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  1. Jack McKeon wants Mike Stanton to steal 30 bases for some reason

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Mike Stanton, Paul Janish

    Not satisfied with Mike Stanton being perhaps the best young slugger in baseball, Marlins manager Jack McKeon wants him stealing bases now too: He needs a little polish on the bases. But that’s because he has not had that much experience. I gave him the steal sign one night a while back and he stood…

  2. HBT readers are smart

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Mark Runsvold.bmp

    Mark Runsvold has been reading and commenting on HBT since its inception and before that was reading my old blog, Shysterball.  I always knew he was rather bright based on his comments, but I had no idea that he was going to do something like win $48K in one day on Jeopardy! But that’s what…

  3. Alfredo Aceves has the best winning percentage of all time

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Alfredes Aceves was the winning pitcher in last night’s 16-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Rays, throwing three scoreless innings before Dustin Pedroia‘s hit finally broke a 0-0 tie. With the victory Aceves improved to 19-2 for his career, which is a .905 winning percentage that ranks as the best mark in MLB history…

  4. That guy who could throw that speedball by you? His name is Joe DePugh

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Glory Days

    This was apparently in the New York Times last week, but I missed it. Reader Bill S. emailed me to let me know that it’s running again over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story: the real life identity of that pitcher Bruce Springsteen knew back in high school who could through that speedball by ya…

  5. Tigers interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Matthew Pouliot wrote last week that Detroit’s primary focus heading into the trade deadline should be rotation help, so not surprisingly Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers are interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has a hideous 3-13 record, but his 4.45 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 123 innings are…

  6. Mike Adams applied for a passport in case he’s traded to AL

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Mike Adams

    San Diego is one-stop shopping for contending teams in need of bullpen help, with closer Heath Bell and setup men Mike Adams and Chad Qualls rumored to be on the trading block. Adams told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that he applied for a passport at the suggestion of his agent in case…

  7. Nolan Ryan hospitalized with chest pains

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Ryan Ventura

    This photo is a representation of what I assume Nolan Ryan is going to evetually do to any cardiac issues that dare mess with him. In the meantime, hold a good thought for Ryan, who was hospitalized in Houston today after experiencing chest pains at his home. Ryan has a history of heart trouble, having undergone…

  8. More knee problems send Grady Sizemore back to DL

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Grady Sizemore, who spent part of May on the disabled list with a right knee contusion, re-injured the same knee yesterday and has been placed back on the DL. The good news is that it was Sizemore’s left knee that caused him to miss most of last season and the beginning of this year following…

  9. We are in for years of dominance by Congressional Democrats

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    donkey_elephant

    No, not politically. But from a baseball perspective, most definitely: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) smoked the GOP in this year’s congressional baseball game:  The former college player pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13, in leading Democrats to a 8-2 victory. A full story of last Thursday’s Roll Call game can be read here. Photos…

  10. Jim Thome unleashes monster blast for 596th career homer

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    delmon young jim thome homer 596

    Jim Thome’s monstrous three-run homer yesterday was the 596th of his Hall of Fame career and the Twins measured it at 490 feet, which would be the longest homer in the brief history of Target Field and the longest homer hit by anyone in the majors this season. Oh, and it also turned a 1-1…

  11. Great Moments in Self-Promotion: I talked a lot about baseball over at Splice Today

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    narcissus

    I’ve been talking baseball with Russ Smith over at Splice Today on and off for several years now.  From time to time we do an email interview.  We did one over the weekend, the results of which are just posted over at Splice Today. Among the topics: The “Moneyball” movie, the next baseball commissioner (assuming…

  12. Ubaldo Jimenez wants to finish his career with the Rockies

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    As rumors swirl around the Rockies’ asking price for Ubaldo Jimenez and various teams’ interest level in the 27-year-old right-hander, Jimenez made it clear yesterday that he’s not looking to be traded and wants to remain in Colorado for the rest of his career, telling Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post: As a player, you…

  13. Adam Dunn has totally cratered

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    We talked over the weekend about how low Jayson Werth could get.  One possible answer: not as low as Adam Dunn, right?  To see just how ugly* Dunn’s season has been, check out Brett Ballantini’s breakdown of it over at CSN Chicago.  It’s pretty mind-blowing.  There’s a Rob Deer comparison in there. And I think…

  14. Astros will limit rookie Jordan Lyles to 165-170 total innings

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    jordan-lyles-astros

    Jordan Lyles was called up to replace an injured Wandy Rodriguez in late May and has struck in the Astros’ rotation, but the 20-year-old’s workload figures to be limited down the stretch. Brad Mills told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Lyles likely won’t be allowed to throw more than 165-170 total innings this season between…

  15. The Pirates are scouting Hunter Pence

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The bizarro theme of “Pittsburgh Pirates: trade deadline buyers” continues.  Building on their alleged contacts with the Oakland A’s regarding Josh Willingham, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports today that they’re aiming higher than that:  they’re scouring the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It strikes me as unlikely that anything could come of that.  Not too…

  16. Turn around, bright eyes. No, seriously, turn around. The ball dropped in behind you.

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Residents

    An interesting story in the New York times leads with Mark Kotsay losing a fly ball in the sun to explain something most of us probably hadn’t thought to much about: As one of the roughly 16 percent of Americans with light-colored eyes (Kotsay’s are a soft blue), he is more affected by glare, experts…

  17. The boo birds come out for Jason Bay

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    It seemed like Jason Bay was pulling himself out of his funk before the All-Star break. He had good series against the Tigers, Yankees and the Dodgers, putting a little hitting streak together for a while, showing some pop and generally not looking moribund. But the last series before the break against the Giants had…

  18. The Tropicana Field catwalk strikes again

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Tropicana Field

    And now your semi-annual reminder that Tropicana Field is really not fit for the playing of professional baseball games: The Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman hit a ball in the eighth inning of Sunday night’s game against Boston that broke a light on an overhanging catwalk down the third-base line. Parts of the light dropped to the…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Nick Johnson

    In addition to that trip to Kings Island I mentioned in the recaps, the weekend also included a trip to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game Saturday night.  I’m totally the father of the year.  I didn’t even beat my children when they got tired out in the bottom of the fifth inning, causing us to…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:33 AM EST

    Brady Kings Island

    Reds 3, Cardinals 1:  I spent my Sunday near Cincinnati. Not in Cincinnati, but just north of it, at the Kings Island theme park (i.e. the one the Bradys went to where Greg lost Mike’s plans or whatever it was; it has improved a bit since 1974).  I took Mookie and Carlo and my old…

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