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  1. It’s tough being a ballplayer: a cruise is delaying the Bronson Arroyo extension

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Yesterday it was reported that Bonson Arroyo was likely to sign a three-year extension this week.  The extension still looks like it’s happening, but John Fay reports that it may take a few extra days because Arroyo is on a cruise. Rogers Hornsby famously said “people ask me what I do in winter when there’s…

  2. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage at Triple-A … for the Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead. All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the…

  3. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Philadelphia Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Phillies blue uniform

    A couple of years ago I wrote a couple posts at my old Shysterball blog running down what — in my opinion anyway — were the best and worst all-time looks for each team.  It was pretty popular as far as my old Blogspot posts were concerned, so I figure that, in the absence of…

  4. Manny Ramirez spotted in Toronto; does it mean anything?

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Zen

    Manny Ramirez has been spotted in Toronto for the past couple days, leading to speculation that his visiting has something to do with interest from the Blue Jays. Asked if there was a connection of any kind, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos replied: “I wouldn’t comment on player rumours either way.” (And yes, he somehow…

  5. Mike Hampton still wants to pitch

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Hampton — fresh off a 0.00 ERA season (in which he faced 16 batters) — wants to pitch in 2011. At this point Hampton is a zombie, right? Shambling around, unaware that he died about five years ago?  He’s not eating anyone’s brain as far as we know, but as…

  6. Don’t expect a decision from Cliff Lee any time soon

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Not surprisingly, Cliff Lee’s agent said yesterday that the free agent left-hander will likely take his sweet time fielding offers before deciding on a long-term home. Here’s what Darek Braunecker told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: Historically, these deals take some time. We don’t handicap the timing of this stuff, but we…

  7. Juan Samuel could wind up back with Philly

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Juan Samuel

    No, not as a second basemen or outfielder, sadly. As a first base coach. That according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, who notes that Samuel did not take part in the Orioles’ organizational meetings last week and may be in line to take over Davey Lopes’ old job with the Phils. The last time I said…

  8. Shocker: Jeff Francoeur to clear waivers, become a free agent this week

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Don’t look at me that way. There are like 40 posts a day around here, so I’m more than entitled to devote one or two of them every couple of days to my hysterical and irrational fixation on an otherwise insignificant role player. I know it’s immature and rather nuts, but it’s my thing, OK?…

  9. The Indians unveil a new uniform, and it is good

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    The Cleveland Indians have unveiled a new road uniform, and I think it’s pretty spiffy.  A gray version of that sweet home alternate they’ve been wearing for the past couple of years.  The block lettering and the colors — that deep red and dark blue combo — looks classic without being consciously retro.  Just a…

  10. The Rockies are chasing free agent starters

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are shopping for starting pitching, with Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda on the shopping list. Worth remembering that they have their own free agent — Jorge De La Rosa — to consider as well. It’s been a while since the Rockies made a…

  11. Some thoughts on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:58 AM EDT

    Morgan and Miller yellow

    I was reading a great interview of “Bloom County” cartoonist Berkeley Breathed yesterday, and came to the following exchange: RUSSELL: The Internet’s biggest impact on culture has been the fragmentation of discourse — there’s no one central album or TV show or comic strip that’s a universal discussion point any more. How blessed do you…

  12. Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka to be posted for MLB teams this week

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com, the Chiba Lotte Marines are posting infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka for MLB teams this week. Nishioka, 26, led the Pacific League with a .346 batting average, 121 runs scored and 206 hits this past season. His hit total established a club record and were the most in the Pacific League…

  13. Report: Edgar Renteria willing to move to second base

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    World Series MVP Edgar Renteria said over the weekend that he has no plans to hang ‘em up and now he tells Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com that he is willing to move to second base in order to prolong his career. Here’s the link on Twitter and the news story on ESPN Deportes, if you…

  14. How will the White Sox use Chris Sale next season?

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    In September, White Sox general manager Ken Williams stated that 2010 first-round pick Chris Sale would have a chance to win a spot in the starting rotation next spring. One scenario Williams discussed at the time is that the young left-hander could function as an insurance policy if Jake Peavy needs more time to bounce…

  15. ESPN to replace Jon Miller, Joe Morgan on Sunday nights

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    After 20 years in the booth together, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are on the way out as ESPN’s broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball.  The network has declined to renew Morgan’s contract.  Miller is being given the option of staying on as the play-by-play radio voice on Sunday night. Expectations are that ESPN will…

  16. Report: Jeter’s offer from the Yankees will be three years, $45-60 million

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports that the Yankees are currently preparing offers for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee. Matthews’ source tells him that Jeter’s offer will be for three years and between $15-20 million per year. The Yankees are expected to have a deal done with Jeter before either Rivera or Lee, Matthews…

  17. Mets to interview DeMarlo Hale, Don Wakamatsu, and Clint Hurdle this week

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will begin interviewing external manager candidates this week, starting with Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale tomorrow. General manager Sandy Alderson is then slated to meet with Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and newly hired Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu on Wednesday. Hale previously interviewed for…

  18. Mark Buehrle’s wife spills the beans on her husband winning the Gold Glove

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    The Gold Glove award announcements don’t come out until tomorrow, but the Chicago Tribune reports that Mark Buehrle’s wife Jamie posted this today on her Facebook page today: “So proud of my husband. He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!” I would have been able to report this news myself if it wasn’t…

  19. Quote of the day: Henry Schulman on Pablo Sandoval

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The playoffs are so serious.  One nice thing about the offseason — and the middle of June for that matter — is that you can drop goofy/awesome lines like this without worrying about missing the story: The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat…

  20. Blue Jays add Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu

    Toronto made four additions to new manager John Farrell’s staff today, adding Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, and Torey Lovullo as first base coach. Wakamatsu was the Mariners’ manager for all of 2009 and most of this season, going 127-147 before being fired in mid-August.…

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