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  1. Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson underwent hip surgery today, but according to the Brewers’ statement they expect the left-hander to be fully healthy in time for spring training. Barring setbacks along the way Narveson will be in Milwaukee’s rotation after throwing 162 innings with a 4.45 ERA and 126/65 K/BB ratio this season. He shifted to the bullpen…

  2. You should order the Hardball Times Annual

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    THT Annual

    I’m happy to report that you can now order The Hardball Times Annual for 2012.  Get it here. For those unfamiliar, the THT Annual has scads of articles with history, commentary, analysis and, of course, retrospectives of the 2011 season by some of the best writers going. For the past few years I’ve contributed some…

  3. A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012. Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a…

  4. It sounds like Mike Quade will have to interview to keep his job

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Quade

    There was a point during the Theo Epstein press conference today in which Epstein said that before he officially resigned from the Red Sox he felt like Milton from the movie “Office Space.” A man without a job, but no one would actually tell him about it. From the sounds of it, Cubs manager Mike…

  5. John Lackey to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Well, at least this explains why he couldn’t get anyone out. John Lackey traveled to California to have his elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum and the Red Sox announced today that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for all of 2012 and perhaps part of 2013. Lackey will earn $15.25 million while…

  6. Twins decline $12.5 million option on closer Joe Nathan

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    UPDATE: It’s official, as the Twins announced that they’ve declined Nathan’s option and hope to re-sign him at a lesser salary. ========== No surprise, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “all signs point to the Twins declining Joe Nathan‘s $12.5 million option for 2012.” Nathan missed all of 2010 following Tommy…

  7. 2011 Projection Review: First basemen

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. If you missed the catchers last week, click here. I hope to bang the rest of these out a lot more quickly. First Basemen Preseason Top 5 Albert Pujols…

  8. The worst teams to ever win a World Series

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    1945 Tigers

    The Cardinals could still win this thing. Indeed, as Buster Olney pointed out today, Cardinals teams have faced a 3-2 deficit in World Series play five times before this one and on four of those occasions they came back to win games 6 and 7.  So, sure, it could happen. If they do, however, where…

  9. Blue Jays change policy, would block John Farrell from interviewing with Red Sox

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    There’s been some speculation that the Red Sox may be interested in hiring former pitching coach and current Blue Jays manager John Farrell to replace Terry Francona. Because of that the Blue Jays have changed their policy about granting teams permission to speak to their employees and team president Paul Beeston released this statement: Due…

  10. Should phone companies sponsor the bullpen phones?

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    La Russa Phone

    Did you know that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same as that for “opportunity.”  Ha! Just kidding! That’s not true at all!  But it makes people feel better, so why not let ’em go with it?  And besides, it’s not like there isn’t some truth to it. When bad things happen it gives…

  11. “Continuous rain” forecast could postpone Game 6 tomorrow

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    charlie brown rain

    Tomorrow night’s Game 6 matchup between Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia is in jeopardy, with the National Weather Service forecasting a 90 percent chance of rain. National Weather Service meteorologist Karl Sieczynski told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the rain is expected to start around noon and will “be present for most of the day…

  12. That one guy was right! It was Theo Epstein at the Starbucks!

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Theo Epstein was just introduced as the new President of the Chicago Cubs. There’s a press conference going on right now and Epstein is saying all manner of press conferency things. I’m sure we’ll have more about that later, but we felt the need to break away to report on the bombshell that was dropped.…

  13. Royals hire Dave Eiland as new pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    dave-eiland-and-joe-girardi-yankees

    Dave Eiland, who spent three years as the Yankees’ pitching coach before being let go following the 2010 season, has been hired by the Royals to fill the same role in Kansas City. Eiland spent this season as an advisor with the Rays and coached for years in the Yankees’ minor-league system before joining their…

  14. Chris Carpenter seems to have forgotten one of those unwritten rules he cares so much about

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Last night, after giving up a homer to Adrian Beltre, Chris Carpenter retired Mike Napoli on a long fly out to end the sixth inning.  After the fly ball, Carpenter appeared to yell multiple expletives at Napoli. Expletives that begin with the letter F and which seem to say “Good sir, you may have thought…

  15. A treasure trove of Philadelphia A’s records has been uncovered

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Old Gator alerted me to this fascinating development. It seems that some old records — including accounting ledgers, business records and 15 canisters containing 16 mm films — belonging to the Philadelphia A’s and dating from 1915-1954 have been uncovered. They were retrieved out of a dumpster years ago, then sat in a garage and…

  16. Chris Carpenter would “absolutely” be available out of the Cardinals’ bullpen for Game 7

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter threw 101 pitches last night, holding the Rangers to two runs over seven innings, and afterward wasted no time saying that he’ll be available out of the bullpen if the series goes to Game 7. For now Kyle Lohse is the Cardinals’ scheduled Game 7 starter, but manager Tony La Russa’s confidence in…

  17. MLB: Frank McCourt looted the Dodgers of $189 million

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    The implication from Major League Baseball has always been that Frank McCourt extracted many millions from the Dodgers, but they’ve never truly called it “looting” and they’ve never given an exact dollar figure.  Until now anyway. Bill Shaikin: For the first time, Major League Baseball put a specific number on the amount it alleges Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took out of…

  18. John Lackey had elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    No details of the visit have been revealed by the Red Sox, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that John Lackey recently met with Dr. Lewis Yocum in California to have his right elbow examined. According to Bradford’s sources the Red Sox expect to have a “final resolution” by the end of this week, which…

  19. Tony La Russa explains last night’s bullpen insanity

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    I don’t know what really happened with Tony La Russa and the Cardinals’ bullpen last night. I suspect that La Russa made some mistakes or was slow to get to the phone or something because the explanation of a miscommunication on the bullpen phone is just really hard to understand. I’m not saying La Russa…

  20. Angels want Andrew Friedman, but the feeling might not be mutual

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Rays general manager Andrew Friedman was spotted last week having dinner with Angels owner Arte Moreno and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s their No. 1 target to replace Tony Reagins, but there’s plenty of doubt about whether Friedman actually wants the job. In fact, according to DiGiovanna’s sources “their chances…

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