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  1. Must-click link: The tortured life of Eric Show

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Those of us who have even heard of Eric Show probably can only say a few things about him.  He pitched for the Padres in the 80s. He gave up Pete Rose’s 4,192nd hit. He was kind of a freaky John Birch Society guy.  He had serious substance abuse issues that led to his death.…

  2. Johan Santana to have season-ending surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana’s season is over: An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.  The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the…

  3. Pete Rose: be nice to the Commissioner of Baseball

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Rick Reilly asked Pete Rose what he thought about Fay Vincent’s recent statement that Bud Selig should not allow Rose to participate in a ceremony honor the 1970s Reds this weekend: “Fay Vincent’s never had a nice thing to say about me in his whole life. That’s fine with me. But he’s bashing the commissioner.…

  4. Whoever runs the Yankee Stadium scoreboard is a math nerd

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Via the Orioles blog CamdenChat.com comes this photo of what the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium displayed when Felix Pie came to the plate. In terms of math humor found on scoreboards at MLB ballparks that has to be near the top of the list, although it loses a little something just because Felix actually pronounces…

  5. HBT Daily: Yankees edition

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    You may not believe me, but it’s true: we’ve probably spent less time on HBT Daily talking about the Yankees than any other team. Let’s rectify that, shall we?

  6. Heath Bell to Padres fans: Where were you?

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    I’m assuming this is the real Heath Bell’s Twitter account, because if it were a fake you’d think it would be more interesting.  In any event, here’s what the person we’re pretty sure is the Padres’ closer tweeted after last night’s game: I wanted to know where are the padre fans????????? Not at the park.…

  7. Start-by-start comparison of CC Sabathia vs. Felix Hernandez

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Leave it to the great Joe Posnanski to jump into the ongoing debate about win-loss records swirling around CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez with a unique and interesting angle. Posnanski went through each pitcher’s starts and compared them, game by game. He found that Hernandez had the better performance 17 times, while Sabathia had the…

  8. OK, maybe Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks are not close to a deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal expands on Peter Gammons thing about Kevin Towers this morning, but simultaneously goes a long way towards contradicting it. Yes, the Diamondbacks are interested in Towers, Rosenthal says, but (a) they haven’t spoken with him yet (contradicting Gammons’ implication that it’s all but a done deal); and (b) Towers probably wants way more…

  9. Cardinals sticking with Kyle Lohse in the starting rotation

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse has a 10.31 ERA in four starts since returning from the forearm surgery that sidelined him for three months and he’s 2-7 with a 7.13 ERA in 13 starts overall this season, but the Cardinals are sticking with him in the rotation and he’ll face the Braves on Sunday night. Tony La Russa…

  10. Nyjer Morgan is getting a big talking-to today

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his 176 day suspension (estimated) began at 10AM this morning.  Word around the Twitterverse is that it was still going on as of ten minutes ago.  I realize he’s been a bad boy and everything, but I’m having a hard time seeing why it would take that long to (a) let…

  11. Silicon Valley execs want the A's in San Jose

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    The Silicon Valley Leadership group has sent a letter to Bud Selig in support of the Athletics moving to San Jose.  You can read a press release about it and — if you click an extra link — a copy of the letter here.  It’s signed by the CEOs of Cisco, Yahoo!, eBay, Adobe and…

  12. Yankees prospect Jesus Montero has "minor" ankle surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yankees prospect Jesus Montero is expected to miss the Triple-A playoffs after undergoing what Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News calls “surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle.” But before prospect buffs and Yankees fans freak out too much, general manager Brian Cashman called the surgery “minor.” Montero reportedly was almost…

  13. John Lindsey gets his first major league at bat

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, John Lindsey got his first big league at bat last night.  He saw three pitches. A ball, a foul ball and then he flew to center.  But let no man say he hasn’t taken his hacks in the bigs.  Video of his at bat can be seen here.…

  14. Deep thoughts: the Wild Card and pennant races

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jayson Stark spends an awful lot of time in his latest column explaining how adding a second wild card team in each league would fix the problem of division races like that in the AL East being basically meaningless.  He goes so far as to sketch out how it would work mechanically, how the schedule…

  15. I'm on Team Colby: Rasmus goes 4-for-4 with two homers

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus has decided to simply let his bat do the talking while Cardinals Nation divides itself into “Team Colby” and “Team TLR” over his well-publicized beef with manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in a blowout win over the Braves last night and is now…

  16. If you're going to penalize CarGo for Coors Field, you have to credit Ubaldo

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Hitters are penalized for the advantages Coors Field provides them. Why then, don’t we credit the pitchers?

  17. First-year manager Brad Mills quietly has Astros playing well

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Brad Mills’ managerial career got off to a rough start, as the Astros stumbled out of the gates with eight straight losses, had the majors’ worst record through two months at 17-34, and began trading away veterans a short time later. However, since the calendar flipped to June the Astros have quietly gone 50-39 for…

  18. The Yankee Stadium parking garages are losing money

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York City issued a bunch of bonds to build parking garages around Yankee Stadium. Seems that way fewer people are parking in them than expected, however, the garages have lost money both last year and this year and now it looks like the garage operator is going to default on rent payments to the…

  19. Mark Ellis may be finished in Oakland after nine seasons

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Ellis has spent his entire nine-year career in Oakland, making him the longest-tenured A’s player on the active roster, but as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News writes he may not be back in 2011. Ellis is finishing up a two-year, $11 million contract and the A’s have a $6 million option…

  20. Adam Dunn, Nyjer Morgan probably won't be on the Nats next year

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Holden Kushner of CSN Washington writes today that there is little if any chance that the Nats are going to bring back Nyjer Morgan or Adam Dunn next year. I get Morgan — that bit could have been placed in that last post about obvious news — but I’m still wondering why Washington doesn’t seem…

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