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  1. Why must the Mets copy anyone?

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday one of the ESPN talking heads — I want to say Olney, but it may have been someone else — said, after the Mets fired Omar Minaya, that they need a GM who can make a big splash and who can “compete with the Yankees.”  I thought this was silly, because an argument can…

  2. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell a possibility in Toronto

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    CSN New England is reporting that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is in the running for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy and is said to be on Toronto’s “short list.”  CSN is also saying that there’s a possibility that he could be interviewed for the Mariners job as well. Farrell has declined interviews with…

  3. Deep Thought: How the fans of playoff teams feel at the moment

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    With no games on last night I spent most of the evening screwin’ around on the Internet, trying to start fights on message boards and that sort of thing.  In the course of my virtual travels, I spoke (more or less) with fans of every playoff team.  Based on these conversations, I’ve figured something out:…

  4. Poll: What do you think of MLB's unwritten rules?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    Bob Harkins has written a story on the unwritten rules of baseball over at NBCSports.com. He interviewed several players to get their views, and the results, found here, are pretty interesting. There is also a story looking at the most common unwritten rules, and you can get Craig’s take here. So what do you think? Vote…

  5. David Murphy feels "good" after running at 50 to 60 percent

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    David Murphy tested his injured groin Monday by taking batting practice, shagging some flyballs and doing some light throwing, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. “I feel good,” Murphy said. “I probably ran out there at 50 to 60 percent. I’m not going to know until I ramp it up some more.” Murphy hasn’t played…

  6. Mariners' e-mail message to fans is missing somebody

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    This is a day where nearly every team that isn’t in the playoffs is sending out mass e-mails, thanking their fans and talking about their grand plans to build a winning ballclub. There’s usually nothing newsworthy in any of them, but I wasn’t the only one who found a portion of this e-mail from Mariners…

  7. Rockies GM calls re-signing Jorge De La Rosa "a priority"

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    General manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing free agent starter Jorge De La Rosa “a priority” for the Rockies this offseason, telling Troy Renck of the Denver Post that “adding a middle-of-the-rotation starter” is atop the offseason wishlist and “we would certainly like that to be Jorge.” De La Rosa turned down a two-year, $8.75 million…

  8. Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey yesterday

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey for yesterday’s season finale against the Marlins. He wore the one from Hispanic Heritage Night that, instead of Pittsburgh,” said “Piratas” on the front.  I couldn’t find any still pics of it, but you can see it in the video of the home run he hit yesterday, here. The…

  9. Mike Redmond is retiring

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Longtime backup catcher Mike Redmond retired today. He said “I fulfilled every goal I had as a player.” For his career he ends up with a line of .287/.342/.358. He’ll almost certainly move on to coaching and may very well be a manager one day. And if it was most every other backup catcher in…

  10. World Series ads on FOX will cost $450,000 per 30 seconds

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell of CNBC passes along an interesting tidbit, noting that a television advertisement on FOX during one of the upcoming World Series games costs $450,000 per 30 seconds. And if that seems like a lot to you, consider that Rovell also reports FOX has already sold 90 percent of their available ad space despite…

  11. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter is worth $10 million over two years

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    So, how much is Derek Jeter worth as a free agent? A former general manager, speaking to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, opines thusly: “Twelve million dollars over two years, maybe $10 million over two. But I think he’ll probably get a lot more than that . . . It is not a rational…

  12. Astros exercise $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Houston decided that Geoff Blum wasn’t worth $1.6 million next season, choosing to buy him out for $150,000, but the Astros have exercised their $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011. Michaels actually got less playing time than Blum this season, but did more with it by hitting .253/.310/.468 in 203 plate appearances. He’s been…

  13. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings: Playoffs edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Twenty-two teams are snug in their rumpus rooms, getting ready to watch the playoffs on TV like the rest of us suckers. The other eight still live, and if it lives, I can rank it.

  14. Rays name playoff rotation: Price, Shields, Garza, Davis

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay announced its rotation for the ALDS. As expected David Price will start Game 1 and Game 5, but in a mild surprise the Rays have tabbed James Shields rather than Matt Garza to start Game 2. Ultimately it doesn’t matter a whole lot, since both guys will end up starting just once in…

  15. HBT Daily: Me being a Braves homer edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    If the reference to “today’s games” doesn’t tip you off, the fact that I had my Braves cap on while taping should reveal that this went in the can about five minutes after the Giants game ended yesterday.

  16. Diamondbacks expected to fire most of coaching staff while keeping Kirk Gibson as manager

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, when new general manager Kevin Towers revealed that he wanted Greg Maddux to be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, I wrote: “Mel Stottlemyre Jr. is currently in his second season as Arizona’s pitching coach and has spent the past nine years in the organization in some capacity, so he’s probably not thrilled to…

  17. Must-click link: Peter Angelos: the most generous owner in baseball

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    OK, that’s hyperbole, but how many baseball owners gave their teams $100 million out of their own pocket to cover operating losses? And how many wrote a check for $300,000 to keep the municipal pools open in a budget crunch while asking for no credit or acknowledgment?  According to this in-depth profile of Orioles’ owner…

  18. Astros won't bring back Geoff Blum, picking $150,000 buyout

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Geoff Blum was Houston’s Opening Day first baseman, but yesterday the Astros informed the 37-year-old utility man that he will not be back in 2011. Rather than exercise their $1.65 million option the Astros will give Blum a $150,000 buyout and he’ll go in search of another bench job after hitting his usual .267/.321/.356 in…

  19. The Rays change the rules regarding balls off the catwalks

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s not often that you see a ground rules change in midstream, but Major League Baseball has approved of new ones for Tropicana Field, effective for the playoffs. Specifically, for balls off the A&B catwalks (i.e. the two highest rings). Previously, if a ball hit those rings, the ball was in play, and it was…

  20. Jeff Wilpon: Omar Minaya had full autonomy

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    As I type this, Fred and Jeff Wilpon are giving a press conference regarding the firings of Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. There have been some high points. Fred Wilpon acknowledging that the Mets haven’t won enough and, for the first time I can recall, speaking passionately about the team and saying that it means…

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