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  1. The Big Five with … Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens was supposed to be the first big thing from Curacao — Andruw Jones before Andruw Jones, if you will. He had power and the nickname of a ‘Flintstones’ character, but the best part of Meulens’ playing career turned out to be three years as a gaijin slugger in…

  2. HBT Daily: The Rangers: doomed, or really, really doomed?

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I consider whether the Rangers have what it takes to buck history.

  3. Notes from the Sandy Alderson press conference

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

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    The Mets just introduced Sandy Alderson as their new general manager a short while ago. A few items of interest… It’s true, Alderson slipped up and began to say Oakland when describing the Mets’ GM job as the “best job in baseball.” A rough start, but it didn’t take him long to melt my nerd…

  4. First pitches in Texas: Nolan Ryan for Game 3, George H.W. and George W. Bush for Game 4

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    With the World Series now shifting to Texas the Rangers will have Hall of Famer and team president Nolan Ryan throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 tomorrow. After watching Ryan show off some impressive velocity and movement on his first pitch prior to Game 1 of the ALCS earlier this month I’m…

  5. The Mariners interview Milt Thompson for their hitting coach gig. This is important. This means something.

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Apparently former Braves players who never really hit all that much are the new inefficiency when it comes to batting coaches: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have interviewed former Brave and — more importantly for our purposes — former Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson for their opening at hitting coach.  I guess they’re not…

  6. Pirates’ manager search may be waiting for Clint Hurdle

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Despite wrapping up interviews with various managerial candidates two weeks ago the Pirates have yet to name a replacement for John Russell, which has Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com speculating that they’re waiting for the postseason to end so they can talk to Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle. Hurdle was the Rockies’ manager from 2002-2009 and…

  7. Braves decide on Larry Parrish as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves will hire Larry Parrish as their new hitting coach, with an announcement expected later today. Parrish, who hit 256 homers in 15 seasons as a big-league third baseman and made a pair of All-Star teams, had been the Triple-A manager in Detroit’s organization and also managed the…

  8. No, Vlad Guerrero would not have helped last night

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier today I observed that the decision to sit Vlad Guerrero and play Nelson Cruz in right field was a good one by Ron Washington, because Cruz got to a couple of balls in the outfield in the early innings that Vlad never would have reached.  One of them came on a ball towards the…

  9. Don Mattingly ran out of pitchers while managing in fall league

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Hired as the Dodgers’ manager despite having zero actual managerial experience, Don Mattingly headed to the Arizona Fall League to get some games under his belt skippering the Phoenix Desert Dogs. And as Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes, he ran out of pitchers in a blowout loss yesterday. The game was originally ruled a forfeit…

  10. Does the manager matter more in New York than in most places?

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    John Harper warns new Mets GM Sandy Alderson to be careful about his managerial pick. Why? Because things are totally different in New York: In New York, the manager matters more than most places. The scrutiny on every decision demands a certain type of personality, as does the magnitude of dealing with the media –…

  11. Orioles set to hire Jim Presley as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week the Orioles announced that longtime hitting coach Terry Crowley will move into a “hitting evaluator” job that involves working with both minor leaguers and major leaguers, and today Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Baltimore will hire Jim Presley to replace him. Presley, who previously worked with manager Buck Showalter in Arizona…

  12. How about that Edgar Renteria?

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    I would have been mildly surprised if, before the series, you told me that the Giants would be up 2-0.  I would have been a bit more surprised if you would have told me that the Giants would be up 2-0 because Cliff Lee got lit up in Game 1.  But I would have been…

  13. Twins exercise Jason Kubel’s option, decline Nick Punto’s

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In a pair of expected moves, the Twins have exercised their $5.25 million option on Jason Kubel and declined their $5 million option on Nick Punto. Kubel had a disappointing season, but hitting .249/.323/.427 in 143 games for career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, but bringing back the 28-year-old career .271/.335/.463 hitter…

  14. Source: Guillen was not kept off the postseason roster because of HGH

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The strong implication in all of the stories about the Jose Guillen HGH investigation is that the Giants kept Guillen off the postseason roster because of the investigation.  A source with knowledge of the investigation, however, tells me that this isn’t the case.  The decision to keep Guillen off the roster was a baseball decision,…

  15. Ron Washington has used Neftali Feliz in a close game just once all postseason

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last night I criticized Ron Washington for allowing a two-run deficit to turn into a blowout loss while closer Neftali Feliz sat in the bullpen unused, but it was far from the first time the Rangers’ manager has failed to get his best reliever into a close game. In fact, Game 3 of the ALDS…

  16. The FOX-Cablevision battle gets weird

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Anyone else find this truly bizarre?  Cablevision, still unable to broadcast the World Series to 3 million customers in New York and Philly, is formally asking the government and non-profit agencies to re-transmit FOX’s telecast of the World Series on the Internet, more or less on the theory that doing so is a public service…

  17. Blister unlikely to keep C.J. Wilson from Game 6 start, but super glue may get him in trouble

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson was forced out of his Game 2 start in the seventh inning by a blister on his left middle finger, explaining afterward that it “just ripped open” and kept him from being able to “throw anything beside the curveball for a strike” to Cody Ross, who walked leading off the inning. Wilson explained…

  18. Before we go too far in slamming Ron Washington’s bullpen management . . .

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    . . . We should probably remember that the Rangers got shut out last night.  It’s something that, in a rush to make clever jokes about Neftali Feliz’s whereabouts, I sort of forgot this morning.  Yes, you’d hope that a pennant winning manager would make better decisions when down 2-0 in the eighth inning on…

  19. Phillies “highly unlikely” to re-sign free agent Jamie Moyer

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer officially became a free agent yesterday and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies are “highly unlikely” to re-sign the 48-year-old left-hander. Philadelphia hastened Moyer’s arrival on the open market by placing him on waivers in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster immediately and the 267-game winner is expected…

  20. Baseball will have Bieber Fever on Saturday. And it will be Good.

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber Performs At The Staples Center

    When I saw that FOX is going to debut Justin Bieber’s new video prior to Game 3 tomorrow, my first impulse was to scoff, as people of a certain age and disposition always scoff at whatever teen sensation is out conquering the world at any given moment. But my second thought is to appreciate the…

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