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  1. Mike Quade replaces Jim Riggleman as NL All-Star coach

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mike Quade, Jim Riggleman

    Prior to resigning as Nationals manager last week Jim Riggleman was named to the All-Star coaching staff by National League (and Giants) manager Bruce Bochy, but now that he’s a television analyst for our CSN colleagues Riggleman has been replaced by Cubs manager Mike Quade. Quade doesn’t exactly have the greatest job security either with…

  2. Comparing and contrasting sports bankruptcies

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    The Dodgers aren’t the first sports team to go bankrupt, and won’t be the last.  But do the others who came before provide us with any insight into what’s gonna happen with Big Blue? To answer that question, Maury Brown has a nice overview of some various sports bankruptcies in recent years, including the Rangers,…

  3. The Red Sox-Phillies series is tough for a contrarian

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Umpire Fletcher looks on as Red Sox designated hitter Ortiz talks with Phillies first baseman Howard after getting a base on balls during a MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    I’m predisposed to being a contrarian. I’m no crazy iconoclast or uber-non-conformist — I drive an Accord for crying out loud — but that is the general impulse. If you tell me something is the best ever, I’m going to look for flaws.  If you hype something up, I’m going do my best to explain…

  4. Bruised hand sends Phillies closer Ryan Madson to DL

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    Apparently serving as the Phillies’ closer is hazardous to your health. Brad Lidge has been on the disabled list all season with a shoulder injury, shortly after replacing him in the ninth inning Jose Contreras was shut down with an elbow injury, and now Ryan Madson has been put on the shelf with a bruised…

  5. MLB: Frank McCourt is “threatening the immediate demise of one of baseball’s great teams”

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball’s initial filing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case is out, and it’s quite clear that they are going to pull absolutely no punches here and, presumably, will pull no punches when the initial hearing in the matter gets underway early this afternoon. In addition to objecting to everything McCourt wants to do, they…

  6. White Sox GM on signing Adam Dunn for $56 million: “I would make the same move tomorrow”

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn, Ken Williams

    Adam Dunn is hitting .173 with 100 strikeouts in 67 games, including a ridiculous 1-for-53 mark against lefties, but White Sox general manager Ken Williams said yesterday that he’d sign the struggling slugger to a four-year, $56 million deal again. “I would make the same move tomorrow,” Williams told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago…

  7. Major League Baseball offers a better bankruptcy financing deal

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As mentioned this morning, the first issue the bankruptcy court is going to have to decide is whether or not to allow Frank McCourt to finance Dodgers’ operations with that $150 million loan he obtained. Also as mentioned, Major League Baseball has come up with an alternative financing arrangement, which Bill Shaikin of the Los…

  8. Adam Wainwright’s “modest goal” is to be on the Cardinals’ playoff roster

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    adam-wainwright-cardinals

    Expecting to miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery during spring training, Adam Wainwright has progressed far enough in his recovery that the Cardinals right-hander is now hoping to pitch in 2011. “My modest goal is try to talk them into letting me play on the playoff roster in October,” Wainwright told Rick…

  9. Shocker: the Supreme Court refuses to revive Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against Brian McNamee

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    You know, if Roger Clemens had just shut up, or at least offered a general “the Mitchell Report was wrong” kind of comment three and a half years ago, he’d be off golfing right now without a care in the world. But he didn’t. He went on a PR blitz and then sued Brian McNamee…

  10. Rangers reliever Darren O’Day nearing return from hip surgery

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    darren_oday

    Rangers setup man Darren O’Day is on the verge of coming off the disabled list two months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. O’Day isn’t exactly a household name, but his returning healthy would be a huge boost to the Rangers’ bullpen. In parts of three seasons in Texas the…

  11. How not to criticize sabermetrics

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Straw man

    I like the idea of Bill Simmons’ new Grantland site.  I think we need more deep-thinking, longer lede sports writing.  Someplace where folks who consume their sports news in 35 bloggy bits a day (ahem) can go and breathe a bit. But really, if you’re gonna go through the trouble of building such a site, make…

  12. Rockies “have expressed interest in” Dodgers’ Jamey Carroll

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carroll_Jamey

    Colorado second basemen have hit just .240 with a .641 OPS that ranks 21st among MLB teams and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Dodgers utility man Jamey Carroll “is among the targets” the Rockies are pursuing. According to Renck the Rockies would also like to improve the rotation, but may promote a…

  13. Is the Dodgers’ bankruptcy one of the worst moments in baseball history?

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ray Chapman

    Interesting idea floated in Buster Olney’s column this morning. It’s behind the ESPN paywall, but the gist is that, according to Olney, the Dodgers’ bankruptcy has to be one of the “10 worst chapters in Major League Baseball history.” He doesn’t do a formal list or order them, but he throws out several potential top-10…

  14. The best ceremonial first pitch ever

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    first pitch.bmp

    How often do you see some celebrity or politician throw out the first pitch at a ballgame, only to have the thing loop in there weakly or, as is often the case, not even make it to home plate?  And that’s when all they’re doing is trying to throw the ball? We boo them, of course. And…

  15. Nolan Ryan shoots down the Rangers’ alleged interest in Carlos Beltran

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that the Rangers have interest in Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Later in the day, Nolan Ryan said that was not accurate: “I can’t believe that we have an interest in either,” Ryan told 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company … “I don’t see that’s an upgrade” to the Rangers’ bullpen, Ryan said. “And…

  16. Major League Baseball kills the only fun thing about the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Chapter 11 jersey

    Despite the fact that I have written and will continue to write a lot about the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — and that I will do it with no small amount of enthusiasm — has everything to do with it being interesting to me and being more in my wheelhouse than, say, the amateur draft or pitching…

  17. Joe Mauer was called out for his pitch selection over the weekend

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That work that Joe Mauer is getting a first base is clearly designed to (a) get his bat in the lineup more often; and (b) potentially cover for what could be the loss of Justin Morneau for the rest of the season.  But there’s at least one guy who may be happy to see Mauer…

  18. Major League Baseball to offer alternative Dodgers financing today

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Today is only Day Two in what will likely be a lengthy set of legal proceedings for the Dodgers, but it’s a pretty big day.  Why? It’s the day of the initial hearing in the bankruptcy case and it’s the day on which the judge could very well decide if Frank McCourt is going to…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Blue Jays Tigers Baseball

    Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection.…

  20. Chien-Ming Wang makes first professional start since July of 2009

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    wang pose

    Davey Johnson is understandably grabbing most of the headlines at the moment, but another item of significance to the Nationals went down in Hagerstown, Maryland earlier this evening. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington reports that Chien-Ming Wang allowed two runs on four hits over three innings in his first minor league rehab start with Class A…

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