Lidge.  As…

  5. Angels say they’ve “handled” the “El Hombre” billboards that Albert Pujols didn’t like

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Last week Albert Pujols expressed his displeasure with the Angels’ marketing campaign that used billboards bearing his face and the “El Hombre” nickname that he’s never liked being associated with and now the team has responded. Angels president John Carpino told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the situation has been “handled” and after…

  6. The Nationals’ “Take back the Park” thing turns stupid

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    Remember how the Nationals launched an initiative to keep Phillies fans from taking over their ballpark during Nats-Phillies series?  How they won’t sell tickets to people not from D.C., Virginia or Maryland? I think that’s kind of pointless and silly because (a) it’s not like the secondary ticket market doesn’t exist; and (b) money is money…

  7. Great Moments in Not Letting Go of the Past

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Beltran NLCS 2006

    You may have forgotten that Adam Wainwright struck out Carlos Beltran looking to end the 2006 NLCS.  That is, unless you read the New York tabloids because they have never let that go. And so it was this morning, that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that Beltran was going to face his…

  8. You can get your “Si, Motherf****r” shirts now

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Last week Buster Olney passed along a great anecdote of Miguel Cabrera hitting bombs in BP: When Cabrera took his turns in the box, he carved long liners to right field, over and over, shouting to the others to guess whether they would clear the fence. “SI OR NO?” Cabrera yelled. “SI OR NO? SI…

  9. Deadspin has a pretty controversial theory on the Braun decision

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Over at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs offers a potential theory of why Ryan Braun won his arbitration, even though many believe the case against him was so strong: Over the weekend, however, I spoke with someone familiar with the arbitration process in general. He had another theory: Ryan Braun didn’t get off because of the merits…

  10. Nice scouting there, 1997 version of Dan Duquette

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Jason Varitek’s retirement announcement announcement (well, that’s what it was), Alex Speier of WEEI has a nice look back at the trade that sent Varitek from Seattle to Boston and set the Red Sox on course for their 2004 and 2007 World Series championships. This is my favorite part, from Derek Lowe, who…

  11. Andy Pettitte visits Yankees’ spring training, content with retirement

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Reuters

    Andy Pettitte announced his retirement last February after compiling 240 career wins, 2,251 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA over 16 major league seasons, but he was back in Yankees’ camp earlier today. As a guest instructor, that is. The 39-year-old naturally felt a bit nostalgic conversing with his former teammates and being back in uniform…

  12. Cardinals and Yadier Molina closing in on five-year, $70-75M extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that the two sides are closing in on a five-year deal in the $70-75 million range. Molina would make $14-15 million per season if Rosenthal is correct, which would give him the second-highest AAV (average annual value) for a catcher ever behind Joe Mauer‘s current eight-year, $184 million contract ($23 million). As…

  13. Scott Sizemore out for season with torn ACL in left knee

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

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    Scott Sizemore injured his left knee during a fielding drill on Saturday and the Athletics just announced that he’ll miss the entire 2012 season due to a torn ACL. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the 27-year-old will be reevaluated in two weeks before surgery is scheduled. This is just awful news for Sizemore, who…

  14. Magic Johnson’s group among seven bidders still in running for Dodgers

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Magic Johnson-Stan Kasten group is among seven bidders left in the running to buy the Dodgers. The field was whittled down to nine after the groups headlined by Peter O’Malley and Joe Torre dropped out over the past week. The groups led by Memphis Grizzlies’…

  15. Running down the rosters: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies still look like the class of the NL, but while their win totals have increased five years running, it hasn’t resulted in playoff success the last couple of years. Rotation Roy Halladay – R Cliff Lee – L Cole Hamels – L Vance Worley – R Joe Blanton – R Bullpen Jonathan Papelbon…

  16. Royals sign 21-year-old Salvador Perez to five-year deal

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Update: The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports that Perez is guaranteed $7 million through 2016. The deal could be worth as much as $26.75 million over eight years. /// The Royals locked up the youngest of their young major leaguers on Monday, signing 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract with club options…

  17. Jason Varitek joins Tim Wakefield in calling it a career

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    Among active teammates, only the Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada had been together longer than Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Now Varitek has joined Posada, the catcher he was so often compared to as part of the New York-Boston rivalry, and Wakefield in retirement. Had Varitek played anywhere other than…

  18. Jason Varitek is retiring

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    This is not surprising given all of the rumblings we’ve heard, but it’s going to be official as of Thursday: Jason Varitek is retiring.  He told the Boston Globe that he will announce it formally in Fort Myers that day. The end was certainly nigh.  Varitek turns 40 in April. He hit .221/.300/.423 with 11…

  19. After 10 seasons and $43 million, Danys Baez is retiring

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Danys Baez, who was released by the Phillies in the middle of last season, is retiring following a 10-year career, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Baez defected from Cuba in 1999 and had a few standout seasons for the Indians and Rays early in his career, but was a bust for the Orioles after…

  20. The Ryan Braun saga tells us something about the culture of baseball

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard a lot since Thursday evening about how Ryan Braun was such a lucky dog for beating the system and all of that. We haven’t heard a ton, however, about that system itself.  But Grantland’s Charles Pierce has some pretty strong opinions.  Notably: From its very beginnings, the “war” on performance-enhancing drugs in sports,…

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