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  1. Scenes from Spring Training: It’s hard not to like Mike Quade

    Feb 28, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

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    I got down to the clubhouse a little late — and entered through the wrong door, oops! — but my timing ended up being pretty good, as manager Mike Quade was just opening up his office for the media gaggle.  I walked in and, as I usually do, hung in the back to take it…

  2. Must-click link: Derrick Goold on Bill James

    Feb 28, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of my favorite beat reporters and he’s even better when he stretches his writing legs a bit for a story like this one on Bill James: Goold: Stats don’t tell the whole story of who Bill James is James’ legend has grown to the point…

  3. Brandon Phillips wants a long-term contract extension, but do the Reds?

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

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    Brandon Phillips said yesterday that he’d “love to get an extension” from the Reds, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it would be nice to be here for the rest of my career” and “I want to know a guarantee instead of a possibility.” So why haven’t the two sides worked something out…

  4. Wanna be the P.A. announcer at Wrigley Field?

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

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    I just got back from the Cubs’ clubhouse — more on that later — and sitting on my laptop was a press release from the team announcing a partnership between the Cubs and CareerBuilder.com to find the next public address announcer at Wrigley Field. Really: they’re taking applications right on the web. Candidates, we’re told, should…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: Greetings from HoHoKam Park

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

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    Or is it HoHoKam Stadium?  And is that capitalization correct?  Really, I can’t tell you because I’ve seen it written differently in different places.  I think “Stadium” is correct but Park rolls off the tongue better. Probably doesn’t matter considering that they’re building a new place a couple miles from here and will thus be…

  6. Carlos Beltran is moving to right field full time

    Feb 28, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

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    Two weeks ago new Mets manager Terry Collins said of Carlos Beltran: “When he walks in the first day, he’s the center fielder.” Beltran may have walked into camp as the center fielder, but those plans have apparently already changed, as Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Beltran will be moved to right field full…

  7. J.J. Putz won’t make Diamondbacks debut before March 7

    Feb 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    J.J. Putz signed on to be the Diamondbacks’ closer with a two-year, $10 million deal this offseason, but the veteran right-hander won’t make his spring training debut until March 7 despite nothing being wrong with him physically. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson explained to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that Putz will focus on building up his…

  8. Be happy that Oliver Perez got rocked over the weekend, Mets fans

    Feb 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

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    Oliver Perez worked in the Mexican League this winter and he showed up early to spring training.  Didn’t help, though, as he made his spring training debut against the Braves over the weekend and gave up four runs in two innings, walked three guys and only got the ball up to 86 m.p.h.  Once, that…

  9. Welcome to St. Jetersburg

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

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    The New York Times has a feature on the outrageously large house Derek Jeter has built down in Tampa. Cost?! No man can say! The 30,875-square-foot mansion, which overlooks Hillsborough Bay, features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, two boat lifts, a drive-through portico and a pair of three-car garages flanking the north and south…

  10. Bobby Valentine would like to buy into the Mets

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

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    Bobby Valentine wants to buy into the Mets’ ownership group? Wow, Stamford, Connecticut must really overpay their civil servants: Valentine has spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets, a baseball official told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’’ve talked to a number of people interested in purchasing…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

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    You suckers missed the fact that I was blogging spring training all weekend. Don’t try to deny it. I see the web traffic stats. You were spending time with your families or watching that godforsaken Oscars show or something instead of reading my dispatches from Arizona. Shame on you. But I now give you a…

  12. Scenes from Spring Training: No, Marty Brennaman is not Bob Uecker

    Feb 27, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

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    This morning’s fears of severe cloudiness notwithstanding, it ended up being a very nice day at the ballpark. A bit cool, but not too bad. And a ton of sun, so take that weatherman. The game: OK. Not great, but OK, which is as good as we can hope this time of the year.  Early…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: What the heck is a feetlong hot dog?

    Feb 27, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

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    I met a cool guy today. That’s him. His name is Kwang Min Park, a baseball journalist from South Korea.  His nickname, however, is Agassi.  Yes, because he likes Andre Agassi. As you might expect, Agassi was here today to cover Shin-Soo Choo.  I saw him interviewing Choo in the clubhouse, and he sat next to…

  14. Brandon Webb gets back on mound, feels good

    Feb 27, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    The Rangers didn’t like the look of things in one of Brandon Webb‘s first bullpen sessions of the spring, so they asked him to do only flat-ground throwing until he developed a little more strength in his chronically troublesome right shoulder. Today, they let him back on a mound. It was his first bullpen session…

  15. Duke Snider: 1926-2011

    Feb 27, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

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    “The Silver Fox” has passed away. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980 as a Dodger, the aptly nicknamed Duke Snider was an eight-time All-Star and also finished with MVP votes in eight different major league seasons. He came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and moved with the team out to Los…

  16. Jody Gerut officially retires from the game of baseball

    Feb 27, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

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    Jody Gerut is hanging up his cleats for good. The 33-year-old outfielder and only known professional athlete who subscribes to The Economist inked a minor league contract with the Mariners over the winter, but he told a group of reporters on Sunday morning in spring camp that he no longer had the desire to continue…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: Boppin’ around the Indians and the Reds

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

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    The Reds and Indians share the Goodyear complex.  The team clubhouses and practice fields are about a half mile down the road from the ballpark. Neither the Reds nor the Indians take their BP or infield in the main park, even on game day, so I’ve spent most of my morning driving and walking long distances…

  18. Utley underwent MRI on right knee Saturday

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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    From Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly comes word that second baseman Chase Utley underwent an MRI on his right knee Saturday. The test showed no structural damage, but Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and won’t play in the Phillies’ first handful of Grapefruit League games. The Phillies are also going to limit the amount of…

  19. Rangers: Beltre still expected to miss only two weeks

    Feb 27, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reported Saturday that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is likely to miss “about a month” of spring training because of the Grade 1 muscle strain in his right calf, putting his status for Opening Day in serious doubt. The Rangers are now refuting that, holding strong to their estimation that Beltre…

  20. Kyle McClellan to get first shot at replacing Wainwright

    Feb 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

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    When the Cardinals announced last week that right-hander Adam Wainwright was going to need Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, many assumed that a free agent starter would be brought in to replace the injured ace. Kevin Millwood is still on the market, as is Jeremy Bonderman. But the Cardinals have insisted that they are going…

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