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  1. When nicknames were cool

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We occasionally get a cool nickname these days, but it’s rare. Mostly we get lame variations of the A-Rod thing, which is a concept I had thought reached its nadir with the ironic “Man-Ram” but came roaring back to life with the non-ironic “Car-Go.” Oy. But there used to be a time when you could…

  2. Brandon Webb still isn't close to rejoining Diamondbacks

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb’s recovery from shoulder surgery has progressed so slowly that he’s gone from hoping to be healthy for the second half to hoping to make at least one start in September to now talking about possibly having to participate in instructional leagues just to get some work in. Here’s what Webb told Steve Gilbert…

  3. The Mets want an experienced GM to replace Omar

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports one thing we knew — Omar Minaya is on his way out — and one thing we didn’t — the Mets would rather hire an “experienced GM” than promote assistant GM John Ricco. This surprises me somewhat because I had assumed that the Wilpons would want someone from inside, whom they’ve…

  4. The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club. Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan…

  5. Must-click link: Dan Szymborski on the Mets' offseason plans

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Some people might say that MS Paint isn’t a particularly good tool for an artist, let alone for baseball analysis, but those people probably never saw this on Baseball Think Factory: Dan Szymborski: Mets Offseason Plan If you don’t think that’s funny, we can’t be friends any more.

  6. The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on…

  7. Carlos Marmol has the highest strikeout rate in MLB history

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just before the All-Star break I wrote about how Carlos Marmol was on pace for the highest strikeout rate in baseball history among pitchers with at least 50 innings. In the two months since then he hasn’t missed quite as many bats, but the Cubs’ closer is still on an historic track. Marmol has racked…

  8. I am so proud to be a Braves fan this day

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Did you know that Moises Alou was born in Atlanta? It’s true!  In related news: The good news: More Americans are washing their hands of bathroom germs. The bad news: Except for the guys at Turner Field . . . . . . While 98 percent of women that use the Turner Field restrooms washed…

  9. Report: Cubs to interview Bob Melvin for managerial opening

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin for their managerial opening. Kurkjian notes that Melvin was up for the Cubs’ job in 2003 before they went with Dusty Baker instead. Melvin ended up managing the Mariners and won 93 games in his first season, but…

  10. HBT Daily: Twins, Twins, Twins

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I seem to get a new obsession each week. One week it’s pro wrestling, the next week it’s the Minnesota Twins.

  11. Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said to be eyeing MLB

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma is one of the best pitchers in Japan and according to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times he “wants to try and head to MLB via posting after the season.” Coskey adds that Iwakuma’s team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, are “said to be reluctant” to let him go, no doubt in part…

  12. Johan Santana's surgery "a success"

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets have announced that Johan Santana had his shoulder surgery this morning and that “it was a success.”  Which is good to hear. But of course we hear that all the time. I don’t wish ill on any specific player, but just once, on general principles, I would like to hear a team announce…

  13. Wins matter for the Cy Young Award. Except when they don't.

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    How can one man think Zack Greinke’s 2009 Cy Young Award was “most deserving” and casually dismiss Felix Hernandez in 2010? Read on, my friends. Read on!

  14. Joe Mauer on verge of being fifth catcher in baseball history with 1,000 career hits by age 27

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer is one hit away from 1,000 for his career, which would be the fifth-most ever by a catcher through age 27: Ivan Rodriguez 1333 Ted Simmons 1279 Johnny Bench 1246 Joe Torre 1087 JOE MAUER 999 He’ll likely end up with around 1,020 hits by season’s end. Missing most of his rookie season…

  15. K-Rod slapped with a contempt charge for texting his girlfriend

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez’s girlfriend was granted an order of protection after K-Rod and her father fought at Citi Field. The thing about orders of protection: they’re designed to keep the subject of the order (K-Rod) from contacting the person in whose favor the order was granted (girlfriend; father-in-law). K-Rod, it seems wasn’t clear on that: Mets…

  16. Brett Myers makes history by throwing six-plus innings in 30th straight start

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Myers’ career-year continued last night with seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Brewers and he also made some history by becoming just the seventh pitcher since 1920 to throw six or more innings in each of his first 30 starts. The previous six: Bob Gibson (1968 and 1969), Fergie Jenkins…

  17. The Twins should be saying "bring on the Yankees"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that the Twins want no part of the Yankees, because the Yankees have owned them in the post season in recent years.  But it’s a different story altogether, I think, if the Twins get home field advantage in the playoffs. Which they could outright if they make up a couple of games…

  18. Nick Swisher says knee injury is like "dragging around my leg"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher appeared as a pinch-hitter last night after an MRI exam showed merely inflammation in his sore left knee, but was clearly at significantly less than full strength while limping to first base on a ground out. After the game he described it as “dragging around my left leg” and noted that “it’s starting…

  19. On second thought, Aramis Ramirez is staying with the Cubs

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez caused a minor stir yesterday by hinting that he might decline his $14.6 million player option for next season and become a free agent, which had many people wondering if he’s gone insane and no doubt had the Cubs praying it was true. Ramirez has since clarified those comments, first telling Gordon Wittenmyer…

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