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  1. Independent league baseball is awesome

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    A story in the Chicago Sun-Times a couple of days ago — just coming to my attention via a fun thread over at Baseball Think Factory — is seven shades of awesome. I’ll let you read it for yourself, but the critical components are as follows: Former Blue Jays manager Tim Johnson quitting before a…

  2. Curt Flood’s lawyer was unprepared

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    This comes from the “I never knew that” file. Apparently Curt Flood’s attorney in front of the Supreme Court for his famous — and ultimately ill-fated — challenge of the reserve clause was woefully unprepared. That, via the New York Times, is the story that will be told in a documentary that will air tonight on…

  3. Mark Prior is between injuries again

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    Mark Prior has been sidelined for the past three months with a groin injury, but is finally healthy enough to return to the mound today in a rookie-ball game. Prior threw two innings against Gulf Coast League hitters from the Braves’ organization, allowing one hit and an unearned run. According to the Associated Press he…

  4. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the Oakland A’s situation

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Well, it was the quote of yesterday, which came during his press conference, but I don’t expect many quotes from anyone today, so this will do. Here’s Bud Selig, when asked about the status of the committee which is alleged to be hard at work studying the future of the A’s and the viability of…

  5. Kris Medlen shut down for six weeks after surgery setback

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

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    Kris Medlen‘s setback from Tommy John elbow surgery was initially deemed minor last month, but now Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves right-hander has been shut down for at least another six weeks. General manager Frank Wren told Rogers that Medlen “is suffering from lingering soreness in his elbow and…

  6. Report: Yankees rejected Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

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    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees rejected a Francisco Rodriguez deal similar to the one accepted by the Brewers last night, in part because they didn’t think either K-Rod or Rafael Soriano would be content working the seventh inning. The Mets sent Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers last night for two…

  7. Denard Span cleared for rehab assignment after concussion

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Out for the past six weeks with a concussion, Twins center fielder Denard Span told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. There’s no word yet on where Span will be rehabbing or how long the stint is expected to last, but given the struggles…

  8. Rusty Hardin: big rich and famous people just can’t catch a break in this country

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    Opening statements began in the Roger Clemens trial this morning. The government led with those syringes that Brian McNamee kept and will apparently hang their case on them. This is not terribly surprising, though it is not without risk. The lab analysis will say what the lab analysis says on those things — the prosecutors…

  9. Chris Coghlan likely to remain in the minors once healthy

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Last month Chris Coghlan‘s demotion to the minors was overturned after he told the Marlins about a knee injury, causing them to place him on the disabled list instead. He’s set to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A, but following the Marlins’ trade for Mike Cameron last week it sounds like Coghlan is still destined…

  10. Must-click link: the 100 Worst Baseball Players of All Time

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

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    Say goodbye to your afternoon! Over at Deadspin, Eric Nusbaum counts down the 100 worst baseball players of all time. This, however, is not a list of guys with bad stats. They have to embody badness in some significant, lasting way.  Wait, let’s let Eric describe it: But by worst 100 baseball players I don’t…

  11. Matt Kemp has a personal stylist and she was profiled by LA Weekly

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp has a personal stylist named Desiree Quintal and she was recently profiled by LA Weekly, leading to some amusing quotes about the Dodgers’ All-Star center fielder: Matt and I had been acquaintances for a couple years. I heard that he was moving and needed help organizing his things. I suggested adding a few…

  12. Mets minority owner David Einhorn eliminated from World Series of Poker main event

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Five years ago David Einhorn made a deep run in the World Series of Poker main event, turning his $10,000 entry into $660,000 and then donating the entire 18th-place prize to charity. He ponied up another $10,000 for this year’s main event, but the new Mets minority owner was eliminated on Day 2 of the…

  13. Miller High Life offers to pay Christian Lopez’s tax bill

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

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    We passed along word yesterday that Christian “I caught Jeter’s 3000th” Lopez will probably have to pay a five-figure tax bill on all of the merch the Yankees gave him in exchange for the home run ball.  But don’t worry, Christian! Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that help is on the way! Miller High Life,…

  14. Bryce Harper got matching “Mom” and “Pops” wrist tattoos

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Fresh off his 0-for-4 performance in the Futures Games over the weekend Washington uber prospect Bryce Harper decided to get some ink along with his brother, Bryan Harper, who was drafted by the Nationals last month. They tweeted out pictures of the tattoos and then later deleted them, but Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post…

  15. The Clemente family would like to semi-retire Roberto Clemente’s number

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    A few years ago, the family of Roberto Clemente got behind a movement to try to have Roberto Clemente’s number 21 retired across all of baseball, just as Jackie Robinson’s 42 is retired. Bud Selig put the kibosh on that. I agreed with Bud, frankly. Clemente was a special player and the example of both…

  16. Miguel Cabrera says All-Star game injury “is nothing big”

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Miguel Cabrera left the All-Star game after one at-bat with what was described as mild soreness in his right side and the Tigers first baseman said afterward that the injury “is nothing big.” “I’m going to take care of myself and get ready for Friday,” Cabrera told Jason Beck of MLB.com, referring to the Tigers’…

  17. Jaime Garcia, Cardinals to announce a four-year $27.5 million deal today

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    This was actually first reported by KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis six days ago, but at the time neither the Cardinals nor Garcia confirmed it.  Jon Heyman reports today, however, that the deal is, in fact, done, and that an official announcement could come as early as this afternoon. Heyman’s report is just what…

  18. Bengie Molina doesn’t plan to play in 2011, will likely retire

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Bengie Molina‘s name gets brought up every time a catcher is injured, as if a 36-year-old who was incredibly slow and out of shape to begin with hasn’t gotten older, slower, and heavier in the nine months since he last played an MLB game. If he hasn’t signed yet he probably isn’t going to sign…

  19. Report: the Astros will move to the AL in future realignment

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    We’ve heard mixed things about this in the past, but Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona reports that the Diamondbacks have been told by Major League Baseball that they will not be asked to move to the AL as a part of any realignment scheme. That according to “two sources close to the situation.”  He goes…

  20. The Mets sent $5 million to Milwaukee with K-Rod

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

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    Joel Sherman supplies us with some more details regarding the Francisco Rodriguez trade to Milwaukee.  He says that the Mets have sent $5 million to the Brewers. Which makes total sense, of course. It basically gives the Brewers the money to pay K-Rod’s salary for the rest of the year, though they still have to…

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