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  1. George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, nine others on Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

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    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Last summer they decided to break it up by era, with “Pre-Integration Era” candidates (1871-1946), “Golden Era” candidates (1947-1972) and “Expansion Era” candidates (starting in 1973) getting alternating consideration. They also decided…

  2. Twins unlikely to re-sign second baseman Orlando Hudson

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    I wrote last month that several people who know about such things have told me that the Twins are highly unlikely to re-sign Orlando Hudson, in part because of payroll limitations and in part because the veteran second baseman wasn’t universally beloved within the clubhouse. After talking to Hudson recently Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis…

  3. The Mets hire Paul DePodesta

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    DePodesta

    The New York Mets announced today that Paul DePodesta has been named Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.  He joins J.P. Ricciardi in the “Former GMs Who Made Their Bones While Working for the Alderson/Beane ‘Moneyball’ Atheltics Teams Club.” DePodesta’s tenure as Dodgers’ GM was kind of a pain for him. He only got…

  4. Derrek Lee undergoes surgery on torn thumb ligament

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Derrek Lee underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn thumb ligament that limited him for the entire season. Lee initially suffered the injury on Opening Day, yet played 148 games and was at his best following a mid-August trade to the Braves, hitting .287 with a .384 on-base…

  5. The Tigers could be looking at Adam Dunn or Victor Martinez

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    I just spoke with my buddy Norm Wamer at 106.5 The Ticket in Toledo. Norm tells me that he was on a conference call with Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski this morning, talking about the Jhonny Peralta signing. During the call someone asked him, basically, what’s next?  The response was that they were looking at the…

  6. A’s bid for Hisashi Iwakuma’s negotiating rights believed to be “in the $15 million range”

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Various sources confirm that Oakland has secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the A’s winning bid was in the $15 million range.” Oakland will pay that “posting fee” to Iwakuma’s team in Japan only if the two sides are able to agree…

  7. Now the Marlins might trade Dan Uggla

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    On the heels of news that Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro — after confirming the offer Rosenthal mentioned — reports that the Marlins “may seriously consider” trading him. He’d be valuable to any number of teams, I presume. But maybe less so if they think that he wants a…

  8. Free agent reliever Jesse Crain wants a chance to close

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain is one of four prominent Twins relievers hitting the open market as free agents and has said he’d like to remain in Minnesota, but told Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that his chances of re-signing depend largely on whether other teams offer him an opportunity to be their closer: Obviously, I’d love an opportunity…

  9. Shocker: Bud Selig believes that which has been thoroughly debunked

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    A letter Bud Selig recently wrote is making the rounds this morning. Why? Because in it he says “I really believe that Abner Doubleday is the ‘Father of Baseball,’” and makes reference to “some historians who would dispute this though.” You can see a copy of it over at Deadspin. Of course, the story of…

  10. Jarrod Washburn considering comeback after sitting out 2010

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn

    Jarrod Washburn sat out all of this season when he struggled to find interested teams following knee surgery, but the 36-year-old left-hander told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he’s considering a comeback. I honestly am very happy with my decision to not play and hadn’t thought of playing again until recently. This past week…

  11. We don’t care about umpire development. We just want the right calls made.

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    There was an essay in the New York Times over the weekend about the state of umpiring. The author, Bruce Weber, who wrote a book about umpiring in 2009, says that replay would be bad a thing. Why? Well, human element and Alexander Cartwright and all of that.  What does Weber think is preferable? Better…

  12. Rick Peterson is interviewing for his own job in Milwaukee

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Rick Peterson, Jonathan Lucroy

    Rick Peterson still has one season remaining on his contract as the Brewers’ pitching coach, but new manager Ron Roenicke is undecided about keeping him on the coaching staff and has met with Peterson several times since taking over the job last week. Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the meetings “went well” but…

  13. Hank Conger cut from his winter ball team

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    A couple of years ago Angels’ third baseman Brandon Wood was cut by his winter ball team for poor performance. On the one hand, it’s a small sample size and winter ball teams are trying to win, not develop U.S. talent. On the other hand, hey, they sure saw through Brandon Wood, didn’t they?  Oh…

  14. Jorge Posada plans on remaining Yankees’ starting catcher

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    With a solid backup in Francisco Cervelli and an elite prospect in 20-year-old Jesus Montero there’s been a lot of speculation about how the Yankees will divvy up playing time at catcher next season and beyond, but Jorge Posada told Christian Red of the New York Daily News that he expects to remain the starter:…

  15. There’s hope for the Mets. Quick! counter with reminders of their depressing past!

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The hiring of Sandy Alderson seems to have gone over well, and my Met-fan friends are almost allowing themselves to be optimistic these past couple of weeks.  Sure, 2011 will still likely be a challenge due to financial constraints and a couple of onerous contracts that have yet to run their course, but for the…

  16. A’s win exclusive rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    iwakuma tweet

    There’s no official word yet on which team submitted the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, but his agent Don Nomura tweeted the following a short time ago: 岩隈さん Oakland Athletics!!!! Translated, that reads: “Iwakuma’s Oakland Athletics!!!!” Jon Heyman of SI.com has confirmed the news. Oakland must still work out…

  17. The Australian Baseball League gets underway

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Aussie Flag

    There was a baseball league in Australia from 1989-99. It hemorrhaged cash, and was eventually bought by ex-Brewer Dave Nilsson. The league folded around then. I assume Nilsson still plays with it in his basement or something. But now there’s a new one — also called the Australian Baseball League — that just debuted on…

  18. A.J. Pierzynski growing mustache for charity in “Movember”

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    A.J. Pierzynski is looking for a new team as a free agent, but in the meantime he’s also raising money for charity by growing a mustache. Every year in November the “Movember Foundation” raises funds to promote awareness for “men’s health issues” such as prostate and testicular cancer and Pierzynski is taking part by pledging…

  19. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Jon Heyman tweets that Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011 if someone will give him a chance to close. My first thought: what’s with him and Edgar Renteria?  One ended 2011 on top, and the other ended 2011 well enough — 600th save! — to make everyone forget how much of a train wreck…

  20. Cubs may have to move Kosuke Fukudome before diving into free agency

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs will be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman this offseason and may even be in the mix for Adam Dunn, but could be pretty limited financially unless they can unload Kosuke Fukudome’s contract: The Cubs might need to trade Kosuke Fukudome before making…

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