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  1. Sandy Alderson “suspected” that Jose Canseco was juicing

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

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    The Mets introduced new general manager Sandy Alderson on Friday afternoon at New York’s Citi Field.  Lost in the shuffle of that impressive press conference was a question about Alderson’s involvement in the steroid era, and specifically former A’s outfielder Jose Canseco. Alderson served as an executive in Oakland during the late 80s and early…

  2. White Sox may be targeting Cards outfielder Colby Rasmus

    Oct 30, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and young center fielder Colby Rasmus had a well-chronicled falling out in the middle of the 2010 season.  Rasmus felt like he wasn’t being treated as an everyday player, La Russa didn’t like that a young player was being so vocal.  Etcetera. It got ugly at one point, apparently, and…

  3. Mets must now begin searching for a new manager

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

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    Now that the Mets have locked up new general manager Sandy Alderson, it’s time to begin the search for a skipper. Alderson is expected to lead the hunt and told Steve Popper of the Bergen Record on Friday that he is hoping for someone with a little fire and a decent level of independence. “I…

  4. Pablo Sandoval to DH for Giants in Game 3 on Saturday night

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Pablo Sandoval will be the Giants’ designated hitter for Game 3 against right-hander Colby Lewis tomorrow night. Juan Uribe started at third base for the first two games of the World Series with left-handed starters on the mound for the Rangers. Sandoval has just 14 at-bats during the…

  5. No major changes expected in Ron Washington’s lineup for Game 3

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Things are looking somewhat bleak for the Rangers right now, but Ron Washington doesn’t have any major changes up his sleeve for Game 3 against Jonathan Sanchez on Saturday night. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Washington plans to roll out the same lineup he has used lately against left-handed pitching. This means we can…

  6. Placido Polanco undergoes successful elbow surgery

    Oct 29, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco underwent successful surgery on his left elbow Friday, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Bothered by a bone spur and tendinitis in his elbow for most of the season, the 35-year-old required four cortisone injections in order to play 132 regular season games and eight playoff games. “It went very well and we…

  7. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-31

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    It’s time for part four, which will cover free agents Nos. 50-31. Now we’re going to start to see more players likely to command multiyear deals this winter. That’s particularly true of the relievers listed below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 50. Jim Thome (Twins – Age 40)…

  8. Cliff Lee in Game 4? Too soon!

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Ron Washington, not surprisingly, was asked today if he plans on using Cliff Lee in Game 4 on three days’ rest. He, not surprisingly, wouldn’t say one way or the other. My view of this is that asking the Cliff Lee question today is premature.  Even if Washington knows in his heart that he’s going…

  9. Pudge Rodriguez to catch Nolan Ryan’s first pitch tomorrow. This bugs me a bit.

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

    Anthony Andro of the Star-Ledger reports that Ivan Rodriguez is going to catch the first pitch thrown out by Nolan Ryan before Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow. Look, I know it’s Pudge, and that Pudge will always and forever thought of as a Ranger — and yes, I’m fully prepared to admit that…

  10. Must-click link: Profile of new Indians GM Chris Antonetti

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Bill Lubinger of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a very lengthy, well-done profile of Chris Antonetti, who the Indians promoted to general manager last month when Mark Shapiro transitioned to team president. Lubinger: Antonetti has a record of developing talent, including his own It includes lots of interesting stuff about his background and team-building philosophies,…

  11. People want their “fear the beard” posters at AT&T Park

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell has a great story about newspaper vendors for the San Jose Mercury News selling cheer cards with stuff like “fear the beard” printed on them outside of AT&T Park. Which, unfortunately for the Mercury News, wasn’t the plan. The plan was for the cheer cards to be stuffed inside of newspapers, and…

  12. The Big Five with … Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens was supposed to be the first big thing from Curacao — Andruw Jones before Andruw Jones, if you will. He had power and the nickname of a ‘Flintstones’ character, but the best part of Meulens’ playing career turned out to be three years as a gaijin slugger in…

  13. HBT Daily: The Rangers: doomed, or really, really doomed?

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I consider whether the Rangers have what it takes to buck history.

  14. Notes from the Sandy Alderson press conference

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Alderson thing

    The Mets just introduced Sandy Alderson as their new general manager a short while ago. A few items of interest… It’s true, Alderson slipped up and began to say Oakland when describing the Mets’ GM job as the “best job in baseball.” A rough start, but it didn’t take him long to melt my nerd…

  15. First pitches in Texas: Nolan Ryan for Game 3, George H.W. and George W. Bush for Game 4

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    With the World Series now shifting to Texas the Rangers will have Hall of Famer and team president Nolan Ryan throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 tomorrow. After watching Ryan show off some impressive velocity and movement on his first pitch prior to Game 1 of the ALCS earlier this month I’m…

  16. The Mariners interview Milt Thompson for their hitting coach gig. This is important. This means something.

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Milt Thompson

    Apparently former Braves players who never really hit all that much are the new inefficiency when it comes to batting coaches: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have interviewed former Brave and — more importantly for our purposes — former Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson for their opening at hitting coach.  I guess they’re not…

  17. Pirates’ manager search may be waiting for Clint Hurdle

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Despite wrapping up interviews with various managerial candidates two weeks ago the Pirates have yet to name a replacement for John Russell, which has Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com speculating that they’re waiting for the postseason to end so they can talk to Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle. Hurdle was the Rockies’ manager from 2002-2009 and…

  18. Braves decide on Larry Parrish as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves will hire Larry Parrish as their new hitting coach, with an announcement expected later today. Parrish, who hit 256 homers in 15 seasons as a big-league third baseman and made a pair of All-Star teams, had been the Triple-A manager in Detroit’s organization and also managed the…

  19. No, Vlad Guerrero would not have helped last night

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Earlier today I observed that the decision to sit Vlad Guerrero and play Nelson Cruz in right field was a good one by Ron Washington, because Cruz got to a couple of balls in the outfield in the early innings that Vlad never would have reached.  One of them came on a ball towards the…

  20. Don Mattingly ran out of pitchers while managing in fall league

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Hired as the Dodgers’ manager despite having zero actual managerial experience, Don Mattingly headed to the Arizona Fall League to get some games under his belt skippering the Phoenix Desert Dogs. And as Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes, he ran out of pitchers in a blowout loss yesterday. The game was originally ruled a forfeit…

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