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  1. HBT Daily: World Series matchups less sexy than Lee vs. Lincecum

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the non-ace portions of the Giants and Rangers rotations, the managers and outfield defense.

  2. Ryne Sandberg could coach in Chicago … with the White Sox

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    ryne-sandberg-triple-a

    Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the Cubs’ managerial job, but perhaps the Hall of Famer could end up coaching in Chicago after all. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen praised Sandberg during a radio interview today and seemed open to the possibility of Sandberg joining his coaching staff if third base coach Joey Cora leaves…

  3. Bengie Molina writes about returning to San Francisco

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Back in July I was really, really impressed with Bengie Molina’s blog post reflecting on his trade from the Giants to the Rangers. Today I’m equally impressed by his post about returning to San Francisco for the World Series and his thoughts about coming up big in the postseason. Having the blog suits him. He’s…

  4. Curt Young likely on Red Sox’s radar after leaving A’s

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Curt Young

    Curt Young reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to return as the A’s pitching coach next year and the initial speculation was that he could end up signing with the Diamondbacks. However, now that Charles Nagy is said to the front-runner in Arizona the latest speculation has Young potentially in line to replace John…

  5. More important World Series business: National Anthem singers

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Hayes Carll

    The Rangers are blowin’ a great chance to have Hayes Carll or Ray Wylie Hubbard sing the National Anthem before one of their games, but nobody asked me: Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that soul singer John Legend will perform the national anthem on Wednesday at Game 1 of the series between the San Francisco…

  6. Tim Wallach out of running for Brewers’ job, staying in LA

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    USA MLB SPRING TRAINING-LOS ANGELES DODGERS

    Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Tim Wallach is officially out of the running for the Brewers’ managerial opening and is all but guaranteed to remain with the Dodgers as a third base coach in 2011. Wallach re-signed with the Dodgers earlier this month, but his contract allowed him to pursue manager jobs with a…

  7. The World Series umpire crew includes two first-timers

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Sam Holbrook umpire

    Last year, after a bunch of missed calls in the early rounds, Major League Baseball made sure that the World Series was populated with experienced umpires. This year, not so much: the crew will include World Series first timers Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller, along with vets John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff…

  8. Tom Hicks just missed being the owner of a champion

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    Richard Durrett caught up with recently-deposed Rangers monarch Tom Hicks, who has a bit of a sad over all of this World Series’n, saying “I’m happy, but it’s bittersweet. There’s no denying that.” Hicks takes some pride in what’s going on too, even if he’s not in charge anymore. And he probably should, as Durrett…

  9. On this day in 1991: “And we’ll see you … tomorrow night!”

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    kirby puckett game 6 1991

    While we wait for this year’s World Series to begin, it’s worth noting that on this day in 1991 the Twins and Braves played a Game 6 of the World Series that ranks as one of the greatest in baseball history. With the score tied 3-3 in the 11th inning Charlie Leibrandt served up a…

  10. Jorge De La Rosa will hit the market

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    The Rockies tried to get  Jorge De La Rosa signed to an extension late this season, but that’s apparently not going to happen now and the team is resigned to the fact that he’s going to hit the market. They’re not sweating it, though: “When players get this close to free agency, unless they are…

  11. Secret’s out: Blue Jays sign John Farrell to three-year contract

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    john-farrell-blue-jays-presser

    In announcing John Farrell as their new manager yesterday the Blue Jays refused to disclose the length of his contract, which as I noted at the time is both odd and pointless because eventually someone with the team will tell someone with the media and then the attempt at secrecy will seem even weirder. Turns…

  12. Cardinals make Dave Duncan the highest paid pitching coach

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    Not only did Dave Duncan talk the Cardinals into giving him a two-year contract when the rest of Tony La Russa’s coaching staff was offered only one-year deals, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be the highest paid pitching coach in baseball. According to Strauss he’ll get a base salary…

  13. Ruben Amaro is still spinning Jayson Werth’s impending departure

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Alberto Gonzalez, Sam Perlozzo, Jayson Werth

    Yesterday we heard Ruben Amaro trying to spin things in such a way so that if Jayson Werth signs elsewhere, Amaro can claim that it wasn’t about the money.  Apparently he also tried to spin things in such a way so that he can also claim that Werth wasn’t necessarily worth it in the first…

  14. Great: the union is cool with adding playoff teams

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    bad idea jeans

    I’ll take “Things to which I’m viscerally opposed for $500, Alex” The new head of the players’ union says his members are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven . . . There is sentiment among a substantial segment of the players to consider expanding…

  15. The Phillies’ plane had a close call on the way home last Friday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Airplane tower

    GEORGE: You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash?  If you think about it . . . 26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think eventually an entire team would get wiped out.  It’s only a matter of…

  16. The best World Series preview you’ll read all day

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    crystal ball

    It’s from Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing, and he pretty much nails it: Both the Giants and Rangers are good teams. The Rangers are probably better by a tiny bit. If you re-played the World Series a million times, maybe 50-55% of the time the Rangers would be crowned as champions. This World Series will…

  17. If Cliff Lee’s wife is calling the shots, he’s staying in Texas

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Good story from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale this morning about Cliff Lee. After the familiar “holy crap, this guy is good” stuff, Nightengale talks to Lee’s wife Kristen. Now, every marriage is different and I don’t deign to suggest that Lee’s marriage is like mine, but I will say this much: if my wife and…

  18. Ron Washington sets Rangers’ rotation for World Series

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Not be outdone, Rangers manager Ron Washington just announced his team’s rotation for the World Series against the Giants. Cliff Lee will start Game 1 against Tim Lincecum on Wednesday, C.J. Wilson will pitch versus Matt Cain in Game 2 on Thursday and Colby Lewis will oppose Jonathan Sanchez in Game 3 on Saturday, reports…

  19. Bruce Bochy confirms Giants’ rotation for World Series

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy just confirmed his starting rotation for the World Series against the Rangers. Courtesy of Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury, Tim Lincecum will start Game 1 on Wednesday, while Matt Cain pitches Game 2 on Thursday and Jonathan Sanchez starts Game 3 on Saturday. Lincecum was a no-brainer to start…

  20. Josh Byrnes completes second interview for Mets’ GM job

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Josh Byrnes

    Former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes came in for his second interview for the Mets’ general manager vacancy today. This time, Byrnes met with Mets owner Fred Wilpon, team president Saul Katz, and COO Jeff Wilpon. According to team’s Twitter feed, Jeff Wilpon released the following statement: “Out of respect for the candidates and the ongoing…

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