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  1. MLBPA issues statement about the Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game boycotts

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Arizona Flag

    We touched on Sheriff Joe a few minutes ago. In other All-Star Game/illegal immigration news, there was a lot of talk last year about potential player boycotts and the like as a result of Arizona’s tough immigration law, S.B. 1070. That has largely subsided, partially because parts of the bill are currently in legal limbo,…

  2. Chris Hatcher: from catcher to major league pitcher in less than a year

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Chris Hatcher

    The Marlins’ Chris Hatcher made his major league debut last September as the team’s third catcher, going 0-for-6 in five games.  Today, he’s rejoining the team as a reliever. Hatcher, a 2006 fifth-round pick, decided to make the switch to the mound after hitting just .197/.274/.283 in 354 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A last season. …

  3. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

  4. Shane Victorino placed on disabled list with thumb sprain

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies have placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list due to a ligament sprain in his right thumb. Victorino jammed his thumb on an awkward fall in center field against the Blue Jays on July 3. He’ll be eligible to return during the second series following the All-Star break. Victorino…

  5. Indians’ rookie Lonnie Chisenhall suffers facial contusions on hit-by-pitch

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland

    Scary moment in the second inning of last night’s Blue Jays-Indians game, as rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was forced to leave the game after being struck in the cheek by a pitch from right-hander Carlos Villanueva. Chisenhall was diagnosed with facial contusions and underwent a CT scan at a local hospital, according to Paul Hoynes…

  6. Anti-Frank McCourt letters removed from Dodgers bankruptcy case file

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    I saw this the other day but didn’t comment on it because I figured it would be reversed, but apparently the clerk of the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers’ case had accepted a handful of fan letters into the official case file. They were anti-Frank McCourt letters, essentially saying “we want our team back, please…

  7. Comment of the Day: Remembering Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Sunset

    We got a comment a few minutes ago from a friend of Shannon Stone, the man who died at the Rangers game last night: I am an old friend and classmate of Shannon.  I have known the man for 35 years, ever since we were in Kindergarten and elementary school together, running in the same…

  8. Scott Boras is talking with Francisco Rodriguez

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Scott Boras couldn’t get impending free-agent Jose Reyes in the fold, but he appears to be courting another current Met. Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that Francisco Rodriguez met with Boras and two associates before and after last night’s loss against the Dodgers. Rodriguez is currently represented by Paul Kinzer, but there…

  9. The Dayton Dragons are about to sell out their 815th straight game

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Dayton Dragons

    Hey Red Sox Nation: your sellout streak is nice. In a quaint, small-scale kind of way. One day, if you’re truly committed, you can show devotion like the fans of the Dayton Dragons have done for the past 11 years. Eleven years in which they have sold out every single home game. That’s 815 games…

  10. Clay Buchholz could resume throwing this weekend

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    While Jon Lester is sidelined indefinitely with a lat strain, there’s at least some encouraging news to pass along about Clay Buchholz. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Buchholz hopes to resume a throwing program as soon as Sunday. The 26-year-old right-hander received a cortisone shot in his back when he saw Dr. Craig…

  11. HBT Daily: Tiffany and I talk about announcers

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    We all have stuff we love and stuff we hate when it comes to baseball announcers. But I’m not sure any of us really agree on what’s good and what’s not.

  12. Are the Royals are too cheap to buy replica Negro Leagues uniforms?

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Paige

    Joe Posnanski once wrote about how, roughly ten years ago, the Royals decided not to buy Negro Leagues replica uniforms for their Negro Leagues tribute day — like every other team that runs such a promotion — because they didn’t want to pay the $20K or whatever it would cost to do it. Lately that…

  13. Redoing the 2001 draft: picks 21-30

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Skip Schumaker

    Here’s the third and final segment in the 2001 MLB draft redo. Click for parts one and two. 21. San Francisco Giants Actual: Brad Hennessey Redo: Ryan Theriot (78th pick, Cubs) As sad as it is to say, of the 20 pitchers drafted in the first round in 2001, only five have had better careers than…

  14. Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone…

  15. And now a few words about comments at HBT

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    megaphone

    A bit of housekeeping. This time about comments. One thing I take a bit of pride in is that, for a large website, our comments are pretty good. Oh, sure, there’s some jackassery going on below the fold in every post — and if you simply don’t like comments on blogs on general principle, the…

  16. Shocker: The Angels call up Mike Trout

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Mike Trout doesn’t turn 20 for another month.* But as of today, he’s a major leaguer. We certainly weren’t expecting that so soon. But with Peter Bourjos suffering from a hamstring injury and the surging Angels merely a game back of the Rangers in a surprisingly competitive AL West, the front office in Anaheim apparently…

  17. More details on the death of Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    General view shows area where fan was seriously injured after falling over railing in outfield bleachers while trying to catch ball in Arlington

    More details are available this morning on the death that occurred at the Ballpark at Arlington last night. The man’s name was Shannon Stone. He was a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas and, sadly, as preliminary reports noted, he was at the game with his young son, who watched the accident happen. According to this Associated Press…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:03 AM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Carlos Villanueva threw six shutout innings. Too bad he couldn’t stay in to throw more, because the Indians rallied like crazy in the ninth with an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and then the big shot: the Travis Hafner walkoff grand slam. That’s some serious dramatics right there, babies. Almost enough…

  19. How does Josh Hamilton recover from this?

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:29 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    I feel terrible for the man who died in the stands at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday night and even worse for his young son.  But it’s impossible not to have equal sympathy for Josh Hamilton. The foul ball that Hamilton threw into the stands is going to haunt the man for the rest of his…

  20. Nick Hundley set to undergo arthroscopic elbow surgery

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:16 AM EST

    hundley camo ap

    Corey Brock of MLB.com passes along word that Padres catcher Nick Hundley is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday on his right elbow and could miss more than a month while in rehab and recovery mode. Hundley began feeling discomfort in the elbow near the end of June and apparently underwent a battery of tests…

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