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  1. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Word to The Man: Post-Dispatch sources in Washington confirmed that Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the White House. Musial will join other baseball greats who have won the award like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams. The award recipients are selected by the sitting president. And some…

  2. Red Sox “are open to trading” shortstop Marco Scutaro

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Marco Scutaro had a solid first season in Boston after signing a two-year, $12.5 million contract as a free agent last winter, basically duplicating his career numbers by hitting .275/.333/.388 despite playing through multiple injuries. He was signed in large part because of Jed Lowrie’s uncertain injury status, but now that Lowrie is healthy again…

  3. Some additional thoughts on NL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    A couple people have said that I came down a little hard on Bud Black in my Manager of the Year post.  I certainly didn’t mean to, and if I did, I apologize. I have nothing against Bud Black and I think he did a great job.  I can’t argue with his winning, nor will…

  4. Gardenhire tops Washington for AL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up for Manager of the Year in five of his first eight seasons as the Twins’ skipper, including each of the past two seasons. Today he finally claimed the award for the first time, receiving 16 of 28 first-place votes to top Ron Washington of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the…

  5. Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    The BBWAA has voted, and Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year. Black beat out Dusty Baker by a single point, garnering 16 first place votes, seven second place votes and three third place votes.  Baker’s breakdown was 13, 12 and two.  Following Black and Baker on the list were Bruce Bochy,…

  6. Chan Ho Park and the Pirates have “mutual interest” in return

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Chan Ho Park

    General manager Neal Huntington told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that the Pirates and Chan Ho Park have mutual interest in the veteran reliever returning to Pittsburgh in 2011, but it sounds like Park would have to settle for a minor-league contract with an opportunity to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. He was…

  7. The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are talking to free agent Hideki Matsui. He makes sense if they can’t get anyone else to play DH. He can still hit the long ball, and there aren’t many places more conducive to the long ball than U.S. Cellular Field. I hope this holds off for a…

  8. Sandy Alderson not sold on Josh Thole as everyday catcher

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Before they were fired Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya both indicated that 24-year-old Josh Thole would likely be the Mets’ starting catcher in 2011 after playing regularly down the stretch as a rookie, but new general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t quite as sold on the idea. Alderson said yesterday that the Mets are “thin” at…

  9. Photo of the Day: Brian Wilson at some party

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    And you think he looks interesting in a baseball uniform.

  10. UPDATE: the Red Sox deny a $52 million ceiling for Beltre

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  This morning the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox would not offer Adrian Beltre in excess of four years, $52 million.  Theo Epstein has now denied that report to the Globe. This is one of those “who knows?” things. I mean, sure, you have to take Epstein at face value because that’s the…

  11. Hmmm, the “Eric Chavez is coming back” stories are early this year . . .

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. Or really any year after 2006: [Chavez's agent says] Chavez is handling “pretty strenuous workouts’’ five days a week at Athletes Performance in Arizona just fine and “from our perspective, is completely healthy . . . Eric’s looking…

  12. Coco Crisp is ‘looking for a live-in personal assistant (female)’

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Someone claiming to be A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has posted an ad on Craigslist “looking for a live-in personal assistant (female) that can help simplify my life.” Here’s the full text of the ad: Hi, My name is Covelli Crisp (Coco Crisp), i am a professional baseball player. Looking for a live-in personal assistant (Female)…

  13. White Sox GM expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the DL

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Jake Peavy has said that he hopes to be healthy by Opening Day following July shoulder surgery, but yesterday general manager Ken Williams noted that he may not begin throwing again until January and indicated that he expects the former Cy Young winner to begin 2011 on the disabled list: I’m preparing in my mind…

  14. The Ricketts’ proposal for Wrigley Field is wrongheaded and deceptive

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I was a day or two late into the whole Ricketts-want-public-money-for-Wrigley Field thing, and yesterday I spent more time trying to get Joe Ricketts or someone on record about it than reading deeply into the issue.  Note: the Ricketts’ spokespeople have still not returned my calls, so I can only assume that their response to…

  15. James Loney “is all but certain to” remain with the Dodgers

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Earlier this week Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that “James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are most willing to trade,” yet today Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Loney, despite rumors the team is looking to trade him, is all but certain to return at first base.” Two good reporters…

  16. The Rockies aren’t willing to go long on Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies have drawn a line in the sand and that they will not give free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa anything longer than a three-year deal. If he’s not interested, they’d prefer to go with Carl Pavano or Javier Vazquez to take his place. Deep…

  17. Tigers sign Joaquin Benoit to three-year, $16.5 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes says the deal is for three years and $16.5 million, with another $1 million in incentives each season. MLB Trade Rumors notes that it’s the biggest contract signed by a non-closer reliever since Scott Linebrink in November of 2007. ========== According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Tigers “are…

  18. The Yankees put pitching coach candidates to the test

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Like, literally, a test: Cashman has devised a process by which candidates fly up to New York, are given a specially culled videotape of Yankees pitchers to watch in the video room at Yankee Stadium, given a night to think about what they have seen and formulate solutions, and then present them in a rigorous…

  19. Mets haven’t approached Carlos Beltran about position switch

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Carlos Beltran admitted that he “would have to listen” if the Mets approached him about switching positions, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran and general manager Sandy Alderson spent Saturday together in Puerto Rico and the topic wasn’t broached. “The trip to Puerto Rico was not to accomplish…

  20. The Mets’ managerial interview process is “as close to a rigged event as possible”

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    As D.J. said last night, the Mets announced their second round of interviews, and they include Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman. But Joel Sherman is throwing cold water on the notion that this is truly a four-man race: I guess Hale, in particular, has a chance to throw a Hail Mary…

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