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  1. DL bound Kendrys Morales “still isn’t running full speed”

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Morales_Kendry

    Mike Scioscia has said that Kendrys Morales needs to see game action by Sunday if he’s to have any chance of being on the Opening Day roster, but there’s almost zero chance of that happening with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reporting that Morales “still isn’t running full speed.” Morales is 10 months…

  2. Another Greatest Living Player oversight: Jim Fregosi

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Portrait of California Angels' Jim Fregosi

    More fun stuff continues to spin out of that Greatest Living Player post from the other day. This one comes from Bill Parker over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot, running down a list of underappreciated non-Hall of Famers.  Guys like Dave Stieb, Reggie Smith, Jimmy Wynn and … Jim Fregosi. As Bill notes, Fregosi definitely should have made…

  3. Another spring cliche: “we want to run more”

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro, Jason Bartlett, Paul Emmel

    “Best shape of his life” is so last month.  “I’m just working on stuff, just trying to get my work in,” is old hat.  The new one — and it may not be new; I’m just noticing it now —  is “we’re gonna run some more.”  The Royals are saying it. The Pirates are saying it…

  4. You a lawyer? Wanna work for the Athletics?

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    briefcase

    Sticking with the Athletics theme this morning, Maury Brown alerts us to a job opening in Oakland. I don’t pass these along very often, but I know a lot of lawyers read this blog, so do with this what you will: Under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel, the Oakland Athletics are currently…

  5. How to jazz up the “Moneyball” movie

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Sticking with the movie theme this morning, Bruce Jenkins of the Chronicle is not optimistic about the upcoming adaptation of “Moneyball.” Problem? Too boring.  He makes suggestions: As the production of “Moneyball” grinds on, let’s hope the filmmakers take great liberties with the facts. Michael Lewis’ book was superbly written, but there’s nothing more boring…

  6. The “Michael Corleone” contraction theory

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Michael Corleone

    Let’s be clear at the outset: contraction is not happening. Even in the articles that talk about people talking about contraction — like Joel Sherman’s from yesterday — it is stipulated that, no this is a non-starter. So what I’m saying is, don’t cite this post or the Sherman column I’m linking as “continuing contraction…

  7. Joe Torre to attend Yankees Old-Timers Day

    Mar 18, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Jim Bouton wrote a tell-all book that angered the Yankees. They kept him away from Old Timers Day for close to 30 years and, if it wasn’t for an emotional plea in the New York Times by one of his sons following the tragic death of Bouton’s daughter, they may not have even invited him…

  8. Sizemore to make Cactus League debut this weekend

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    sizemore spring

    Grady Sizemore is back. Well, kind of. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the oft-injured outfielder is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Sizemore won’t play center field, but he’ll see two at-bats as the Tribe’s designated hitter in what will be a significant step…

  9. Shaun Marcum pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Mar 17, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    The Brewers will already be without Zack Greinke for the first couple weeks of the 2011 season because of a fractured rib. Might another one of their top starters be on the sidelines for Opening Day? According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, right-hander Shaun Marcum was pulled after just three innings Thursday…

  10. Lance Berkman returns to the outfield, has “no problems”

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Talk to just about anyone who follows baseball with a level head and they’ll tell how unlikely it is that 35-year-old Lance Berkman is going to be able to maintain good health all season while playing regularly in right field for the Cardinals. He hasn’t made starts in the outfield on a daily basis since…

  11. For American ballplayers in Japan: uncertainty

    Mar 17, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Randy Ruiz

    The crisis in Japan is not a baseball story, but baseball is Japan’s biggest sport and this is a baseball blog so to the extent there is anything worthwhile about those two worlds intersecting, I’m inclined to link it. The latest: a story about former Blue Jay Randy Ruiz, who plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden…

  12. What do the Twins really think of Delmon Young’s defense?

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    delmon-young-twins

    Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press did a terrific job incorporating advanced defensive metrics into a recent article about Delmon Young. She spoke to sabermetricians Bill James and John Dewan while noting that the 30 pounds Young lost last offseason didn’t actually lead to major improvement in his fielding numbers and then used…

  13. No surprise: judge bars profane voice mails from Barry Bonds trial

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    Judge Susan Illston ruled earlier this afternoon that the profanity-laced voice mail messages Barry Bonds left with his ex-girlfriend will not be allowed into evidence. She said that they are “unattractive,” and  “that’s the only reason they could be used … They are at most very marginal in terms of any relevance to this case.” Which…

  14. Great Moments in accurate yet embarrassing stereotypes

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Peter Buck

    I may or may not have written about The Baseball Project before. It’s a supergroup of sorts led by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, which only performs songs that are baseball related.  Last night they played in Austin, and this blog post about it in Rolling Stone pretty much hits the nail on the head. On the…

  15. Andrew Bailey gets positive news on elbow, but status for Opening Day still uncertain

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey gave the A’s a scare when he left Monday’s game grabbing his surgically repaired elbow, but Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage and Bailey said today that the “ripping” sensation he felt was likely just scar tissue breaking up. Bailey told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he hopes to…

  16. Omar Minaya “antsy” to return to baseball, has offer from Mets

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    “An industry source” told Mike Puma of the New York Post that former general manager Omar Minaya is “antsy” to find another job in baseball after being fired by the Mets. However, according to Puma he “still is exploring options” while being paid $2 million this season as part of his contract with the Mets.…

  17. Michael Young is having a tough time, is killing the baseball

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    I don’t feel terrible for Michael Young. He got a wonderful, wonderful contract a couple of years ago and, even if he’s not playing the position he wants to be playing and would prefer to be traded, he’s still getting the money. Yes, even rich people have problems and they can be legitimate ones, but…

  18. Chase Utley is visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist” today

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Utley_Chase

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed that Chase Utley and Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan are spending today visiting with a “rehabilitation specialist.” Amaro declined to give any other details, but told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Utley and the Phillies are “trying to exhaust all ways not to have surgery” for the patellar tendinitis in…

  19. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I waltz through the Midwestern portion of the Junior Circuit

  20. Sandy Alderson doesn’t understand why people pay attention to Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo

    Mar 17, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    Bewildered Sandy Alderson is bewildered: So the new GM conceded he is bewildered by the attention fans and the media have heaped on the second base and lefty specialist competitions – and the two least popular entrants. “It’s a little odd,” Alderson said. “I think it does distract one from taking a look at the…

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