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  1. Russell Martin has lost 15 pounds via MMA training

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia taps the yips away. Big deal: Russell Martin will make you tap out, brother!  (er, sorry. I have no idea what I’m talking about): It wasn’t as if Russell Martin was preparing to grapple with Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell or his favorite Mixed Martial Arts star, fellow Montreal native Georges St. Pierre. Martin…

  2. Ross Ohlendorf beats Pirates in arbitration hearing to match his 2010 win total

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Ross Ohlendorf

    In the first arbitration hearing of the year Ross Ohlendorf has defeated the Pirates, meaning the 28-year-old right-hander will receive $2.025 million this season rather than the $1.4 million figure submitted by the team. Ohlendorf won the case despite going 1-11 in 21 starts last season, which means he already has as many victories in…

  3. Must-Click Link: ballparks that were never built

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    UPDATE:  It seems that the traffic to the ballpark pics place from HBT and many other sites is crushing the servers.  Last I checked, the stadium renderings were mostly down.  Bookmark it, though, and head back later. It’s well worth it. Say goodbye to your day: This page contains images/drawings/renderings of ballparks that never made…

  4. Another Nationals catching prospect suspended

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Hector Taveras nationals

    Last week Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games after testing positive for banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. Yesterday another Nationals catching prospect, 22-year-old Hector Taveras, was suspended 25 games after he was, according to the Associated Press, “found in possession of an unauthorized syringe.” First-time violators of the Minor League Drug…

  5. Joba Chamberlain is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    UPDATE:  Erik Boland talked to Chamberlain.  Joba says his added weight is muscle, and is the result of adding a home gym this winter.  So there. 11:oo AM: CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds. If you believe this tweet from the Post’s Brian Costello a few minutes ago, Joba Chamberlain may have found some of them: Joba…

  6. Sorry Daily News: The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their Brooklyn throwback uniforms

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Brooklyn Dodgers

    Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while.  It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about…

  7. Giants sign Elmer Dessens to a minor league contract

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    elmer-dessens-mets

    Elmer Dessens has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Giants, with Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal will pay $600,000 if the veteran right-hander makes the team out of spring training. Dessens spent the past two seasons with the Mets and posted a 2.71 ERA in 80 innings, but that success…

  8. Morneau is taking batting practice, feeling good

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EST

    Morneau catch

    I have no idea what I’d be doing if I was a Twins fan these days. Probably freaking out a lot, knowing that the season could very well hinge on Justin Morneau‘s recovery from the least understood malady affecting athletes this side of the yips.  Unfortunately, the placebo effect of tapping various parts of one’s…

  9. The Mets sign Casey Fossum

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Casey Fossum

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have signed Casey Fossum.  Fossum, a lefty, will bolster the bullpen. I don’t include this because it’s a major deal. It’s not.  I include it because Casey Fossum is one of those guys whose existence I completely and utterly forgot.  I had to go check…

  10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia taps the yips away

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:05 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox catcher Saltalamacchia holds up the ball after forcing out Toronto Blue Jays' Lind at the plate in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Boston

    Interesting story by Gordon Edes about Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s struggles to get over the throwing yips that plagued him down in Texas.  The key: working with sports psychologists, including an expert on yips who has developed a unique system: The system, he said, is modeled after the pressure points found in acupuncture. And athletes with the…

  11. Leave A-Rod alone!

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    Or: another great moment in self-awareness

  12. The Wilpons have more than just the bankruptcy trustee to worry about

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Feeding Frenzy

    For those of you following the Wilpon/Mets/Madoff train wreck, there’s a fascinating story in today’s New York Times which suggests that the Wilpons’ legal problems may just be getting started. The upshot: when Madoff got arrested, the Wilpons and Saul Katz were strapped. Coming to their rescue: as many as eight banks who provided them…

  13. Jose Canseco is going to write a third book

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

    Canseco book

    I’d probably mock this a bit more if Snooki, JWoww and The Situation hadn’t already gotten book deals. I mean, those guys make Canseco seem like F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unlike in 2005 and 2008 – when his books “Juiced” and “Vindicated” named baseball stars in the same sentence with PED use – Canseco, who has…

  14. Report: The Rockies are out on Michael Young

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:54 AM EST

    Michael Young bats

    We’ve heard the Rockies mentioned as a potential destination for Michael Young dating back to the winter meetings, so many have considered them an obvious fit now that the 34-year-old infielder has formally requested a trade. They are even one of the eight places where Young said he would approve a trade. If only it…

  15. The Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Just in case you had an iota of doubt in your mind that the Vernon Wells deal was all about payroll relief, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera. Rivera is set to earn $5.25 million this season after which he will become a free agent. Rosenthal…

  16. Johan Santana hasn’t begun throwing a baseball

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:21 PM EST

    Johan Santana throwing

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that while Johan Santana hasn’t begun throwing a baseball yet, he is throwing other stuff: Mets doctor David Altchek cleared Santana to begin tossing a baseball on Jan. 14, but Santana’s physical therapist in Fort Myers, Fla., preferred the ace first replicate throwing motions doing other excercises. So…

  17. The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    Ross Ohlendorf

    The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB. Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was…

  18. The deadline to sign Albert Pujols is a little earlier than we thought

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    It was reported last month that Albert Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano would cut off contract talks with the Cardinals if an extension wasn’t reached by spring training. We have been operating under the assumption that his self-imposed deadline was going to be February 19. Turns out he’ll be an early arrival. ESPN.com and…

  19. CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    Buster Olney says that CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds this winter.  To which I say: wow. Still, I’m not going to slap with this with “best shape of his life” for a couple of reasons.  Most directly, because I remember when CC was a young Cleveland Indian, and it would probably take more than…

  20. After 3 1/2 years, Rays place Ruggiano on waivers

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Justin Ruggiano

    The Rays have had talent bursting from the seams for years now, yet for some reason, they had never gotten around to replacing Justin Ruggiano on their 40-man roster until finally making the Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon signings official today. Ruggiano, along with Cuban defector Leslie Anderson, were designated for assignment to make room…

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