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  1. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg issues apology for comments about Yankees fans

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    That didn’t take long. As you’ve probably heard in various media outlets by now, Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg has contacted Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Hal Levine today in order to apologize for calling Yankees fans “violent” and “apathetic” earlier today. Here’s Greenberg’s mea culpa, courtesy of Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal: “Earlier…

  2. Neftali Feliz expected to remain at closer next season

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    You wouldn’t know it by Jon Daniels’ somewhat reflective comments to the media today, but Rangers actually still have a shot of winning this series. Granted, a pretty small one. Anyway, one of the notable things to take away from today is that Daniels told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that he expects Neftali Feliz to…

  3. One more trademark infringement lawsuit. This one filed by the, um, Brooklyn Dodgers?

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Dodgers cap

    I said before that I understood the rationale behind the Rangers or the Phillies going after people for using their trademarks or copyrighted slogans and all of that.  But this one seems about 52 years and 3000 miles too late: the Dodgers are suing a Brooklyn hamburger vendor for using a script “Brooklyn” design in…

  4. Pat Burrell rejoins Giants lineup, but not as cleanup hitter

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the World Series: GIANTS RANGERS 1. Andres Torres, RF 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Buster Posey, C 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Cody Ross, LF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Juan Uribe, 3B 5. Nelson Cruz, RF 6. Aubrey…

  5. Jim Leyritz’s trial got underway today

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    The trial of former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz starts today. He’s accused of DUI manslaughter, and the prosecution will attempt to prove that he ran a red light when his car crashed into one being driven by Fredia Ann Veitch, who was thrown from her vehicle and killed. Leyritz faces between four and 15 years…

  6. Rangers replace injured Alexi Ogando with Dustin Nippert

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    As expected, the Rangers have removed Alexi Ogando from the playoff roster following his oblique injury last night and replaced him with Dustin Nippert. It’s a tough break for the Rangers, who were already without their top right-handed setup man in Frank Francisco. Ogando emerged as a viable alternative with a 1.30 ERA in 41.2…

  7. The Athletics name their new pitching coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ron Romanick

    You may want to sit down for this, but the A’s have named Ron Romanick their new pitching coach. He was formerly their bullpen coach. I know. I reacted the same way. In fact, I’ll always remember where I was when I heard the news. Everything is different now. It’s like, everything that happened before…

  8. Davey Lopes leaves Phillies after failed contract negotiations

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    First base coach Davey Lopes has been widely credited with much of the Phillies’ exceptional success stealing bases in recent years, but the 65-year-old told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he will not be back with the team next season after the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract: We just had a difference…

  9. Baseball does not like the shirt you came up with

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Not long ago, a couple of guys got together and started printing up shirts with stylized likenesses of Ron Washington on the front, and a Ron Washington quote — “that’s the way baseball go” — on the back.  Seems that Major League Baseball doesn’t take kindly to that sort of thing, and they’ve sent a…

  10. Major League Baseball is seeking to limit champagne celebrations

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Swisher champagne celebration

    The New York Times reports that, just prior to the World Series, Major League Baseball issued a memo to teams, telling them to limit the amount of champagne provided for victory celebrations, to offer non-alcoholic beverages for spritzing purposes, banning beer and other types of alcoholic drinks from the showers and telling teams are not…

  11. Don’t count on Eduardo Nunez as Derek Jeter’s successor

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    eduardo-nunez-yankees

    Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote a column over the weekend hyping 23-year-old prospect Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees’ eventual successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. Madden frames it as if the Mariners asking for Nunez held up the Cliff Lee trade. That could be technically true in that at some point…

  12. Peter Gammons: Red Sox unlikely to re-sign Victor Martinez

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

    During a recent Boston radio appearance Peter Gammons predicted that the Red Sox will not re-sign Victor Martinez and speculated that the switch-hitting catcher will end up signing with the Tigers as a free agent this offseason. Gammons speculated that Detroit will give Martinez a four- or five-year contract, adding: “I don’t think anybody else…

  13. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg: Yankees fans are violent, apathetic embarrassments

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Take it from me, Chuck Greenberg, you don’t want to call Yankees fans names! Here was the Rangers owner on ESPN radio this morning: “I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I’ve…

  14. No, you cannot have Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    It’s a really thin market for middle infielders this winter. So thin that, if your team is in need of a shortstop, you may have come across the name Hiroyuki Nakajima on various message boards, blogs and other, less-reputable parts of the Internet where rumors and speculation flow thick.  Nakajima plays for the Seibu Lions,…

  15. Yankees keep hitting coach Kevin Long with three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland for reasons that remain unclear, but George King of the New York Post reports that they’ve agreed to a three-year contract extension with hitting coach Kevin Long. According to King he’ll get a raise after earning $400,000 per season in his previous contract, which will make…

  16. Armando Galarraga honored at ironic rally by pseudomedia

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was honored at the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity” over the weekend. The reason: his calm, non-psycho response to getting boned out of his perfect game by the Jim Joyce call. The more time goes on, the more I am convinced that Joyce blowing that call was the best…

  17. Yadier Molina leads fifth annual “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    yadier-molina-cardinals-throwing

    For those of us who have come to more or less ignore Gold Glove awards as a meaningful way to measure defensive excellence, the fifth annual Fielding Bible Awards were announced today. Voted on by a 10-person panel that includes Bill James, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Rob Neyer, and John Dewan as well as the…

  18. HBT Daily: Bad hitting, or good pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder if Madison Bumgarner was that good or if the Rangers were that bad. Plus: any hope that Lee vs. Lincecum will finally live up to the hype?

  19. Pat Listach leaves Nationals to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    After failing to land a manager job following interviews with several teams Pat Listach has reportedly decided to leave his gig as the Nationals’ third base coach to become the Cubs’ bench coach. Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that an official announcement is expected shortly after the World Series. Prior to joining the Nationals’ coaching…

  20. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on expanding the playoffs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    “It’s more fair than eight.” – Bud Selig, when asked if ten playoff teams — which Selig is strongly considering for 2012 — is “fair.” And 12 is more fair than ten, and 16 is way more fair than 12.  We can play this game all day if we want to. Either way, with the…

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