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  1. Must-click link: The 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun post today: counting down the 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams. I was somewhat shocked but quite pleased to see Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season with a putrid Braves team so high on the list. I loved that season. I loved the 1988 Braves season…

  2. Rays leave Dioner Navarro, Jeremy Hellickson, and Willy Aybar off playoff roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Opening Day catcher Dioner Navarro, part-time designated Willy Aybar, and rookie phenom Jeremy Hellickson are all absent from the Rays’ playoff roster, with struggling starter Jeff Niemann and outfielders Rocco Baldelli and Desmond Jennings making the cut in their place. In fact, Baldelli will actually start at designated hitter against Cliff Lee in Game 1,…

  3. NLDS Preview: Braves vs. Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    When you watch a game, you can root with all your heart. When you preview a series, you gotta go with your head. My head and my heart tell me two different things when it comes to the Braves vs. the Giants.

  4. Twins at disadvantage versus Yankees' lefty heavy rotation

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett getting bumped from the Yankees’ playoff rotation means the Twins will face a left-handed starter in four of five games, which is a definite advantage for New York. In the regular season the Twins had a .776 OPS versus right-handers compared to a .736 OPS versus left-handers, in large part because Jim Thome…

  5. How much "action" is there during a baseball game

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    More than the folks at the Wall Street Journal think, that I can tell you.

  6. In case you were wondering about the weather

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    My dad worked for the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years. This morning I asked him about the playoff weather. He said “How the hell should I know? I’m retired. You’re Mr. Internet. Why don’t YOU look it up?”

  7. HBT Daily: Talkin' Rangers-Rays

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    We taped this before we learned about the Great James Shield Jewish Conspiracy yesterday. But I did get to talk about Jeff Francoeur and manure, so there’s that.

  8. Marlins assistant GM Dan Jennings is a Mets GM candidate

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    There was some Twitter-glee yesterday as some New York writers were saying some variation of “the Mets started asking permission to speak to GM candidates but no one will grant them permission.” Look, I love bashing the Mets as much as anyone, but that seems kind of crazy. It had been, what, one day? And…

  9. The Red Sox' owner is poised to buy Liverpool F.C.

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:30 AM EDT

    Liverpool FC of the English Premier League has agreed to be purchased by New England Sports Ventures, better known as the parent company of the Boston Red Sox. I’m going to refer to this as the Red Sox buying into the EPL, however, because it’s simpler and makes the story more interesting to me even…

  10. Joe Maddon believes 'real men wear plaid'

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has a plea to Rays fans out there (from the St. Petersburg Times): “Real men wear plaid,” Maddon said. “Come on out in your plaids — that would be awesome. To have this ballpark plaided out would be very cool.” Maddon invented the “Brayser,” a blue and white plaid…

  11. Poll: Who will win the World Series?

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    It’s poll time, people. What better place to start the discussion than here? So submit your vote, then have at it in the comments section. Just try to be cordial. I guess. If you feel like it.     Who will win the World Series?online surveys

  12. How cute, the Yankees think they are underdogs

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Wait, what? Yeah that’s right, the big, bad, New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins to the punch on Tuesday, swiping the underdog role right out from under their noses. Not surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was the culprit, telling the New York Times: “I mean, for us to be David in this situation, I think, is…

  13. Rafael Soriano returns to Dominican Republic, but will be available for Game 1

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano had an excused absence from the team’s workout today in order to return to his native Dominican Republic to attend to a “personal matter.” According to Topkin, Soriano is scheduled to return from the Dominican tonight via a private plane, so it…

  14. David Murphy says he's "good to go" for ALDS

    Oct 5, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    David Murphy declared himself “good to go” for the ALDS after running in the outfield and on the bases today, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. Murphy has been sidelined since last Wednesday due to a strained left groin. “I ran pretty hard,” Murphy said. “I can’t say that I ran 100 percent, but I…

  15. Phillies' NLDS roster: Domonic Brown in, Danys Baez out

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Phillies decided to go with 10 pitchers in announcing their NLDS roster Tuesday, leaving no room for Danys Baez, Kyle Kendrick or Rule 5 pick David Herndon. The roster, as called by Todd Zolecki a bit before the official announcement: SP: Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels RP: Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras,…

  16. Eric Wedge interviewed for the Pirates job

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I view the Pirates’ managerial job the same way I used to view getting hired by a criminal defendant after his trial but before his appeal:  it’s nothing that’s going to end well, but really, how bad would I have to be to truly screw this up? Enter Eric Wedge, who Jenifer Langosch reports was…

  17. Shoulder injury keeps Takashi Saito off Braves' playoff roster

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    After two weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury Takashi Saito made a tune-up appearance in the Braves’ second-to-last game of the season Saturday, retiring just one of the six batters he faced while allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. It was an ugly appearance and not surprisingly the Braves have…

  18. ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    I don’t care what the records say: I think this series is pretty darn even.

  19. Josh Hamilton on fractured ribs: "I'd be lying to you if I said it doesn't hurt"

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton answered questions about his fractured ribs during a press conference this afternoon, saying: Nobody is 100 percent right now. That puts things in perspective for me. I’d be lying to you if I said it doesn’t hurt. But it’s mind over matter. It’s just that time of year. You suck it up, you…

  20. OK, I figured out the James Shields thing

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    We have a critical update to what is, rather inexplicably, HBT’s most-clicked story of the day.

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