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  1. Nelson Doubleday feels sorry for the Wilpons

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday when asked to comment on the Wilpons’ struggles: “I’m just very sorry. I don’t know what they were doing. It is none of my business so I stay out of it. I’m just very sorry.” I have no reason to doubt Doubleday’s sincerity when he talks about how sorry he…

  2. Comment of the Day: II Super Bowl Ratings Edition

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    The Black Eyed Peas and guitarist Slash

    Thank God for the Super Bowl halftime show. If it hadn’t happened, I would have had to use some other reason to post a picture of Slash. Such as “he is totally awesome.”

  3. Phil Hughes blames inconsistent changeup for second-half fade, but do the numbers agree?

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    Phil Hughes 2

    Phil Hughes discussed his second-half struggles with Brian Costello of the New York Post and explained that relying less and less on his changeup during a successful first half caused the pitch to lose effectiveness when he needed it down the stretch. Hughes made his first All-Star team by going 11-2 with a 3.65 ERA…

  4. Nick Swisher is a social media superstar. And that’s good news for all of us.

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    There’s a story over at the Wall Street Journal today about how Nick Swisher has enhanced his personal brand, as they say, and is on track to be a bigtime product endorsement dude because of his social media cachet (i.e. he Twitters real good): Mr. Swisher is a good player but is not on a…

  5. So, Pete Rose and two franchise cornerstones walk into a bar in Las Vegas …

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    If you run the Rockies or the Rays, how happy are you to hear that a gossip sheet is running a pic of Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria standing next to Pete Rose in Las Vegas? I’m sure it was all innocent, but if you put it just the right (or wrong) way, it has…

  6. Carlos Santana cleared to resume all baseball activities

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Carlos Santana

    Last month general manager Chris Antonetti expressed confidence that Carlos Santana would be ready for spring training following season-ending knee surgery in early August and today the Indians announced that he’s officially been cleared to resume all baseball activities. Santana suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury in a home plate collision on August 2, but met…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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