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  1. Must-click link: Tim Marchman on Bill Veeck

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Bill Veeck

    Over at Baseball Prospectus today, Tim Marchman writes a piece about Bill Veeck that isn’t like any piece you’ve read about Bill Veeck. It’s partially about Chicago (where Marchman lives and Veeck lived) but mostly about Veeck’s forays into way ahead-of-its-time baseball television. One of the things he did was a pilot for a show…

  2. Kevin Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary cleared waivers on the way to Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Earlier this week the A’s optioned Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, demoting the struggling third baseman while calling up the recently acquired Scott Sizemore to replace him. As if that wasn’t depressing enough for a 29-year-old veteran of six seasons and 645 games, today the A’s dropped Kouzmanoff from the 40-man roster altogether and successfully passed…

  3. Tony La Russa to overmanage his 5000th game tonight

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Ah, I kid La Russa, because he’s a kidder.  Wait, no he’s not. He’s one of the more humorless managers in recent history. Hmmm, how about I kid Tony La Russa because I’m just not that big a fan. But even if I’m not a fan I do admire and respect his accomplishments, which will…

  4. Padres lose setup man Luke Gregerson to strained oblique

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

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    Lost in the hoopla surrounding Anthony Rizzo’s debut is that the Padres placed setup man Luke Gregerson on the disabled list last night with a strained oblique muscle. Gregerson isn’t a household name, but he has a 3.14 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 181 innings since debuting in 2009, including a 2.63 ERA in 30…

  5. Nats’ draftee Zach Houchins is in Twitter trouble

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    Nationals logo

    The Nats’ 15th round pick was a shortstop named Zach Houchins, who played for  Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.  Mr. Houchins used to have a Twitter account, but he deleted it after people noticed that he had a bunch of inflammatory stuff on there.  A lesson Mr. Houchins was apparently not taught: deleting your Twitter account doesn’t really…

  6. “Just a matter of time before the Angels release” Scott Kazmir

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir turned in another ugly start at Triple-A last night and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract.” Kazmir coughed up six runs in 3.2 innings last night, walking five…

  7. Why are reporters in locker rooms anyway?

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Press

    Over at the Wall Street Journal today Craig Wolff writes about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time: what purpose, exactly, does it serve to have reporters in the locker room before and after games? Read the thinking-it-through parts of it all, which are good, but here’s the central question I think: In…

  8. Cecil Fielder wants to make amends with Prince Fielder, who still wants nothing to do with him

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    cecil fielder and prince fielder

    Alex Espinoza of the Yuma Sun wrote a story about former slugger Cecil Fielder entitled “Fielder hoping to mend relationship with son.” Within the article there are no real details about why Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder are estranged, but the story does include a bunch of quotes from Cecil–including “can’t anybody say I didn’t…

  9. HBT Daily: The at-bat walkup song draft

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    wutang

    We’re doing something a little different today. This time, with voting. Note. Tiffany says “I’m going getto. All the time.” And watch for the pic of Darth Vader.

  10. Twins place Denard Span on 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Denard Span

    Still “dizzy” and “foggy” following a relatively minor-looking home plate collision Friday night, Denard Span has been placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions by the Twins. Span was diagnosed with a mild concussion after spending four hours being examined by doctors in Minnesota yesterday and the Twins are all too aware of…

  11. There’s a (sadly non-binding) fan poll for the Home Run Derby

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton Home Run Derby

    I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently there is a fan poll in which people can vote for who they’d like to see in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.  You can vote here. Major League Baseball just announced who was leading the voting thus far: In the NL it’s Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and…

  12. Bill Hall drawing interest from Nationals and Orioles

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Bill Hall

    Released by the Astros earlier this week, Bill Hall is drawing interest from the Nationals and Orioles, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rosenthal also notes that the Yankees pursued Hall during the offseason and could be interested in the veteran utility man again now. Hall was released by the Astros two months into a…

  13. Some notable numbers from Japan: Pacific League stats

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Yu Darvish

    Now a look through the Pacific League stats. It’s all about the pitching there right now: in a six-team league, there are 12 starters with sub-2.00 ERAs. Here was the Central League rundown, if you missed it. First the bats: Aarom Baldiris: .231/.329/.331, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB in 121 AB Dee Brown: .161/.188/.194,…

  14. Firing Bob Geren is not gonna solve the A’s problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Lew Wolff

    If you believe what we’ve been hearing about the Atheltics’ clubhouse issues — and I tend to believe it — Bob Geren had to go. He had lost his team, assuming he ever had ‘em, and it was time for a change. The second pass at all of that — that it wasn’t Bob Geren…

  15. How not to solve the Astros’ problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Biggio Bagwell

    Richard Justice has a story today in which he asks Lance Berkman about how the Astros should go about rebuilding when the new ownership group comes on board. I can’t say I disagree with most of what Berkman says. Sure, he’s a little too kind to the Astros’ current rotation, but it’s not like he’s…

  16. Is draft nepotism really a big deal?

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    I hate nepotism. I’d probably still hate nepotism even if I ever had a relative who could do me a favor, which I didn’t (damn). I’d probably still hate nepotism even if my first job in the law hadn’t been working for a guy who hired his son a couple of years later and treated him…

  17. David Ortiz and Josh Beckett blame the media for plunkings

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    David Ortiz

    Here was David Ortiz after last night’s game, in which he was plunked: “I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit. I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.” Then Josh Beckett: “I’m still trying to figure…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EST

    Geovany Sot

    Sorry it’s coming a bit late this morning. Your author was under the weather last night and decided that rather than stay up watching baseball and reading box scores that an early bedtime was in order. Anyway: Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Ryan Madson had been gold in save situations, but came up pyrite last night: Geovany…

  19. More than just a sweep for surging BoSox

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:52 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    The Yankees finally retaliated. Following two more plunkings tonight, CC Sabathia had decided enough was enough.  Josh Beckett hit Derek Jeter in the elbow in the top of the first and Alex Rodriguez in the hip in the in the fourth. After A-Rod limped to first, Sabathia, working with the Yankees up 2-0, picked his target, hitting…

  20. A-Rod invests in coconut water brand, but endorses another

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    a-rod coconut water

    Darren Rovell does great work at CNBC covering a range of sports business topics and also runs one of the most interesting Twitter feeds around. He’s been talking for several weeks about a rising product called “coconut water,” which is quickly gaining big-time investors and big-time pitch men from the sports world. Yankees third baseman…

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