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  1. Why aren’t more MLB general managers former MLB players?

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    As a follow-up to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s recent four-year contract extension with the Phillies, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has an interesting article about how only three of the 30 current general managers played in the big leagues. Amaro is one, along with Kenny Williams of the White Sox and Billy Beane of the A’s. And…

  2. Nate Robertson out four weeks after surgery to remove “loose bodies” from elbow

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Nate Robertson was a long shot to claim a spot in the Mariners’ rotation to begin with, but whatever slim chance he had is now gone with news that he’ll be sidelined for at least a month following surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow. Robertson signed a minor-league contract with Seattle after posting…

  3. Stop me if you’ve heard this, but Jason Heyward is banged up again

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Jason Heyward was held out of today’s game due to back stiffness. A week or so ago he missed action because tightness in his hamstring.  In the first week of March he missed action because of a sore groin. None of this is serious, but as an official member of the Jason Heyward is So…

  4. Casey Blake to have precautionary MRI exam on injured back

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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    Despite manager Don Mattingly telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that he doesn’t expect Casey Blake to miss significant time, the veteran third baseman is scheduled to undergo what the Dodgers are calling a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back. For now Blake is expected to miss just a few days, but he also struggled…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Do the Colorado Rockies have enough offense?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    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.  The latest: The … punchless Colorado Rockies? The Big Question: Do the Rockies have enough offense? That may seem like a strange thing to ask…

  6. Carlos Guillen unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Carlos Guillen has experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, making it unlikely that the Tigers’ second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Jim Leyland didn’t quite rule out Guillen for Game 1, but did tell Beck that “the clock is ticking” and said: “There was…

  7. You’ll be shocked to learn that Rich Harden has had another setback

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Rich Harden was shut down with an injured lat approximately eight second after he put his glove on for the first time this spring.  Then the initial time the A’s thought it might take for him to get better was extended. Now, Susan Slusser reports, Harden has had another setback and he has been shut down…

  8. Ron Gardenhire doesn’t like when writers “just fire it through the internet” on Twitter

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    For some reason Ron Gardenhire is becoming increasingly annoyed with how quickly and efficiently reporters are able to relay his words to the Twins-loving public via Twitter. Here’s an amusing note from Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: When manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that Nick Blackburn had made the rotation, it caused a…

  9. How are those guys in the best shape of their lives doin’, anyway?

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Drago

    You know, sometimes I get the feeling that people don’t really take what they’re writing seriously and, rather, are just putting stuff up to bait me. I mean, when someone writes a well-thought-out and researched analysis of the performance of players who declared themselves to be in the Best Shape of Their Lives, it has…

  10. Dustin McGowan’s comeback attempt moves to the bullpen

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Once upon a time Dustin McGowan was a promising young starter who threw 281 innings with a 4.20 ERA between 2007 and 2008, but injuries sidetracked his career and now the Blue Jays say he’ll be coming back as a reliever. If he comes back at all, that is. McGowan hasn’t pitched in a major-league…

  11. Trading King Felix to the Yankees doesn’t make a ton of sense

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    You know the sign of a fun trade proposal that is never, ever going to happen in a gajillion years?  If you look at it and realize that both teams would reject it out of hand. Ken Rosenthal has one today: The Mariners offering Felix Hernandez to the Yankees on a 5-for-1 basis, sending back…

  12. Heath Bell “definitely would take less” to re-sign with Padres

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Heath Bell is eligible for free agency after this season, but the Padres closer said yesterday during a radio interview with MLB Network that he “definitely would take less” to re-sign with San Diego. Bell, who said this offseason that it “would be my dream” to sign a long-term deal with the Padres, explained that…

  13. Must-click link: A really bad picture of Tim Lincecum leading a most excellent feature story about him

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Really, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an uglier picture of Tim Lincecum than the one at the top of this New York Times Magazine feature story about him. He looks like a cross between Anthony Kiedis and late-period Bob Dylan. I like all three of those guys, but man, it ain’t pretty. Assuming you…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with “slow digestive tract”

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    Last month Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp to be examined by doctors in an effort to determine the cause of the stomach problems that have plagued him since last year and today the team announced “great news” for the center fielder. Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and team trainer Mitch Storey…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Can the Giants repeat?

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    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 2010 season.  First up: it’s only appropriate that we start with the reigning World Champs, the San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants repeat? Yeah,…

  16. Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Rather than make an appearance against the Astros in today’s game Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been scratched with biceps soreness, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Brookover that the Phillies “just wanted to back him off for a couple days.” Lidge was also scheduled to pitch…

  17. The Reds and Ryan Hanigan agree to a three-year deal

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ryan Hanigan is something more than a backup catcher for the Reds. It’s a split job, really, with he and Ramon Hernandez each taking roughly half the load (but for an injury to Hanigan last year it would have been closer to even workload).  Hanigan responded to this arrangement fairly well in 2010, hitting .300/.405/.429.…

  18. Nyjer Morgan thinks Ricky Nolasco purposely plunked him

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ricky Nolasco hit Nyjer Morgan with a pitch yesterday and Morgan said afterward that he believes it was on purpose, as payback for his a) separating catcher Chris Hayes’ shoulder on a collision at the plate and then b) charging the mound and throwing a punch at Chris Volstad the next day. Both those incidents…

  19. HBT Q&A: Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Earlier this morning I reviewed Jonah Keri’s new book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. Yesterday he took some time to answer some of my burning questions.  Well, maybe not burning. Just mildly irritating. The kind that go away with a cold compress or by…

  20. Labor talks: Now baseball is just rubbing it in

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The NFL labor situation turned apocalyptic on Friday, with talks breaking off, lawsuits being filed and rhetoric being unleashed that will take months to walk back before real progress can be made.  In light of this, it’s almost as if baseball is gloating, what with it being ahead of schedule in its efforts to get…

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