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  1. Chipper Jones to miss tonight’s game

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

    His belief that the Baseball Gods have forsaken the Braves and his losing a grounder in the lights on Monday notwithstanding, Chipper Jones has been really damn useful lately. In September he’s hitting .309/.372/.529 and has been one of the few bright spots for a skidding Braves team. This kid may make something of himself in…

  2. Royals designate Kila Ka’aihue for assignment

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    For years the Royals were unwilling to give Kila Ka’aihue an extended chance in the majors despite his strong minor-league production and then when they finally stuck him in the lineup he hit .216 in 52 games last season and .195 in 23 games this year. That’s hardly enough playing time to prove Ka’aihue can’t…

  3. What “Moneyball” really means

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    We’ve talked the “Moneyball” movie up to death. It’s a movie. It will bear some tangential resemblance to real events, but it’s there to entertain. Or not. It means very little to baseball other than for gossip purposes. But we still talk about the concept of “Moneyball” all the time.  And the thing is, most…

  4. Pirates get minor leaguer Eliecer Cardenas from Braves to complete Matt Diaz trade

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Three weeks ago the Braves re-acquired outfielder Matt Diaz from the Pirates for a player to be named later and today Pittsburgh chose minor-league reliever Eliecer Cardenas to complete the deal. Cardenas was in the Twins’ farm system until this year, when the Braves picked him in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft.…

  5. HBT Extra: The NL Wild Card and the Baseball Gods

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    We probably skip too many days to really call it HBT Daily. So let’s call it extra today. Anyway, Tiffany and I talk NL Wild Card

  6. Ozzie Guillen said some Ozzie Guillen-type things in Esquire

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Esquire magazine has a regular feature called “What I’ve Learned” in which they ask people for words of wisdom and their latest subject is White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who predictably provided plenty of amusing quotes. For instance, about his wife: What attracted me to my wife is she’s hot. She’s also nice, she’s a…

  7. The Columbus Clippers won the triple-A championship last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    We set it up here yesterday. The game went down last night. Columbus beat Omaha 8-3 for the triple-A championship. Joe Martinez was the MVP after pitching seven strong innings. He’s 28 and has 49.2 major league innings under his belt. He has 820 in the minors while playing in three organizations, mostly the Giants.…

  8. A’s announce three-year extension with manager Bob Melvin

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Confirming a move that was reported yesterday, the A’s have officially announced a three-year contract extension with Bob Melvin, who took over as interim manager when Bob Geren was fired in early June. Oakland has gone 42-49 (.462) under Melvin, who previously managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks to losing records. Geren had a 334-376 (.470)…

  9. So those great 1990s Braves teams were doctoring baseballs? Awesome!

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Maybe this is fun, b.s. banter. Maybe there’s truth to it. Maybe everyone did it. Maybe only the Braves did.  But former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone was on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio with Evan Cohen and former Mets GM Steve Phillips today, and he seemed t admit that the Braves — or at least John…

  10. Pirates sending No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole to Arizona Fall League

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole didn’t sign with Pittsburgh until just before the August 16 deadline and won’t make his official minor-league debut until next season, but the Pirates announced that the right-hander from UCLA will pitch in the Arizona Fall League next month. General manager Neal Huntington told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh…

  11. Tonight will be Michael Pineda’s last start

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    It’s been several months since people outside of the Pacific Northwest stopped paying attention to the really super rookie year Michael Pineda is having, but know that it has continued just fine.  And after tonight it ends. But it ends with an easy mark: the punchless Minnesota Twins. It’s been a great year for Pineda.…

  12. Mike Quade expects to be back as Cubs manager

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    Aramis Ramirez is “ready to move on” from the Cubs, but Mike Quade said today that he expects to return as Chicago’s manager in 2012 despite a 68-87 record. Quade got the full-time job after taking over for Lou Piniella last season and going 24-13 down the stretch as interim manager, and he’s at least…

  13. Everything you ever wanted to know about ballplayer statues

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kirby Puckett statue

    Statues of baseball players: they’re not just the place where you meet your buddy who has the extra ticket or a convenient location for the pigeons to poop. They’re actually becoming an increasingly popular fixture in ballparks, and the New York Times is on it.  (They’re always ON IT, actually). For reasons that I can’t quite explain,…

  14. Great Moments in self-promotion: I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk again tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    Because NBC SportsTalk isn’t going to unseat SportsCenter as the most-watched evening sports studio show (weeknight division) by itself, I feel like I need to note when I’m on.  No, not because I think you’ll all flock to it. To the contrary, I consider it more of a warning. After all, if my pasty, lisping…

  15. Don Mattingly doesn’t want Jonathan Broxton back in 2012

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    jonathan-broxton-dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton is heading to free agency with his value at an all-time low and will be rehabbing minor elbow surgery for the next couple months. His odds of re-signing with the Dodgers were probably slim already, but Don Mattingly made it very clear yesterday that he doesn’t want Broxton back for 2012, telling Tony…

  16. The Mets hint that they’ll change the fences at Citi Field

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    The issue of the fences at Citi Field gets thrown out for public consumption a few times a year. It was ruled out a year ago. There was some chatter about it in April.  Then Jeff Francoeur weighed in because, hey, why not?  Adam Rubin and Greg Rybarczyk of Hittrackeronline analyzed what it would all mean…

  17. Reds will exercise $12 million option on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Phillips

    General manager Walt Jocketty announced that the Reds intend to exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and indicated that the two sides have had some preliminary talks about a long-term contract extension. Phillips tweeted about having “a lot on my mind” because today might be his final home game with…

  18. Phil Hughes scratched from today’s start with back spasms

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    Phil Hughes was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Rays today, but he’s unavailable because of back spasms that have bothered him since last week. Hector Noesi will get the Game 1 start instead, but he’s been used strictly as a reliever this season and is expected to throw just…

  19. Javy Vazquez may retire after this year

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez has had a fantastic second half for the Marlins. So fantastic that I’ve used the “who is going to get suckered into signing him to a big contract” joke at least twice in the past two weeks. Three if you count that one.  But Vazquez himself may very well have different ideas.  According…

  20. Aramis Ramirez “ready to move on” from Cubs

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez has been making quite a few headlines as he nears free agency. Last week he told reporters he’ll be seeking a two- or three-year deal on the open market, earlier this week reports pegged the Marlins as one of his likely suitors, and last night the 34-year-old third baseman told Patrick Mooney of…

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