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  1. Manny Ramirez by the numbers

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Forgetting all of the other stuff for a moment, let’s marvel at just how good of a hitter Manny Ramirez was over the course of 19 major league seasons. – Ramirez finishes his career with a .312/.411/.585 line.  He ranks 87th all-time in average, 32nd in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage.  His .996…

  2. Vote: Will Manny Ramirez get into Cooperstown?

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    So everyone knows the big news by now: Manny Ramirez has called it a career after failing a drug test for the second time since 2009. Craig has a great analysis of Ramirez’s legacy right here, and also writes about the chances — or lack thereof — of the slugger being elected to the Hall…

  3. What does Manny’s retirement mean for the Rays?

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez‘s retirement has sent shockwaves through the baseball world, but it’s also left a pretty big hole in the middle of the Rays’ projected lineup. The Rays took a calculated risk by signing Ramirez this winter, but despite his lack of production with the White Sox down the stretch last season, he still batted…

  4. Manny and the Hall of Fame: Forget it, dude. But what of his legacy?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    Manny Ramirez has the statistical resume of a Hall of Famer. Now, in light of his second drug “issue” — which is being reported as a positive drug test — the viability of his candidacy is probably nil.  It may have been anyway given his 2009 PED suspension, but if there was any doubt about…

  5. Our long national nightmare ends: The Red Sox win a game

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston

    It wasn’t pretty — God, it wasn’t pretty — but the Red Sox are finally in the win column, having beat the Yankees 9-6. This was a game, more than any other, that puts lie to the significance of the win stat. Because John Lackey got the win despite pitching terribly: five innings, seven hits…

  6. Shocker: Manny Ramirez retires following a second positive drug test

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Big news: Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez has retired. Major League Baseball said that his retirement came after he was told of “an issue” with the drug treatment and prevention program.  The statement: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.…

  7. Yankees vs. Red Sox Live Blog/Chat: Come for the panic, stay for the chitchat!

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    It’s Friday. There isn’t a ton of actual news happening. The government is probably gonna shut down soon. And while those things are wonderful, the best part of the day is daytime baseball! We’re flexing our East Coast Bias muscles today, going with the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. The game starts at 2:05 Eastern.…

  8. Pirates reliever Tyler Yates has torn flexor tendon in elbow

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    tyler-yates-pirates-spring

    Tyler Yates was healthy enough to pitch during spring training after missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 following Tommy John surgery, but now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he has a torn flexor tendon in the same elbow. Yates got the bad news from Dr. James Andrews and will be re-examined in…

  9. Greg Anderson is released from prison

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Barry Bonds’ non-testifying former trainer has been released from prison, reports the Daily News. This is not terribly surprising given that the evidence-portion of the trial is over and his testimony is no longer required, thus no longer in need of being compelled.  It will be interesting to see now, however, whether he will be…

  10. The University of California’s baseball team is back

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    UC Berkeley baseball

    Remember in February how the University of California announced that it was cutting its baseball team due to funding problems?  Yeah, about that (via Baseball America): The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful…

  11. Ron Gardenhire confirms Luke Hughes will replace injured Tsuyoshi Nishioka in Twins’ lineup

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    luke-hughes-twins-spring

    As expected, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed this morning that the Twins will turn to Triple-A call-up Luke Hughes as their primary second baseman after Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula yesterday. Hughes failed to crack the Opening Day roster because Gardenhire preferred Matt Tolbert as his utility man, but will now get the opportunity to…

  12. “How are you a Yankees fan at all? It’s like being a huge fan of fascism”

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s a commercial — for New Era caps — but it’s funny, it has some good Yankees-Red Sox hate and it’s got Alec Baldwin in it, and I’d watch Alec Baldwin in just about anything, so there you are.

  13. Diamondbacks sign reliever Ron Mahay to minor league deal

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    With their current left-handed specialist Joe Paterson off to a shaky start the Diamondbacks have signed veteran reliever Ron Mahay to a minor-league contract, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Mahay, who was a replacement player during the 1994 strike and isn’t allowed into the MLBPA, has had a remarkably difficult time staying…

  14. Going forward, there will be a heavy police presence at Dodger Stadium

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, police Chief Charlie Beck and Frank McCourt are going to hold a news conference today to announce new security measures at Dodger Stadium in the wake of the beating of Bryan Stow last week. We don’t know everything, but Chief Beck made it clear that at least parts of it won’t…

  15. Red Sox make two bullpen changes, including designating Dennys Reyes for assignment

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Dennys Reyes

    After six straight losses the Red Sox have made their first moves of the season, placing Matt Albers on the disabled list and designating Dennys Reyes for assignment while replacing them in the bullpen with Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront. Reyes beat out Hideki Okajima for the left-handed specialist gig during spring training, but is…

  16. Tito tinkers with the lineup, but it doesn’t really matter

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona is tinkering with the lineup for today’s game with the Yankees: he has moved Carl Crawford to the top of the order — his fourth different slot in seven games — and he’s rounding it out with Pedroia second, Gonzalez third and then Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Saltalamacchia, Ellsbury and Scutaro. Lineup order doesn’t interest…

  17. Jake Peavy to make first of four rehab starts in minors tonight

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    peavy white sox

    Jake Peavy will begin his rehab assignment tonight at Double-A and pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that he’ll be asked to make three additional starts in the minors before potentially rejoining the White Sox’s rotation. That would put Peavy on track to come off the disabled list around May 5, which is the start of…

  18. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I — yes, Tiffany is back! — talk Yankees-Red Sox, Phillies-Braves and Tony La Russa’s blowup and the Cardinals bats

  19. Johnny Damon leads “players only meeting” as Rays fall to 0-6

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    players only meeting

    Yesterday the Rays lost their sixth straight game to begin the season and afterward Johnny Damon led “a brief players-only meeting,” according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Topkin reports that “Damon didn’t talk for long, and he wasn’t the only one, as Felipe Lopez also spoke up, in stressing to the others…

  20. We’re nearing round two of the Mets-seek-investors thing

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    A source tells the Daily News that the list of potential investors in the Mets has been whittled down to eight, and that those eight have all been vetted by Major League Baseball, leaving the decision solely in the hands of the Wilpons.  The offers are characterized as ranging from “marginally acceptable” to “very acceptable.”…

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