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  1. Must-Click Link: Comparing player physiques over time

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

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    Most of the people who are on the Bagwell-is-a-roider train ask that we simply compare the physiques of young Bagwell and old Bagwell and all will be revealed. Oh really? Jason at IIATMS spent a ton of time today snagging pics of players when they were young and when they were old and puts them…

  2. No, bloggers don’t have Bagwell groupthink

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

    Jeff Bagwell

    “You’re part of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!” Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance … Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate. …

  3. People were sour on Bert Blyleven 35 years ago

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:36 AM EST

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    A lot of the resistance to Bert Blyleven’s Hall of Fame candidacy is based on the notion that, while he was pitching, no one thought of him as a Hall of Famer. I think that’s definitely the case.  I wasn’t really aware of him as a player — as opposed to a random 1970s baseball card…

  4. Tom Vandergriff helped bring the Senators to Texas

    Dec 31, 2010, 9:23 AM EST

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    I promise that it won’t all be obituaries today, but this one is pretty notable.  Tom Vandergriff, the man who, as mayor, helped bring the Washington Senators to Arlington, Texas where they became the Rangers has died: In 1965, Vandergriff brought Dallas and Fort Worth officials together to help build a minor league baseball stadium…

  5. Former player, manager, scout Steve Boros dies

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:33 AM EST

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    Never heard of Steve Boros? Here’s some background.  Here’s some more. And here’s a signature accomplishment: Boros was part of a scout team that filled out reports that fall on the Athletics, the Dodgers’ opponent in the World Series. Among the traits that Boros and his co-workers noticed: Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley tended to…

  6. The Reds have talked to Edgar Renteria

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:09 AM EST

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    Reds GM Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he has spoken to Edgar Renteria‘s agent. Gosh, I hope he wasn’t insulting! Jocketty is familiar with Renteria, of course, as he was the guy who signed him to play for the Cardinals.  Based on his previous comments, however, it seems kind of doubtful that Renteria would come…

  7. Mariners believe Aardsma will be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:29 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    The Mariners announced this evening that closer David Aardsma will have surgery on January 3 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.  It’s news that is going to put a halt to the M’s attempts to trade the right-hander, but all indications are that it won’t affect their 2011 season. According to Larry…

  8. Little League places ban on composite baseball bats

    Dec 30, 2010, 7:41 PM EST

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    Fairly big news here out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee, which operates all divisions of Little League Baseball, including the Little League World Series, has issued an immediate and complete moratorium on the use of composite bats. Composite bats, which sell for upwards of $300, first popped onto…

  9. Mariners closer David Aardsma to have hip surgery Monday

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    Seattle has been shopping closer David Aardsma since the middle of last season and recent reports suggested they were looking for “an impact bat” in exchange for the 29-year-old right-hander, but today’s announcement that he needs surgery to repair a torn hip labrum ruins those plans. Aardsma is scheduled to go under the knife Monday…

  10. Add the Yankees and the Rangers to the Bartolo Colon sweepstakes

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

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    Sure, once there are three teams, we can call it a sweepstakes. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Indians were thinking about bringing back Bartolo Colon.  Now, thanks to MLBTR’s Nick Collias who translated this Spanish language article, we learn that the Yankees and the Rangers have expressed interest too.  Well, at…

  11. Major League Baseball, Anheuser-Busch bury the hatchet

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

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    Remember how Anheuser-Bush sued Major League Baseball back in November.  Sadly the lawsuit has been settled: Anheuser-Busch Inc. said Thursday that it reached a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball and dropped the lawsuit it filed against the league in November. The multi-year agreement designates Budweiser as the official beer sponsor of Major League…

  12. Rays interested in Brian Fuentes as their new closer

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to the Red Sox for most of the offseason, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays are interested in signing the veteran southpaw to be their new closer. Fuentes served as a setup man for the Twins down the stretch after coming over in…

  13. Pretty much every conversation about Matt Kemp and Rihanna

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    I should be really tired of those Xtra Normal videos by now.  But I’m not.  Not by a longshot. Jon Weisman did one on Matt Kemp and Rihanna over at Dodger Thoughts. And you just know that it’s a conversation that will be had in offices all over Los Angeles in the next couple of…

  14. Buster Posey is ESPN’s “Next” athlete. Uh-oh.

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    Since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has named someone their “NEXT” athlete.  It’s the person who, according to ESPN, “is a future leader or trailblazer in their sport.”  They just named Buster Posey their NEXT athlete for 2011.  Buster Olney has a nice writeup of Posey here. I think Posey has as bright a future in baseball…

  15. How about this: no one from the past 25 years makes the Hall of Fame

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Greg Maddux

    I don’t advocate that — I think I can tell the difference between elite players of that period and non-elite players — but some are advocating it.  Maybe not in so many words, but by the criteria they’re currently employing, it’s a necessary conclusion. Example: Jeff Pearlman, who today sides with those who would bar…

  16. Metrodome collapse impacts TwinsFest and over 300 college and high school baseball games

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

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    Fortunately for the Twins they moved out of the Metrodome before it collapsed, but news that the stadium will be out of commission until at least March has a big impact on the local amateur baseball scene in Minnesota. More than 300 college and high school games that were scheduled to be played at the…

  17. Bill Lajoie was an honest man

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:23 AM EST

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    Murray Chass has a great story about the late Bill Lajoie.  He wrote about it in the New York Times when it occurred in 1988, but that was before I was paying attention to the New York Times, so I never heard it.  The scene: Lajoie’s Tigers trade for Fred Lynn at the end of…

  18. Rangers’ interest in Adrian Beltre may be “to drive up the price” for rival Angels

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

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    Now that the A’s have reportedly pulled themselves out of the bidding for Adrian Beltre the Angels are the presumed front-runners for the free agent third baseman, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com speculates that the Rangers will remain in the mix “long enough to drive up the price at the expense of the Angels.” There…

  19. Harmon Killebrew has cancer

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

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    This is awful news: Twins legend Harmon Killebrew announced today that he has esophageal cancer.  His statement: I was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer.   With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life.   I am being treated by a team of medical professionals…

  20. Joe Posnanski brings the Hall of Fame noise

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:32 AM EST

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    Installment four of Joe Posnanski’s week-long series on the Hall of Fame is a dream come true for me.  Why? Because I’ll freely admit that I can be a monomaniacal nutjob when it comes to this stuff, so when a sober and respectable guy like Poz hits these notes I’m given a touch of intellectual cover. Really,…

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