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  1. Joe Morgan “was not surprised by ESPN’s decision”

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Joe Morgan issued a short statement to address ESPN declining to renew his contract after 20 years as the lead analyst on “Sunday Night Baseball”: I was not surprised by ESPN’s decision. They have been taking “Sunday Night Baseball” in a different direction the last two years and I was not comfortable with that direction.…

  2. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Colorado Rockies

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Nied

    The Best: With the exception of the most minor of variations, they’ve always looked the same. A few fewer purple accents now. The vest.  The substitution of “Colorado” on their road jerseys instead of a repeat of “Rockies.”  Which was a good move, because teams should always have the city name on their road jerseys…

  3. Twins no longer a small-payroll team thanks to Target Field

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Minnesota has long been one of MLB’s most successful “small-market” or “small-payroll” teams, making the playoffs five times from 2002-2009 despite consistently ranking among the bottom third in money spent. In their final two Metrodome seasons–2008 and 2009–the Twins won 87 and 88 games, made it to the postseason once and narrowly missed a second…

  4. The Braves potential moves are . . . familiar

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Mark Bowman at MLB.com has his latest ramblings up about the Braves. It’s mostly about their potential offseason moves.  Stop me if you’ve heard this before: They need an outfielder, but don’t want to spend any money; They could trade for one, but they need to find someone willing to take on Kenshin Kawakami or…

  5. Royce Clayton is playing Miguel Tejada in the Moneyball movie

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    miguel tejada and royce clayton

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an interesting article about longtime big leaguer Royce Clayton, who after retiring in 2008 auditioned for a part in the upcoming “Moneyball” movie and was cast as Miguel Tejada. Seriously. Clayton didn’t speak Spanish, but tried to learn enough to sound authentic for his scenes with Brad Pitt. And then…

  6. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The San Diego Padres

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres - 1970's File Photos

    The Best: The Padres get a bad rap when it comes to uniform discussions. Why? Because people choose to remember the brown and yellow uniforms as all one, uniformly bad look, when it was anything but. The Padres wore several variations on the theme, ranging from all yellow, to solid brown jerseys, to something in…

  7. Marvin Miller doesn’t think he’s going to make it into the Hall of Fame

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    For years Marvin Miller has been on the Hall of Fame ballot, and for years he has failed to gain admittance. A lot of it has to do with the makeup of the veteran’s committee voting process.  For a long time the pool consisted of old timers who were likely resentful of the big money…

  8. Does the free agent compensation system overrate relievers?

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    matt-guerrier-twins

    Sam Miller of the Orange County Register raised an interesting point on Twitter just now, which is that 12 of the 34 free agents who’ve been classified as Type A–and thus will require forfeiting a first-round draft pick to sign–are relief pitchers. Here are the dozen Type A relievers: Grant Balfour, Scott Downs, Frank Francisco,…

  9. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The San Francisco Giants

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mathhewson

    Day three of our sartorial survey takes us to the National League West where we start off with the World Freakin’ Champs. The Best: In recent years the Giants have kept a classic look. Not always so in the old days.  You know what’s gangsta? Writing “World’s Champions” on your uniforms, that’s what’s gangsta.  If…

  10. A’s sign Dominican outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz for $800,000

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Oakland hasn’t wasted any time making moves this offseason, bidding $17 million to win the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, trading Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks to the Royals for David DeJesus, and now spending $800,000 to sign 16-year-old prospect Vicmal De La Cruz out of the Dominican Republic. Ben Badler of…

  11. The Cardinals may not re-sign Jake Westbrook

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    A lot of hot stove handicappers were assuming that the Cardinals would re-sign free agent Jake Westbrook this offseason because apparently Dave Duncan liked him, Westbrook responded well enough to the change in scenery and it’s not hard to see him pitching well in St. Louis over the next couple of years.  That thinking may…

  12. Royals acquired Vin Mazzaro for the stuff, not the stats

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last night the Royals traded veteran outfielder David DeJesus to the A’s for 24-year-old starter Vin Mazzaro and pitching prospect Justin Marks. Marks is a former third-round pick and a solid prospect, but the key to the deal from Kansas City’s point of view was clearly Mazzaro, as general manager Dayton Moore called him “a…

  13. Jayson Werth ain’t comin’ back to Philly

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    I don’t think anyone was truly holding out hope that Jayson Werth would return to the Phillies, but if there was a shred of it, Jayson Stark shoots it down like Paul Newman shot diseased cattle in “Hud”: Here’s one Phillies source on the odds of his team finding a way to keep Jayson Werth:…

  14. The Washington National unveil new jerseys. They’re OK.

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Nationals new jerseys

    Some people have told me that I should have waited to do my writeup on the Nats’ jerseys until after they unveiled their new duds last night.  I don’t think it makes a difference.  The new outfits are neither the best nor the worst the Nationals have ever sported.  They’re worth discussion, but they don’t…

  15. The Blue Jays have asked about Zack Greinke

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have inquired about Zack Greinke. Interesting. No one knows if Toronto is one of the 20 teams for which Greinke has no-trade protection this year (it goes down to 15 next year). On the one hand, Toronto is a giant city, so maybe it’s…

  16. Is Jose Reyes on the trading block?

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    That’s the rumor from Matt Pignataro at 7 Train to Shea.  I don’t know Matt and I don’t know his source, but he’s saying that the Mets “have put word out to teams” that Reyes is available and that they’ll look to trade him during the Winter Meetings. Plausible, as Reyes has real value. If…

  17. Wally Backman and my adventures in talk radio

    Nov 11, 2010, 6:28 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    I’ve come to believe that Wally Backman doesn’t have supporters for the Mets managerial job, really. He has disciples and truthers.  At least the guy I locked horns with last night fit that description: radio shouter Dino Costa, who invited me on his show on Sirius/XM’s Mad Dog Radio.  Sirius itself describes it as “a…

  18. Angels expected to make serious run at Carl Crawford

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    The Angels are going to make a serious run this winter at free agent outfielder Carl Crawford.  This is something we’ve all known for weeks, and now it’s finally being talked about. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times wrote this evening that the Angels have identified the multi-talented Crawford as their “primary” offseason target…

  19. Kirk Gibson’s memorabilia auction is going pretty well

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Craig ran a story in October explaining why current Diamondbacks manager and former Dodgers legend Kirk Gibson is selling several pieces of his personal memorabilia. Gibson basically said that the memories of his playing career are locked in his head and that he doesn’t need bats and batting gloves on display at his home to…

  20. Dave Niehaus: 1935-2010

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Sad news out of the Pacific Northwest tonight. According to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald, longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus passed away from a heart attack this afternoon at the age of 75. Niehaus was awarded the job of play-by-play announcer before Seattle’s inaugural season in 1977 and remained in that role through the…

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