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  1. 2011’s uniform changes are minor, but mostly positive

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    Paul Lukas has no peer when it comes to the world of cataloging and commenting on sports uniform design, and today he has a post I look forward to every year: all of the uniform changes heading in to the new baseball season. Nothing really major. The Blue Jays have trashed the powder blue alternates.…

  2. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Derek Holland

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    derek-holland-rangers

    Cliff Lee‘s departure left a huge hole in the Rangers’ rotation and they signed rehabbing former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb in the hopes he could fill the void if healthy, but 24-year-old left-hander Derek Holland emerging as a front-line starter is the more likely way for Texas to forget all about Lee. Holland was…

  3. Barry Bonds’ ex-girlfriend may have contradicted her grand jury testimony yesterday

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kimberly Bell

    If you think (a) the Bonds trial couldn’t get any more cringe-worthy; and (b) I couldn’t find a way to make a second post about Barry Bonds’ testicles today, well, you’re quite mistaken. After a couple of witnesses took the stand this morning, the jury was cleared and Bonds’ lawyers told the judge that Kimberly…

  4. Springtime Storylines: How far can “The Big Four” carry the Phillies?

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Uncle Cholly’s Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: How far can “The Big Four” carry the Phillies? Pretty damn far. There’s…

  5. Derek Jeter to bat second for Yankees, with Brett Gardner leading off

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    derek-jeter-and-brett-gardner-yankees

    Derek Jeter was the Yankees’ leadoff man in 137 of his 155 starts last season, but manager Joe Girardi announced today that Jeter will hit second in the Opening Day lineup, with Brett Gardner replacing him in the leadoff spot. Anything involving Jeter inevitably leads to big headlines, but ultimately the switch is pretty meaningless.…

  6. News flash: old ex-ballplayer does not engage in revisionist history

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Lou Brock

    Yesterday I quoted that Bill White interview by the RetroSimba blog.  It continues today, and White said two pretty neat things. First, when asked if the Cardinals infield of White, Ken Boyer, Dick Groat and Julian Javier was the best infield he’d ever seen, he said no, cited Javier’s shortcomings as a defender and opined…

  7. Dontrelle Willis fails to make Reds’ bullpen, heads to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    Dontrelle Willis‘ latest comeback attempt has hit a snag, as he failed to secure a spot in the Reds’ bullpen and has been reassigned to Triple-A. Willis had to agree to the Triple-A assignment, so clearly he thinks the Reds still give him the best opportunity to get back to the majors at some point.…

  8. Blue Jays settle on Jose Bautista in right field and Edwin Encarnacion at third base

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    jose-bautista-and-edwin-encarnacion-blue-jays

    For most of the offseason the assumption was that Jose Bautista would be Toronto’s everyday third baseman–he’s still listed there on the official MLB.com depth chart, in fact–but today the Blue Jays announced that Bautista will be moving to right field full time. That also means Edwin Encarnacion will be the starting third baseman after…

  9. Jason Bay has a strained rib cage, could start the season on the DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bay_Jason

    One day I’m going to have news about the Mets that is unequivocally good. Young prospect impresses. Guy who was hurt turned out to not be as bad as everyone thought and is good-to-go.  I guess Carlos Beltran doing OK over the weekend was good news — and this is certainly fun! —  but there…

  10. Jay Gibbons’ eye problems give Tony Gwynn Jr. starting job

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    jay-gibbons-dodgers

    Jay Gibbons will begin the season on the disabled list after new contact lenses failed to fix the ongoing vision problems he’s been having all spring, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com. Gibbons told Jackson that the new lenses improved his vision off the field, but failed to improve his eyesight at the plate because…

  11. Dante Bichette is a USTA champ

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Bichette

    You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf.  Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ: Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state…

  12. Suspected “serial bank robber” wears Red Sox hat

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    bank robber red sox hat

    Three recent bank robberies in Ohio are being traced back to a man “who wears a distinctive Boston Red Sox baseball cap,” according to Jennifer Baker of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Still shots of surveillance footage of the unmasked man wearing his Red Sox hat accompany the Cincinnati Enquirer news story and police say he simply…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace?

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    waino sad

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The National League’s winningest franchise. The Big Question: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace? In reality, the…

  14. Mark Trumbo may share time at first base for the Angels. Because of defense.

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    When I wrote the Angels preview the other day I assumed that Mark Trumbo would be taking over the first base job until Kendrys Morales can come back. As I said, Trumbo “hit the tar out of the ball at Salt Lake City last year, hit the tar out of the ball down in Venezuela…

  15. Yankees send top prospect Jesus Montero to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero was included among the Yankees cuts yesterday, with the 21-year-old stud catching prospect being optioned to Triple-A. For some reason there are mainstream media members who should know better acting as if his not making the team out of spring training is an indictment of Montero’s long-term upside or a change of plans…

  16. Mets may ask Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Jason Isringhausen has been impressive this spring despite being sidelined briefly by arm problems, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets have asked him “to remain in extended spring training for a week or two to increase his arm strength and reassure them that his elbow is healthy.” Isringhausen previously…

  17. Your Jeff Francoeur apologist quote of the day

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Francoeur_Jeff

    The year-after-year Jeff Francoeur propaganda — or, as I shall henceforth call it, “Francoeurganda” — has been well-cataloged by now.  No matter how poorly he does, someone is going to say that this, by gum, is the year he breaks out.  No matter how little he progresses, Francoeur himself is going to say that he’s…

  18. The Yankees technology-unfriendly policies remain in place for 2011

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    iPad

    I get why the Yankees want to charge so much to park at a game — encouraging the use of mass transit is a good thing — but I don’t get why they don’t wish to encourage mass communications as well. Specifically, why they have continued their policy of not allowing iPads, e-readers and the…

  19. Jay-Z and David Ortiz settle some dispute none of us knew about

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Jay-Z

    From the “yeah, I know, but Opening Day is still two days away so fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun” department: Jay-Z has a club in New York called 40/40. David Ortiz allegedly visited it, liked it and opened up his own club called 40/40 in the Dominican Republic. This led to some…

  20. Yankee Stadium parking prices hiked more than 50%

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted yesterday that the price to park at Yankee Stadium was just raised from $23 to $35.  I have two reactions to this, with the second reaction more or less trumping the first one: 1. Wow, that’s a big hike. It’s hard to justify that kind of an increase…

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