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  1. Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    David Villavicencio of FoxSports Florida.com notes that Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo on his left wrist: “a baseball with a trail of flames and the inscription ‘105.1 MPH.’” Interesting, but troublesome, at least if you’re a pessimist like me. I mean, what if something happens to him someday and he can’t bring the gas anymore?…

  2. When Hank Steinbrenners attack

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Hank Steinbrenner, who somehow managed to gnaw off the muzzle with which he had been fitted in 2009, decided to unload on mansion-building ballplayers, the Yankees’ alleged lack of the “hunger” and communists while talking to the Yankees beat writers today. The highlights, courtesy of Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger: Hank called last year’s Yankees…

  3. R.A. Dickey on upcoming memoir: “I’m definitely throwing myself under the bus”

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of…

  4. The Braves give GM Frank Wren a contract extenstion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frank Wren

    The Braves announced today that they’ve given General Manager Frank Wren a contract extension. He’s now locked up through the 2013 season. This is not surprising. Wren has the full confidence of ownership and team President John Schuerholz.  Some fans may agitate about various things such as, I dunno, the fact that the Braves haven’t…

  5. Justin Morneau feeling better, but still not “100 percent” eight months after concussion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau arrived at Twins camp today and spoke to reporters about his health status, telling them he’s made significant progress in recent weeks but remains less than 100 percent recovered nearly eight months after suffering a concussion on July 7. Doctors have cleared Morneau to fully participate in all workouts, but he’s yet to…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez hits off a tee

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that Adrian Gonzalez has been cleared to begin hitting off a tee and did so this morning. Feeling fine and no need to consult with a doctor as was previously suggested he might. He’s supposed to begin live batting practice soon.  So that’s some good news for a Red…

  7. Scott Podsednik has plantar fasciitis and is wearing a boot

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    scott-podsednik-dodgers-swinging

    Scott Podsednik, who signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays last week after previously turning down $2 million from the Dodgers, is wearing a walking boot because of plantar fasciitis. John Lott of the National Post reports that Podsednik is due to be examined by doctors when he arrives at Blue Jays camp tomorrow…

  8. How cute! Nationals fans vow to fight off the Philly “horde”

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Attention Phillies fans. You have been called “the lowest form of humanity” and your hometown has been called “a stinking cesspool.” Don’t get mad at me, for I am merely the messenger. But dudes, you totally gotta see this.

  9. Cubs announce Ryan Dempster, not Carlos Zambrano, as Opening Day starter

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    ryan-dempster-and-mike-quade

    Cubs manager Mike Quade announced this afternoon that Ryan Dempster will be the Opening Day starter, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he slept on the decision last night and let his “instinct” make the call. Ultimately which pitcher takes the mound on Opening Day is mostly meaningless, as everyone in the rotation will be…

  10. Twins pitching coach blames Francisco Liriano’s shoulder soreness on lack of conditioning

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    Francisco Liriano was scratched from his first scheduled throwing session of the spring last week because of shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam gave him a clean bill of health and he’s expected to take the mound later this week. However, in the meantime Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson revealed to LaVelle E. Neal III…

  11. Charlie Sheen, Brian Wilson and Lenny Dykstra are hanging out, and …

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Major League

    No, that’s not the start of a joke. It’s just a report from this past weekend, according to TMZ: Sheen tells us … in addition to flying in SF Giants pitcher Brian “The Beard” Wilson on his jet from Arizona to L.A. … Charlie also imported Kenny Lofton, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, Lenny Dykstra and others. We’re told Pete Rose was supposed to…

  12. The MLBPA would like to start CBA talks soon

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Weiner

    Union head Michael Weiner is taking his annual tour of spring training facilities, and while at Cardinals camp today he said that, though the current labor deal doesn’t expire until December, he’d like talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins. I’m assuming that the primary reason for this is…

  13. Ryan Braun says Brewers were “fighting the negativity” under former manager Ken Macha

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    ken macha brewers

    Ryan Braun talked to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how excited he is for this season after the Brewers added Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to the rotation and changed managers, and in doing so revealed just how bad things got in the clubhouse under former manager Ken Macha: My confidence never…

  14. Adrian Beltre is probably pleased that he has a mild calf strain

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre swinging

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain.  It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running.  He can still take BP and do fielding drills. I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if…

  15. Jon Heyman really, really doesn’t like Luis Castillo

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    luis-castillo-mets2

    Jon Heyman’s recent tweets about Luis Castillo have caught my eye, as the SI.com writer seems to have a very strong dislike of the Mets second baseman. It started with this bit of reporting last Thursday: among overpriced #mets on bubble, word is ollie perez will get more time to show he belongs than luis…

  16. Should the Hall of Fame lower its voting standards?

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Friends of HBT Bill and The Common Man — proprietors of the Platoon Advantage blog — are writing over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot today.  Their big conversation starter of the day: a proposal for the Hall of Fame to lower the bar.  This, Bill and TCM argue, will help alleve the giant backlog that many…

  17. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    This has nothing to do with anything important, but I feel it’s worth sharing.

  18. Travis Snider sidelined by rib injury suffered while golfing

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    travis-snider-blue-jays

    Travis Snider has sat out the early workouts in Blue Jays camp because of a rib-cage injury suffered while golfing last week. Snider told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s “taking a very cautious approach with the idea in mind that the ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day.” In other words, don’t…

  19. The Orioles went to the movies

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Movies

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles reported to the spring training complex last night but, instead of the expected team meeting, Buck Showalter loaded them on buses, took them to a movie theater and showed them a movie of motivational Orioles highlights including great plays and bench-clearing brawls and stuff. Britt Ghiroli…

  20. Wilpon and Katz served as buffers between investors and Madoff

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Maybe Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz didn’t know anything about Bernie Madoff’s fraud, but after reading this in today’s New York Times do NOT tell me that they were “just like everyone else who was duped.”  Because as far as I know, no one else who was duped served as a buffer between everyday investors…

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