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  1. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Mets

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Seaver Mets

    The Best: The Mets have stayed pretty steady over the years.  The biggest change has been the introduction of black a few years ago (more on that below) and disappearing pinstripes. Otherwise, it has been a pretty classic design.  Inspired, even, taking some elements from the Yankees (pinstripes), some from the Dodgers (blue) and some…

  2. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley raking in Arizona Fall League

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    dustin-ackley-mariners

    Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Dustin Ackley, had modest numbers this season, hitting .267 with a .368 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in 134 games. However, his season totals were dragged down by an awful first month that saw him hit just .147 in April and as a 22-year-old in his first pro…

  3. In which I “express interest” in Cliff Lee

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal reports that “7-8 teams” have expressed interest already in free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.  I’m interested in Cliff Lee too — he’s a good pitcher and I’m going to have to write about him for the next several years, after all — so let’s make it “7-8 teams + one blogger.”  You can…

  4. Adam Everett “has received interest from several teams”

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Everett

    Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.” Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and…

  5. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Florida Marlins

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1993 Marlins uniforms

    The Best: Look, when you’ve only been around since 1993, there’s not a ton to work with. They didn’t  have anything historical from which to draw, so a lot of good modern classics are non-starters. At the same time, they began business after the Era of the Unfortunate (a/k/a the 70s) concluded so they don’t…

  6. Red Sox “have expressed interest in” Justin Duchscherer

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox “have expressed interest in” free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries. Duchscherer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round back in 1996 and was traded to the Rangers in 2001…

  7. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on David Eckstein

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    eckstein

    Would you believe that David Eckstein is the eighth biggest bargain on the free agent market. You may after reading this!

  8. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Atlanta Braves

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Braves Padres Baseball

    We continue our trek through the NL East’s best unis. Next up: the Bravos: The Best: Let us first specify that the Braves’ use of Native American iconography is problematic. Yes, the uniforms look good, but that tomahawk, while nothing as offensive as Chief Wahoo, does present a bit of a problem for me. Not…

  9. Mike Cameron still on the mend three months after surgery

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron outfield

    Three months after undergoing a five-hour surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Mike Cameron is close to being cleared for baseball activities again. Cameron’s agent, Mike Nicotera, told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the outfielder “is doing very well” and is on schedule to resume working out at full speed shortly after Thanksgiving. Signed…

  10. It’s tough being a ballplayer: a cruise is delaying the Bronson Arroyo extension

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Yesterday it was reported that Bonson Arroyo was likely to sign a three-year extension this week.  The extension still looks like it’s happening, but John Fay reports that it may take a few extra days because Arroyo is on a cruise. Rogers Hornsby famously said “people ask me what I do in winter when there’s…

  11. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage at Triple-A … for the Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead. All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Philadelphia Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Phillies blue uniform

    A couple of years ago I wrote a couple posts at my old Shysterball blog running down what — in my opinion anyway — were the best and worst all-time looks for each team.  It was pretty popular as far as my old Blogspot posts were concerned, so I figure that, in the absence of…

  13. Manny Ramirez spotted in Toronto; does it mean anything?

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Zen

    Manny Ramirez has been spotted in Toronto for the past couple days, leading to speculation that his visiting has something to do with interest from the Blue Jays. Asked if there was a connection of any kind, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos replied: “I wouldn’t comment on player rumours either way.” (And yes, he somehow…

  14. Mike Hampton still wants to pitch

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Hampton — fresh off a 0.00 ERA season (in which he faced 16 batters) — wants to pitch in 2011. At this point Hampton is a zombie, right? Shambling around, unaware that he died about five years ago?  He’s not eating anyone’s brain as far as we know, but as…

  15. Don’t expect a decision from Cliff Lee any time soon

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Not surprisingly, Cliff Lee’s agent said yesterday that the free agent left-hander will likely take his sweet time fielding offers before deciding on a long-term home. Here’s what Darek Braunecker told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: Historically, these deals take some time. We don’t handicap the timing of this stuff, but we…

  16. Juan Samuel could wind up back with Philly

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Juan Samuel

    No, not as a second basemen or outfielder, sadly. As a first base coach. That according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, who notes that Samuel did not take part in the Orioles’ organizational meetings last week and may be in line to take over Davey Lopes’ old job with the Phils. The last time I said…

  17. Shocker: Jeff Francoeur to clear waivers, become a free agent this week

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Don’t look at me that way. There are like 40 posts a day around here, so I’m more than entitled to devote one or two of them every couple of days to my hysterical and irrational fixation on an otherwise insignificant role player. I know it’s immature and rather nuts, but it’s my thing, OK?…

  18. The Indians unveil a new uniform, and it is good

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    The Cleveland Indians have unveiled a new road uniform, and I think it’s pretty spiffy.  A gray version of that sweet home alternate they’ve been wearing for the past couple of years.  The block lettering and the colors — that deep red and dark blue combo — looks classic without being consciously retro.  Just a…

  19. The Rockies are chasing free agent starters

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are shopping for starting pitching, with Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda on the shopping list. Worth remembering that they have their own free agent — Jorge De La Rosa — to consider as well. It’s been a while since the Rockies made a…

  20. Some thoughts on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:58 AM EDT

    Morgan and Miller yellow

    I was reading a great interview of “Bloom County” cartoonist Berkeley Breathed yesterday, and came to the following exchange: RUSSELL: The Internet’s biggest impact on culture has been the fragmentation of discourse — there’s no one central album or TV show or comic strip that’s a universal discussion point any more. How blessed do you…

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