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  1. Quote of the Day II: Colin Cowherd wants you to hate him

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Colin Cowherd provides some simple advice about how to become a big wheel sports broadcaster.

  2. Report: Josh Johnson "may be done for the season"

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Initially said to be “50-50″ for his scheduled Friday start, Josh Johnson is now having his injured back and shoulder examined by doctors in Florida and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that the Marlins’ ace “may be done for the season.” Or as manager Edwin Rodriguez put it: “We have to make sure that J.J.…

  3. Posada's condition may be more serious than first thought

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Update: Tests on Posada’s head came back negative, and doctors have cleared him to play.  The Yankees are currently listing their catcher as day-to-day.   Right after the Yankees game today there were several references to Jorge Posada experiencing concussion symptoms that prevented him from being used.  How, in this day and age, I took…

  4. Omar Minaya likely to be "reassigned" after the season

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that Omar Minaya is likely to be “reassigned” this year. Which is a way of firing him without really firing him, seeing as though he still has a year on his contract. Minaya came up through scouting and is said to both enjoy it and have a good eye for it, so…

  5. CBS shooting an episode of "Undercover Boss" with Cubs owner Todd Ricketts at Wrigley Field?

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune passes along an intriguing note about the CBS television show Undercover Boss “filming this strange guy with a fake beard on the grounds crew and as a beer vendor” at Wrigley Field today. Sullivan snapped a picture of the film crew setting up around the ballpark, but so far…

  6. Yankees beat Orioles on Nick Swisher's two-run walkoff blast

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Yankees fans wanted Joe Girardi’s head when he failed to pinch hit for Frankie Cervelii in the seventh. Shockingly, however, Girardi had a reason.

  7. Public officials aren't looking askance at a publicly-financed ballpark in Virginia

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    As I wrote earlier today, here is the New York Times this morning: “With state and local budgets stretched by the recession, politicians are only now starting to look askance at privately held teams trying to tap the public till.” Here’s Ballpark Digest, reporting on the ballpark situation in Richmond, Virgina — home of the…

  8. Must-click link: Bernie Miklasz rips into umpire Bob Davidson

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of my favorite columnists and today he wrote about one of baseball’s worst umpires, Bob Davidson. Bernie Miklasz: Ump Davidson a disgrace to the game I wholeheartedly agree with everything Miklasz says about Davidson, who has a long history of wrong calls and ridiculous, attention-seeking…

  9. HBT Daily: Double-Double Animal Style

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany and I discuss closers: the good, the bad and the ugly. And yes, a bit of the old In-N-Out Burger

  10. Poll: Should Jim Edmonds be in the Hall of Fame?

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple posts recently suggesting that Jim Edmonds is a) deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame, and b) unlikely to actually garner much support from voters. He’s an eight-time Gold Glove winner who ranks sixth all time in homers by a center fielder and is seventh in Wins Above Replacement…

  11. Great Moments in Optimism: The A's have hired a ballpark architect

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    It’s been a year and a half since Bud Selig said he’d study the, oh, four variable problem that is the Athletics’ stadium and relocation issue. While it wouldn’t take that long for most nations to achieve nuclear capability during that time frame, Selig’s committee is still studying the matter. Can’t be rushed, you know.…

  12. The Dodgers have the worst outfield in baseball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    That’s the assessment of Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times. He certainly has a point if you focus –as he does — on the second half production of Kemp, Ethier and Scott Podsednik. It’s been pretty brutal.  I know Podsednik wasn’t part of that crew before the season began, but it’s quite something to see…

  13. Domonic Brown isn't playing for the Phillies, so he'll likely play winter ball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown hasn’t played much for Philadelphia and last night a minor quadriceps injury kept him from making a rare back-to-back start, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies’ minor league player of the year will likely make up for the lost at-bats by playing winter ball. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted…

  14. South Korea comes up with a novel (and bad) drug testing plan

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    This is the logical conclusion of allowing statistics and records determine how outraged we should be about PEDs: South Korean baseball officials could introduce drastic anti-doping protocols next year with a plan to target specific players for drug tests. The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) said players who showed marked statistical improvement would be targeted in…

  15. Travis Hafner quietly having a good, healthy year in Cleveland

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    He’s no longer the middle-of-the-lineup monster he was from 2004 to 2006 and the Indians have been pretty miserable all season, but Travis Hafner is quietly having a very productive and mostly healthy year. He’s already played 101 games after shoulder problems limited him to a total of 151 games in the previous two seasons…

  16. There was some McNamee v. Clemens action today

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Lawyers for Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens did battle in New York this morning, arguing the motion Clemens filed to have Brian McNamee’s civil suit against him dismissed. The gist of the legal argument was whether saying someone else is a liar can be defamatory. Given that each of them have been calling the other…

  17. Marco Scutaro moves to second base due to shoulder injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro was signed to be the Red Sox’s shortstop and started each of his first 130 games there, but moved to second base last night in an effort to stay in the lineup despite what Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports is a partially torn rotator cuff. For now the Red Sox are…

  18. Tim Wakefield could make half a million bucks tonight

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield gets the start tonight for the Red Sox. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reminds us that if he pitches 3.1 innings, his base salary for 2011 goes from $1.5 million to $2 million. Not that he wouldn’t get it eventually — it doesn’t have to come tonight — but I always like…

  19. Franklin Gutierrez left last night's game after "hyperventilating in the dugout"

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez batted twice in the Mariners’ five-run second inning last night, but then left the game after reportedly hyperventilating in the dugout. Here’s more from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: Gutierrez said he was “obviously” frightened because he’d never experienced something like that. He wasn’t sure whether his troubles catching his breath were…

  20. Nobody knows anything about hitting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Well, some people do, but those guys seem to be pretty rare. Whenever most people talk about hitting, however, it seems to come out all funny, to the point where I think it’s just more about feel and fast-twitch muscles and spidey sense than it is about anything that can be articulated or taught. Case…

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