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  1. Joey Votto named NL MVP with 31 of 32 first-place votes

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    joey-votto-reds

    Leading the league in OPS and leading the Reds to the playoffs for the first time since 1995 has earned Joey Votto the National League MVP award, as the 26-year-old first baseman easily topped Albert Pujols and Carlos Gonzalez by receiving 31 of the 32 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members.…

  2. What season is it?

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Winter tree

    As I wait for the NL MVP to be announced — likely the only real news that will be had today — I find myself struggling with something:  when do we start calling 2010 “last season?”  When do we start calling 2011 “this season.”  More importantly, what do we call them now? Let’s start easy:…

  3. Dan Warthen to return as Mets pitching coach

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Third base coach Chip Hale is staying with the Mets following the team’s house-cleaning and apparently pitching coach Dan Warthen will be sticking around too. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that “Warthen says he’s been asked by Sandy Alderson to return next year as the Mets’ pitching coach.” Warthen replaced Rick Peterson…

  4. The Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske

    Nov 22, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske proved himself to be a useful bench player last year — and he had a shot at being a playoff hero if Brooks Conrad hadn’t intervened — and as a result, the Braves quickly offered him a contract last week, reported to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million.  Atlanta has some competition,…

  5. Picking the “10 greatest living baseball players”

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    hank aaron and willie mays

    In honor of Stan Musial’s 90th birthday Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote an interesting article laying out his picks for the “10 greatest living baseball players” (retired only, with no active guys). Here are his 10 picks: Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Stan Musial,…

  6. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’ve read a bunch of Terry Collins reactions this morning. Most of them aren’t all that insightful, frankly, because the guy just doesn’t have a recent track record anyone can grab onto. He’s intense. Some players who are now in their mid-40s didn’t much care for him. Hard to really find any traction with that.…

  7. No, Hisashi Iwakuma did not want “Barry Zito money”

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    iwakuma with blue glove

    As was reported yesterday, talks between the Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisahi Iwakuma broke down. A bit surprising things fell apart so quickly given that the A’s put up a sizable (and refundable) posting fee for the right to talk to him, but it happens.  The talking point that came out of this yesterday was…

  8. Who should win the National League MVP award?

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    albert-pujols-and-joey-votto

    My assumption is that Joey Votto will be named National League MVP when the award is announced this afternoon, as his monster season combined with the Reds making the playoffs for the first time since 1995 will likely have him atop most of the 32 ballots cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. However,…

  9. Did “bullies” give the Cy Young Award to Felix Hernandez?

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Scut Farkas

    Murray Chass spoke with Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune about the American League Cy Young Award results. Rogers, who voted for David Price, wondered about the outcome: “I wonder how much of it was bullying on the Internet. There were a lot of columns written in September saying no one should be stupid enough…

  10. The Diamondbacks are interested in J.J. Putz

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    The Tribune reports that “multiple National League sources” are saying that the Diamondbacks are interested in White Sox’ setup man J.J. Putz. This is silly. No, not the Dbacks’ interest in Putz — he’s good and could help their crappy bullpen — but the notion of “National League sources.”  The league offices were abolished years…

  11. Some thoughts on the Mets’ hiring of Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’m not sure what to make of the Terry Collins choice just yet.  Obviously I didn’t think Wally Backman was the right choice, but I didn’t have a preference for any specific candidate per se. While Mets fans don’t want to hear it, my thinking is that the team is likely to be in the…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 22, 2010, 6:23 AM EDT

    Turducken

    The stuff you missed as you spent the weekend trying to track down the perfect turducken recipe in anticipation of the big day.

  13. Westmoreland making steady progress from brain surgery

    Nov 21, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    ryan westmoreland

    When Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland was diagnosed in March with a cavernous malformation in his brain, some medical specialists thought it might put an end to his baseball career.  Not so. Westmoreland had surgery to repair the problem and is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Brian MacPherson…

  14. Mets hire Terry Collins as manager

    Nov 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The search is over.  The pick is in. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are set to introduce Terry Collins as the franchise’s 20th manager. Collins, 61, played professional baseball for 10 years and compiled a .255 career batting average over 671 major league games before turning to the coaching and…

  15. A’s break off talks with Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 21, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    iwakuma with blue glove

    A bit of a shocker here. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that talks have “broken off” between the A’s and Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. The A’s bid $15 million in early November for the right to negotiate exclusively with Iwakuma, but Slusser says that he was looking for “Barry Zito type” money…

  16. Omar Minaya has multiple offers from big league clubs

    Nov 21, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    minaya with microphones

    Things got ugly at the end of Omar Minaya’s tenure as the Mets’ general manager, but he’s still well-respected around the league and could be employed again as a front office executive before the start of the 2011 season. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Minaya has received “multiple” job offers in the last…

  17. Bidding for Cliff Lee likely to start at $120 million

    Nov 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    cliff lee on mound

    More from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. The Yankees and Rangers are locked in a battle for left-hander Cliff Lee, this offseason’s top free agent.  And it sounds like the Yanks may strike first with an offer. Cafardo reports that Brian Cashman and Co. are preparing a proposal worth around $115 million-$120 million over five…

  18. Nick Cafardo on A-Gon, Upton, Crawford, Dodgers, Prior

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    a-gon in blue

    No writer packs more valuable information into a Sunday notes column like the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.  He’s at it again today with details on a variety of big time free agent and trade options.  Let’s review: Though he’s unlikely to be moved this winter or even next summer, so far the White Sox, Cubs,…

  19. Jeter’s agent unhappy about offer, negotiation process

    Nov 21, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    jeter jumping

    If we told you that a 36-year-old free agent shortstop with poor range defensively and a .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 felt slighted at a three-year, $45 million contract offer, you’d call us crazy, right? Fine, we’re nuts. According to Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, the agent for veteran shortstop Derek Jeter…

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