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  1. Jeff Bagwell explains why he chose not to return as Astros hitting coach

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Jeff Bagwell left his special assistant gig in Houston’s front office to take over as the Astros’ hitting coach when Sean Berry was fired at the All-Star break and the offense actually showed some significant improvement in the second half despite trading away Lance Berkman. However, last week the former MVP turned down a two-year…

  2. The best “intangibles” column you’ll read all day

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

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    I’m torn on this World Series preview from CBS Sports.com’s Larry Dobrow. On the one hand, it’s almost certainly a sharp-as-a-tack satire of every hack columnist’s “intangibles” analysis.  On the other hand, it’s so spot-on that you just know people are going to link it without realizing it’s satire. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if…

  3. Report: Tigers “are deeply interested in Carl Crawford”

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford will obviously have no shortage of suitors when he hits the open market as a free agent next month and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers will be among the many teams making a run at the speedy outfielder. According to Rosenthal the Tigers “are deeply interested in Crawford” and…

  4. HBT Daily: World Series Game 1 Preview

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Pfun Pfact: the guy who wrote the teleprompter stuff for Tiffany is a Phillies fan. And though Tiff was a pro and skipped over it, “Cody Ross” was written with a rather profane middle name!

  5. No love lost between Bengie Molina and Brian Sabean

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    I missed this last week, but apparently Brian Sabean said that he had planned on trading Bengie Molina all along: Giants GM Brian Sabean revealed Wednesday that he knew from the moment he signed Molina that the club would trade him later in the summer . . . “That was the plan almost going all…

  6. Scouting the World Series umpiring crew

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Ron Washington, John Hirschbeck

    Jeff Zimmerman of Fan Graphs crunched the numbers on the umpiring crew assigned to the World Series, using Pitch-F/X data along with strikeout and walk rates to rank the six umpires from most pitcher-friendly to most hitter-friendly: Bill Miller John Hirschbeck Mike Winters Gary Darling Sam Holbrook Jeff Kellogg Hirschbeck, who in addition to being…

  7. Jeff Francoeur: voice of reason

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    This morning I agreed with Jeff Francoeur’s take on that “Team of Destiny” rebop, and now I’m finding him to be 100% on-point when it comes to the idea of expanding the playoffs: “Obviously it’s going to get more people in the postseason. But baseball’s so unique because only eight teams go. In football you…

  8. Nationals officially sticking with Jim Riggleman as manager

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    In a move viewed as little more than a formality, the Nationals have officially exercised their 2011 option on manager Jim Riggleman rather than buying him out for $100,000. “He is a terrific baseball manager,” general manager Mike Rizzo told Bailey Stephens of MLB.com. “He has great respect from his peers in this game. When…

  9. Dallas lawyer files the greatest Motion for Continuance ever

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    A motion for continuance is when you ask the court to postpone a hearing or a trial or something because you or your client can’t make it or need more time or whatever. They’re often used in the case of medical emergencies, conflicts with other cases, newly discovered evidence that needs more time to be…

  10. Tigers “expected” to re-sign free agent-to-be Jhonny Peralta

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Last week the Tigers kept Brandon Inge from hitting the open market by signing him to a two-year, $11.5 million deal and now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they’re “expected” to retain impending free agent Jhonny Peralta as well. Peralta went from Cleveland to Detroit in a July 28 trade and hit just…

  11. Check your grandpa’s safe deposit box for Honus Wagner cards

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Back when we were kids, my brother used to believe that if you searched enough glove compartments in auto junkyards, you’d eventually find a Honus Wagner card. My dad and I used to tell him that he was silly, and that given how valuable the thing was, you could bet your bippy that collectors have…

  12. Bengie Molina leaning toward retiring after the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    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

    Bengie Molina is in the unique position of getting a World Series ring even if the Rangers lose, as the veteran catcher spent the first half of the season with the Giants before being traded on July 1. He’s guaranteed some new jewelry and will pad his wallet with a playoff share from both teams,…

  13. Quote of the Day: C.J. Wilson on playing by the Bay

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I wish C.J. Wilson wasn’t Straight Edge, because I’d really like to go have a beer with this guy.

  14. How the Rangers became good

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Will McDonald at Royals Review has read every single story that has been written about how the Rangers became successful, and has distilled it into one compact post. And if anything, I think he’s understating how much credit Nolan Ryan is being given by the national media types.

  15. Finding common ground between San Francisco and Dallas

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Bush Pelosi

    I’m a bit surprised we haven’t heard as much about the San Francisco-Dallas culture clash leading up to the World Series. I mean, really, what is a sporting event without people reducing two large, diverse, mutli-cultural metropolitan areas to their most crude and basic stereotypes?  I want to hear more about how this is a…

  16. Lawyer quits job to watch the Texas Rangers in the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Will litigate for food

    OK, I’ve found something dumber than believing that your team is fated to win the World Series. Quitting your job to go watch them win (or maybe lose) the World Series. Meet Boris Briskin: The Plano native has been dreaming the Rangers would make it to the World Series since he was 10 years old.…

  17. Rangers and Giants: Teams of Destiny

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Manifest Destiny

    In the past 72 hours I have been on a handful of radio shows, and each time the host has asked me if I agreed that the Rangers looked like a “team of destiny.”  Well, not all of them. Some of them have asked me if I agreed that the Giants looked like  a “team…

  18. Cliff Lee brushes off the fan spitting stuff

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I continue to maintain that the “fans spit on Kristen Lee” thing is being blown way out of proportion. If you’re going to take anything from her comments it’s not that, which was a brief, one-sentence aside. It’s the several things she had to say about liking Dallas, wanting to be close to Arkansas and…

  19. CC Sabathia to have knee surgery

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    And you thought Yankees fans were freaking out at the possibility of not landing Cliff Lee before? CC Sabathia was diagnosed with a minor meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery, The Post has learned. Sabathia was diagnosed yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming…

  20. UPDATE: Mets to hire Sandy Alderson as GM

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:16 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will hire Sandy Alderson as general manager. Worst kept secret ever? Expect an official announcement later this week, likely on Friday. I have lived — and suffered — through the Mets making some pretty stupid decisions in my lifetime, but I really believe this will not…

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