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  1. Andres Torres is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Andres Torres swinging

    I’ve noticed that baseball writers are actually using the phrase “best shape of his life” less and less. Probably because it’s becoming a cliche.  But here the writers’ conscientiousness works against them! Yes, they are professional enough to quickly eshew cliche in their own writing, but they are also required by the same devotion to professionalism…

  2. For the one thousandth time: NFL and MLB TV ratings are apples and oranges

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    old TV

    Dejan Kovacevic writes this morning: One argument often heard in Major League Baseball circles is that the best way to get great TV ratings for the World Series is to have two very large markets in the equation. Oh, really? The Steelers-Packers Super Bowl, comprised of two markets that are among the smallest in professional sports,…

  3. Dirty little secret: Michael Young simply isn’t all that great

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Michael Young

    All the drama between the Rangers and Michael Young is receiving an incredible amount of attention, but lost in the never-ending speculation about where he’ll wind up is that … well, Young just isn’t that great. Texas made the mistake of giving Young a five-year contract that pays him like a superstar and six straight…

  4. Catching up with Brooks Conrad

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    While the winter is an awful, awful thing for a baseball fan, it has served one healing purpose for Braves fans: it has allowed us to forget about Brooks Conrad’s follies in the NLDS against the Giants.  In case you wanted to relive it, however — or if you actually want to find reasons not…

  5. Koji Uehara, not Kevin Gregg, will enter spring training as the Orioles’ closer

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com writes that Koji Uehara will head into spring training as the Orioles’ closer despite Baltimore signing Kevin Gregg to a two-year, $10 million contract this offseason. Gregg has far more closing experience, saving 37 games last season and a total of 121 games during the previous four years, but if healthy…

  6. Comment of the Day: Kidney Donation edition

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    David Lewis

    HardballTalk: the only baseball blog on the Internet where you can expect nihilist snark and despairing cynicism to immediately follow a heart warming story. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  7. Bengie Molina may or may not retire

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    When Andy Pettitte retired he said it was because he didn’t have the hunger anymore. No one will ever accuse a Molina of not being sufficiently hungry. For Bengie, it comes down to the Benjamins: “We haven’t decided yet. There’s a couple of [teams interested], but they’re not offering what we want, for sure. I don’t…

  8. The Dodgers have inquired about Michael Young

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Michael Young swinging

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have “had preliminary talks” with the Rangers about Michael Young. Gurnick reports, however, that a trade to the Dodgers is “a very long shot.” As D.J. noted last night Young is from Southern California and the Dodgers are on his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade.…

  9. Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter donates a kidney to one of his players

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Tom Walter

    When a guy makes a boneheaded play and the manager defends him during the presser after the game, that manager is called a “player’s manager.”  We’re probably going to need a new term to describe the lengths Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter goes for his guys: When Tom Walter recruits players, he often describes the family…

  10. Jim Tracy is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Well, maybe of his managerial life. Because, it seems, that his collapse at the Winter Meetings that threw a scare into everyone wasn’t the first time that’s happened to him.  According to Jannie McCauley of the Associated Press, Tracy has been having issues with dizziness and fatigue for several years, and the fainting down in Florida…

  11. Great. People are calling Mark Cuban.

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    I was somewhat sympathetic to Mark Cuban last week when he got out in front of the Mets speculation by saying “nope, not interested.”  I mean, everyone always mentions his name when this stuff happens, so good for him for heading it off at the pass. Sadly, it seems, that when it comes to getting…

  12. Rockies and Angels among places where Michael Young would accept a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:51 PM EST

    Michael Young AP

    Sources have told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the eight teams where Michael Young would accept a trade. Drumroll: They are the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres. Young is from Southern California, so it’s no surprise to see the Dodgers, Angels and Padres on this list. Of course, this doesn’t mean the…

  13. Michael Young: “I’ve been misled and manipulated”

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

    Michael Young swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com speculated earlier this evening that despite Michael Young‘s desire for a trade, he would still likely open spring training with the team. Well, judging by Young’s comments to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News earlier tonight, the Rangers may have no choice but to deal him away. “I’ve kept a…

  14. What’s going on with Jake Peavy?

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    Jake Peavy shoulder

    We’re about to find out. Jake Peavy is expected to provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery during a conference call tomorrow, according to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Peavy posted a 4.63 ERA over his first 17 starts last season before suffering a detached lat muscle near his right…

  15. Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Aaron Miles gritty

    The Dodgers announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Miles will earn a salary of $500,000 if he makes the team. As evidenced by the picture to the right, Miles is usually associated with…

  16. Rangers confirm that Michael Young has requested a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Michael Young ap

    UPDATE: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that a major source of the friction between the two sides is that the club was attempting to trade Young, but telling him otherwise. Now he wants out of Texas, but the Rangers are reluctant to deal him. In a word, awkward. 6:22 PM: Confirming what Tim Brown of…

  17. David Wright feels bad for the Wilpons

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    David Wright

    Kevin Kernan is down in Port St. Luice and he caught up with early spring training arrival David Wright.  Wright opined about the Wilpon-Madoff mess: “I’ve become very close with the Wilpon family over the years.  They’ve done a lot for me. And I feel for them, just having to go through this. I called Jeff…

  18. Which Cubs game did Ferris Bueller go to?

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Bueller

    You guys know Larry Granillo from Wezen-Ball, right?  The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude: On his day off, Ferris Bueller had quite the adventure. From “borrowing” the 1961 Ferrari 250GT of his best friend’s unforgiving father to visiting both the…

  19. Frank McCourt has a pretty spiffy malpractice suit heating up

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Saw this coming since September:  Frank McCourt has fired his old law firm and his old law firm has hired its own law firm that specializes in defending legal malpractice suits. This all the result of Jamie McCourt winning the battle over that marital property agreement that was supposed to have the Dodgers being Frank’s…

  20. Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are talking two-year contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Josh Hamilton and the Rangers “are making progress towards settling his contract situation so that they will not have to go to an arbitration hearing” and “have discussed a two-year contract.” Hamilton is arbitration eligible both this season and next, so a two-year deal would simply give the Rangers…

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