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  1. Details on why Tim Wallach wasn’t allowed to interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com did some digging and uncovered why Tim Wallach agreed to a contract with the Dodgers that allowed him to interview for certain managerial openings (like the Brewers) while prohibiting him from pursuing other jobs (like the Blue Jays): Wallach was allowed to make those lists himself while negotiating the deal, which…

  2. Jorge sits, Cervelli gets the start behind the plate for the Yankees tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett, Francisco Cervelli

    It was just revealed that Francisco Cervelli will get the start behind the plate for game Game 4 tonight against the Rangers. My first thought is to hate this move because Cervelli’s bat is pretty anemic and the Yankees need all the offense they can get. On the other hand, A.J. Burnett worked primarily with…

  3. Ryne Sandberg unlikely to remain in Cubs organization

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ managerial search this morning Ryne Sandberg told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune that he’s unlikely to remain in the organization. I’m just kind of digesting it right now and I’ve got my agent getting feelers out. I’m hoping there’s something else out there. I’m…

  4. K-Rod and the Mets settle

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez perp walk

    Francisco Rodriguez and the Mets have settled the grievance K-Rod filed after the team tried to make his deal non-guaranteed. The settlement: his deal is still guaranteed, but he drops his challenge to the Mets placing him on the disqualified list for the end of the 2010 season. That means he basically forfeits the $3.1…

  5. Bryce Harper: Nationals “will be the Yankees of the NL East”

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Prior to making his Arizona Fall League debut tomorrow Bryce Harper chatted with Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com and had some interesting things to say about the Nationals’ future: I think in the next couple years we will be the Yankees of the NL East. I have been telling everyone that. We are going to roll.…

  6. The Nats give Mike Rizzo a five-year extenstion

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    The Nationals just issued a release saying that they’ve signed GM Mike Rizzo to five-year contract extension. That’s nice job security, and the added title is nice too: Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.  This, essentially, means that he’s filling Stan Kasten’s old job and means that he has one less person to answer to…

  7. Blue Jays upset that Dodgers denied their request to interview Tim Wallach

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    USA MLB SPRING TRAINING-LOS ANGELES DODGERS

    Last week the Dodgers denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach for their managerial opening and Robert Macleod of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that “the Blue Jays organization is miffed at the Dodgers for their refusal to make Wallach available.” Macleod quotes an unnamed Blue Jays “senior official” as saying that…

  8. HBT Daily: Burnett and the bats

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    Matt and I ask whether the Yankees’ bats can wake up, whether A.J. Burnett is the right choice and whether the Giants can do a thing against Cole Hamels

  9. Milton Bradley on history with Eric Wedge: “I’m over it”

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Hired as the Mariners’ new manager yesterday, Eric Wedge’s ugly history with Milton Bradley from their time together with the Indians in 2003/2004 seemingly makes it unlikely that they’ll be asked to co-exist again in Seattle. That may prove true–Wedge hasn’t even been officially introduced to the local media yet–but in the meantime Larry Stone…

  10. CC vs. AJ in Game 4: a rebuttal

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Joe Pawlikowski counters my Team A.J. post over at Fangraphs. He prefers CC Sabathia for a pretty basic reason: The overall point of using Sabathia tonight is to give the team the best chance of prolonging the series. No matter the match-up, Sabathia gives the team a better chance to win this evening. That means…

  11. Our long national Melkmare has come to an end

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I haven’t seen anything official on this yet, but MLB.com’s Fantasy 411 outfit is reporting that the Braves have released Melky Cabrera. This causes me to ask several questions: Do we measure the time it will take for the Pirates to sign Melky in seconds, milliseconds or nanoseconds? Do the Yankees declare victory in the…

  12. Cubs remove interim tag, name Mike Quade manager

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Mike Quade went 24-13 as Chicago’s interim manager after taking over a 51-74 team from Lou Piniella in mid-August and today the Cubs announced that he’s been hired as the full-time skipper. Quade will reportedly get a two-year contract with a team option for 2013. Ryne Sandberg was the most popular candidate among Cubs fans…

  13. What does the La Russa extension really mean?

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    La Russa in dugout

    Bernie Miklasz has a great column up over at the Post-Dispatch today, analyzing the announcement that Tony La Russa is coming back to the Cardinals next year. More specifically, analyzing the part of the announcement in which it was revealed that bullpen coach Marty Mason was not coming back. A small detail to outsiders —…

  14. Twins starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn undergoing elbow surgeries

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    scott baker and nick blackburn twins

    Twins right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after they were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees and now starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are both going under the knife as well. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Blackburn underwent minor elbow surgery last week and…

  15. Hey, whaddaya know? Women like baseball!

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    An article  in today’s Philly Inquirer irked me to no end. The headline: “Female fans turned on by the Phils.” The premise: there are a lot of serious female baseball fans! And it’s not just because the ballplayers are cute! What’s one of the big rules of journalism? You don’t write “dog bites man” stories?…

  16. Rangers won’t move slumping Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-32 (.219) with one RBI in eight playoff games after hitting just .278/.322/.426 in the second half, but manager Ron Washington made it very clear that he won’t be moving out of the cleanup spot: That’s the way I ran the lineup all year and it’s going to stay that way. A…

  17. Sandy Alomar Jr. has his third interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have interviewed Sandy Almoar Jr. for their managerial opening three times already. I’ve been on a lot of job interviews. And I spent a lot of time recruiting as well. I can’t remember ever either being interviewed or having someone in for interviews three times. The…

  18. Rangers relying on a shaky Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Lost in the various teeth-gnashing over Joe Girardi sticking with A.J. Burnett for tonight is that the Rangers are turning to a less than stellar Game 4 starter of their own in Tommy Hunter. On the surface Hunter’s numbers this season look great, as he went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts, but…

  19. The Giants’ shortstops are a mess

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Juan Uribe is out with a wrist contusion, so shortstop is left to Edgar Renteria for today’s Phillies-Giants game. Except, we learned yesterday, Renteria has a completely torn left biceps tendon. He hurt it in the NLDS against the Braves.  I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing that you sorta need a biceps tendon to be…

  20. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

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