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  1. Miguel Cabrera probably won’t do any jail time

    Feb 18, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    That’s what a Florida DUI expert who Jon Paul Morosi spoke with said. And it’s not because he’s a big baseball star: people with Cabrera’s record who did what Cabrera did — including the resisting arrest stuff — generally don’t do any jail time.  They tend to get a six-month license suspension, community service, and an…

  2. Great Moments in litigation: Roger Clemens’ lawyer subpoenas stuff he knows he can’t get

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    I won’t make too much out of this because when I read a couple of weeks ago that Roger Clemens had subpoenaed Congress in order to get notes and reports and whatever he could find, I didn’t think anything of it.  But the Daily News makes a good point today:  you can’t subpoena stuff from…

  3. Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I swear: I am not joking. Someone just said that. And that someone was Jim Leyland

  4. Baseball’s Joe Frazier: 1922-2011

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Joe Frazier

    A lot of folks may not remember Joe Frazier.  He played for the Indians, Reds, Cardinals and Orioles organizations in the late 40s through the 50s. His highest profile job in baseball was as manager of the Mets, but he only had the job for a short period of time.  He took over for the…

  5. What is “metafandom?”

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    1932 poster

    A long time ago I made up a word: “metafan.”  I only had a vague idea of what it meant, but I liked the sound of it.  Recently I’ve come to think that the word was too good to just sit by itself, undefined, so I decided to build a concept around it. That concept…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox continue to pretend that they don’t have a deal

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Adrian Gonzalez trade was prefaced by a negotiating window between Gonzaelz and the Red Sox. No contract was signed during that time, but it has been widely speculated that the sides agreed to a framework of a deal. Gonazalez spoke with the Providence Journal yesterday about that: “We don’t have any set deadline. Hopefully,…

  7. Keppinger likely to miss the first six weeks of the season

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t have the best offseason. First the ‘Stros traded for Bill Hall and named him their starting second baseman, pushing the 30-year-old Keppinger into a backup role. Then the guy found out in January that he needed surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot. Keppinger is not going…

  8. Peavy throws “nice and easy” in Thursday bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Jake Peavy is still considered questionable for Opening Day, but everything has gone smoothly to this point in White Sox camp. The right-hander, making his way back from major lat surgery, threw a bullpen session in front of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday afternoon. According to Mark D.…

  9. Miguel Cabrera planning to arrive at camp on Saturday

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke to reporters for an extended period of time Thursday about Miguel Cabrera‘s Wednesday DUI arrest. Dombrowski touched on a number of important items, but he didn’t have an answer to the question, “When will Cabrera arrive at spring camp?” Now we know. According to Noah Trister of the Associated…

  10. Blue Jays finalize five-year, $65 million deal with Jose Bautista

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays made things official this afternoon, announcing his five-year contract extension worth $65 million. The contract breaks down as follows: 2011 – $8 million 2012 – $14 million 2013 – $14 million 2014 – $14 million 2015 – $14 million 2016 – $14 million team option or $1 million buyout.…

  11. Mark Buehrle stands behind comments about Michael Vick

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Last week Scott Merkin of MLB.com wrote an article about Mark Buehrle‘s passion for animal rights and Buehrle made some comments about Michael Vick, including stuff like “I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt” and “everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen…

  12. Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “We have an issue”

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke with the media about the Miguel Cabrera situation just after 4 p.m. today.  The highlights: Dombrowski has spoke with Cabrera today. Cabrera was “down, feels bad and was apologetic”; Dombrowski said “We have an issue here that needs to be addressed and helped”; Dombrowski expects Cabrera to join the club…

  13. Baseball player reports to camp in the fourth best shape of his life

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    Spring training

    I suppose a satire like this was inevitable.  I’m just sad that I didn’t think of it first: Seattle Mariners veteran catcher Miguel Olivo reported to training camp this week feeling as though he is already physically ready for the 2011 season. “I’m in the fourth best shape of my life,” said a sort of…

  14. White Sox decide to keep Chris Sale in the bullpen

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    After an offseason full of speculation about whether the White Sox would move Chris Sale into the rotation or keep him in the bullpen the drama is already over, as general manager Ken Williams announced that Sale will be used as a reliever. Making that decision now is interesting because part of the reason why…

  15. A great, though not new story about Prime Minister Pete Nice and baseball memorabilia

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Pete Nice

    I was involved in a random Twitter exchange with Jason Collette and Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus today in which the subject of 3rd Bass came up.  No, not the hot corner, but the hip hop group best known for the single “Pop Goes the Weasel.”  Yeah, that was a long time ago, but neither…

  16. Rays planning to use rookie Jake McGee as a reliever

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    jake-mcgee-rays

    Jake McGee was a starter for 128 of his first 129 appearances as a minor leaguer, establishing himself as one of the top pitching prospects around, but he shifted to the bullpen at Triple-A in the second half of last season and then made his big-league debut as a reliever for the Rays in September.…

  17. A man sues the Braves over a beating in Turner Field

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Turner Field

    We Braves fans get knocked for being apathetic on the one hand and then we get sued the moment we show any spirit. How is that fair?! A Pittsburgh Pirates fan is suing the Atlanta Braves because the baseball club’s security officers and ushers allegedly ignored complaints about six rowdy fans who later attacked the Macon…

  18. Joe Crede decides he doesn’t want to play for the Rockies

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe crede twins

    After sitting out all of last season following back surgery Joe Crede signed a minor-league deal with Colorado last month, but the veteran third baseman has decided not to show up at Rockies camp next week and is now a free agent again. His agent, Scott Boras, previously said that Crede was “healthy and ready…

  19. There’s a timetable for Johan Santana

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    It’s been assumed that Johan Santana will return to the Mets sometime in the middle of the year, but the schedule has been somewhat amorphous.  Today Sandy Alderson brought the specifics: Santana will throw from flat ground in three months, from a mound in early May and will return to throwing balls in anger and toward…

  20. Will the Mets stick with Carlos Beltran in center field?

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    beltran1

    New manager Terry Collins made it clear yesterday that Carlos Beltran enter camps as the Mets’ starting center fielder, saying: “When he walks in the first day, he’s the center fielder.” However, that comes with a significant caveat, as the plan is to evaluate Beltran’s range and surgically repaired knee before determining whether he’s a…

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