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  1. HBT Daily: Double-Double Animal Style

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany and I discuss closers: the good, the bad and the ugly. And yes, a bit of the old In-N-Out Burger

  2. Poll: Should Jim Edmonds be in the Hall of Fame?

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’ve written a couple posts recently suggesting that Jim Edmonds is a) deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame, and b) unlikely to actually garner much support from voters. He’s an eight-time Gold Glove winner who ranks sixth all time in homers by a center fielder and is seventh in Wins Above Replacement…

  3. Great Moments in Optimism: The A's have hired a ballpark architect

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    It’s been a year and a half since Bud Selig said he’d study the, oh, four variable problem that is the Athletics’ stadium and relocation issue. While it wouldn’t take that long for most nations to achieve nuclear capability during that time frame, Selig’s committee is still studying the matter. Can’t be rushed, you know.…

  4. The Dodgers have the worst outfield in baseball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    That’s the assessment of Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times. He certainly has a point if you focus –as he does — on the second half production of Kemp, Ethier and Scott Podsednik. It’s been pretty brutal.  I know Podsednik wasn’t part of that crew before the season began, but it’s quite something to see…

  5. Domonic Brown isn't playing for the Phillies, so he'll likely play winter ball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown hasn’t played much for Philadelphia and last night a minor quadriceps injury kept him from making a rare back-to-back start, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies’ minor league player of the year will likely make up for the lost at-bats by playing winter ball. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted…

  6. South Korea comes up with a novel (and bad) drug testing plan

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    This is the logical conclusion of allowing statistics and records determine how outraged we should be about PEDs: South Korean baseball officials could introduce drastic anti-doping protocols next year with a plan to target specific players for drug tests. The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) said players who showed marked statistical improvement would be targeted in…

  7. Travis Hafner quietly having a good, healthy year in Cleveland

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    He’s no longer the middle-of-the-lineup monster he was from 2004 to 2006 and the Indians have been pretty miserable all season, but Travis Hafner is quietly having a very productive and mostly healthy year. He’s already played 101 games after shoulder problems limited him to a total of 151 games in the previous two seasons…

  8. There was some McNamee v. Clemens action today

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Lawyers for Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens did battle in New York this morning, arguing the motion Clemens filed to have Brian McNamee’s civil suit against him dismissed. The gist of the legal argument was whether saying someone else is a liar can be defamatory. Given that each of them have been calling the other…

  9. Marco Scutaro moves to second base due to shoulder injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro was signed to be the Red Sox’s shortstop and started each of his first 130 games there, but moved to second base last night in an effort to stay in the lineup despite what Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports is a partially torn rotator cuff. For now the Red Sox are…

  10. Tim Wakefield could make half a million bucks tonight

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield gets the start tonight for the Red Sox. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reminds us that if he pitches 3.1 innings, his base salary for 2011 goes from $1.5 million to $2 million. Not that he wouldn’t get it eventually — it doesn’t have to come tonight — but I always like…

  11. Franklin Gutierrez left last night's game after "hyperventilating in the dugout"

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez batted twice in the Mariners’ five-run second inning last night, but then left the game after reportedly hyperventilating in the dugout. Here’s more from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: Gutierrez said he was “obviously” frightened because he’d never experienced something like that. He wasn’t sure whether his troubles catching his breath were…

  12. Nobody knows anything about hitting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Well, some people do, but those guys seem to be pretty rare. Whenever most people talk about hitting, however, it seems to come out all funny, to the point where I think it’s just more about feel and fast-twitch muscles and spidey sense than it is about anything that can be articulated or taught. Case…

  13. Is it notable that Ryne Sandberg wasn't asked to join the Cubs in September?

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan has a column in the Tribune today in which he notes that the Cubs didn’t call up one of their prospects after the rosters opened up: The Cubs called up five of Ryne Sandberg’s players from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Astros, but not Sandberg himself. Having one managerial candidate…

  14. Brad Lidge unavailable until at least Friday with elbow injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    When the Phillies reclaimed first place in the NL East last night they do so with Ryan Madson finishing up an 8-7 victory, because closer Brad Lidge was unavailable due to a hyper-extended elbow that’s expected to keep him out until at least Friday. Lidge had elbow surgery last year and has needed multiple cortisone…

  15. Phil Hughes gets pushed back

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes pitched on Sunday, and would have gone again on Friday, but the Yankees have pushed him back. He’ll go next Wednesday against the Rays, getting nine days’ rest. Hughes gave up six runs in six innings on Sunday with a lot of bombs thrown in there. He’s at 155 innings on the year…

  16. Miguel Cabrera sidelined by lingering shoulder problems

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    For the second time in the past week Miguel Cabrera left last night’s game with shoulder soreness, and Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “this time around both Cabrera and the Tigers sound a little more worried about it.” Officially diagnosed with biceps tendinitis, Cabrera said he initially suffered the injury while diving for a…

  17. I don't think wounded veterans care that Oliver Perez didn't visit them

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that…

  18. Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for 8th place with 586 homers

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Thome’s great run continued last night, as he homered for the fourth time in three games to tie Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time list with 586 career long balls. Thome has given the Twins amazing production for a one-year, $1.5 million investment this offseason, hitting .278/.407/.636 with 22 homers, 16 doubles,…

  19. Let us take a moment to praise Charlie Manuel

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    In which I set aside my extreme Braves-panic and tip my hat to Charlie Manuel, who has done a hell of a job this year.

  20. Dodgers designate Ronnie Belliard for assignment

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last season Ronnie Belliard was traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers on August 31 and hit .351 with five homers and seven doubles in 24 games, pushing Orlando Hudson aside to become Los Angeles’ starting second baseman down the stretch and into the playoffs. Re-signed to a one-year, $825,000 contract that included a weigh-in…

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