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  1. Ben Revere’s almost inside-the-park homer “didn’t feel good at all”

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Ben Revere, Alex Avila, Bill Miller

    Ben Revere made one of the most exciting outs I’ve ever seen last night, hitting a ball into the right-center field gap at spacious Comerica Park and getting thrown out at the plate in an inside-the-park homer attempt. Nearly every other player in baseball would have stopped at third base, but Revere’s incredible speed actually…

  2. Vernon Wells studied video of when he used to be good

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells returned to Toronto over the weekend for the first time since being traded to the Angels this offseason and took the opportunity to study the Blue Jays’ video library for footage of his prime. Wells told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “2006 is the year I’m concentrating on” because “that…

  3. Is televising the Little League World Series really necessary?

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Little League WS

    Jelisa Castrodale — who has the good sense to both (a) write for NBC; and (b) come from the same hometown as me — has a column up today about the Little League World Series. Specifically, about it being televised. And she wonders whether it’s too much: I know that ESPN is increasing the production values…

  4. Drew Pomeranz switches from Indians to Rockies to complete Ubaldo Jimenez trade

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Drew Pomeranz was always the centerpiece of the four-prospect package heading from the Indians to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez, but because the 2010 first-round pick wasn’t eligible to be traded on July 31 he was officially included as a “player to be named later.” Today marks the one-year anniversary of Pomeranz signing with the…

  5. The reactions to Jim Thome’s 600th are just as interesting as the feat itself

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    I offered to my congratulations to Jim Thome on his 600th home run in the recaps this morning. In response, my Twitter friend Ross offered the following: You say congrats to Thome but with your way [i.e. my not liking the DH]  he would have never got 600. This is why I like the DH,…

  6. Blue Jays pick Tyler Beede is only first-rounder not to sign

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    tyler beede

    Despite nearly every negotiation going down to the wire last night all but one first-round pick ultimately ended up signing, with No. 21 overall pick Tyler Beede turning down the Blue Jays’ offer to attend Vanderbilt. And according to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star the two sides weren’t even particularly close, with the Blue…

  7. Mets begin “transition” to Bobby Parnell as closer

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    Now that Jason Isringhausen has his 300th career save the Mets are ready to give Bobby Parnell a chance as their primary closer. Anthony DiComo of writes that “according to manager Terry Collins the transition to Parnell as closer begins now.” Parnell has just one career save, but he’s been a good setup man…

  8. Tom Hicks sued, accused of looting the Rangers to buy parking lots

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    A baseball owner is being accused of looting his team for tens of millions of dollars in order to buy parking lots.  Yeah, you know who I’m talking about. Oh, no. Actually it isn’t Frank McCourt.  It’s the Rangers’ former owner, Tom Hicks: Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks was sued Monday by the team’s post-bankruptcy…

  9. It’s official: Everyone has a podcast now

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    podcast logo

    After years of threatening I finally took the leap and started a podcast.

  10. Quote of the Day: Drayton McLane on the held-up sale of the Astros

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Drayton McLane

    Yesterday we learned that baseball is taking a longer look at the background of would-be Astros owner Jim Crane.  Today the current owner of the Astros, Drayton McLane, is quoted about that: “I have great respect for the commissioner, but he doesn’t do anything until he’s finished. He’s the most meticulous man I’ve ever met.”…

  11. Jorge Posada on 2012 plans: “I could catch next year”

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jorge posada yankees throwing

    I wrote yesterday about Jorge Posada‘s plans to continue playing next season and how that almost surely would mean leaving the Yankees, speculating that he’ll have a very hard time finding a guaranteed job because the market for 40-year-old designated hitters with .388 slugging percentages isn’t going to be pretty. It sounds like Posada had…

  12. The Dodgers hit into a triple play last night

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    There are some of you who don’t read “And That Happened” in the morning.  The stats tell me so. Which is fine. I mean, if you want to go through life with one hand tied behind your back, hey, your loss.  Like smoking and riding a motorcycle without a helmet, it’s totally your right to…

  13. Juan Nicasio visits Rockies clubhouse after neck surgery

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Juan Nicasio

    Juan Nicasio was back in the Rockies’ clubhouse yesterday, two weeks after suffering a broken neck when he was struck in the head by a line drive. Nisasio fractured his C-1 vertebrae and as Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes “actor Christopher Reeves was paralyzed after injuring the C-1.” Fortunately for Nicasio he’s already…

  14. Who’s next to 600 homers?

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Whenever someone wins their 300th game, we get a bunch of “no one will ever win 300 games again” columns. They’re fun until the next guy wins 300, which someone always has. I haven’t seen any “no one will hit 600 homers again” pieces, but I imagine someone is toying with one as we speak.…

  15. Carlos Zambrano’s apology tour is unlikely to be successful

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Zambrano may be going on an apology tour, but according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, it’s going to be unsuccessful. Wittenmyer takes the pulse of the Cubs’ front office and clubhouse and believes strongly that Zambrano has thrown his last pitch as a Cub. He calls Zambrano’s interview with part of…

  16. Jason Isringhausen notches his 300th save

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen saved the Mets victory over the Padres last night. It was save number 300 for his career. No, it’s not quite as impressive as Jim Thome hitting his 600th homer, but a round number is a round number, right? Like so many top closers, Isringhausen began his major league life as a starter.…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Twins' Thome watches his home-run hit against the Tigers, giving him 600 career home-runs, during their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit

    Twins 9, Tigers 6: Congratulations Jim Thome on home run number 599 and, the very next at bat, home run number 600.  For the record, his first one came against Steve Farr on October 4, 1991. I was a freshman in college and had a lush head of hair at the time. George H.W. Bush…

  18. Draft signings roundup: No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole gets $8 million bonus

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    MLB’s attempts at holding down draft pick bonuses again resulted in a wave of signings announced just after the midnight deadline.  This year, all but one first-round pick, the Blue Jays’ Tyler Beede, got a deal done. Top overall pick Gerrit Cole of the Pirates was one of 23 first-round picks to sign just prior to the deadline,…

  19. 600 homers or not, Thome was already Hall-worthy

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT


    Jim Thome joined an elite club on Monday night when he became the eighth player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs. Now that the Minnesota Twins designated hitter has reached such a special milestone, be prepared to hear the question: “Does this make Jim Thome a Hall of Famer?” I’ve got news for…

  20. Cole Hamels undergoes precautionary MRI on left shoulder

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels blamed his poor performance Friday on a dead arm, but the Phillies aren’t taking any chances with their prized left-hander. According to Leslie Gudel of, the Phillies sent Hamels for a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder today. The results aren’t yet available. Hamels gave up three runs on six hits and…

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