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  1. Video: Great Moments in Phillies fan history

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    I was going to stop watching this video the moment something unrealistic was depicted. I watched it all the way to the end.  

  2. Brian Cashman talks about being overruled on the Soriano deal

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Since the moment Rafael Soriano signed with the Yankees, people have been reporting that the Brian Cashman wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger on the deal.  It was his higher ups, it’s been said, going against Cashman’s wishes. Today Cashman confirmed that: “I didn’t recommend it … I’m charged with obviously winning a championship. I’m…

  3. The story of Matt Anderson’s comeback

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    Last week we noted that the Phillies had taken a flier on former Tigers’ prospect Matt Anderson.  Today Jerry Crasnick has a great feature story on him, what he’s gone through the past few years and how he’s approaching his comeback.  Oh, and he also makes a point to debunk the Anderson-hurt-himself-throwing-an-octopus story.  Just read…

  4. UPDATE: The Yankees offered Carl Pavano $10 million

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Pavano Yankees

    UPDATE:  Apparently it was more than talk. WFAN reports that the Yankees made a one-year, $10 million offer, plus incentives.  Yikes! 12:44 PM: We had a Pavano post, we had a Yankees pitching post.  Now, sweet synthesis: Cashman admitted he had “several discussions” with agent for Pavano. That from Peter Botte of the Daily News.…

  5. Adrian Gonzalez plays catch for the first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Good news for Red Sox fans. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Adrian Gonzalez tossed a baseball with his brother Edgar Gonzalez on Monday, the first time he has played catch since undergoing right shoulder surgery. After Gonzalez underwent the procedure in October, he said in a radio interview that he may not be cleared…

  6. Andy Pettitte is working out

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    For you Yankees fans who can’t help but read the tea leaves, Brian Hoch passes this along: Girardi spoke to Pettitte last week. No decision, but he confirms Pettitte is at least working out to be in baseball shape. No word on whether that’s traditional Andy Pettitte shape, Joba Chamberlain shape, Pablo Sandoval shape or…

  7. Votto’s contract details paint a scary picture for Reds fans

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    joey-votto-head-scratch

    The Reds inked first baseman Joey Votto to a three-year, $38 million contract extension on Sunday, buying out all three of his arbitration-eligible seasons.  Now John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the financial breakdown of the deal. Votto will earn a $5 million salary in 2011, a $9.5 million salary in 2012 and a…

  8. Jack Zduriencik’s statement on Milton Bradley

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik has released a statement about the Milton Bradley arrest: “After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight, I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very…

  9. Matt Szczur passes up football to stay with Cubs

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Matt Szczur

    According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, Cubs prospect outfielder Matt Szczur has accepted a $1.5 million deal to stick with baseball rather than pursue a career in the NFL. The story was first reported by Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Szczur originally signed for $100,000 after being drafted in the fifth round last June. The…

  10. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Twins are close to signing Carl Pavano

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Apparently the Twins and Pavano have almost reached a deal. Twins and Pavano are very close to a new deal, working on final details. Bill Smith said today, “I think we’re in the home stretch here.” This is not a repeat from last month. Or last week. Though I have very little faith that it won’t…

  11. The Indians haven’t given up on signing Shin-Soo Choo to an extension

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are trying to work out a multi-year contract with Shin-Soo Choo: “We’re still in the midst of discussions,” said [GM Chris] Antonetti. “I don’t view it as the negotiations being closed.” Choo is one of the most underrated guys in baseball. He’s still got three seasons to…

  12. Remembering the Polo Grounds

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Polo Grounds

    There’s a great story by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times today, looking back at the history of the Polo Grounds.  Like many of the people quoted in is story, I was always struck by pictures of those wacko dimensions: What stands out to fans and historians nearly 47 years since its demolition are…

  13. The imminent Lance Armstrong PED hubub will be instructive

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Lance Armstrong

    My steroids bailiwick is pretty much limited to baseball, so I view the latest stuff about Lance Armstrong as a civilian. I don’t know much about it other than to say that (a) cycling is apparently rotten with PEDs; and (b) any criminal investigation led by Jeff Novitzky should be viewed with extreme dubiousness given his track…

  14. The Blue Jays may be interested in Johnny Damon

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Sometimes I get nostalgic for the winter of 2009-10. It was a simpler time. Bert Blyleven wasn’t a Hall of Famer, people thought that the Mariners won the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade and every other post on HardballTalk was about Johnny Damon.  Let’s relive that for a moment, shall we? The Blue Jays avoided salary…

  15. Remember Josh Lueke? The Mariners should beware of creating a double standard

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Josh Leuke

    Earlier this morning I talked about whether the Mariners will try to void Milton Bradley’s deal.  As reader Sean Boulton noted on Twitter last night, however, they wouldn’t even consider it if they keep true to form. Heck, they wouldn’t even cut him. Remember the Josh Lueke controversy? He was one of the players sent from…

  16. Can the Mariners void Milton Bradley’s contract?

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley angry

    With the “everyone is innocent until proven guilty, even Milton Bradley” caveat out of the way, the inevitable next question is whether the Mariners can get out from under his $12 million contract for 2011. Short answer: doubtful. We went through this exercise with the K-Rod business last summer of course, so here’s the quick refresher:…

  17. Let’s not convict Milton Bradley in the court of public opinion just yet

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    As reported last night, Milton Bradley is in some big-time legal trouble as a result of allegedly making threats of bodily harm and/or death against an unidentified female. The charges under California Penal Code section 422 are felony charges, and if they are borne out, he could end up doing time. It’s important to remember,…

  18. UPDATE: Milton Bradley arrested on felony charge for allegedly making a threat

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Mariners' batter Bradley reacts during the second inning of their MLB American League Opening Day baseball game in Seattle

    UPDATE: According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Bradley was arrested at home at around 10:40 a.m for making a threat against an unidentified female. He was later released on $50,000 bail. By the way, here’s a link to the penal code section 422. 9:22 PM: The law isn’t really my game, but our…

  19. Ruben Amaro doesn’t feel “comfortable” trading Joe Blanton

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    When we checked in with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. last week, he wasn’t in a hurry to deal Joe Blanton. Now? According to what he told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com today, it sounds like he isn’t willing to deal him at all. “I don’t feel comfortable doing it,” Amaro told FOXSports.com. “He’s going…

  20. Jose Bautista requests $10.5 million in arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swinging

    Now here’s a really interesting case. Of course, Jose Bautista shocked the baseball world last season by leading the majors with 54 home runs to go along with a solid .260/.378/.617 batting line, 124 RBI and a .995 OPS. Such a breakthrough season can be particularly tricky come arbitration time, so it’s no shock that…

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