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  1. Eddie Joost: 1916-2011

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Eddie Joost, an All-Star shortstop who starred for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s and 1950s, died yesterday at age 94. Joost played 17 seasons in the majors but didn’t find consistent success until age 31, when he drew 100 or more walks in six consecutive seasons while posting a .391 on-base percentage with an…

  2. Angels top prospect Mike Trout off to great start at Double-A as 19-year-old

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Bryce Harper kept Mike Trout from ranking No. 1 on most prospect lists this year, but the 2009 first-round pick is a truly elite prospect and the Angels have pushed him very aggressively by sending him to Double-A as a 19-year-old this season. It takes a special prospect to even hold his own in the…

  3. Sherman: Pettitte would have come back if the Yankees had signed Lee

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    One thing the Yankee Universe is great at is coveting those who did something great yesterday. And on cue, Joel Sherman writes a column today talking about how great it would have been if the Yankees could have traded for Dan Haren last year. The Dan Haren who three a one-hitter last night. But the…

  4. What happens when Francisco Liriano “pitches to contact”

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Prior to this afternoon’s game Ron Gardenhire told reporters that he and pitching coach Rick Anderson have been trying to convince Francisco Liriano to “pitch to contact” rather than focusing on racking up strikeouts. Liriano apparently listened, because this is what happened in the fourth inning: Single Single Single Single Single Double Ground out Single…

  5. UPDATE: Carlos Delgado officially announces his retirement

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    Yesterday Noel Pineiro of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia reported that Carlos Delgado was going to retire.  It’s now official: Delgado announced his decision at a news conference in Puerto Rico a little while ago. As we noted yesterday, this comes as something of a relief, as Delgado had been was trying to come back from multiple hip…

  6. Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole lead Baseball America’s top draft prospects

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    Baseball America has released a midseason update ranking the top 50 prospects for June’s draft and Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon remains atop the list, but UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole is gaining on him. Rendon has been primarily a designated hitter so far because of a shoulder injury, but BA says it “doesn’t affect his…

  7. John Steigerwald explains himself

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    John Steigerwald — the guy who blamed Bryan Stow for his own beating in a recent column — took to his blog today to say that he did not blame Bryan Stow for his own beating.  The blog has been flooded with traffic so it’s been down much of the afternoon, but here’s a Google…

  8. Robinson Tejeda’s missing velocity leads to bullpen demotion

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    After struggling as a starter early in his career Robinson Tejeda found a home in the Royals’ bullpen setting up closer Joakim Soria, as the shorter appearances allowed shaky command to take a backseat to his overpowering raw stuff. Unfortunately so far this season Tejeda’s velocity is down significantly, with his fastball averaging just 88.6…

  9. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    The Question

    As you may have seen on HBT Daily, I asked people on Twitter for questions they’d like to have answered. I got way more than the handful I answered on the video, however, and I hate to have them go to waste, so let’s clean out the inbox, shall we?  And remember, these are actual…

  10. Zack Greinke on yesterday’s simulated game: “It went OK”

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    greinke getty

    Zack Greinke took the mound for a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday and afterward sounded more or less as optimistic as Zack Greinke tends to get about such things when speaking to reporters: It went OK. I threw and I was healthy, so that’s good. It was nothing special, it was in the batting cages, so…

  11. Marginal celebrities are not concerned about the Red Sox

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Duff McKagan

    I think everyone who works in baseball is tired of talking about whether the Red Sox will turn it around.  So it’s nice that some people from the larger world of entertainment are picking up the slack. First comes a guy who I wouldn’t have guessed would have an ESPN column someday, former Guns ‘N…

  12. Cliff Pennington sits out game with infected sweat gland

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    Cliff Pennington missed yesterday’s game against the White Sox “with an infected sweat gland under his left arm,” according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that the infected sweat gland “makes swinging difficult” for Pennington, which explains why he unsuccessfully attempted to bunt for a hit in the 10th inning after…

  13. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    And not just about baseball. For example: if you could save five famous people from the apocalypse, who would you save? I have my answer!

  14. Rangers to sign Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin for $15 million

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    leonys martin cuba

    Last week the Rangers were said to be close to signing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin and now Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the deal could be finalized as soon as today. According to Grant the 23-year-old center fielder “is expected to receive a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $15 million”…

  15. Why didn’t Josh Hamilton just stay at third?

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    There’s a lot of chatter today about the play that resulted in Josh Hamilton breaking his arm yesterday.  A lot of it — most notably from Buster Olney — involves questioning his head-first slide.  I’m not too impressed with that line of thinking. Lots of guys — most guys, in fact — slide head first.…

  16. Umpire Bob Davidson had yet another “incident” last night

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    I wrote yesterday about how mainstream media members are thankfully beginning to take notice of how aggressively awful and confrontational umpire Bob Davidson has been for years and amazingly he had another “incident” last night. Of course, given how many “incidents” Davidson has every season the timing of the whole thing probably isn’t that remarkable.…

  17. There’s another ugly trial going on involving a former slugger

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Brian Giles

    If you think the Barry Bonds trial is weird and salacious, get a load of the Brian Giles trial.  He and his former girlfriend have a nasty civil suit going on in which their messy love life and dueling claims of domestic violence are front and center. And it involves Chuck Knoblauch of all people:…

  18. Kendrys Morales now aiming for early May return

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Kendry Morales

    There’s still no official timetable for his return from last year’s broken ankle, but Kendrys Morales took a big step in his recovery yesterday by running on the field wearing cleats for the first time since early spring training. Mike Scioscia was quick to point out that Morales was running at less than 100 percent,…

  19. Brandon Belt is moving to right field. For now.

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

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    While the Giants gave Aubrey Huff a vote of confidence following his adventures in right field following Opening Weekend, they’ve apparently seen enough. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brandon Belt has been shagging flies in right field and that Bruce Bochy is going to move him out there — and Huff…

  20. Ballplayers training with mixed martial arts

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua

    It’s all fun and games until someone takes their training out to the mound with them for a post-beanball donnybrook! Mixed martial arts may be illegal as a competitive sport in some states, but several baseball players are incorporating its fighting methods into their training routines. Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, Brad Penny of the Detroit…

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