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  1. 2011 Projection Review: Catchers

    Oct 18, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and them some other notables, starting today with the catchers. Catchers Preseason Top 5 Joe Mauer – Twins – $28 – #1 Projection: .323/.411/.483, 14 HR, 91 R, 82 RBI, 3 SB in 520…

  2. Jaime Garcia gets Game 2 assignment for Cardinals

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Earlier today the Rangers announced that Colby Lewis, not Derek Holland, will start Game 2 of the World Series and now the Cardinals have revealed that he’ll be matched up against Jaime Garcia. Garcia started Game 3 of the NLDS and Game 1 of the NLCS, and the Cardinals prefer to pitch the 25-year-old left-hander…

  3. Fox: we have no complaints about the World Series ratings

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    old TV

    Folks are going to complain about the World Series ratings as soon as they start trickling in.  They’re really going to complain when the Rams-Cowboys game on Sunday doubles the ratings of the Cardinals-Rangers game just around the corner later that evening.  We know that by now. But as Variety’s (and Dodgers Thoughts’) Jon Weisman…

  4. Marlins deny Orioles permission to interview Dan Jennings

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT


    Baltimore is talking to various general manager candidates from other organizations, but Roch Kubatko of reports that the Marlins denied the Orioles permission to interview vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager Dan Jennings. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun this is actually the fourth time the Marlins have…

  5. From the “makes no freakin’ sense” department: Jed Hoyer to Chicago?

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jed Hoyer

    UPDATE: Well, now this makes more sense. This makes absolutely no sense in the world but Jon Heyman tweeted this a little while ago: Padres gm jed hoyer is being considered for hire by the cubs/epstein. Why on Earth anyone would go from a general manager’s chair to an assistant general manager’s chair without first, you…

  6. Rangers change rotation, will start Colby Lewis in Game 2

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Derek Holland‘s struggles in the ALCS have convinced the Rangers to juggle their rotation, with manager Ron Washington announcing that Colby Lewis will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals. Texas stuck with the same rotation in the ALDS and ALCS, with C.J. Wilson followed by Holland, Lewis, and Matt Harrison. Washington…

  7. Lew Wolff is buying land in San Jose

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    oakland athletics small logo

    Major League Baseball has not approved the Athletics’ desired move to San Jose yet, and the voters of San Jose have not approved of whatever small portions of a stadium project that would be required, but A’s owner Lew Wolff is on the verge of buying $24 million worth of real estate in San Jose…

  8. MLB announces Jerry Layne-led World Series umpiring crew

    Oct 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Layne

    MLB announced the umpiring assignments for the World Series and the crew will be led by 23-year veteran Jerry Layne, who’ll be behind the plate for Game 1 tomorrow night. Layne will be joined by Greg Gibson, Alfonso Marquez, Ron Kulpa, Ted Barrett, and Gary Cederstrom, each of whom have significant postseason experience. There isn’t…

  9. Brian Cashman expects to sign new contract by October 31

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    There’s never been much doubt about Brian Cashman and the Yankees working out a new contract and the general manager told Bryan Hoch of that “it’ll get done between now and October 31, I’m sure.” October 31 is when his current contract expires and Cashman explained that “it’s not a pressing circumstance, as far…

  10. Cubs sign 30-year deal to keep spring training home in Mesa

    Oct 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    welcome to mesa

    City council members in Mesa, Arizona voted unanimously to approve a 30-year contract with the Cubs that will include a new $99 million spring training complex. Last year voters in Mesa approved the deal by a 2-to-1 margin, but Garin Groff of the East Valley Tribune reports that protesters have said the public wasn’t fully…

  11. Senators urge World Series tobacco ban

    Oct 18, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    Four U.S. Senators and the city health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas sent letters to union head Michael Weiner, urging players to not use smokeless tobacco during the World Series. Well, that ain’t happening, but it’s worth noting insofar as this is just the latest instance of public pressure on Major League Baseball over…

  12. Yankees tell Jesus Montero to skip winter ball

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero won’t participate in winter ball after the Yankees decided he’s played enough games this year, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News. Montero played 109 games at Triple-A prior to being called up on September 1 and got into 18 more games for the Yankees down the stretch, totaling 532…

  13. Must-Click Link: The most comprehensive article about catchers blocking pitches in the dirt you’ve ever seen

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Block pitch

    That may be the most comprehensive headline I’ve ever written too, but really there’s no other way to go with this. Bojan Koprivica of The Hardball Times has a huge article up today in which he attacked the issue of catchers blocking pitchers in the dirt, explaining how to go at the problem, how to…

  14. Ozzie Guillen angry at White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

    Don Cooper managed the White Sox’s final game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure and signed a multi-year contract extension to remain Chicago’s pitching coach, but apparently Guillen and Cooper aren’t exactly on good terms. Guillen, who just returned from a two-week vacation in Spain and will join the “Baseball Tonight” crew for World Series analysis, had…

  15. Emily Greinke was not happy with her NLCS seats in Busch Stadium

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Remember the dustup about where the Brewers’ players’ families would sit in Busch Stadium during the NLCS? About how it was all a misunderstanding and that everyone would be in suites and stuff? Yeah, someone forgot to get Emily Greinke the right ticket because she ended up sitting down in the left field corner and wasn’t…

  16. Chris Carpenter has “inflammation and swelling” in elbow

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT


    Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Cardinals and publicly at least various members of the team downplayed talk of his elbow being an issue, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “Carpenter suffered inflammation and swelling of the elbow” following his start against the Brewers…

  17. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Boston beats Philly in six games. Mark it down. Oh, wait.  The accepted narrative was upset weeks ago. None of the 45 ESPN experts — and to be honest, none of us here — picked the Rangers to face the Cardinals back in the spring. It made some amount of sense to pick against the…

  18. Dave Duncan has a lot on his mind

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    We’ve touched on this before, but in case you were unaware, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan missed a lot of time late in the season to be with his wife who underwent brain surgery for a tumor. Dave has been back for the playoffs, largely because his wife Jeanine’s insistence that he do so. Today Mike Lopresti…

  19. Michael Young = Derek Jeter

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:09 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    In the wake of my Michael Young post from yesterday, I was drawn into a little Twitter skirmish with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who called the post “boneheaded,” and said I didn’t understand or appreciate Michael Young. What Evan missed, I think, was that I wasn’t criticizing Young as much as I…

  20. Report: Announcement on Theo Epstein likely several days away

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Don’t hold your breath for a quick resolution with the Theo Epstein situation. Sean McAdam of heard from a source Monday that “significant work” remains in talks between the Red Sox and Cubs regarding compensation for the former Boston GM. While the two sides have made progress in recent days, the Red Sox believe…

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