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

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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

  2. 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.”…

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

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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 CSNChicago.com part of…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 600 homers or not, Thome was already Hall-worthy

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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 CSNPhilly.com, 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…

  13. Jim Thome becomes eighth player in MLB history to reach 600 home runs

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    UPDATE: Jim Thome has done it! Thome just launched an opposite field three-run blast off left-hander Daniel Schlereth in the top of the seventh inning to reach the 600-home run plateau. The veteran slugger was greeted at home plate by his teammates and hugged his family on the field before returning to the dugout. Thome…

  14. Padres prospect Drew Cumberland forced into retirement

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drew Cumberland

    A hat-tip to Baseball America for pointing out the Pensacola News Journal story on Drew Cumberland, a Padres prospect whose career is now over because of an inner-ear condition known as bilateral vestibulopathy. Cumberland was a supplemental first-round pick in 2007.  He hit .350/.385/.505 with seven homers and 21 steals between high-A Lake Elsinore and…

  15. Carlos Zambrano says he wants to stay with the Cubs

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Big Z’s annual apology tour is off and running. Carlos Zambrano just spoke with David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, giving his first public comments since being ejected from Friday’s game against the Braves and walking out on the team. You’ll be shocked to learn that not only does he regret his actions, he wants to remain with…

  16. With Delmon Young in Detroit, Magglio Ordonez is done as a regular

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Manager Jim Leyland said Monday he plans to play new arrival Delmon Young in left, Austin Jackson in center and Brennan Boesch in right, leaving no room for Magglio Ordonez in the Tigers’ remade outfield. “That’s as honest as I can be,” Leyland said. “That’s the way the situation is.” Upon returning from the DL in…

  17. Yankees unlikely to call up top prospect Manny Banuelos

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    There’s been plenty of talk of the Yankees trying southpaw Manny Banuelos, their top pitching prospect, as a reliever next month, but GM Brian Cashman said it probably won’t happen. “You may or may not see him. It’s more likely you won’t see him,’’ Cashman said. “There are no plans for him to join us. He…

  18. Delmon Young thinks it’ll be a cakewalk now

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    After being penciled into the third spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera in Detroit’s order in his first game as a Tiger, Delmon Young had this to say: I’ve never been in that situation before, where I have a Hall of Fame-type player behind me Except, you know, Jim Thome.  And hitting behind Joe Mauer and Justin…

  19. Rangers planning Shannon Stone statue

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    The Rangers will honor firefighter Shannon Stone with a statue set to be unveiled next year. The statue, which is tentatively set to be named Rangers Fans, will feature Stone along with his 6-year-old son, Cooper.  The two were at the game together when Shannon Stone tumbled over a Rangers Ballpark railing catching a thrown ball from…

  20. Doctors say Bryan Stow “has made significant improvement”

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    San Francisco General Hospital chief of neurosurgery Dr. Geoff Manley gave a progress report today on Bryan Stow that matches the optimism level expressed by his family last week. According to the Associated Press, he “has made significant improvement” and “is responding well to surgery last week to replace a missing skull fragment.” Last week…

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