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  1. Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him. Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to…

  2. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

  3. Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The BBWAA has released the results, and Buster Posey is the National League Rookie of the Year. As expected, Posey and Heyward were number one and number two. Following them on the ballot were Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, and Neil Walker, respectively. Starlin Castro was sixth. I was rather surprised to see anyone get first…

  4. Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them: A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right…

  5. Kyle Kendrick marries three-time “Survivor” contestant

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    kyle kendrick wedding

    Over the weekend Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick married former three-time “Survivor” contestant Stephenie LaGrossa. People magazine has all the sappy details, such as the couples’ two dogs acting as flower girls and what dress LaGrossa wore, but I’m more interested in the fact that two-fifths of the Phillies’ rotation is now married to “Survivor” contestants.…

  6. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Detroit Tigers

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portrait of Al Kaline

    The Best: As if there was any question. It looks good in any decade, and on any body type. Well, almost any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. It’s the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy, it seems, even if it’s called…

  7. White Sox may turn to Dayan Viciedo at first base if Paul Konerko leaves

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    If the White Sox decide to let Paul Konerko leave as a free agent–and with the privilege to match any offer the decision may truly be up to them–they may turn to rookie Dayan Viciedo as the starter at first base, according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. With a 167/34 K/BB ratio in…

  8. The SoftBank Hawks are interested in Kenshin Kawakami

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    The Braves took Kenshin Kawakami out of their rotation last year, and last week they demoted him to Double-A. The hope was that they could find someone — possibly an NPB team — to take him and pick up some of his $6.67 million salary for 2011.  They may have a sucker — er, I…

  9. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago White Sox

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    White Sox shorts

    No team has messed around as much as the Chicago White Sox. You name it, and they’ve done it: black, white, red, blue, classic, modern, pinstriped, plain. There has been a lot of bad in there, no question, but a lot of good too. The Best: Chicago more or less had it together before the…

  10. Akinori Iwamura returns to Japan after four MLB seasons

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Akinori Iwamura

    Akinori Iwamura left Japan in November of 2006 at age 28, signing a three-year, $7.7 million contract with Tampa Bay after the Rays paid a $4.55 million posting fee just for the rights to negotiate with him. He gave the Rays a solid return on that investment for two-and-a-half seasons, hitting .281/.354/.393 with good defense…

  11. Harry Caray’s statue got damaged

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Harry Caray statue

    See what happens when you try to put football where baseball belongs? It’s been a rough year for Harry Caray. First came the move of his statue, and now comes the news that the Cubs accidentally damaged it while making over the ballpark for the Nov. 20 Northwestern-Illinois football game. It’s a Liberty Bell-style crack…

  12. Rangers “could end up being first in line” for Zack Greinke

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Waiting for Cliff Lee to choose his long-term home makes it tough for the Rangers to pull off any big moves in the meantime, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that general manager Jon Daniels is in the market for rotation help and “could end up being first in line” for Zack Greinke if the…

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Minnesota Twins

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rod Carew swing

    The Best: They were unchanged — and looking good — from 1960 through 1971 before moving on to the land of the double knits.  Which still didn’t look horrible, although they were a bit generic. The best look was that classic look, which is nicely reproduced in the new home alternates. I like the new…

  14. Phillies hire Ryne Sandberg to manage at Triple-A

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    Three decades after regrettably trading a 21-year-old Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs the Phillies have hired the Hall of Famer to manage their Triple-A team. Sandberg managed at Triple-A for the Cubs this season, but left the organization after finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the team’s manager search and talked about wanting to land…

  15. Shin-Soo Choo is trying to slug his way out of the army

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    As we’ve mentioned before, Shin-Soo Choo is up against South Korea’s mandate that all able-bodied men must serve in the armed forces for two-years prior to turning 30. Choo is 28, and his military obligation is falling concurrently with his arbitration and free agency years. The straight-from-Hollywood-twist: if he can lead the Korean national baseball…

  16. Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defects with eye on MLB

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Yasiel Balaguer, a 17-year-old center fielder considered one of the top prospects in Cuba, has defected to Nicaragua in order to become a free agent and sign with an MLB team, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. Ebro reports that Balaguer is now being represented by the Miami Sports agency and calls him…

  17. Teams should stick with their managers longer

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Ted Turner manager

    Buster Olney sought a comment from Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd on the Pirates hiring of former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle: “The Pirates are getting a leader who brings a positive, passionate energy everyday, and someone who handles every situation with honesty and integrity!” Obviously O’Dowd is not gonna bury the guy in such a situation,…

  18. Carl Crawford = Roberto Clemente, and more of the latest buzz from Rosenthal

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal has a new column up.  Nothing outrageously juicy in it, but several thought-provoking items: Carl Crawford’s career to this point looks a lot like Roberto Clemente’s. A flawed comparison, no question, but an interesting one anyway. If the second half of Crawford’s career follows Clemente’s pattern anyone who signs him will be happy.…

  19. Why Clint Hurdle took the Pirates job

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    In the weekend wrap this morning I had a joke in there about Clint Hurdle taking the Pirates’ job on the basis of “hey, how could I do any worse than the last guy?”  I deleted that, though, because the real reason he took the Pirates job — aside from wanting to continue his managerial…

  20. Must-Click Link: The Periodic Table of Hall of Famers

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Every week or two, Larry Granillo at Wezen-Ball comes up with something that can only be classified as pure genius. This time I think he’s topped himself: the Periodic Table of Hall of Famers.  The table is here.  The explanation, here. Short version: Willie Mays is boron, Cap Anson is rubidium Tom Seaver is ununoctium,…

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