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  1. Why shouldn't Mets fans be happy that Manuel and Minaya got canned?

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday, after the Minaya and Manuel firings, a number of New York (or New Yorky) writers made a point to talk about how great those guys are, how sad it is that they’re losing their jobs and how unseemly it was that Mets fans and bloggers were expressing happiness about the moves. I thought it…

  2. Yankees to use CC Sabathia on short rest rather than start A.J. Burnett in ALDS

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett is in the second season of a five-year, $82.5 million contract, but the Yankees don’t even trust him enough to start Game 4 of the ALDS and will instead bump Burnett from the rotation while using CC Sabathia on short rest. And it’s tough to blame them, because Burnett is 1-7 with a…

  3. Rockies exercise $2.5 million option on Miguel Olivo for 2011

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo followed up a big first half by hitting .193 after the All-Star break, but finished with a solid .269/.315/.449 line in 112 games overall and will be back in Colorado next season after the Rockies’ exercised their $2.5 million team option for 2011. Olivo either figures to split time behind the plate with…

  4. Two things you didn't know about Hideki Matsui

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Thing number one: Angels GM Tony Reagins hasn’t totally ruled out bringing him back for 2011: “Would I say that it’s completely out of the likelihood that he’ll be back? I can’t say that at this point. You never know.” Eh, I’m going to assume that’s just polite talk, because the Angels likely aren’t going…

  5. Why must the Mets copy anyone?

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday one of the ESPN talking heads — I want to say Olney, but it may have been someone else — said, after the Mets fired Omar Minaya, that they need a GM who can make a big splash and who can “compete with the Yankees.”  I thought this was silly, because an argument can…

  6. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell a possibility in Toronto

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    CSN New England is reporting that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is in the running for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy and is said to be on Toronto’s “short list.”  CSN is also saying that there’s a possibility that he could be interviewed for the Mariners job as well. Farrell has declined interviews with…

  7. Deep Thought: How the fans of playoff teams feel at the moment

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    With no games on last night I spent most of the evening screwin’ around on the Internet, trying to start fights on message boards and that sort of thing.  In the course of my virtual travels, I spoke (more or less) with fans of every playoff team.  Based on these conversations, I’ve figured something out:…

  8. Poll: What do you think of MLB's unwritten rules?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    Bob Harkins has written a story on the unwritten rules of baseball over at NBCSports.com. He interviewed several players to get their views, and the results, found here, are pretty interesting. There is also a story looking at the most common unwritten rules, and you can get Craig’s take here. So what do you think? Vote…

  9. David Murphy feels "good" after running at 50 to 60 percent

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    David Murphy tested his injured groin Monday by taking batting practice, shagging some flyballs and doing some light throwing, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. “I feel good,” Murphy said. “I probably ran out there at 50 to 60 percent. I’m not going to know until I ramp it up some more.” Murphy hasn’t played…

  10. Mariners' e-mail message to fans is missing somebody

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    This is a day where nearly every team that isn’t in the playoffs is sending out mass e-mails, thanking their fans and talking about their grand plans to build a winning ballclub. There’s usually nothing newsworthy in any of them, but I wasn’t the only one who found a portion of this e-mail from Mariners…

  11. Rockies GM calls re-signing Jorge De La Rosa "a priority"

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    General manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing free agent starter Jorge De La Rosa “a priority” for the Rockies this offseason, telling Troy Renck of the Denver Post that “adding a middle-of-the-rotation starter” is atop the offseason wishlist and “we would certainly like that to be Jorge.” De La Rosa turned down a two-year, $8.75 million…

  12. Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey yesterday

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey for yesterday’s season finale against the Marlins. He wore the one from Hispanic Heritage Night that, instead of Pittsburgh,” said “Piratas” on the front.  I couldn’t find any still pics of it, but you can see it in the video of the home run he hit yesterday, here. The…

  13. Mike Redmond is retiring

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Longtime backup catcher Mike Redmond retired today. He said “I fulfilled every goal I had as a player.” For his career he ends up with a line of .287/.342/.358. He’ll almost certainly move on to coaching and may very well be a manager one day. And if it was most every other backup catcher in…

  14. World Series ads on FOX will cost $450,000 per 30 seconds

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell of CNBC passes along an interesting tidbit, noting that a television advertisement on FOX during one of the upcoming World Series games costs $450,000 per 30 seconds. And if that seems like a lot to you, consider that Rovell also reports FOX has already sold 90 percent of their available ad space despite…

  15. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter is worth $10 million over two years

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    So, how much is Derek Jeter worth as a free agent? A former general manager, speaking to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, opines thusly: “Twelve million dollars over two years, maybe $10 million over two. But I think he’ll probably get a lot more than that . . . It is not a rational…

  16. Astros exercise $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Houston decided that Geoff Blum wasn’t worth $1.6 million next season, choosing to buy him out for $150,000, but the Astros have exercised their $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011. Michaels actually got less playing time than Blum this season, but did more with it by hitting .253/.310/.468 in 203 plate appearances. He’s been…

  17. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings: Playoffs edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Twenty-two teams are snug in their rumpus rooms, getting ready to watch the playoffs on TV like the rest of us suckers. The other eight still live, and if it lives, I can rank it.

  18. Rays name playoff rotation: Price, Shields, Garza, Davis

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay announced its rotation for the ALDS. As expected David Price will start Game 1 and Game 5, but in a mild surprise the Rays have tabbed James Shields rather than Matt Garza to start Game 2. Ultimately it doesn’t matter a whole lot, since both guys will end up starting just once in…

  19. HBT Daily: Me being a Braves homer edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    If the reference to “today’s games” doesn’t tip you off, the fact that I had my Braves cap on while taping should reveal that this went in the can about five minutes after the Giants game ended yesterday.

  20. Diamondbacks expected to fire most of coaching staff while keeping Kirk Gibson as manager

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, when new general manager Kevin Towers revealed that he wanted Greg Maddux to be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, I wrote: “Mel Stottlemyre Jr. is currently in his second season as Arizona’s pitching coach and has spent the past nine years in the organization in some capacity, so he’s probably not thrilled to…

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