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  1. Charles Nagy emerges as frontrunner to be D-Backs pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Nagy

    According to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Republic, former major league pitcher Charles Nagy “has emerged as the leading candidate” to be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach. Nagy pitched 14 seasons in the major leagues, 13 of them with the Indians, but spent the final year of his career with the Padres in 2003. The general manager…

  2. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    This is the first article in a six-part series looking at this winter’s free agent class.  I’ve included players who might have their options picked up after the World Series, but left out the no-brainers like Adrian Gonzalez and Omar Infante.  Also omitted were the retiring Billy Wagner and Mike Lowell. Players are ranked based…

  3. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig says we’re in baseball’s golden era

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud didn’t say “costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher,” but he could have.

  4. Blue Jays keeping length of John Farrell’s contract a secret

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

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    This afternoon the Blue Jays officially introduced former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager, but neither Farrell nor general manager Alex Anthopoulos were willing to disclose the length of his contract. Anthopoulos told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that the secrecy is needed because knowing contract details “creates unneeded speculation and takes…

  5. Manny Ramirez had hernia surgery, would like to play for the Blue Jays

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Enrique Rojas is all over the old guy beat today. First he had the Moyer news, and now he’s reporting that Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery two weeks ago. Apparently Ramirez had discomfort in his groin for most of the season, but waited until the year was over to have surgery. He’s supposed to be…

  6. Mark McGwire to stay on as Cardinals hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    As expected, Mark McGwire has signed a one-year contract to remain the Cardinals’ hitting coach. Earlier today the Cardinals announced a two-year deal to retain pitching coach Dave Duncan, but the rest of manager Tony La Russa’s coaching staff was offered one-year pacts. McGwire initially cast some doubt about whether he’d return for a second…

  7. “Bull Durham” creator putting together a baseball TV series

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    First and Ten

    Lazy observation: baseball, a sport that is best experienced in the form of multiple installments over the course of long period of time (i.e. a 162 game season) has never been portrayed in a good TV series. At the same time, it has had multiple excellent treatments on the silver screen. Football, in contrast, a…

  8. Don Baylor to be named the Dbacks’ new hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor — recently let go by the Rockies — has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks to take over as their hitting coach.  Baylor had hoped to be considered for a manager job, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  I imagine part of it is that he’s always been perceived as…

  9. Alberto Gonzalez is unhappy with role, delusional about ability

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Alberto Gonzalez started 71 games for the Nationals last season and hit just .265/.299/.351 in 316 total plate appearances, so this year they moved him into more of a bench role and he hit even worse, batting .247/.277/.301 in 198 plate appearances. Normally a 27-year-old with a career OPS of .623 and back-to-back terrible seasons…

  10. What does it matter when Pat Burrell answers your question?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petereburg Times has a column up about Pat Burrell today.  The headline: Pat Burrell, revived with San Francisco Giants, doesn’t want to address time spent with Tampa Bay Rays. An paragraph appearing early in the piece: Approached several times during the NLCS to talk more about what went wrong during…

  11. Jamie Moyer is going to play winter ball

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Winter ball is a great place for young players to work on things or to stay in shape during the offseason.  Or for really, really old players too, apparently, as Enrique Rojas reports that Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Escogido Lions in Dominican Winter League this year. This is clearly as sign that the…

  12. Cardinals, pitching coach Dave Duncan agree to two-year deal

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    The past 24 hours have seen a lot of movement on the pitching coach front, with John Farrell taking the Blue Jays’ manager job, the Yankees firing Dave Eiland, and Curt Young leaving the A’s with an eye toward joining the Diamondbacks. Despite the sudden rash of prominent pitching coach openings one of the best…

  13. Memo to mainstream media: Girardi relying on hitter-pitcher matchups is not sabermetrics

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    With a few exceptions the media members in New York are ripping Joe Girardi to shreds following the Yankees’ lackluster showing in the ALCS and many of them are focusing on the fact that Girardi places a great deal of importance on hitter-pitcher matchups, often mocking the material contained in his “binder.” Along the way…

  14. For anxious Mets fans: An archived Sandy Alderson interview

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Geoff Young of Ducksnorts conducted an extensive interview of Sandy Alderson back in 2008.  You can read it here, here and here if you’d like. Today, however, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York excerpts Geoff’s interview, doing his best to isolate the questions that may be of interest to Mets fans trying to assess the…

  15. Ozzie Guillen to work as World Series analyst on FOX

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    For the second straight season FOX has hired Ozzie Guillen as a World Series analyst. According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune the White Sox manager “will work the pregame and postgame shows with Chris Rose and Eric Karros” and also “join Joe Buck and Tim McCarver as an analyst for late-inning strategy.” I’m…

  16. Ask for Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops, get Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    This morning I said that it would be cool if people Photoshopped Sad Ryan Howard in various scenes.  From my mouth to Tauntr’s computer. I like the Lion King the best, I think.

  17. Dave Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    We weren’t expecting this: Brian Cashman is having his season-in-review press conference at Yankee Stadium, and he just announced that pitching coach Dave Eiland won’t be returning in 2011. Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS. The…

  18. Andy Pettitte pitched through back and leg injuries in playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Joe Girardi and the Yankees moved Andy Pettitte to Game 3 of the ALCS after starting him in Game 2 of the ALDS, and today the manager revealed why: Pettitte was struggling with back and hamstring injuries and they wanted to give him as much time as possible to recover. Girardi explained that Pettitte pitched…

  19. Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who…

  20. Bryce Harper goes 3-for-8 in first week at Arizona Fall League

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper is only allowed to play twice a week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick still managed to make a big first impression in his debut. Harper went 3-for-8 in his first two games, including a bases-loaded ground-rule double that…

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