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  1. Should Bud Selig reverse the call and award Galarraga the perfect game?

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    That’s the question a dozen people have asked me so far. People are tweeting about it. Even my wife — who knows nothing about any of this aside from the fact that I’m banging out copy about it at 10:00PM about — asked “why can’t they just fix the call?”  Let’s unpack: Can Bud reverse…

  2. Jim Joyce: "I cost that kid a perfect game"

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce speaks after the blown call: “I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career.” With that there can be no further objection to the implementation of instant replay.

  3. Instant. Replay. Now.

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    We’ve all seen it. We can’t un-see it. And because we’ve seen it — and because we’ll watch it over and over again for the next 48 hours or longer — we know it’s wrong. But baseball won’t see it. Not officially. Baseball has decided against the expansion of instant replay beyond home run calls.…

  4. Jim Joyce's bad call costs Armando Galarraga perfect game

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It would have been 27 up, 27 down for Armando Galarraga, the unprecedented third perfect game of the 2010 season. But Jim Joyce had something to say about that. The first-base umpire made a bad call on a bang-bang play that should have ended the game against the Indians, denying Galarraga a place in history.…

  5. Overrated, yet still great, Ken Griffey Jr. left a mark

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    A massive talent with a big smile he wore constantly, Ken Griffey Jr. burst onto the scene in 1989, hitting 16 homers and finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting despite playing the entire season at age 19. Griffey just made it look so easy. And there were times in his mid-20s…

  6. Quote of the Day II: Jose Canseco

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    I see myself in the future managing a team. I would love to start as a hitting instructor or a first base or third base coach and eventually when this whole steroid era blows over become a manager of a Major League Baseball organization. – Jose Canseco, not letting the lowlife scumbag jealous haters keep…

  7. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. opts for retirement

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Wednesday that Ken Griffey Jr. has opted to retire, effective immediately. Griffey, the 1997 AL MVP, was hitting just .184/.250/.204 and was homerless in 98 at-bats this season. He lost playing time to Mike Sweeney last month and saw his role decrease even further with Milton Bradley back from the…

  8. Messing around with early-season playoff odds

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The great folks at Baseball Prospectus are once again running playoff odds for all 30 MLB teams, using a formula that plays out the rest of the 2010 season 1,000,000 times.  With pretty much every division up for grabs through June 2, it’s at least a fun thing to look at. Not to spoil the…

  9. A-Rod and Seacrest, with their powers combined…

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    The HardballTalk audience is probably a little too manly for this next item, but we’re throwing it out there anyway.  Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez appeared on the L.A.-based Ryan Seacrest Show today and touched on a few things, like drilling Indians pitcher David Huff in the head last week, possibly being chosen as an All-Star…

  10. HardballTalk Extra: adventures in basement broadcasting

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    So this is the first edition of HardballTalk Extra, which is the name we’re giving this little video adventure. Today Tiffany Simons — who is a total pro and knows what she’s doing — and I — a complete amateur who literally filmed his half of this from his freakin’ basement — talk about Oliver…

  11. Strasburg's last minor league start to air on Versus tomorrow

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his last minor league start tomorrow. Cool thing about it: it will be nationally-televised, as Versus will have the broadcast.  The game — the first baseball game Versus has ever broadcast — will start at 1:05 P.M.  Strasburg takes on the Buffalo Bisons. May God have mercy on their souls. Here’s…

  12. Carlos Zambrano to be on pitch count in first start

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano is set to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation tomorrow against the Pirates and Lou Piniella revealed that he’ll be limited to about 90 pitches in his first start since April 20. Zambrano stretched out a bit with a 73-pitch simulated game last week, but he hasn’t thrown more than 35 pitches in a real…

  13. Jorge Posada comes off the DL

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    The Yankees activated Jorge Posada from the 15-day disabled list this afternoon after the future Hall of Famer — I think so anyway? What say you? — recovered more quickly than anticipated from a hairline fracture in his right foot. The Bombers were going to wait until after batting practice today to announce the corresponding…

  14. Message sent: the Braves Sweep the Phillies, take a 2.5 game lead

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 this afternoon behind a stellar outing from Derek Lowe and some timely hitting from Omar Infante, who was subbing for a banged up Chipper Jones.  Lowe gave up one run on six hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts. He was helped by a couple of timely double plays…

  15. Giants may be ready to call up Pat Burrell already

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell is 5-for-12 with a homer in four games at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Giants last week and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that he could be called up as soon as this weekend. San Francisco’s offense ranks 13th in OPS and 14th in runs scored, but…

  16. All-Star voting update: Still too many Phillies, not enough Morneau

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I know the All-Star Game approaches the irrelevant and that early vote totals are even less relevant than the game, but I just can’t help myself.  The leaders so far: American League C:  Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson Cano3B: Evan LongoriaSS: Derek JeterOF: Ichiro, Nelson Cruz, Carl CrawfordDH: Vlad Guerrero Comments: unchanged since last week.…

  17. Rockies get Franklin Morales back from DL and Huston Street isn't far behind

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Out since May 5 with a strained shoulder, Franklin Morales was activated from the disabled list today and bullpen-mate Huston Street may not be far behind. Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post notes that Street reported no problems following a 20-pitch simulated game yesterday, so barring a setback he’ll begin a brief rehab assignment Friday…

  18. Jayson Werth can't buy a break

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth has an RBI single today so it’s not been a total loss or anything, but the dude is still suffering from severely bad luck. I’m watching the Braves-Phillies game, and Werth leads off the sixth. He smacks one up the middle which should have been a single, but Derek Lowe manages to kick…

  19. Quote of the Day: You'll shoot your eye out!

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m wondering how long it will be before a player suffers a detached retina or is placed on the disabled list with temporary blindness after getting smacked with a shaving-cream pie during a postgame TV interview. – Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times, channeling your mother and wringing his hands over post-game celebrations that kill…

  20. White Sox, Mariners, and Rangers reportedly interested in Mike Lowell

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Now that David Ortiz is hitting again the Red Sox have found almost zero playing time for Mike Lowell, giving him a grand total of three starts and 17 plate appearances in the past three weeks. Lowell has made it clear that he’d welcome a trade, noting last month that third baseman Adrian Beltre and…

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