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  1. Major League Baseball appoints J. Thomas Schieffer “Monitor” of the Dodgers

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    I was wondering what the title of the person baseball chose to run the Dodgers would be. I liked “Lord Protector,” but figured that wouldn’t fly.  “Trustee” seemed cool, but that may suggest some legal duties to the team and its stakeholders that baseball would rather not have. They have settled on “Monitor,” which is…

  2. Michael Cuddyer is now the Twins’ starting second baseman

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    In the wake of Tsuyoshi Nishioka‘s fractured fibula the Twins have occasionally moved Michael Cuddyer from right field to second base, where he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. Cuddyer hasn’t exactly thrived there, looking passable at best defensively while hitting just .160 in six games, but yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Cuddyer will be…

  3. Did you know that Prince Fielder has a “square body type?”

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Scott Boras is the best. If you give him lemons, he won’t be content to make lemonade, he’ll make a lemon curd white chocolate cheesecake. If he represented a pitcher with no arms and no legs he’d talk about how the guy should get big money because he’ll never tear a ligament. If Stephen Hawking…

  4. The real reason Chuck Greenberg was ousted as Rangers’ CEO

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

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    A headline like that suggests that there’s something juicy there. More juicy than the rumored displeasure Greenberg’s seemingly over-the-top courting of Cliff Lee was following the Winter Meetings, which was cited back when Greenberg stepped down. Actually, no: as Barry Shlachter reports in the Star-Telegram, it was really just a matter of personality clashes between…

  5. Pittsburgh media already turning on first-year Pirates manager Clint Hurdle?

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

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    Clint Hurdle had to know what a tough job he was taking when he agreed to manage the Pirates. They’d had 18 straight losing seasons and during that time six other managers had tried and failed to turn things around. Hurdle probably thought he could do what the six before him couldn’t and if not…

  6. Movie Review: Time in the Minors

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Time in the Minors

    I got a chance to see a great documentary recently: Time in the Minors, by Tony Okun.  While the film has been around for a little while, it became available on DVD just last fall and, either way, its subject matter is timeless and compelling.  I loved it, I want to tell you about it…

  7. Zack Greinke makes second rehab start, eyes mid-May return

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    Zack Greinke made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Triple-A, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings while throwing 54 pitches, and afterward said: “Maybe the velocity was still there, but the control wasn’t that sharp.” He’s scheduled to make a third rehab start Friday, at which point the Brewers may decide that he’s ready…

  8. HBT Daily: Who is that hot-hitting right fielder in Kansas City?

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

    In which Tiffany taunts me with Frenchy’s early-season firepower

  9. Mariners plan to limit 22-year-old Michael Pineda’s workload

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

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    Michael Pineda has been fantastic through four starts with a 1.78 ERA, .202 opponents’ batting average, and 21/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, but pitching coach Carl Willis indicated yesterday that the Mariners plan to limit the 22-year-old’s workload. Doug Miller of MLB.com notes that in 2006 the Mariners capped a 20-year-old Felix Hernandez‘s innings…

  10. Defending Ron Washington from my cheap shots

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

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    I made a cheap joke at Ron Washington’s expense in the Power Rankings this morning regarding Neftali Feliz being in the bullpen. I don’t apologize for it because about 87% of my jokes are cheap, but I can at least admit it was a cheap joke. Most of the comments in my Power Rankings are…

  11. Tony La Russa’s daughter is an Oakland Raiders cheerleader

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    Our blogmate Rick Chandler at Off The Bench passes along word that Tony La Russa’s daughter is now an Oakland Raiders cheerleader. Or more specifically, Bianca La Russa is a Raiderette. She tweeted the news: A goal and a dream come true- I’m a 2011 Raiderette! I’m so excited to rep an organization that does…

  12. Some of the dirt from the new Jeter book

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    Following up on this morning’s post about the new Jeter book, there’s a story over at ESPN New York — home of the book’s author, Ian O’Connor — detailing some of the book’s anecdotes. Among them: Some background the contentious contract negotiations last winter, including the shocking fact that team President Randy Levine was the…

  13. Cardinals admit obvious, name Mitchell Boggs closer (sort of)

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    For whatever reason manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan have been reluctant to actually name a replacement for Ryan Franklin, who was stripped of closing duties last week. However, after giving Mitchell Boggs three straight save opportunities and watching him handle them successfully while looking very good in the process Duncan finally…

  14. Tim Lincecum doesn’t like the idea of expanded playoffs

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

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    I’d “quote of the day” this, but it came from a different day. Last week, in fact, after Bud Selig announced that expanded playoffs are an inevitability. Here’s Tim Lincecum: “It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at. Players like it the way it is. It’s dog-eat-dog. People know…

  15. Don Mattingly’s wife joins Mr. Burns in telling him to shave

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    First it was George Steinbrenner telling him to cut his long hair. Then it was Mr. Burns telling him to shave his sideburns. And now his wife is telling him to get rid of the goatee. Don Mattingly can’t seem to catch a hair-related break. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times describes how the…

  16. Mike Quade alleges a violation of The Unwritten Rules

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    This is from Friday night, but it’s well worth revisiting. Seems that for the second time this year, Mike Quade was unhappy when a Cubs’ opponent tried to steal a base with a big lead. This time it was Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who attempted to steal with an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning.  Earlier…

  17. Everyone else is injured, so Ryan Madson finally gets a shot to be Phillies’ closer

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Ryan Madson has been one of the best, most underrated relievers in baseball since moving to the bullpen full time in 2007, but because he didn’t thrive in a few brief opportunities to close games in previous seasons the Phillies have avoided giving him another chance as closer. Philadelphia wasted no time choosing Jose Contreras…

  18. Shocker: Elijah Dukes arrested again

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    It’s been over a year since he last wore a major league baseball uniform so we’re probably at the point where a story about Elijah Dukes getting arrested is less about a ballplayer in trouble with the law than it is about a criminal who happened to once play ball.  Still, for old times sake:…

  19. Maicer Izturis rips “ignorant people” for questioning durability, then sits out game with injury

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Last week Maicer Izturis called the fans who question his durability “ignorant people” who “don’t know the game.” I suggested at the time that it probably wasn’t a great idea, since a) he played only 254 of 486 games the previous three seasons, and b) fans tend not to see a comment like that and…

  20. Albert Pujols has a bum hamstring

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

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    Last night we saw Albert Pujols walk off the field a tad gimpy after running out a grounder and subsequently leave the game early. Now we know what we had previously only suspected: he has a hamstring strain. It’s being termed “mild,” so that’s good, but either way the Cardinals would be wise to let…

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