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  1. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago Cubs

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ernie Banks

    The Best: The Cubs have stayed pretty close to a classic look, at least in living memory. Like a lot of teams, they did the minimalism thing pretty well 100 years ago. They experimented some here and there, but they’ve never strayed too far from the big C on the home uniforms. Choosing among relatively…

  2. Baseball America’s complete list of minor league free agents

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    andy-marte-indians-broken-bat

    Everyone is focused on the Cliff Lees and Carl Crawfords of the world, and rightfully so, but hundreds of minor leaguers recently became free agents after their teams declined to add them to the 40-man roster following six professional seasons. Collecting all those names is a lot harder than rounding up all the big-league free…

  3. Rumor: the Cubs considering a Fukudome for Dice-K trade

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This one from Phil Rogers is prefaced with the idea that the Cubs are merely “kicking it around,” do don’t get your hopes up, Fukudome-hating Cubs fans or Matsuzaka-hating Red Sox fans.  There’s no suggestion that the Red Sox have been contacted about it and, of course, both of these guys have no-trade clauses, so…

  4. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Houston Astros

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    JR Richard

    The Best: I angered fellow HBTer Drew Silva with my dissing of the Cardinals’ powder blues earlier today.  I have this feeling I’m going to step in it with some Astros fans now too. But here goes: I know I’m supposed to be all hip and say I liked the crazy 70s-80s getup the best,…

  5. By giving White Sox the chance to match any offer is Paul Konerko limiting free agent interest?

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    konerko waves goodbye

    Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reported yesterday that Paul Konerko’s “tight bond” with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf “figures to afford the White Sox one last chance at matching any deal Konerko might have on the table from another team.” While that’s a unique situation in baseball it’s somewhat similar to “restricted” free agency in the NBA…

  6. Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite…

  7. Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka “wants to play on the West Coast”

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Later this week MLB teams are expected to bid on exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Japanese infielder “wants to play on the West Coast” and is mostly interested in the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He won’t actually have a choice in the…

  8. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Milwaukee Brewers

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1982 Brewers

    The Best: The 70s and the early 80s were a disaster for so many teams, but man, I really like the old Harvey’s Wallbangers look. Lose the pullovers if you must — that’s what they do for throwback day now — and I suppose the powder blue is negotiable, but the Brewers without pinstripes, yellow…

  9. Adrian Gonzalez’s shoulder surgery may be more significant than initially believed

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez repeatedly making it clear that he has no plans to remain in San Diego long term could motivate the Padres to trade the All-Star first baseman with one season left on his contract and now Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that there’s some doubt about Gonzalez’s health status as well. Three weeks ago…

  10. Edgar Renteria: don’t give me a party, use the money to aid flood victims

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Edgar Renteria just doin’ what Edgar Renteria does: World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has asked that a celebration in his honor be called off in his home country, with the money donated to Colombia flood victims . . . Renteria says there are “more important things back home” and it’s critical to tend to the…

  11. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The St. Louis Cardinals

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    The Best: The Cards’ uniforms are all about process of elimination: they adopted the two birds on the seesaw look in 1922, and it’s pretty choice. No design before that look or after it without the seesaw (and there were a few before it took firm hold) can qualify as the best.  They switched from…

  12. Rob Picciolo replaces Ron Roenicke as Angels’ bench coach

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Rob Picciolo

    Normally bench coach news isn’t one of our focuses, but since Joe Maddon and Ron Roenicke both landed manager gigs after serving as Mike Scioscia’s right-hand man it seems worth noting that Rob Picciolo has been named the new Angels bench coach. Picciolo has served as the Angels’ “roving infield instructor” for the past five…

  13. The Mets want a manager in place by the end of the month

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    As we mentioned this morning, the Mets will be on to their second round of managerial interviews shortly. Yesterday, Sandy Alderson said that he wants this wrapped up by the end of the month at the latest: “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by the end of the month,” the…

  14. Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi eyeing move to MLB

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    hiroyuki-kobayashi-japan

    Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi is reportedly looking to sign with an MLB team and because the 32-year-old right-hander is a free agent he won’t require a “posting fee” to negotiate with like starter Hisashi Iwakuma and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Formerly a starter, Kobayashi moved to the bullpen this season and saved 29 games with a…

  15. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cincinnati Reds

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Big Red Machine Reds

    The Best: When I did this a couple of years ago I decided that the classic 70s and 80s uniforms were tops just because so much good baseball was played in them. I’ve changed my mind on this. While a team having its glory years in a given uniform is a plus in its column,…

  16. Braves sign independent league standout Beau Torbert

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    beau torbert braves

    Beau Torbert spent four seasons playing in Houston’s farm system after the Astros made him their 17th-round pick in 2004, but the 6-foot-4 outfielder hit just .250 with one homer and a .642 OPS in 93 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2007 and was cut. Since then he’s been playing for the independent league…

  17. Dave Trembley lands a job with the Braves

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Dave Trembley 2

    I never worry about what Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre are going to be doing next season, but I always wonder what happens to the lower-profile baseball lifers when they lose a job.  I even kind of worry about them a little bit, as irrational as it sounds. Maybe I’m just projecting here — I’m…

  18. Minnesota woman charged with stealing Grady Sizemore’s nude pictures

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    hacking for dummies

    Last offseason some not-safe-for-work pictures of Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore popped up on the internet, after which Sizemore’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to various websites that posted them. Sizemore later apologized for the photos becoming public, saying that he meant for them to be seen only by his girlfriend, former Playboy centerfold Brittany Binger.…

  19. Charlie Samuels screwed up the Mets’ clubhouse

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    More dirt from the increasingly fascinating case of Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.  The Daily News reports that Samuels was essentially a clubhouse mole for the Wilpons for years, with both Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel believing that he was reporting on them — and passing along players’ gripes — to the front office.  He…

  20. Camden Yards is getting a face lift

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Camden Yards

    Camden Yards — the flagship of the new era of ballparks — has been undergoing some minor renovations over the past couple of years. The team announced the latest round yesterday: At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be…

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