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  1. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom this afternoon

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Stan Musial

    As was announced last fall, today Stan Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The ceremony is this afternoon at 1:30PM Eastern/12:30 Central. KSDK.com and NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis will carry it live if you’re interested. As I said back in November, Musial is most worthy of this. Not just because he was…

  2. Buck Showalter is not going to be fazed* by the challenges of managing the Orioles

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    For a guy who has been in and around the majors for 20 years, most of us know very little about Buck Showalter.  Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com has a profile of the Orioles manager that focuses on his father. The father  who — in addition to storming the beaches of Normandy and desegregating a Florida…

  3. Your photo of the day: The Phillies starting rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

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    One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong.

  4. Some fun evidentiary fights in the Barry Bonds trial

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:26 AM EST

    Barry Bonds court appearance

    There’s an article in the New York Daily News today that gives a rundown of some of the evidentiary fights the Barry Bonds prosecution and defense are having.  Among them: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell posed in Playboy and told them her story back in 2007. The government wants Bonds barred from mentioning that and showing…

  5. Report: Sabathia likely to opt out of deal after this season

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craig addressed earlier why the matter isn’t worth freaking out about, and that probably still holds true because the baseball season is long and because anything can happen, but it appears that this is now becoming a near fact: CC Sabathia, if everything goes according to plan production-wise, will opt out of his current contract…

  6. De La Rosa arriving late to camp due to visa issues

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico. De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale,…

  7. Vlad Guerrero will take physical with Orioles on Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    File photo of Rangers' Guerrero hitting an RBI single against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Orioles a whole ten days ago. On Wednesday, he will finally take his physical. If he passes, the O’s will officially introduce him on Friday. That all comes from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, who has also caught word that Guerrero…

  8. Blue Jays and Jose Bautista push back arbitration hearing to continue talking long-term extension

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista watches a high pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Blue Jays have bought themselves some extra time to work out a long-term contract extension with slugger Jose Bautista. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, both sides agreed Monday to postpone a scheduled arbitration hearing until Friday so that extension talks can continue. The extra four days might not matter. Bautista tallied a…

  9. Nyjer Morgan: 2010 “wasn’t a Nyjer Morgan year”

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    I mock Best Shape of His Life stories a lot, but it’s not like they’re the only spring training evergreen story out there. Another big one is “guy who imploded last season says he’s got a new attitude this season.”  Ladies and gentlemen, Nyjer Morgan, who says he has refocused and simplified his approach to…

  10. Omar Infante had emergency gall bladder surgery in December

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

    Omar Infante

    This morning we learned that Angels shortstop Erick Aybar underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in October and now Marlins second baseman Omar Infante revealed that he had emergency gall bladder surgery in December. I’m not sure why neither team felt it was worth telling anyone about the surgeries until the players showed up for spring training…

  11. A-Rod is supposed to be embarrassed about being rich and having famous movie star girlfriends?

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    New York Yankees Workout Session

    Alex Rodriguez is not great at P.R. There’s no disputing that. He’s had a couple of flubs. He’s been involved in a few controversies.  He has occasionally shot himself in the foot. But does he really deserve the treatment he gets from Sports Illustrated today?  The august S.I. goes with a slide show, outlining what are…

  12. Giants turn to Brian Lawrence after minor league deal with Elmer Dessens falls through

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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    Last week the Giants signed Elmer Dessens to a minor-league contract that would pay $600,000 if he makes the team out of spring training. Or so they thought. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle now reports that the deal with Dessens “fell through” and the Giants won’t be signing him, instead inking former Padres…

  13. Some dudes were locked in Camden Yards last year and had a field day

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Camden Yards

    This is interesting. I’m not sure it’s true, but it’s interesting.  A couple of guys told Deadspin that they got locked in Camden Yards after a rain postponement last year and turned the place into their own private playground: Needing a few more drinks, we made our way towards the walking street in the ballpark,…

  14. Joe Girardi says Derek Jeter will remain Yankees’ leadoff man

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Derek Jeter smiling

    This morning Joe Girardi made it clear that Derek Jeter will continue to be the Yankees’ leadoff hitter despite coming off a career-worst season that included a career-low .340 on-base percentage. Here’s what the manager had to say about leaving Jeter atop the lineup: We signed him to be our shortstop and we signed him…

  15. Kendry Morales doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

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    There’s not much more to this than Jesse Sanchez asking Morales if he’s going to be ready for opening day and getting “I don’t know” in response. I don’t follow the Angels as closely as a decent Angels fan, but that there is doubt about Morales being ready to start 2011 is news to me.…

  16. Are the Twins giving up on Francisco Liriano?

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

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    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune caused a huge stir in Minnesota last week by reporting that the Twins “don’t plan to sign Francisco Liriano long term” and added that he’s “surprised how open they are” to the possibility of trading Liriano, citing discussions with “team officials” after the two sides avoided arbitration with…

  17. Charlie Manuel has set a contract deadline too

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:56 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    A really good manager isn’t as important to his team as The Best Player in Baseball is to his, but like Albert Pujols, Charlie Manuel has set a deadline for negotiations to extend his expiring contract: Opening Day. After that, he doesn’t want it to be a distraction. I wouldn’t exactly view this as dire.…

  18. Chien-Ming Wang expects to begin season on disabled list

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    Chien-Ming Wang threw from flat ground at Nationals camp today and has already tossed four bullpen sessions since re-signing with the team in December, but the rehabbing right-hander told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list. Wang is still recovering from shoulder surgery that caused…

  19. The Cubs, Carlos Marmol agree to a three-year deal

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and Carlos Marmol have agreed to a three-year deal.  We’re still awaiting the dollars. UPDATE:  It looks like three years, $20 million. This extension has been rumored for a while.  It’s also a bit scary knowing what we know about three-year deals for relief pitchers (i.e. they almost all…

  20. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher underwent surgery to remove cancerous growth

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery Thursday to remove a cancerous nodule from his thyroid gland and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com. In fact, Butcher was already back at work Sunday for the final team meetings before pitchers and catchers arrive at spring training, albeit while…

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