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  1. When sports owners attack

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Dan Snyder

    This isn’t about baseball but it’s fun anyway.  One day I hope to anger a baseball owner this much. Sadly, however, I don’t think there are any baseball owners as crazy, awful and mean as Dan Snyder is: There’s no question Redskins owner Dan Snyder had a few problems with a cover story about him…

  2. The Giants hire Lou Piniella

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Piniella

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have hired Lou Piniella. Since it’s the Giants we’re talking about I had to double check to make sure it wasn’t as a backup left fielder — hey, 67 is the new 37, and 37 is young when you’re the Giants– but alas, it appears as though…

  3. In which I offer free advice to the Clemens Prosecutors

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    Roger Clemens will be in court for a hearing today regarding that potential conflict of interest issue with his lawyer, Rustin Hardin, that we talked about last week (and three years ago).  Short version: Hardin represented Pettitte for a millisecond and Pettitte is now going to testify against Clemens.  This gave me a larf: Prosecutors have proposed that…

  4. Dave Roberts is back to health

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Dave Roberts

    Last May Dave Roberts announced that he had lymphoma.  At the time he said it was caught early and was eminently treatable.  Good news: Roberts was right, he’s in remission and has returned to coaching the Padres: Roberts is already hard at work in his new gig as San Diego Padres first-base coach less than…

  5. The Mets and Madoff: “Bernie was part of the business plan for the Mets”

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Fred Wilpon has insisted since 2008 that the Bernie Madoff mess had little impact on the Mets’ baseball operations.  Even since last week, when it was announced that he would have to sell part of the team due to the Madoff losses, the sense has been that they are exclusively personal losses and that since…

  6. Blizzard takes off part of Wrigley Field’s roof

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    As evidenced by this insane picture from space, there’s some pretty crazy winter weather going on around the country right now. Perhaps you’re right in the middle of it. We currently have a massive blizzard wreaking havoc in the Chicago area. Mayor Richard M. Daley cautioned that it could be “a storm of historic magnitude”…

  7. The Indians are working to sign Jeremy Bonderman

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman throwing

    Just hours after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said his club was not re-signing Jeremy Bonderman, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are currently working to sign him to a contract. It’s not clear if this will be a major league deal, but Tom Gage of the Detroit News speculated earlier today that…

  8. Orioles unlikely to make decision regarding Alfredo Simon until later this month

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    simon bigger

    The Orioles have declined to comment in regards to Alfredo Simon, who is currently the prime suspect in the shooting death of his cousin in the Dominican Republic. But after hearing that he was recently denied bail, it’s pretty obvious that the right-hander won’t report to spring training on time, if at all. With that…

  9. Report: Rays to sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    felipe-lopez-cardinals

    UPDATE: Multiple major league sources tell Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the Red Sox would not be entitled to a draft pick, even if Lopez makes the Rays’ Opening Day roster. Nicely played, Mr. Friedman. 8:17 PM: Here’s an interesting one. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays are expected to…

  10. Bud Selig met with the Wilpons and Saul Katz today

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The Wilpons and Mets team president Saul Katz met with commissioner Bud Selig earlier today, according to the Associated Press. It doesn’t appear that this was an emergency meeting, as it was scheduled a couple weeks in advance. Still, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, the team’s financial issues were a…

  11. And now some weird random Steinbrenner news

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Totally buried the lede here.  The real news nugget: Hank Steinbrenner actually works: The Boss’ old office at Steinbrenner Field is being used, again. The Steinbrenner family, as part of a renovation project at the Yankees’ spring training stadium, decided that team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner will use the office of his late father, George Steinbrenner. Hank Steinbrenner said…

  12. The Brewers and Mark Kotsay are close to a deal

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Brewers are close to a deal with Mark Kotsay.  It’s a major league deal, so they presumably have a job for him. Kotsay tanked as the White Sox’ DH last year, posting a .239/.303/.376 line.  He’ll be much more useful as a bench guy, pinch hitter, which is what he’ll…

  13. Tigers GM says “we’re not signing Jeremy Bonderman”

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman

    General manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the Tigers “are not signing Jeremy Bonderman” and Gage speculates that means Bonderman “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.” Detroit traded Armando Galarraga to Arizona because the rotation was overpopulated, so the Tigers…

  14. Must-Click Link: a 100-year-old death threat to Smoky Joe Wood

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Tyler Mass at Bugs and Cranks stumbled upon a death threat that was delivered to the great Red Sox hurler Smoky Joe Wood during his outstanding 1912 season.  He has the letter — complete with tons of typos — reproduced over at B&C today.  It’s something to behold.  Given that Wood lived until 1985, it’s…

  15. Red Sox want David Ortiz to continue facing lefties even if he can’t hit them

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday that he’ll continue to put David Ortiz in the lineup versus left-handed pitchers even though he hasn’t had success against them in years. Here’s his reasoning: For David to be successful—and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do—you can’t just sit him because I don’t…

  16. Manny and Johnny: “We’re back!”

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were formally introduced by the Rays today. They had a press conference. It sounds like it was a  laugh riot.  Highlights, taken from this WEEI report and Marc Topkin’s Twitter feed: At the outset Manny smiled and said “we’re back!” Manny did not put on his Rays cap because he…

  17. Chipper Jones knocked the cover off a baseball today

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I thought this was a joke when it popped up on Twitter earlier today, but Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said today that Chipper Jones literally knocked the cover off a baseball while taking BP today.  He has a pic of said baseball up here. He insists in his tweet that it was legit.…

  18. Plenty of recognizable names leaving MLB for Japan in 2011

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Byung-Hung Kim

    I’ve written a lot of words this offseason about Tsuyoshi Nishioka signing with the Twins and Hisashi Iwakuma failing to sign with the A’s after their Japanese teams “posted” them, but the list of MLB players heading in the opposite direction is pretty interesting too. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs has all…

  19. Wait. NFL analysts don’t factor in context?

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons

    Tom Verducci — a baseball guy — has a football-related column up over at Sports Illustrated today in which he throws in some baseball spice to the NFL soup: Baseball fans get the importance of context on performance — especially where the game is being played — going all the way back to the debate…

  20. Agent says John Maine “feels great” and “teams are watching him closely”

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    John Maine

    There hasn’t been much speculation about John Maine this offseason, but the rehabbing right-hander’s agent told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he “feels great” and is “throwing well” following shoulder surgery. Maine was briefly linked to Philadelphia last month, but the Phillies’ pitching staff is so full right now that they don’t even have the…

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