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  1. Jack Morris won more games in the 80s than anyone. So what?

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:26 AM EST

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    So much of the Hall of Fame support for Jack Morris is premised on the idea that he won more games in the 80s than anyone.  FanHouse’s John Hickey wrote about that just yesterday. There are many others who have and will as well.  Question: why does that matter? Any single decade is an arbitrary…

  2. Oh joy! It’s Dan Shaughnessy’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 22, 2010, 7:20 AM EST

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    Dan Shaughnessy has a Hall of Fame vote. Every year he uses his Hall of Fame column to trot out his latest pejorative terms for bloggers or even just younger baseball writers.  Last year he called us “stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.”  He’s not as creative this…

  3. Yankees sign pitcher off Hank Steinbrenner’s youth team

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:34 AM EST

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    The New York Yankees have been crowing about how frugal they are lately. Seriously. First, general manager Brian Cashman talked about how his team’s luxury tax tab was reduced to $18 million this season. “Atta baby. And right now we’re in the $170s,” he said, referring to a 2011 salary number that could actually fall…

  4. Report: Mets not currently talking with Freddy Garcia

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:49 PM EST

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    The Mets have been fairly quiet so far this winter and it looks like it will stay that way, at least until after the new year. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are not “engaging further” with Freddy Garcia, beyond what was initially reported earlier this month. They would…

  5. Must-click link: Catching up with Matt Sosnick

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    Fresh off negotiating multi-year contract extensions for clients Jay Bruce and Ricky Nolasco, agent Matt Sosnick fielded some questions from Jason Rosenberg of It’s About the Money. The entire interview is worth a gander, as is Rosenberg’s first — and much lengthier — interview with Sosnick from 2008. However, I found this succinct answer to…

  6. Bert Blyleven vs. Jack Morris: The 1987 ALCS

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

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    No, I’m not going to go over the entire candidacies of both. Suffice to say I support Blyleven for the Hall of Fame and not Morris. Those who have it the other way around say that Morris was better than his statistics and Blyleven worse. And, sure, there are cases in which statistics don’t tell…

  7. The Yankees and Red Sox pay the luxury tax

    Dec 21, 2010, 6:24 PM EST

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    According to the Associated Press, the Yankees and the Red Sox were the only two teams that paid MLB’s luxury tax for the 2010 season. The Yankees were hit with an $18 million tax, which was actually their lowest total since the first year of the system in 2003. They paid a whopping $25.7 million…

  8. Orioles “renew talks with Derrek Lee” while waiting for Adam LaRoche to make a decision

    Dec 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

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    Getting tired of waiting for Adam LaRoche to accept or decline their reported three-year, $21 million offer has caused the Orioles to “renew talks with Derrek Lee,” according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Zrebiec reports that a deal with LaRoche was believed to be imminent at one point, but now the two sides…

  9. Theo: Papelbon is the closer

    Dec 21, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    Ian Browne tweets that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said today that despite Jonathan Papelbon’s shakiness last year, despite the signing of Bobby Jenks and despite the fact that Daniel Bard is pretty tough stuff himself, he has assured Papelbon that he is still the team’s closer. And that assurance will matter until the…

  10. What kind of reception would the first active gay baseball player receive?

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    John Amaechi

    I don’t think it would be quite what most of us expect. And I think that what he’d face would be even more daunting than dealing with simple bigotry.

  11. Mariners trade Rob Johnson to Padres for PTBNL or cash

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

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    Designated for assignment by the Mariners last week, Rob Johnson has been traded to the Padres for a player to be named later or cash. Presumably something like $1.75. Johnson hit .200 with a .282 on-base percentage and .302 slugging percentage in 534 plate appearances for the Mariners, which adds up to a .584 OPS…

  12. Twins finished runner-up in bidding for Hisashi Iwakuma

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

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    Minnesota won the exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka with a $5.3 million bid and eventually signed the Japanese infielder to a three-year, $9.25 million contract, and this afternoon general manager Bill Smith revealed that the Twins also finished runner-up in the bidding for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. In an interview with Patrick Reusse and…

  13. UPDATE: The Angels pull their offer to Adrian Beltre, but leave the door open.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre off the table.  They haven’t, however, closed the door completely on him, contrary to those earlier reports discussed below. It sounds to me that they simply don’t want to be used by Scott Boras and have their offer shopped…

  14. Pete Abraham’s Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    Tim Raines

    Like I said yesterday, I’m not going to go over every voter’s Hall of Fame ballot.  But we did touch on Pete Abraham’s Hall of Fame methodology last week, so now that he has released his ballot, it’s worth a look. Pete has Roberto Almomar, Bert Blyleven, Barry Larkin, Alan Trammell and Tim Raines.  Damn…

  15. You can follow Hardball Talk and the HBT writers on Twitter

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

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    Hardball Talk has its own Twitter feed, which tweets links to every post throughout the day: @HardballTalk You can also follow the individual Hardball Talk writers on Twitter for links, short-form analysis, heavy doses of snark, and all kinds of random stuff you may or may not care about: Craig Calcaterra – @CraigCalcaterra Aaron Gleeman…

  16. Phillies and Red Sox increased their World Series odds at the Yankees’ expense

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:21 PM EST

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    At the beginning of the offseason I posted Bodog.com’s gambling odds on each team winning the World Series in 2011, so now that we’re about halfway through the offseason and most of the major free agents have signed I thought it would be interesting to re-examine the same odds for all 30 teams. First, here…

  17. Lenny Dykstra speaks

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

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    Len Dykstra was on WIP in Philly with Howard Eskin yesterday. It was the first time that I can recall that he’s spoken at length about his financial implosion, highly-publicized bankruptcy and the like. So, Lenny, what went wrong? “It is very simple and it is called, predatory lending, meaning, look, I don’t want to…

  18. Corey Patterson among Blue Jays’ minor league signings

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

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    Toronto announced a half-dozen minor league signings today, including former top prospect Corey Patterson. Patterson is among the biggest prospect busts of the past decade, as a complete lack of plate discipline kept the former No. 3 overall pick and two-time Baseball America top-three prospect from becoming anything resembling a star. On the other hand,…

  19. UPDATE: Brandon Webb won’t choose a team by today

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:58 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi says that Webb is expected to decide on a team by this evening. Correction: Morosi said Webb isn’t expected to pick a team today.  I win the award for reading comprehension fail. I don’t think that changes anything in the analysis, however: the Rangers and Cubs are the front runners, but the Nats…

  20. Indians sign Travis Buck to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

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    When the A’s opted against calling up Travis Buck from Triple-A in September the writing was on the wall for his departure from Oakland, and sure enough the former first-round pick was non-tendered a few weeks ago. Buck made it to the majors less than two years after the A’s picked him in the first…

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