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  1. Dodgers fan balks at the chance to have lunch with Frank McCourt

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    I gotta be honest: if John Malone, the CEO of Liberty Media — owner of my Atlanta Braves — invited me to have lunch with him, I’d probably balk too.  I mean, really, what would we have to talk about?  Our vast land holdings? Our fights with the FCC?  The awkwardness of the fact that,…

  2. MLB launches the Fan Cave

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

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    Remember last month when we mentioned that Major League Baseball was looking for someone for their “dream job?” With that job being to move to New York to star in a baseball web series and “be a part of a live interactive experience for baseball fans that will include watching every MLB game over the…

  3. Vote: Pick World Series winner, then argue about it!

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    You’ve seen our picks for this season’s division winners, now it’s your turn to get involved. Vote for who will win the World Series, then argue about it in the comments section! It’s fun, and it sure beats a number of other things you could be doing, like working or going to school. Besides, Diddy wants…

  4. Wow: the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    This would be unexpected: John Shea is reporting that the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman. At least they’re “leading toward” doing. There will be an announcement later today. If they go in that direction, one assumes that Pat Burrell would sit and Aubrey Huff would play left. Although, given that Burrell…

  5. And now, the HardballTalk staff predictions

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Oracle of Delphi

    Our Springtime Storyline previews are the Official Previews of HardballTalk. But despite our little paragraphs entitled “So, how are they going to do?” their real value is in talking about the issues facing each team, not in providing predictions. And, it should be noted, they are a collective product. For example, Aaron wrote up the…

  6. Bonds Trial Update: The Brothers Giambi

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Jason Giambi leave the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Yesterday’s installment of the Barry Bonds trial didn’t provide the salacious highs of Monday’s Kimberly Bell testimony, but it made up for it with a varied menu of witnesses.  Most notably Jason and Jeremy Giambi, but let’s take this all in order, shall we? First up was a man named Barry Sample, an expert in…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Are the Boston Red Sox the best team in baseball?

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. For in-depth previews of all 30 teams, check out the HBT Preview. In this edition: the Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: Are the Red…

  8. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

    Wilson Opening Day

    It’s Opening Day Eve, everyone. And the quicker we get to bed tonight, the quicker Baseball Claus comes and brings us our precious games. Until then, however, here are links to all 30 of HardballTalk’s Springtime Storylines entries, cataloging the Big Questions, the Not so Big Questions the continuing nagging issues and dramas of each…

  9. From bar to bigs: Wilhelmsen lands spot in M’s bullpen

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EST

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    I had the opportunity to do a story on Tom Wilhelmsen this spring as part of a seven-part series on players chasing their big-league dreams. In case you’re still not familiar with his story, the 6-foot-6 pitcher quit the game in 2004 after being suspended for a second failed test for marijuana. He traveled the…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Does this Cubs team have what it takes to change history?

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:13 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: 102 years and counting… The Big Question: Does this Cubs team have what it takes to change history? The Cubs…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Can the White Sox slug their way to the AL Central title?

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:20 PM EST

    ozzie-guillen-and-adam-dunn-white-sox-spring

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Ozzie Guillen and his always entertaining White Sox. The Big Question: Can the White Sox slug their way to the AL Central title?…

  12. Brian Wilson to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:12 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    After what we heard last night, it was pretty easy to see this one coming. According to Jaymee Sire of CSN Bay Area, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed earlier tonight that closer Brian Wilson will begin the season on the disabled list with an oblique strain. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that an…

  13. Alex Rodriguez has some unhappy tenants again

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Some of you may remember a story from the New York Times back in 2007 that detailed some complaints from tenants of an apartment complex in the Tampa area owned by Alex Rodriguez. While Selena Roberts was guilty of taking some liberties with the subject matter at the time, it appears that conditions haven’t improved at…

  14. Mike Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch for Yankees on Opening Day

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:20 PM EST

    Mike Mussina Yankees

    Here’s a fun one. The Yankees issued a press release just a short while ago detailing pre-game ceremonies for Opening Day against the Tigers on Thursday. On hand for the festivities will be Mike Mussina, who is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He’ll be the 10th former Yankee player to have the…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates?

    Mar 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EST

    mccutchen walker

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Hurdle and his Bucs. The Big Question: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates?…

  16. UPDATE: Dodgers finalize contract extension with Chad Billingsley

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Chad Billingsley

    UPDATE: The deal is done. And as expected, he’ll receive three years and an option for 2015. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Billingsley will be guaranteed at least $35 million from 2012-2014. If the Dodgers exercise the option for 2015, he could make as much as $46 million. Billingsley will earn $9…

  17. UPDATE: Brad Lidge shut down for 3-6 weeks and Jose Contreras, not Ryan Madson, set to fill in

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Brad Lidge

    UPDATE: The news isn’t getting any better. Lidge told Martin Frank of the News Journal that he actually has a partially torn rotator cuff and will be shut down completely for 3-6 weeks. Frank writes that Lidge will need even more time once he’s actually able to throw and speculates that it could be early…

  18. Chris Davis wants a trade, but Rangers send him to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Chris Davis high five

    Chris Davis said last week that he’d prefer the Rangers trade him if they weren’t going to give him a spot on the big-league roster and he may still get his wish before Opening Day, but for now at least Davis has been optioned to Triple-A. He doesn’t really have anything left to prove in…

  19. Ronny Paulino blood tests reveal “stomach and colon issues”

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    Ronny Paulino is ineligible to play in the Mets’ first eight games of the season due to a 50-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test dating back to last year, but now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the backup catcher could be out longer after recent blood tests revealed “stomach and colon issues.”…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Are the Blue Jays doomed by baseball’s toughest division?

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    john-farrell-blue-jays-spring

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: New manager John Farrell’s tall order in Toronto. The Big Question: Are the Blue Jays doomed by baseball’s toughest division? Toronto has won…

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