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  1. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    It’s a fact: if you have a media outlet, you are required by law to write a silly “how to fix/save baseball” post at least once a year. If you don’t, you risk losing funding and stuff. The latest: from Business Insider. I’m not going to dignify it with a blockquote, because every idea in…

  2. Lance Berkman bruised and bloodied, but ready for Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' first baseman Lance Berkman falls while chasing a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Lance Berkman has had a rough week. First he gashed his left thumb while trying to cut up a credit card, telling reporters “I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off” and “it was gushing blood.” He’s been patching the wound with super-glue in the dugout during games. Then he took a hard fall…

  3. Must-click link: Demands for replay. In 1952.

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man unearths a controversial call from 1952 that led to some familiar-sounding speculation: “Next Year for the World Series and perhaps for key games during the regular season, baseball may adopt an idea from horse racing and install a ‘photo finish’ camera at first base to double check…

  4. Pete Rose on the Hall of Fame: “Don’t wait till I’m dead”

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Pete Rose sat down for another interview, and he has this to say about the Hall of Fame: I would hope that I’d get a second chance. Don’t wait till I’m dead. The Hall of Fame is for family and friends. I’d like to get up there in front of them. He also says, however,…

  5. John Gibbons removes himself from Pirates’ manager search

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    John Gibbons

    John Gibbons was one of seven candidates the Pirates interviewed to replace John Russell as manager, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s removed his name from consideration for the job and will remain the Royals’ bench coach. Gibbons was one of six finalists for the gig because the seventh candidate…

  6. The Yankees are going to bring back Joe Girardi

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, saying that Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Brian Cashman all like him and want him back. Heyman says that Girardi will get a raise too. Good move if true. Yeah, there’s been some beefing about the guy lately, but that’s all post-facto stuff from understandably frustrated fans and sports…

  7. Spandex-wearing Phillies fan sentenced to community service for running onto the field

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Remember the guy who ran onto the field in Philadelphia last month wearing a red, full body spandex suit and got tripped by Braves left fielder Matt Diaz? Well, his name is Sean Hagan, he’s 17 years old, and yesterday he was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Now, if the judge involved had…

  8. HBT Daily: Can the Yankees force a Game 7?

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Who’s under more pressure? The Rangers or the Yankees?

  9. Agent: Ricky Nolasco and Marlins “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension talks

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension for months and agent Matt Sosnick said yesterday that the two sides have agreed to an acceptable number of years but are “about 20 percent” apart on the salaries. That may not seem like much of a gap, but it…

  10. Quote of the Day: Mike Lupica on A-Rod

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Yay! A-Rod is one or two more poor games away from being thrown back in the October Choker pile!

  11. The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid. In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two…

  12. Jimmy Rollins’ message to Philly fans: “Let ‘em have it”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Last night Jimmy Rollins gave Philly fans some instructions for Games 6 and 7: “Be out there. Let ‘em have it. Let. Them. Have. It. All of ‘em. For real.” Here’s the audio. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. (Thanks to Rhea for the audio clip)

  13. Giants, Rangers still have to be favored, but . . .

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Ross and Posey react in the ninth inning of their team's loss to Phillies during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    The good news for Rangers and Giants fans: in Major League Baseball history, 35 teams have been up 3-1 and then lost Game 5. Of those 35 Game 5 losers, 24 still went on to win the series. The good news for Giants fans: 17 of those Game 5 losers had to go on the…

  14. And That Happened: NLCS Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Phillies 4, Giants 2: The Giants had a shot here, and no matter what Tim Lincecum said after the game about not making good pitches in the third inning — which he didn’t — Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval’s defense was the real killer here. A pitcher shouldn’t have to be perfect. He should get…

  15. Sabathia available for relief in Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

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    If New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes needs any help getting through Game 6 against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, CC Sabathia will be there to back him up. Sabathia, who threw 112 pitches in six innings to help the Yankees to a 7-2 victory on Wednesday in Game 5, says he will be…

  16. Nick Swisher ‘can’t wait to hit against’ Cliff Lee

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

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    The New York Yankees are sick and tired of Cliff Lee. They’re sick of listening to everyone talk about him. They’re tired of answering questions about how awesome he is. And they’ve certainly had enough of watching him in their nightmares as he bounds off the mound after yet another strikeout, cackling madly to himself…

  17. Halladay suffered mild groin pull in his Game 5 start

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel informed the media after Thursday’s NLCS Game 5 victory that staff ace Roy Halladay suffered a mild pull in his groin during the second inning of his seven-inning effort against the Giants.  This according to Major League Baseball’s official Twitter feed. Halladay was obviously able to pitch through the pain, but…

  18. Phillies push NLCS to Game 6 with 4-2 victory in San Fran

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

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    Just as the Yankees did Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS, the Phillies have pushed their NLCS matchup with the Giants to a Game 6. Phillies ace Roy Halladay had a little trouble early on, both in finding the strike zone and during a first-inning stare-down with Giants outfielder Pat Burrell, but the right-hander…

  19. Giants move back within a run as Game 5 grows late

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Here come the Giants. Cody Ross entered this NLCS Game 5 with an incredible .357/.438/.893 batting line, four home runs and eight RBI over 28 postseason at-bats.  So you can probably guess what he did in his fourth-inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Roy Halladay.  (Hint: it was, uh, pretty clutch). Ross ripped a run-scoring…

  20. Phillies tally three runs in the 3rd, Giants now trail

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

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    How quickly things change in the game of baseball. Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez kicked off the top of the third inning with a bloop single to right-center field, Carlos Ruiz got hit by a pitch, then a bunt by Roy Halladay that should have been called foul was, for some reason, ruled fair. An error…

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