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  1. Quote of the Day: John Russell

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Runner up quote from the article: “Media and public speculation about Russell’s job security is largely the byproduct of the team’s performance under him.”

  2. Bunion surgery knocks Fred Lewis out for the final two weeks

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Fred Lewis will miss the final two weeks of the season following surgery to remove bunions from his left foot. He’s traveling to Alabama to have the operation, although Birmingham’s most famous doctor, James Andrews, won’t be doing the honors. Instead it will be the awesomely named Dr. Angus McBryde. Lewis had a solid season…

  3. Russell Martin faces an uncertain future with the Dodgers

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Russell Martin has missed 45 games since suffering a season-ending hip injury in early August and so yesterday Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times chatted with the Dodgers catcher about his future. Martin replied “of course” when asked if he wants to remain with the Dodgers, but then responded “I have to discuss that…

  4. The Twins have a playoff anthem

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t much trust young people — they frighten and confuse me — but those few to whom I’ve dared speak have mentioned that this “the Hold Steady” ensemble plays some catchy ditties.  As I have been unable to find their cassette at my local MusicLand store, I have been unable to verify such claims…

  5. Can anyone beat the Phillies?

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Predictions are a sucker’s game, but let’s not kid ourselves: it’s the Phillies title to lose.

  6. Daniel Murphy to play second base during winter ball

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Luis Castillo hasn’t started a game in 18 days as the Mets give 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada a long look at second base and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that they’re also giving Daniel Murphy a crash course on the middle infield with an eye toward him playing second base during winter ball. Murphy was…

  7. Does Theo Epstein want to keep Papelbon around?

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I’ve been beating the “The Red Sox will non-tender Jonathan Papelbon” drum for a while now. But when you read that kind of stuff, keep one thing in mind: I don’t, surprisingly enough, run the Boston Red Sox.  Theo Epstein does, however, and based on some things he said yesterday, Papelbon may very well be…

  8. Jimmy Rollins hoping to return from hamstring injury Monday

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins hasn’t played since September 8 because of a hamstring injury and the Phillies are obviously doing just fine without him, going 11-1 during that time. There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but Rollins said yesterday that he’s hoping to play at least six games before the postseason begins and manager Charlie…

  9. Carlos Beltran quietly having a very productive September

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran missed the entire first half of the season and then struggled after finally returning from knee surgery in mid-July, hitting just .218 with a .660 OPS through 43 games. That will keep his overall season totals looking ugly no matter how well Beltran plays in September, but he’s quietly having a very solid…

  10. Shameless self-promotion: me on the On the DL Podcast

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    I spoke with Dan Levy of the On The DL Podcast and Press Coverage fame for a good long time yesterday. The podcast itself is now up.  He’s a Philly guy in case you didn’t know, so there was a lot of Phillies-Braves stuff, obviously, but we hit the other subjects too. In addition to…

  11. Kevin Towers wants to hire Greg Maddux as Diamondbacks' new pitching coach

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Towers said a whole bunch of interesting stuff during his introductory press conference as Diamondbacks’ general manager yesterday, including that he wants to bring in Greg Maddux as pitching coach or bench coach next season “I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me…

  12. I approve of walk-in beer coolers at baseball games

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    That last post totally bummed me out, so let’s lighten the mood. This is a couple months old, but I was just directed to it. It’s a day-at-the-ballpark blog post by an Iowa Cubs fan.  The notable thing about it is the third through seventh pics down, in which the Cubs’ walk-in beer cooler is…

  13. K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, prosecutor says

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was arraigned on the text-message/protection order violation yesterday. During the hearing the district attorney painted a dark picture of the Mets closer: Hothead fireballer K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, a Queens prosecutor said Wednesday. The chilling assault was revealed in court as Assistant District Attorney Scott…

  14. Joe Strauss slams "spreadsheet voters"

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch was asked in a chat yesterday about last year’s Cy Young Vote and whether he thought Keith law and “others in the sabermetric crowd” had undue influence in awards outcomes. His response: There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by…

  15. Jim Deshaies is gonna get his union card revoked

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I didn’t see it, but over at The Book blog, mgl passes along word that, during last night’s Astros game, announcer Jim Deshaies said that there are no such thing as “clutch hitters.” Rather, those who are perceived as clutch are guys who are just good hitters anyway and that clutch hitting is not some…

  16. Mariano Rivera says: no champagne until the division is clinched

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I think there are way too many champagne/beer shower celebrations already. Clinching the playoffs. Clinching the division. Winning the division series. Winning the LCS. Winning the World Series. Don’t get me wrong — there are scant few things in this world better than an alcohol-fueled bacchanalia — but I would think at some point it…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Oswalt dominates, the NL West continues to see-saw and Joe Girardi decides to use the element of surprise (i.e. a team of super-secret, anonymous relievers) to try and beat the Rays.

  18. Miguel Tejada joins 300-homer club

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada took Ted Lilly deep Wednesday night to become the 129th player in major league history to reach 300 homers. It was Tejada’s eighth homer in 194 at-bats since the Padres picked him up prior to the trade deadline. He hit just seven in 401 at-bats for the Orioles over the first four months…

  19. Hamilton open to — but not requesting — a position change

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Let me preface this with a calming word: Josh Hamilton is not going to move from the outfield to first base, at least not this season. But it has been discussed. Hamilton told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that he would be open to — but is not requesting — a position change…

  20. Report: D'Backs will remove interim tag from Kirk Gibson

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:41 PM EDT

    If you’re a baseball fan and a user of the social media site “Twitter,” you probably follow the day-to-day operations of former Nationals GM Jim Bowden.  He is working for XM Satellite Radio and FOX Sports Radio these days and has misfired on a host of “breaking” stories, but he also provides strong information from…

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