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  1. The crafty lefty hall of fame

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tommy John

    Joe Posnanski writes a lot of great, deep things. But it’s often his simplest observations that are the best.  Like this one: And so, in Mike Flanagan’s honor, I’ve come up with the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame. To find my first Crafty Lefty class, I came up with what I consider the quintessential Crafty…

  2. Where’s the MVP love for reigning winner Joey Votto?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Joey Votto is the reigning NL MVP and his performance this season is remarkably similar to last year’s award-winning production, yet I’ve rarely seen him touted as a leading candidate this time around. Last year Votto hit .324 with 37 homers, 113 RBIs, 105 runs, and a league-leading 1.024 OPS. This year Votto is on…

  3. What’s the point of the waiver trade deadline?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    We post on random waiver deals and waiver deal rumors, but our hearts aren’t really in it because it’s all rather silly.  Yes, it matters when a trade is made, but if I had to bet the lives of my children on anything in this world it would be that the “Player X claimed by…

  4. Nationals’ interest in B.J. Upton has cooled somewhat

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton was among the many center fielders consistently linked to the Nationals at the trade deadline and the Rays placed him on revocable waivers yesterday, potentially setting up a trade. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post “some Nationals scouts are lukewarm on him, especially at the plate” and “there’s healthy debate…

  5. Davey Johnson could very well be the Nats manager in 2012

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When Davey Johnson was hired following the resignation of Jim Riggleman, it was thought to be a temporary gig.  With comparisons to Jack McKeon, the story was that Johnson, already on the payroll, would be the 2011 caretaker and that this fall and winter Mike Rizzo would find the guy to lead the Nationals into…

  6. Ozzie Guillen on Peter Bourjos: “I’ve never seen a white man that can run that fast”

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has been one of the most underrated players in baseball this season, combining exceptional defense with surprisingly strong hitting to rank 11th among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement. Ozzie Guillen came to appreciate Bourjos after the Angels swept a two-game series against the White Sox this week, heaping…

  7. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    Time for the weekly Twitterbag. Which, when I put out the call for questions last night, I did so thusly: Twitter questions for HBT. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. Go! So, predictably, among my first few “questions” were “One…

  8. Moneyball at Wrigley? Billy Beane “might consider” Cubs offer

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Brian Cashman, Andrew Friedman, and Ned Colletti aren’t the only current general managers being linked to the Cubs’ opening, with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writing that Billy Beane “might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy.” Beane nearly became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002,…

  9. “No one made me laugh like Mike Flanagan. Tonight, he made me cry”

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    As a ballplayer, Mike Flanagan was more of a fuzzy memory to me than a lot of guys of his era and stature. I should have more vivid memories of him pitching for the early 80s Orioles, back when I used to watch Tigers games all the time, but I don’t. I remember Jim Palmer…

  10. Gary Matthews: The Mets are crybabies

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    crybaby

    This was fun. As I mentioned in the comments, Mike Pelfrey got into it for a second with Placido Polanco when he thought Polanco was trying to stick his elbow out to get on base via a HBP.  In the booth, Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews called the team “crybabies.” Later, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News,…

  11. Cubs interested in Cashman, Friedman and … Colletti?

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    One of these things, is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time we finish our song? Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about…

  12. Barry Bonds snags a ball, has a great time at Giants-Padres game

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Bonds at game.bmp

    Barry Bonds had front row seats — and somehow got himself a baseball — at last night’s Giants-Padres game.  Just watch the video of him here. Clearly the man is miserable and loathed due to his notorious past. His smiles mask his pain and all of those people shaking his hand, smiling at him and…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers’ pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn’t think we’d have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five. Angels 8, White Sox 0: It’s not just about Texas’ pitching sucking though. It’s…

  14. Brian Wilson could resume throwing as soon as Thursday

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    brian wilson reuters

    The bearded one is on his way back. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants closer Brian Wilson will attempt a light game of catch on Thursday afternoon. If it goes well, he will be cleared for more strenuous throwing workouts by the weekend and could begin tossing bullpen sessions by early…

  15. Orioles great Mike Flanagan found dead outside home

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    mike flanagan card

    Tragic news out of Monkton, Maryland. According to Baltimore’s WBAL 11, former Orioles pitcher, broadcaster and front office executive Mike Flanagan was reportedly found dead on a trail outside his home shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. There aren’t many other details available at the moment and the Orioles have not issued a public comment…

  16. Logan Morrison homers in first game back with Marlins

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    lomo batting

    The Marlins demoted young outfielder Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans on August 13. He was in a bit of an offensive rut and the Marlins’ front office disapproved of him bailing out on a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders. As they say, time heals. Morrison was recalled from New Orleans before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the…

  17. Astros pull Wandy Rodriguez back, no deal with Rockies

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez off waivers on Tuesday, but trade negotiations didn’t get very far and the 32-year-old has now been pulled back by the Astros. This according to Richard Justice, columnist with the Houston Chronicle. Rodriguez cannot be placed back on waivers and will finish out the 2011 season with the last-place…

  18. Justin Upton back in D’Backs lineup Wednesday night

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    upton wide getty

    The first-place Diamondbacks were dealt a scare on Tuesday night when star right fielder Justin Upton was forced from action after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch. It turns out he’s just fine. Upton was diagnosed with a mild left elbow contusion and is back in the Arizona starting lineup on Wednesday…

  19. Cubs not expected to deal Carlos Pena to Yankees

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs are well out of contention for a playoff spot and would do well to dump some cash. And the Yankees could use an upgrade at designated hitter, where Jorge Posada and Co. have been far too inconsistent. But…

  20. Red Sox making Hurricane Irene plans for weekend

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Hurricane Irene

    With Hurricane Irene’s projected path currently taking it through Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Red Sox are talking with MLB about playing a preemptive doubleheader at Fenway Park on Friday or Saturday, the Boston Herald reports. The A’s will be in Boston for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday night. Nothing has been decided about the…

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