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  1. No surprise: Rafael Soriano won’t opt out of Yankees contract

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s contract with the Yankees allows him to opt out after this season, but coming off a mediocre, injury marred campaign there’s little chance of that happening and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York talked to a source who confirmed Soriano will be staying put. Soriano followed a poor start with a disabled list…

  2. Video: “My name is Tony La Russa”

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I saw this once a few years ago, but man, it doesn’t get old. Via my friend Levi Stahl, who himself caught it this morning over at Viva El Birdos, below is the best game show segment ever. My guess is that the real Tony La Russa told the other two how to fool the…

  3. Arthur Rhodes guaranteed a World Series ring either way

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    It took Arthur Rhodes two decades in the majors to make it to a World Series and now that the 41-year-old reliever is finally there he’s guaranteed a ring no matter the outcome. Rhodes, like Bengie Molina last season, has been a member of both World Series participants this year and will be getting some…

  4. Comment of the Day: Stop worrying and learn to love corporate sponsorship of baseball

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

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    A pretty interesting conversation is developing in the thread about the Occupy St. Louis folks showing the World Series without commercials.  One of the earliest comments — from johnfrancis50 — makes me happy in my pragmatic place: I’m not for or against the Occupy movement, but the statement “there isn’t a need for corporate sponsors…

  5. The history of the World Series program

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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    Last winter I wrote a guest piece for Baseball Prospectus about a concept I call “metafandom.” In the intro, I described one of my most prized possessions: a poster I’ve had since I was a kid — and which is framed and hanging on the wall 10 feet from where I sit as a write…

  6. The Game 1 forecast looks to be … blah

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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    Looks like it’s gonna be rather ugly in St. Louis for Game 1 of the World Series. The forecast: temperatures in the upper 40s with a chance of rain and wind. The wind chill will drop things into the 30s. Things look dry for Game 2 tomorrow. A tiny bit warmer, but still windy.  Friday, which…

  7. Occupy St. Louis to show a commercial-free World Series

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Wall Street Protesters Stage March And Join Union Protest In Manhattan

    The protests have been one thing, but moving on to the rebroadcast and redistribution of the pictures, accounts and descriptions of these games without the express written consent of Major League Baseball shows that the Occupy Wall Street is about nothing but anarchy! Occupy St. Louis invited baseball fans on Tuesday to watch the World Series for…

  8. Vote: Who will win the World Series?

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

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    By now we’re sure you’ve read Craig’s breakdown on the World Series matchup between the Rangers and Cardinals. You’re caught up on all the news, such as the Cardinals’ roster additions, the possibility of Nelson Cruz moving higher in the batting order, and the Game 2 starters for both teams. Now it’s your turn to…

  9. Red Sox release statement denying allegations pitchers drank beer in dugout

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    The Red Sox released a series of statements late tonight in response to a report from Joe Amorosino of WHDH-7 NBC in Boston earlier this afternoon, which claimed that pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer in the dugout during games this season. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona provided a statement,…

  10. Report: Theo Epstein “actively looking” to hire GM in order to become Cubs’ president

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Many were surprised when SI’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that the Cubs were interested in hiring Padres general manager Jed Hoyer. Now it makes a lot of sense. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Theo Epstein is “actively looking” to hire a general manager, a move that would enable him to become the Cubs’…

  11. Cardinals expected to add Jake Westbrook and Skip Schumaker to World Series roster

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa hasn’t confirmed his roster for the World Series against the Rangers quite yet, but he is expected to make two notable changes. From Matthew Leach and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com comes word that Jake Westbrook will take the place of Kyle McCllelan in the Cardinals’ bullpen while Skip Schumaker is…

  12. Ron Washington considering moving Nelson Cruz up in lineup for World Series

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers - Game Six

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Rangers manager Ron Washington is considering batting Nelson Cruz higher than seventh during the World Series against the Cardinals. “I may make a change, I just don’t know where it’s going to be yet,” Washington said. Asked if moving Cruz up was under consideration, Washington said: “It’s a…

  13. Report: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey drank beer in dugout during games

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Oh, man. Remember the report yesterday which claimed Jon Lester only told “part of the story” on the beer/fried chicken situation? Well, this might be the other part. According to a report from Joe Amorosino of WHDH-7 NBC in Boston, citing two “Red Sox employees,” Josh Beckett, John Lackey and the aforementioned Lester drank beer…

  14. 2011 Projection Review: Catchers

    Oct 18, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and them some other notables, starting today with the catchers. Catchers Preseason Top 5 Joe Mauer – Twins – $28 – #1 Projection: .323/.411/.483, 14 HR, 91 R, 82 RBI, 3 SB in 520…

  15. Jaime Garcia gets Game 2 assignment for Cardinals

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Earlier today the Rangers announced that Colby Lewis, not Derek Holland, will start Game 2 of the World Series and now the Cardinals have revealed that he’ll be matched up against Jaime Garcia. Garcia started Game 3 of the NLDS and Game 1 of the NLCS, and the Cardinals prefer to pitch the 25-year-old left-hander…

  16. Fox: we have no complaints about the World Series ratings

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Folks are going to complain about the World Series ratings as soon as they start trickling in.  They’re really going to complain when the Rams-Cowboys game on Sunday doubles the ratings of the Cardinals-Rangers game just around the corner later that evening.  We know that by now. But as Variety’s (and Dodgers Thoughts’) Jon Weisman…

  17. Marlins deny Orioles permission to interview Dan Jennings

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is talking to various general manager candidates from other organizations, but Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Marlins denied the Orioles permission to interview vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager Dan Jennings. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun this is actually the fourth time the Marlins have…

  18. From the “makes no freakin’ sense” department: Jed Hoyer to Chicago?

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jed Hoyer

    UPDATE: Well, now this makes more sense. This makes absolutely no sense in the world but Jon Heyman tweeted this a little while ago: Padres gm jed hoyer is being considered for hire by the cubs/epstein. Why on Earth anyone would go from a general manager’s chair to an assistant general manager’s chair without first, you…

  19. Rangers change rotation, will start Colby Lewis in Game 2

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Derek Holland‘s struggles in the ALCS have convinced the Rangers to juggle their rotation, with manager Ron Washington announcing that Colby Lewis will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals. Texas stuck with the same rotation in the ALDS and ALCS, with C.J. Wilson followed by Holland, Lewis, and Matt Harrison. Washington…

  20. Lew Wolff is buying land in San Jose

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball has not approved the Athletics’ desired move to San Jose yet, and the voters of San Jose have not approved of whatever small portions of a stadium project that would be required, but A’s owner Lew Wolff is on the verge of buying $24 million worth of real estate in San Jose…

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