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  1. Mike Barnett replaces Jeff Bagwell as Astros hitting coach

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    After spending the second half as the Astros’ hitting coach Jeff Bagwell stepped down from the position last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family and the longer-than-expected hours involved in the job. Today the Astros announced that Mike Barnett will replace Bagwell as hitting coach, putting him in charge of…

  2. Sabean on Pablo Sandoval: shape up or ship out!

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Giants’ beat writer Hank Schulman spoke with Brian Sabean. Pablo Sandoval came up. Schulman says that, according to Sabean, “Panda starts next year in minors if he doesnt get his act together.” I’m assuming this is primarily about his conditioning, which many felt was responsible for his pretty terrible 2010 season. Conditioning so poor that…

  3. Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was…

  4. Some team needs to fire their GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

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    From Ken Rosenthal’s latest column speculating on the Yankees’ plans this winter: One rival GM actually believes the Yankees’ rather public obsession with Lee is a ruse, that they secretly want Tampa Bay Rays free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, 29, instead. There is zero evidence, mind you, to support such a contention. The Yankees love left…

  5. The Nationals will pursue Brandon Webb

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    A pursuit, eh? Hopefully he’ll try to get away by swimming. With that shoulder, they’ll surely catch up to him fast! The Nationals will be one of several teams to pursue Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and former Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb, according to someone close to the Nationals. Webb, 31, ranked third in the…

  6. What if nine teams hadn’t passed on Tim Lincecum in 2006?

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Texas general manager Jon Daniels revealed during the World Series that the Rangers planned to take Tim Lincecum with the 12th pick in the 2006 draft, only to see the Giants snatch him up two spots ahead of them. Of course, while the Rangers’ near-miss with Lincecum is interesting it’s worth noting that nine teams…

  7. Jim Leyritz broke down in court yesterday

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Leyrtiz in court

    I’ve not been following everything that’s been going on in Jim Leyritz’s trial, but a couple notable things happened this week: On Tuesday, the defense was able to ask a coworker of the victim’s how much she had been drinking before she drove off and, ultimately, got into the accident. A lot, it seems!  Only…

  8. Padres “will listen to offers” on All-Star closer Heath Bell

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Adrian Gonzalez’s potential availability is grabbing all the headlines, and rightfully so, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres “will also listen to offers on Heath Bell.” Bell, like Gonzalez, is only under team control through 2011. He’s also in line for a big raise via arbitration after saving 47…

  9. The Phillies wisely raise ticket prices

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    The opposite side of the Mets “if you stink and don’t draw you must lower ticket prices” argument is the “if you’re good and you sell out game after game you must raise them” argument.  That latter part is the Phillies’ story, as they have announced an across the board ticket price increase.  Tickets are…

  10. Facing midnight deadline Hisanori Takahashi wants three-year deal from Mets

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    MLB extended the Mets’ deadline to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi until midnight today, but it sounds like the two sides aren’t particularly close to agreeing on a new contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Takahashi is asking for a three-year deal worth around $5 million per season and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com confirmed those demands.…

  11. The nuns get their Honus Wagner dough

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Remember those nuns who were selling the Honus Wagner card?  Well, they got $262,000 for it. Best part: the guys delivering the money from the sale made it all the way to Daley Plaza in time to deposit it despite the fact that they were 106 miles away, it was dark and they were wearing…

  12. Carl Willis, Chris Chambliss, and Robbie Thompson join Eric Wedge’s coaching staff

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Three weeks after hiring Eric Wedge as their new manager the Mariners announced his coaching staff: Hitting coach: Chris Chambliss Pitching coach: Carl Willis Bench coach: Robbie Thompson First base coach: Mike Brumley Third base coach: Jeff Datz Bullpen coach: Jaime Navarro Willis served as interim pitching coach after the Mariners cleaned house at midseason…

  13. Can we please remember for a second that Derek Jeter is, first and foremost, a baseball player?

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

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    I’m not sure what to make of Derek Jeter’s total value. That is, his value as both a baseball player and a piece of marketing and good will and all of that. And those are the terms in which his current contractual situation are being played out. There’s just so much uncertainty there. I think…

  14. Nationals release injured reliever Tyler Walker

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Tyler Walker pitched well for the Nationals through mid-June, posting a 3.57 ERA and 30/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings, but missed the final three months of the season following shoulder surgery. Based on his recovery timetable the veteran reliever could be ready to pitch again as soon as spring training, but at age 34…

  15. The Rockies will be watching this week’s NC State-Clemson game closely

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    And hoping for no injuries at all. Why? Because the starting quarterback of each team — Kyle Parker for Clemson and Russell Wilson for the Wolfpack — is a Rockies prospect. Naturally, the better football prospect (Wilson) is the worse baseball prospect. I think it would be hard to figure out what to do if…

  16. Indians cut ties with former top prospect Andy Marte

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Once upon a time Andy Marte was considered an elite prospect. While in the Braves’ farm system he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects in four years, including top-15 spots in 2004, 2005, and 2006. After hitting .275/.372/.506 with 20 homers and 64 walks in 109 games at Triple-A as a 21-year-old in 2005…

  17. Some great stories about Sparky Anderson

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sparky Anderson Reds uni

    My memories of Sparky Anderson — and the memories of anyone younger than 40 or so — are of him managing the Tigers.  But while he had longevity and success in Detroit, he had even more success in Cincinnati, and that gives us a good reason to turn to this story from the Cincinnati Enquirer…

  18. Blue Jays trade for Miguel Olivo … and decline his 2011 option

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Last night the Blue Jays traded a player to be named later to the Rockies for catcher Miguel Olivo, and then less than two hours later they made Olivo a free agent by declining his $2.5 million option for 2011. That may sound crazy considering Toronto had to pay Olivo a $500,000 buyout, but as…

  19. World Series games were way shorter this year

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The USA Today reports that, on average, World Series games were 25 minutes shorter than last year’s games between the Phillies and the Yankees. The story credits MLB’s efforts at speeding the game along, but does anyone really believe that was the biggest difference? Seems to me that the biggest difference was (a) good pitching…

  20. How is the league going to crack down on “mystery team” reports?

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    In addition to shortening the period in which a free agent’s current team gets exclusive negotiation rights, the September agreement between the union and the league sought to impose “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media.” What that means is anyone’s…

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