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  1. The Braves give Dan Uggla an interesting new number

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Uggla 26

    Ever see news reports from towns in the path of a hurricane? In the days before landfall, you always see houses with boarded up windows, and there’s always some joker who paints something like “Hey Hurricane Betsy! Blow this!” on them just as fun.  We laugh, but tempting the fates like that is rather empowering,…

  2. Astros owner holding a press conference this afternoon to announce team is for sale

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Drayton McClane

    Reports surfaced late last night that Astros owner Drayton McLane has hired an investment bank to help him sell the team and he’s now expected to make an official announcement today with a press conference scheduled for 3:30 ET. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that McLane declined to return phone calls seeking more…

  3. Losers walk: Only one end zone will be in use for the football game in Wrigley Field

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Wrigley Football 1

    I said earlier this week that, based on the funky alignment of the gridiron and just how close the brick wall was to the end zone, Wrigley Field looked like an awful place to play tomorrow’s Northwestern-Illinois game.  I didn’t even know the half of it: Only one end zone will be used at Wrigley…

  4. Rumor: the mediator is going to propose a pro-Jamie McCourt settlement tomorrow

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    As we mentioned yesterday, today the court-appointed mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose settlement terms to Frank and Jamie.  Thom Loverro of ESPN 980 in Washington tweeted late last night that a source is telling him that the proposal from the mediator is going to favor Jamie, and will have her…

  5. Javier Vazquez and the Marlins “seems like a perfect fit”

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports that “Javier Vazquez has told associates he would love a return engagement in the National League, particularly with the Florida Marlins due in part to the proximity to his native Puerto Rico.” Rodriguez notes that Vazquez also “has a relationship” with Puerto Rico-born manager Edwin Rodriguez…

  6. Attention iPad users: You can now get a HardballTalk app

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    iPad

    Actually, it’s not just a HardballTalk app. It’s an app for all of NBC Sports.com’s blogs, called “NBC Sports Talk.”  You can get it here, and it covers us, ProFootballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, and all the rest.  Word is that the iPhone app will be ready soon as well, and of course we’ll let you know…

  7. Jonathan Papelbon likely to ask for $11.5 million in arbitration

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon “is poised to ask for $11.5 million” in his final year of arbitration, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. That would be a raise of slightly over $2 million from his 2010 salary, which Papelbon earned while having the worst season of his career. He blew nine of 46 save opportunities…

  8. Brewers, Nats are “out in front” on Carl Pavano

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    I spent this morning at the doctor’s office getting my annual checkup.  First one since, like, 2003, so I should probably look up the term “annual.”  In any event it went well.  When my doctor asked me if I’m still practicing law I told him no, that I was a baseball blogger.  I got the…

  9. Bryce Harper has a 1.039 OPS in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper has been limited to playing twice per week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick has been extremely impressive when in the lineup, batting .343 with six extra-base hits and a 1.039 OPS in nine games. Not bad for the…

  10. Korea wins Asian Games, Choo exempt from military service?

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    16th Asian Games - Day 7: Baseball

    Good news for Indians fans. According to Jordan Bastian, MLB.com’s new Indians beat writer, South Korea defeated Taiwan 9-3 on Friday in the final of the Asian Games.  Tribe outfielder Shin-Soo Choo should now be exempt from Korea’s required two-year military service. Choo batted .300/.401/.484 with 22 home runs, 90 RBI and 22 stolen bases…

  11. Orioles, Padres, Mariners likely to bid on Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    nishioka throwing

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported earlier this week that the Red Sox and Twins have serious interest in 26-year-old Japanese infielder and MLB free agent Tsuyoshi Nishioka. And now other teams are looking to join the fray. From Patrick Newman’s NPB Tracker comes a couple of updates on the highly coveted Nishioka: The Orioles fully intend…

  12. The Astros are for sale

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Drayton McClane

    Mark Cuban and Jim Crane, please call your office . . . Astros owner Drayton McLane has retained the services of the investment bank Allen & Company to assist in the sale of the team, according to two people with knowledge of the arrangement. McLane, who could not be reached for comment Thursday night, has…

  13. Yankees hoping Lou Piniella will accept advisory role

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    piniella tipping cap

    When Lou Piniella stepped down from his post as Cubs manager in August, he did so in order to make time for his ailing mother. It wasn’t the way he wanted to go out and he expressed great emotion during his final press conference about leaving the game of baseball behind. Good news, Lou.  You…

  14. Must-click link: Joe Sports Fan presents…

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

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    The fellas over at Joe Sports Fan always do great work, parodying a range of sports topics with a strong focus on mustaches. This bit does not involve a mustache, but it is brilliant. Check out Earl Sanderson, world-renowned baseball card photographer.  He’s spilling the beans in the debut of… “Beyond The Cardboard”

  15. Tigers finalize three-year deal with Joaquin Benoit

    Nov 18, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    benoit in blue jersey

    Another odd early-offseason deal is official. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit passed his physical on Thursday and officially signed a new three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Tigers. Benoit registered a fantastic 1.34 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in 63 relief appearances for the American League East champion Rays this year,…

  16. UPDATE: OK, it was a joke that went over my head

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    face palm

    UPDATE: Forget I said anything. It was apparently a joke, as Tango explained in the comments after I saw the post.  I guess my sarcasm meter was malfunctioning today. Sorry Tom. 5: 36 P.M.: I’ve long respected Tom Tango’s work, but man, this is exactly the kind of unctuous arrogance that causes people to resist…

  17. If the Rockies want Scott Kazmir, they can probably have him

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Buried in the middle of Troy Renck’s latest Rockies notebook in the Denver Post is this sentence, accompanied by no other details: “Colorado also has interest in Angels starter Scott Kazmir, who had a disappointing season.” First, calling what Kazmir did this year “a disappointing season” would be like calling me chubby. He had a…

  18. If wins don’t matter for the Cy Young Award, how about for the Hall of Fame?

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    blyleven

    It was nice to see Felix Hernandez win the Cy Young Award today, chiefly because it showed that the Baseball Writers Association of America is past the point where they believe wins to be the ultimate arbiter of which pitchers are good and which are bad.  Well, they’ve been past it a while actually, what…

  19. Rickie Weeks is “open to listening” about contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    No one seems to think the Brewers have any chance of keeping Prince Fielder beyond 2011, but Rickie Weeks is also one season away from becoming a free agent and told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s “open to listening” if the team wants to pursue a contract extension. Weeks revealed that his agent has…

  20. Quote of the Day II: Felix Hernandez

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The new American League Cy Young Award winner goes beyond the usual, tired cliches.

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