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  1. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez as Derek Jeter’s successor

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote a column over the weekend hyping 23-year-old prospect Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees’ eventual successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. Madden frames it as if the Mariners asking for Nunez held up the Cliff Lee trade. That could be technically true in that at some point…

  2. Peter Gammons: Red Sox unlikely to re-sign Victor Martinez

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

    During a recent Boston radio appearance Peter Gammons predicted that the Red Sox will not re-sign Victor Martinez and speculated that the switch-hitting catcher will end up signing with the Tigers as a free agent this offseason. Gammons speculated that Detroit will give Martinez a four- or five-year contract, adding: “I don’t think anybody else…

  3. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg: Yankees fans are violent, apathetic embarrassments

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Take it from me, Chuck Greenberg, you don’t want to call Yankees fans names! Here was the Rangers owner on ESPN radio this morning: “I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I’ve…

  4. No, you cannot have Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    It’s a really thin market for middle infielders this winter. So thin that, if your team is in need of a shortstop, you may have come across the name Hiroyuki Nakajima on various message boards, blogs and other, less-reputable parts of the Internet where rumors and speculation flow thick.  Nakajima plays for the Seibu Lions,…

  5. Yankees keep hitting coach Kevin Long with three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland for reasons that remain unclear, but George King of the New York Post reports that they’ve agreed to a three-year contract extension with hitting coach Kevin Long. According to King he’ll get a raise after earning $400,000 per season in his previous contract, which will make…

  6. Armando Galarraga honored at ironic rally by pseudomedia

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was honored at the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity” over the weekend. The reason: his calm, non-psycho response to getting boned out of his perfect game by the Jim Joyce call. The more time goes on, the more I am convinced that Joyce blowing that call was the best…

  7. Yadier Molina leads fifth annual “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    For those of us who have come to more or less ignore Gold Glove awards as a meaningful way to measure defensive excellence, the fifth annual Fielding Bible Awards were announced today. Voted on by a 10-person panel that includes Bill James, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Rob Neyer, and John Dewan as well as the…

  8. HBT Daily: Bad hitting, or good pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder if Madison Bumgarner was that good or if the Rangers were that bad. Plus: any hope that Lee vs. Lincecum will finally live up to the hype?

  9. Pat Listach leaves Nationals to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    After failing to land a manager job following interviews with several teams Pat Listach has reportedly decided to leave his gig as the Nationals’ third base coach to become the Cubs’ bench coach. Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that an official announcement is expected shortly after the World Series. Prior to joining the Nationals’ coaching…

  10. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on expanding the playoffs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    “It’s more fair than eight.” – Bud Selig, when asked if ten playoff teams — which Selig is strongly considering for 2012 — is “fair.” And 12 is more fair than ten, and 16 is way more fair than 12.  We can play this game all day if we want to. Either way, with the…

  11. Does Carl Crawford have something against the Yankees and Red Sox?

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Here’s Buster Olney this morning, suggesting that Carl Crawford might have something against the Red Sox and Yankees: . . . if everything is equal — if the Red Sox or the Yankees make the same level of offer as the Angels — do not underestimate the impact of the fact that Crawford has built…

  12. Why did the Yankees fire pitching coach Dave Eiland if it had nothing to do with their pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There’s some mystery surrounding the Yankees parting ways with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Last week Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported that he was fired due to a falling out with Joe Girardi, but Eiland called that “absolutely ridiculous and simply not true” while being effusive in his praise of the Yankees’ manager. At the same…

  13. Votto, Bautista win the Hank Aaron Award

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cincinatti Reds Votto and Toronto Blue Jays Bautista hold their Henry Aaron awards prior to Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Now that BBWAA voters have imposed a defacto “no pitchers allowed” rule on the MVP, it has become a hitting award with unnecessary complications.  In light of that, I like the Hank Aaron Award’s stated purpose of simply honoring offense. It takes out all of that “who was more clutch” and “who carried their team”…

  14. On running out of pitchers in the fall league and Don Mattingly

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week I passed along an MLB.com story about Don Mattingly running out of pitchers while managing in the Arizona Fall League, causing the game to be stopped after seven innings. Mattingly taking over as the Dodgers’ manager has been met with a lot of scrutiny, in part because he’s never managed before and in…

  15. Madison Bumgarner introduces himself to Josh Hamilton

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Check out Josh Hamilton’s postgame comments last night. He says he didn’t know Madison Bumgarner’s first name before last night.  He sure knows a hell of a lot about him now, eh?

  16. Orioles likely to let Koji Uehara walk despite relief success

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Koji Uehara has struggled to stay off the disabled list in two years with the Orioles, but the 35-year-old right-hander thrived after moving to the bullpen full time this season with a 2.86 ERA and 55/5 K/BB ratio in 44 innings. He converted 13-of-15 save opportunities, held opponents to a .220 batting average, finished the…

  17. Bobby Valentine the “front runner” for the Brewers’ job

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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    There’s increasing heat to the Bobby Valentine-to-the-Brewers talk. On Saturday Bob Nightengale suggested that it was close to a done deal. Then yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Valentine was at the top of the Brewers’ list.  Heyman went furhter, saying that Joey Cora, Bob Melvin, and Ron Roenicke were second through fourth on the list.…

  18. Rockies may look to trade for Rays starter James Shields

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado is hoping to re-sign free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, but if his demands prove out of their price range Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will look to trade for Rays right-hander James Shields. Many teams would be smart to target Shields, because he pitched much better than…

  19. We’ve likely seen the last of the early World Series starts

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    downward trend

    I liked the early start to Game 3 on Saturday. With the game getting underway just before 7PM my kids were able to watch a bit of it — even if it was Justin Bieber-inspired — and the thing ended early enough to where I was able to not only watch the whole game without…

  20. Alexi Ogando is probably done for the rest of the World Series

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    This is not a surprise given his sudden departure from last night’s game, but the Rangers suspect that reliever Alexi Ogando has suffered a strained oblique muscle and believe  he won’t be available for the rest of the World Series. He’ll be examined more thoroughly today.  If he can’t go, Dustin Nippert is likely to…

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