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  1. Wishing a happy 36th birthday to Jeremy Giambi

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Wonder what he’ll wish for …

  2. MLBPA and MLB agree on new free agency rules

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have been snipping at each other for a couple of years now over free agency. A lot of guys have signed late — some even after camp has started — and some have muttered about collusion and the like. To resolve this, the union and the league sat down…

  3. Elvis Andrus has the most plate appearances with a sub-.300 slugging percentage since Vince Coleman

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Between his excellent defense and solid .341 on-base percentage Elvis Andrus has been plenty valuable to the Rangers in his sophomore season, but his lack of power is nearing historic levels. After smacking six homers and 31 total extra-base hits for a semi-respectable .373 slugging percentage as a rookie Andrus has zero homers, 17 total…

  4. A sixteen-team playoff is silly, but that doesn't stop this guy from writing about it

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    I love America and everything, and free speech is a fabulous concept, but the problem with it is that, because of its pesky guarantees, the police can’t come and drag people who write stuff like this into a dank cell and let them spend their final years someplace where they can’t bother anyone: In their…

  5. Tigers bring back Jim Leyland, entire coaching staff for 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Despite a disappointing 80-78 record that puts them in third place and out of the playoffs for the fourth straight season since a World Series run in 2006, the Tigers announced today that they’re bringing back manager Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff for next year. Leyland was already signed through 2011, so his…

  6. Mark Buehrle may retire after 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune that he could retire after the 2011 season: “As I sit here now, I’d love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there. But when next year gets here, at this time, it could be a tough decision, knowing…

  7. Rafael Soriano hires Scott Boras

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rafael Soriano has hired Scott Boras as his agent. It was probably a forgone conclusion that Soriano was going to leave via free agency anyway, but this likely seals it, seeing as though guys don’t usually hire Boras to negotiate their creative, incentive-laden, keep-me-with-my-current-team deals. The…

  8. Pedro Feliciano becomes fifth pitcher in MLB history to make 90 appearances in a season

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Two seasons ago Pedro Feliciano led baseball by pitching in 86 games and last season he bumped his MLB-leading appearance count up to 88. It turns out, he was just getting warmed up. Last night Feliciano appeared in his 91st game of the year for the Mets, becoming just the fifth pitcher in baseball history…

  9. HBT Daily: In praise of bald men who want the Braves to win

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about Brooks Conrad, the NL Cy Young and the AL Rookie of the Year.

  10. Matt Kemp wants to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp went deep last night for the second straight game as the Dodgers swept the Rockies out of playoff contention and afterward he had the following exchange with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: With his long and strikeout-filled season coming to a close, Matt Kemp started making bold predictions about next season.…

  11. The McCourt trial: my gut is that Jamie is going to win, even if she shouldn't

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The McCourt trial ended yesterday, with closing statements offered by the attorneys. Lots of different attorneys, according to the L.A. Times summary. Each side had, like, three people making arguments. What was this, a tag team match?  I understand multiple lawyers taking stabs at different parts of closing if it’s a complicated case, but this…

  12. Don Baylor interviewing with Blue Jays to replace Cito Gaston

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Blue Jays have received permission from the Rockies to interview Don Baylor as a potential replacement for Cito Gaston. Baylor is currently Colorado’s hitting coach, but managed the Cubs from 2000 to 2002 and the Rockies from 1993 to 1998. He compiled a career record of 440-469 (.484),…

  13. Justin Morneau may be a playoff possibility after "four good days in a row"

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last week manager Ron Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it could possibly happen” when asked about Justin Morneau’s chances of playing again this season following a July 7 concussion, but general manager Bill Smith was far less willing to rule it out and yesterday the Twins revealed that Morneau has been symptom-free all week.…

  14. Report: Dusty Baker to sign a three-year extension with the Reds

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Reds and Dusty Baker are really close to signing a three-year extension to keep Baker on as manager. All that’s left, McCoy says, is” dotting I’s and crossing T’s.”  Jeez, I know the Reds do things on a budget, but you’d think they’d at…

  15. Why is home field advantage no big advantage?

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    You’d think that having the home field advantage would help you in the playoffs. It really doesn’t do all that much for you. Why?

  16. Matt Walbeck wins Double-A manager of the year, gets fired by the Pirates

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Former big-league catcher Matt Walbeck was recently named Double-A manager of the year after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League championship, but last night the Pirates fired him. Walbeck told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that he was “surprised” by the move and received no clear explanation for the Pirates’ decision: No, not really.…

  17. Poll: Who should win the American League Cy Young Award?

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I and the other members of the HBT gang have offered our opinions about the AL Cy Young Award more times than we can count. Now it’s your turn.

  18. Agent expects Ted Lilly to get a three-year deal this offseason

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly’s agent, Larry O’Brien, said yesterday that he expects the veteran left-hander to get at least a three-year deal on the open market this offseason and added that the Dodgers’ financial issues could make it difficult for them to re-sign him. “I think the Dodgers are interested in signing Ted back,” O’Brien told Ken…

  19. Hideki Matsui would listen if the A's called

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers.  He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look. One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a…

  20. Jake Westbrook and Cardinals interested in working out deal

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’d “definitely” be interested in re-signing with the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak said the team “obviously has interest” in retaining the impending free agent. Sounds like a perfect match, right? Well … Goold also reports that “the Cardinals reached out recently…

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