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  1. Rangers fire play-by-play announcer John Rhadigan after two months on the job

    May 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    john rhadigan rangers

    Josh Lewin was so good and so popular as the Rangers’ play-by-play announcer that replacing him was a very tall task, but John Rhadigan probably thought he had at least a little job security. Less than two months after stepping into Lewin’s big shoes Rhadigan has been fired, according to Richie Witt of the Dallas…

  2. UPDATE: Buster Posey is out for the year with a fractured bone “in his lower left leg”

    May 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey has officially been diagnosed with a fractured left fibula and “severely strained” ligaments in his left ankle. It may be a longshot, but he could return later this season. UPDATE: Now the Giants are terming it a fractured bone “in his lower left leg.”  Depending on your definition of leg, that could include…

  3. Quote of the Day: Ken Rosenthal on the steroid speculators

    May 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    syringe

    Ken Rosenthal knocks it out of the park in his column about Jose Bautista and steroid speculation. It’s a must read and conforms with my thinking on the subject exactly.  Money quote: If Bautista tests positive, it’s a story. If Bautista is linked to PEDs through a government investigation, it’s a story. But if Bautista…

  4. A’s owner Lew Wolff on manager Bob Geren: “I love the guy, I love everything about him”

    May 26, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Bob Geren

    Bob Geren has had a tough week, as demoted closer Brian Fuentes ripped the A’s manager for a lack of communication and then former Oakland closer Huston Street chimed in all the way from Colorado to basically agree with everything Fuentes said. Geren’s job is probably pretty safe considering he’s best buddies with general manager…

  5. Fan who fell at Coors Field dies

    May 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Coors Field

    Ugh.  The fan who fell from a stairway at Coors Field on Tuesday has died, reports the Denver Post.  His name was Robert Seamans of Pueblo, Colorado. He was 27. Sadly, it seems like his death was totally preventable: Seamans was attempting to slide down the railing when he lost his balance.  The picture accompanying the…

  6. HBT Daily: Taking Twitter Questions

    May 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Earlier you saw the rejects. Here are the ones that made the video cut.

  7. Phillies activate Jose Contreras from disabled list

    May 26, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    As expected, the Phillies activated Jose Contreras from the disabled list prior to today’s game. Also expected, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Contreras “will work in a setup role while Ryan Madson continues to be used as closer.” Madson had his first rough outing of the season earlier this week, but he’s 9-for-9…

  8. Pray for your local beat writer for they have to endure some horrible, horrible cliches

    May 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    I thank my lucky stars that my job description does not include “talking to baseball players after the game to get their insight.”  Because, if they actually have some insight, it’s buried under mountains and mountains of cliche. You think you know this already because of that scene in “Bull Durham,” but the problem is…

  9. Royals sticking with struggling closer Joakim Soria

    May 26, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    I wrote yesterday about how Joakim Soria hasn’t pitched like his usual dominant self this season with a 5.18 ERA, similarly ugly strikeout and walk numbers, and decreased velocity. While his performance so far should definitely have the Royals worried, it’s no surprise that manager Ned Yost made it very clear Soria is in no…

  10. Mets’ new owner David Einhorn won $660,000 in World Series of Poker and donated it to charity

    May 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    david einhorn poker

    Most people probably responded to this morning’s news of the Mets adding a minority owner by thinking of, say, the financial ramifications and impact on the team, but my first thoughts were “the name David Einhorn sounds familiar” and then “I think I’ve seen this guy on television playing poker.” Sure enough, before investing $200…

  11. You asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 26, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    The Question

    Today: a quick jaunt through political theory.

  12. Grady Sizemore looks likely to return from DL tomorrow

    May 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    sizemore runs

    Grady Sizemore tested his injured right knee by running the bases yesterday and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as tomorrow. “He went out there and ran the bases and felt good,” manager Manny Acta told Bastian. “We’re going to make a decision. I’m expecting…

  13. Josh Johnson unlikely to return on June 1 as Marlins play it safe with his recovery

    May 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Placed on the disabled list over the weekend with right shoulder inflammation, Marlins ace Josh Johnson played catch from 60 feet yesterday and reported no problems afterward. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post there’s still a chance Johnson could be ready to return on June 1, but the Marlins are “leaning toward…

  14. The Mets 2012 payroll is a matter of debate

    May 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In that Sports Illustrated article we mentioned the other day, Fred Wilpon suggested that the team’s payroll is going to be slashed pretty dramatically next year, perhaps down to $100 million. Sandy Alderson spoke with the media yesterday, however, and he suggested that things may not be cut that low. More like down to $120…

  15. Frank McCourt says he’s gonna make payroll

    May 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    All of the whispers have had Frank McCourt not making payroll at the end of the month. And of course, if that happens, he probably loses the Dodgers.  It’s kind of like the plot of the Blues Brothers but, you know, totally not fun. But apparently McCourt played a big house show last night, collected…

  16. Report: The Mets finally have a minority owner. And Fred Wilpon’s days could be numbered

    May 26, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Multiple outlets are reporting this morning that the Mets have an agreement to sell 49% of the team to one David Einhorn of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, Inc. for $200 million. The sale would not include a stake in SNY, it’s being reported. No word on what kind of managerial control, if any, Einhorn…

  17. Should catchers be banned from blocking home plate?

    May 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Buster Posey’s awful injury last night has set off the calls for some reform — or some something — regarding how catchers handle the play at the plate.  This morning another Buster — Olney — tweeted the following: In the big-picture question of risk/reward, the play of blocking home plate, to save one run, is…

  18. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    It was a very eventful evening and night around baseball. If you only waste time on the Internet at the office (good choice!), here’s what you missed.

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 26, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Brooks Conrad

    Yesterday’s games: where the most interesting and/or notable things technically happened today. See, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

  20. Buster Posey injures left leg in collision at home plate

    May 26, 2011, 2:37 AM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey had an MRI and x-rays. Andrew Baggarly spoke with a team official afterward. The official didn’t reveal the results, but he said “not good.”  Baggarly asked if the leg was broken. The response: “Not good.”  That’s, well, not good. Not good at all. 2: 37 AM: 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster…

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