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  1. Wanna be the P.A. announcer at Wrigley Field?

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I just got back from the Cubs’ clubhouse — more on that later — and sitting on my laptop was a press release from the team announcing a partnership between the Cubs and CareerBuilder.com to find the next public address announcer at Wrigley Field. Really: they’re taking applications right on the web. Candidates, we’re told, should…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: Greetings from HoHoKam Park

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Or is it HoHoKam Stadium?  And is that capitalization correct?  Really, I can’t tell you because I’ve seen it written differently in different places.  I think “Stadium” is correct but Park rolls off the tongue better. Probably doesn’t matter considering that they’re building a new place a couple miles from here and will thus be…

  3. Carlos Beltran is moving to right field full time

    Feb 28, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Two weeks ago new Mets manager Terry Collins said of Carlos Beltran: “When he walks in the first day, he’s the center fielder.” Beltran may have walked into camp as the center fielder, but those plans have apparently already changed, as Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Beltran will be moved to right field full…

  4. J.J. Putz won’t make Diamondbacks debut before March 7

    Feb 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    J.J. Putz signed on to be the Diamondbacks’ closer with a two-year, $10 million deal this offseason, but the veteran right-hander won’t make his spring training debut until March 7 despite nothing being wrong with him physically. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson explained to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that Putz will focus on building up his…

  5. Be happy that Oliver Perez got rocked over the weekend, Mets fans

    Feb 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Oliver Perez worked in the Mexican League this winter and he showed up early to spring training.  Didn’t help, though, as he made his spring training debut against the Braves over the weekend and gave up four runs in two innings, walked three guys and only got the ball up to 86 m.p.h.  Once, that…

  6. Welcome to St. Jetersburg

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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    The New York Times has a feature on the outrageously large house Derek Jeter has built down in Tampa. Cost?! No man can say! The 30,875-square-foot mansion, which overlooks Hillsborough Bay, features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, two boat lifts, a drive-through portico and a pair of three-car garages flanking the north and south…

  7. Bobby Valentine would like to buy into the Mets

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine wants to buy into the Mets’ ownership group? Wow, Stamford, Connecticut must really overpay their civil servants: Valentine has spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets, a baseball official told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’’ve talked to a number of people interested in purchasing…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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    You suckers missed the fact that I was blogging spring training all weekend. Don’t try to deny it. I see the web traffic stats. You were spending time with your families or watching that godforsaken Oscars show or something instead of reading my dispatches from Arizona. Shame on you. But I now give you a…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: No, Marty Brennaman is not Bob Uecker

    Feb 27, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    This morning’s fears of severe cloudiness notwithstanding, it ended up being a very nice day at the ballpark. A bit cool, but not too bad. And a ton of sun, so take that weatherman. The game: OK. Not great, but OK, which is as good as we can hope this time of the year.  Early…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: What the heck is a feetlong hot dog?

    Feb 27, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

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    I met a cool guy today. That’s him. His name is Kwang Min Park, a baseball journalist from South Korea.  His nickname, however, is Agassi.  Yes, because he likes Andre Agassi. As you might expect, Agassi was here today to cover Shin-Soo Choo.  I saw him interviewing Choo in the clubhouse, and he sat next to…

  11. Brandon Webb gets back on mound, feels good

    Feb 27, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Rangers didn’t like the look of things in one of Brandon Webb‘s first bullpen sessions of the spring, so they asked him to do only flat-ground throwing until he developed a little more strength in his chronically troublesome right shoulder. Today, they let him back on a mound. It was his first bullpen session…

  12. Duke Snider: 1926-2011

    Feb 27, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider

    “The Silver Fox” has passed away. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980 as a Dodger, the aptly nicknamed Duke Snider was an eight-time All-Star and also finished with MVP votes in eight different major league seasons. He came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and moved with the team out to Los…

  13. Jody Gerut officially retires from the game of baseball

    Feb 27, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers

    Jody Gerut is hanging up his cleats for good. The 33-year-old outfielder and only known professional athlete who subscribes to The Economist inked a minor league contract with the Mariners over the winter, but he told a group of reporters on Sunday morning in spring camp that he no longer had the desire to continue…

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: Boppin’ around the Indians and the Reds

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The Reds and Indians share the Goodyear complex.  The team clubhouses and practice fields are about a half mile down the road from the ballpark. Neither the Reds nor the Indians take their BP or infield in the main park, even on game day, so I’ve spent most of my morning driving and walking long distances…

  15. Utley underwent MRI on right knee Saturday

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly comes word that second baseman Chase Utley underwent an MRI on his right knee Saturday. The test showed no structural damage, but Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and won’t play in the Phillies’ first handful of Grapefruit League games. The Phillies are also going to limit the amount of…

  16. Rangers: Beltre still expected to miss only two weeks

    Feb 27, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reported Saturday that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is likely to miss “about a month” of spring training because of the Grade 1 muscle strain in his right calf, putting his status for Opening Day in serious doubt. The Rangers are now refuting that, holding strong to their estimation that Beltre…

  17. Kyle McClellan to get first shot at replacing Wainwright

    Feb 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    When the Cardinals announced last week that right-hander Adam Wainwright was going to need Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, many assumed that a free agent starter would be brought in to replace the injured ace. Kevin Millwood is still on the market, as is Jeremy Bonderman. But the Cardinals have insisted that they are going…

  18. Photo(s) of the Day: Things you don’t have to do very often in Arizona

    Feb 27, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    I got to Goodyear Ballpark just after 8AM this morning to find the groundscrew having to deal with a soaking wet tarp.  Note the giant pool just beyond shortstop: Not something that happens very often in the desert I imagine.  The trick: to rip that thing off the infield fast enough so that the pool…

  19. A’s shut Rich Harden down for another whole week

    Feb 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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    A’s pitcher Rich Harden told reporters on Thursday that his stiff lat muscle was “coming along” and that he was “100 percent pain-free.” Either he wasn’t telling the whole truth or the A’s are simply playing it extra careful with the oft-injured right-hander, because he has been shut down for another seven days. The news…

  20. Scenes From Spring Training: Rainpocalypse

    Feb 27, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Desert Rain

    I awake to light rain and slightly cool temperatures this morning.  Yesterday, multiple people Phoenix residents apologized to me in advance for this weather, trying to explain it away as though it were some personal failing.  Many locals are having the “will we get the game in?” conversation that most of us have when violent…

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