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  1. Will the Rangers bring back Vladimir Guerrero for $9 million?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Vladimir Guerrero’s poor postseason performance has people questioning if the Rangers should exercise their half of his $9 million mutual option for 2011, but the truth is that should have been in question well before the playoffs even began. Guerrero went 13-for-59 (.220) with zero homers and a measly .513 OPS in the playoffs, striking…

  2. Tigers decline Jhonny Peralta’s option for 2011, but may work out new deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011. Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that…

  3. Should Cliff Lee have pitched to Renteria?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It isn’t all hindsight. Before Cliff Lee gave up that home run to Edgar Renteria last night there were multiple people on my Twitter feed — lots of beat writers and bloggers and everyone — thinking that with first base open and the punchless Aaron Rowand on deck, Lee should have pitched around Renteria or…

  4. Sammy Sosa’s corked bat goes unsold at auction despite $14,000 bid

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Sammy Sosa’s former Cubs teammate Mike Remlinger somehow got his hands on the slugger’s corked bat from 2003 and put it up for auction, but Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that the item went unsold last night when the high bid of $14,407 did not meet Remlinger’s “reserve” price. Grant DePorter, who’s the…

  5. Great Moments in FOX graphics

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Just before the Giants won the game last night, FOX tried to put their championship in perspective. Specifically, they explained to viewers that the world was a very different place in 1954, the last time the Giants won the World Series.  Here was the on-screen graphic they used: It was a different world! Indeed, it…

  6. Yorvit Torrealba opts out of contract and hits open market

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yorvit Torrealba joined the free agent mix by declining his $3.5 million mutual option for 2011, which is somewhat surprising given that he was able to get just a one-year, $1.25 million deal as a free agent last offseason and didn’t have a particularly special year for the Padres. Torrealba played well in a part-time…

  7. 142 players became free agents last night

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended.  The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the…

  8. Let’s count the “San Francisco Treat” headlines

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    You knew this was coming. You just didn’t know who would be the ones who couldn’t help themselves. The first one I saw was Tom Boswell in the Washington Post: If anyone finds other examples, please let us know in the comments.  Given that media has become nationalized with the Internet I’m guessing we won’t…

  9. Some thoughts on Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Given that we’re only 11 hours out from the Giants winning the World Series, it’s probably no surprise that there’s euphoria in the Giants’ front office. And there’s no surprise that the front office is telling the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly that they’re planning on extending the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.…

  10. Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher — like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” — but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs: Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI Chase Utley:…

  11. The post-World Series riots are totally tech-forward this year

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Well, maybe “riot” is a bit strong — that’s a word that used to mean something — but there was certainly lots of numbskullery and minor property damage in San Francisco last night following the Giants victory. So much so that, as you can see in the video below, the, um, “numbskullery and minor property…

  12. And That Happened: Picture Tells a Thousand Words Edition

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:01 AM EDT

    We have lots of posts telling you what went down last night. How about an image?

  13. Brian Sabean’s Giants had to lose to win

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:12 AM EDT

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    What did these Giants have that the Yankees, Red Sox and Bay Area rival A’s didn’t? Three recent top-10 draft picks making a huge impact this season. There was a time not too long ago that Giants GM Brian Sabean thought a first-round pick wasn’t worth what it’d cost to sign him. After the 2003…

  14. The World Champion San Francisco Giants: who are these guys?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Willie Mays never won a World Series in San Francisco. Neither did Willie McCovey. Or Orlando Cepeda. Or Barry Bonds. Or Juan Marichal or Gaylord Perry.  Hall of Famers? The San Francisco Giants have had many. But world championships? None. Before tonight, anyway. Before a lineup full of role players and aging veterans — and…

  15. Poll: Will Giants repeat?

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    The Giants might still be spraying champagne all over the visiting clubhouse, but it’s never too early to look ahead. Do you think the San Francisco Giants have the look of a dynasty? Or are they just a flash in the pan. Let the debate begin …

  16. The Giants are World Champs!

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    The Giants win Game 5 3-1, and win the World Series four games to one behind a big night from Tim Lincecum and a big three-run home run by Edgar Renteria.  This was, by far, the best game of the World Series, with a Lincecum-Lee pitchers’ duel for the ages suddenly punctuated by a thunderbolt…

  17. World Series Live blog: Giants-Rangers Game 5

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s all over! Brian Wilson strikes out Nelson Cruz swinging and the Giants have won it! The Giants have won their first World Series title since 1954! Stay tuned for the postgame from Craig and all sorts of fallout. Thanks for reading HBT all season long. 10:28 PM: Make that two away. Vlad swings…

  18. The Big Five with … Giants official Felipe Alou

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

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    ARLINGTON, Texas — Felipe Alou lost a World Series as a Giants player in 1962, and it still haunts him. These days, the 75-year-old Alou remains active, scouting and working with Latin players in his role as a special advisor to Giants general manager Brian Sabean. He takes on The Big Five here: It’s been…

  19. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg issues apology for comments about Yankees fans

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    That didn’t take long. As you’ve probably heard in various media outlets by now, Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg has contacted Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Hal Levine today in order to apologize for calling Yankees fans “violent” and “apathetic” earlier today. Here’s Greenberg’s mea culpa, courtesy of Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal: “Earlier…

  20. Neftali Feliz expected to remain at closer next season

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    You wouldn’t know it by Jon Daniels’ somewhat reflective comments to the media today, but Rangers actually still have a shot of winning this series. Granted, a pretty small one. Anyway, one of the notable things to take away from today is that Daniels told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that he expects Neftali Feliz to…

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