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  1. World Series Game 2 Live Chat

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Come join HBT’s live chat as the Rangers attempt to pull even with the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.

  2. MLB grants Mets extension for discussions with Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    As Aaron pointed out earlier today, the Mets have been working hard to get an extension on their deadline for contract talks with impending free agent Hisanori Takahashi.  A clause in the left-hander’s contract states that a deal must be worked between the two sides by October 31 of this year, but Takahashi changed agents…

  3. The Big Five with … Giants 1B Aubrey Huff

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Parade around the clubhouse in a victory thong, and the fact that you led the National League champions in homers, RBI, runs, slugging percentage and OPS can get lost in the shuffle. That’s Aubrey Huff’s fate these days, and he couldn’t be happier. He answers The Big 5 here: So if Giants…

  4. Pedro Martinez is again considering a comeback

    Oct 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    pedro martinez shaving

    Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez sat out for the entire 2010 season because of a lack of personal motivation and an eventual lack of interest from big league teams.  He’s hoping things are different in 2011. Martinez trained Thursday with the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League and told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that…

  5. Programming Note: HBT Mobile should be working now

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Cell Phone

    I’m a scared old man, so I don’t access the Internet via mobile devices. I’m told a person can lose their soul that way. But there are a lot of you who use such voodoo, apparently, and many of you have told me that HBT’s mobile feed — or app, or subroutine, or happenstance or…

  6. Pat Burrell is The Machine

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    For those of you who don’t know about the whole bit in which Brian Wilson was being interviewed by FOX while a guy he referred to as “The Machine” — dressed up in much the way The Gimp from “Pulp Fiction” would look if he took a trip to the beach — you may just…

  7. Elias’ free agent compensation rankings revealed early

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    After reverse engineering the system to determine unofficial free agent rankings throughout the season MLB Trade Rumors has gotten its hands on the official list from the Elias Sports Bureau. There are no big surprises based on the unofficial, in-season protections done by MLBTR, as the reverse-engineered projections were “off” on only two players: Derrek…

  8. Gammons: The Red Sox are going to “go hard” after Carl Crawford

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Peter Gammons was on WEEI today and said that he thinks the Red Sox are going to be all over Carl Crawford this winter: “There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford. That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are…

  9. Rangers bench Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vladimir Guerrero made a rare appearance in the outfield last night because the Rangers were playing under NL rules in San Francisco, but after multiple miscues defensively manager Ron Washington has decided to bench the nine-time All-Star and former MVP for Game 2 tonight. David Murphy replaces Guerrero in the lineup and will start in…

  10. World Series Game 2: Giants lineup versus C.J. Wilson

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 2 of the World Series tonight against C.J. Wilson: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Matt Cain, P Why mess with a…

  11. The Mets will not be interviewing John Gibbons for the manager’s job

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    John Gibbons

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier today that the Mets have not yet really gotten into filling their managerial vacancy yet. Which makes sense, because they haven’t formally announced their new GM yet, and you have to assume Sandy Alderson will drive that train.  Rubin nonetheless listed a handful of “logical candidates” for the job,…

  12. Mets could get extension on deadline to re-sign Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    I wrote this morning about how the Mets have until Sunday to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi or they’ll be all but guaranteed to lose him as a free agent because of a clause in his contract, but the left-hander switched agents yesterday and is now trying to extend the deadline. Takahashi’s new agent, Arn Tellem, told…

  13. How are the Reds going to use Aroldis Chapman next year?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Dusty Baker has one answer: “I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.  Because it’s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you haven’t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is…

  14. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    cliff-lee-game-1-towel

    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  15. Wait — did 2009 actually happen?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    I’m sorry to be fixated on Yankees stuff this afternoon, but apparently watching two teams that aren’t the Yankees play in the World Series is driving the New York writers crazy. Lupica’s column today is about how, for all the money the Yankees have spent in the past decade, they only have the one World…

  16. Bob Klapisch gets three more years in which to bury Joe Girardi

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    So Joe Girardi’s contract seems to be in order. Three more years, around $9 million dollars. Keep things running as-is, the Yankees are saying.  Is everyone happy? Nah, Bob Klapisch isn’t: Girardi gets three more years to wean himself off managing-by-numbers. Good luck. Not that ripping Girardi for actually playing the percentages is anything new…

  17. Kerry Wood “would be welcomed back to the Cubs”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    kerry-wood-yankees-alcs

    Yesterday the Yankees declined their $11 million option on Kerry Wood for next season and today Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that he “would be welcomed back to the Cubs organization if general manager Jim Hendry has enough money in the offseason.” Wood was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1998 and spent the first decade…

  18. “Nobody sits in Vlad’s seat”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Interesting insight from Buster Olney on Vlad Guerrero today: Vladimir Guerrero is more than just the Rangers’ cleanup hitter. He is a centerpiece of respect and dignity and consistency, the wise old man of the group. He sits in the same seat on the team’s bus everyday, and if you happen to sit in his…

  19. Justin Maxwell out 4-6 months following Tommy John surgery

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    For obvious reasons position players typically come back from Tommy John elbow surgery far more quickly than pitchers, but Nationals outfielder Justin Maxwell is still expected to be out of action for 4-6 months after undergoing the operation. Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports that Maxwell injured his elbow while making a diving catch in the…

  20. Breaking: someone was smokin’ weed in San Francisco last night

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    “People hanging around in San Francisco smoking weed” is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but it was apparently pretty shocking for one newsman from Dallas reporting from the game last night. But don’t laugh too hard, Northern Californians. I got even money on a San Francisco reporter going crazy outside of the Ballpark at Arlington when…

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