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  1. Cool: Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    I’d love stuff like this even if it wasn’t about my most favoritest player of all time.  Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report. Highlights: “I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.” I watched him pitch for 23 years…

  2. Already on the trading block, Ryan Doumit is now injured too

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    For the past few months the Pirates have tried unsuccessfully to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million contract for 2011, but now the catcher/outfielder is sidelined by an oblique injury. Doumit was scratched from yesterday’s game after feeling soreness while taking batting practice and there’s no timetable yet for his return, with Jenifer Langosch…

  3. Ricky Romero is the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced this morning that Rickey Romero will start on Opening Day.  Only twelve more and he’ll be a Hall of Fame candidate! Seriously though, I like Romero. He faces tons of tough lineups in that division and, partially because the Jays get less coverage than just about any decent team in…

  4. In which I let my Braves fanboy flag fly

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I try to keep my Braves fanboy stuff to a minimum around here. At least when it comes to actual analysis of things as opposed to just being goofy.  But last night I was invited to chat with the good men of the Atlanta Baseball Talk podcast, and over there I was allowed to be…

  5. Let’s not be too gleeful at the NFL’s labor issues, baseball fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    NFL Lockout Looms As Negotiations Reach Final Day

    I’m not at all comfortable with the glee some in the baseball world have had at the NFL’s labor issues. I mean, no, I really don’t care about the NFL all that much in and of itself and won’t miss it if it’s gone, but the situation is ugly there and I tend to think…

  6. The cops who arrested Miguel Cabrera made the prosecutor’s job more difficult

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    When you have a nearly blind-drunk guy taking swigs from a bottle of scotch while sitting in his car mere minutes after threatening to blow up a bar for not serving him and then swerving all over the road, you probably have a pretty strong DUI case.  So you could understand why the prosecutor in…

  7. Correction: please do not throw batteries at J.D. Drew, Philly fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe points us to what is easily my favorite baseball-related newspaper correction in some time. It comes in the wake of a March 5th column by T.J. Furman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “In Saturday’s “High & Inside” column, The Inquirer made a regretful attempt at humor in a reference to Boston…

  8. Chuck Greenberg to resign as Rangers CEO today

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    This is pretty shocking: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg is going to resign today as the team’s managing partner “to pursue other interests.” Since “pursuing other interests” is the universal euphemism for “he’s being forced out,” we should expect to hear more about the reasons behind this, but for now…

  9. Former Federal prosecutors question the wisdom of the Barry Bonds prosecution

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    I sometimes get accused of being a lone nut in my belief that the government should not be in the Barry Bonds prosecution business. But it seems that lots of people — including former prosecutors — think this is a waste: “It’s a questionable use of resources, especially at a time when the budget is being cut,…

  10. Rickie Weeks will be out a few days with groin tightness

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks probably won’t play in a Cactus League game for the next couple of days. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Weeks made an early exit Thursday from the Brewers’ exhibition matchup against the Rockies due to tightness in his groin. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters after…

  11. Carlos Beltran rides stationary bike, works out in pool

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since Sunday, when he served as the club’s designated hitter against the Red Sox. The 33-year-old is battling left knee tendinitis and is not expected to resume playing in live games for another couple of days. But he is staying active. According to Adam…

  12. Anibal Sanchez suffers bruised shin during Thursday start

    Mar 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez may be sidelined for the next week or two. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Sanchez had a large ice wrap around his right shin in the Marlins’ clubhouse Thursday after being nailed by a grounder during his three-inning Grapefruit League start against the Mets. The Marlins believe that he only…

  13. Dayan Viciedo out 3-4 weeks with fractured right thumb

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Dayan Viciedo left today’s game after being hit on the hand by a pitch and the White Sox just announced that he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb. It’s unfortunate timing for Viciedo, as he was seeing action in right field this spring after previously being exclusively a third baseman and…

  14. Ron Villone is still alive and the Nationals have him

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    About a year ago Ron Villone was cut by the Nats. Then a few weeks later he was back working out with the Nats. He ended up pitching 41 games for the Nats’ AAA team last season.  Then he flew off to whatever magical land old crafty lefties go to warm themselves over the winter.…

  15. Daisuke Matsuzaka is getting lit up this spring

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Yes, we know he’s in the best shape of his life and yes we know that spring stats aren’t supposed to mean anything, but Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s spring hasn’t been too encouraging. He got lit up for five runs in 3.2 innings against the Rays today, which brings his ERA on the spring up to 11.42.  What’s…

  16. Brandon Webb’s first action against live hitters wasn’t very impressive

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb has all but been ruled out to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation, but he took the mound yesterday for his first action against live hitters and … well, manager Ron Washington didn’t sound very impressed: There were some good and some not so good. But there was some sink. It wasn’t…

  17. “This is what I was born to do. I’m a baseball player.”

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Chavez flips the ball toward Nova covering first on a grounder hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Polanco during MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    AP writer Howie Rumbergap — which is a FANTASTIC sportswriter name, by the way — talks to a number of former big baseball names who are now the marginal types in spring training camps across Florida and Arizona.  The Mark Prior/Mike Hampton/Bartolo Colon/Eric Chavez types.  After noting that, despite the fact that many of them…

  18. Matt Cain returns from elbow injury in 47-pitch simulated game

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain returned to the mound Monday with a bullpen session and threw a three-inning simulated game today, so it looks like he’s fully recovered from the elbow problems that caused him to miss a start last week. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cain threw 47 pitches today–including off-speed stuff–against teammates…

  19. Kenny G takes batting practice with the Yankees

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Besides my family, there are only a handful of things that bring me unequivocal joy in this world.  Baseball is one, of course.  Good whiskey.  Good music too, and of the many styles I enjoy, jazz may be the one that moves me the most emotionally. So when I see Kenny G taking batting practice…

  20. Behold the power of spring training

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tradition Field

    Moses Green is a longtime reader (and occasional proofreader) of mine.  He’s also a Mets fan, and had the opportunity to take in a Mets spring training game there the other day.  He waxed crazy-effusive: Quick spring training note:  visited Port St. Lucie with a buddy while driving home to CT from Miami.  Got to…

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