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  1. Chipper Jones: "you can make absurd amounts of money playing this game"

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal interviewed Chipper Jones and asked him about his decision to try a comeback next year. Jones says he’ll only continue to play if he can be an effective player. The key question: given the denial inherent in a professional athlete’s psyche, how will he know if he can still be effective? I’ll know…

  2. Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup with lingering elbow pain

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Following an off day yesterday Hanley Ramirez wanted to be in the Marlins’ lineup tonight despite a sore left elbow, but manager Edwin Rodriguez opted to rest him: His elbow was sore on Wednesday, so on Wednesday he said he’d try to play and I didn’t like what I saw. He came in today and…

  3. Bryce Harper is excited to play ball. Maybe a bit too excited.

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper has suited up for the instructional league and was asked if he’s ready to play: “I am going to dive and scratch and claw. I will try to catch every ball out there. I am going to be a Kelly Leak kind of guy. I will use my arm to the fullest. I…

  4. Poll: Will Joe Torre ever manage again?

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Joe Torre is leaving the Dodgers. Will he ever manage again?survey software

  5. At age 70, is Joe Torre done managing after stepping away from the Dodgers?

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Joe Torre announced that he’ll step down as Dodgers manager after the season, with Don Mattingly replacing him, but will the 70-year-old future Hall of Famer look to manage elsewhere? Based on the early speculation, few people seem to think that’s likely. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that Torre is “unlikely to manage in 2011,”…

  6. Gordon Beckham may be shut down with hand injury

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham was out of the White Sox’s lineup yesterday and Ozzie Guillen indicated that he may opt to shut him down for the season rather than let him try to continue playing through a hand injury: Obviously he wants to play, but I’ve seen this kid swing the bat for a year and a…

  7. Must-click link: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Baseball

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter is clutch. Mark Teixeira should win the gold glove. Carlos Lee is the worst player in the majors. All things that almost go without saying. Except they’re wrong, as Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan explains in this year’s version of his highly-enjoyable 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Baseball column. Lots of pitching metrics this…

  8. Joe Torre is out as Dodgers manager; Don Mattingly takes over

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Joe Torre is going to announce today that he’s stepping down. That’s not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that the team is going to announce Don Mattingly as his successor. Surprising in that, as the season has gotten uglier and uglier for the Dodgers,…

  9. Ozzie Guillen is still funny even if the White Sox are out of it

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    His team rolled over for the Twins to end any semblance of a race in the AL Central, but that didn’t stop Ozzie Guillen from uttering his latest highly amusing soundbite. Guillen praised the Twins for playing so well despite losing stars like Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan, and then specifically mentioned rookie Danny Valencia…

  10. Jim Leyrtiz' DUI manslaughter trial delayed

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    We’re coming up on three years since former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz was in the auto accident that claimed the life of Fredia Ann Veitch, and he still has yet to go to trial. Trial was set to start next week, but that’s on hold because Leyrtiz is taking in interlocutory appeal of a key…

  11. Jack Clark says the Cardinals "are quitters" and "have poopy in their pants"

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Jack Clark, who played three seasons for the Cardinals in the 1980s and was the MVP of the World Series squad in 1987, appeared on a St. Louis radio station yesterday and accused the current team of being “quitters” who “have poopy in their pants.” Seriously. Here are some quotes from the four-time All-Star first…

  12. HBT Daily: Down the stretch they come!

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I talk about this weekend’s series, the playoffs and that kind of stuff. What, you were expecting a round table about Jonathan Franzen’s latest book?

  13. Marisa Miller threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Her command and velocity weren’t quite as good as the last time she threw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field, but Marisa Miller still looked great on the mound at AT&T Park. MLB.com has the video. For scouting purposes only, of course.

  14. Tough guy reporter thinks the Rays should throw at Derek Jeter

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has some advice for Joe Maddon and the Rays when they face the Yankees next week: Joe Maddon has an answer for everything, so I’m sure the Tampa Bay skipper doesn’t need any advice on how to handle the fallout from Knobgate. However . . . This one time,…

  15. D.J. Carrasco says Pirates "don't take it seriously enough that they're losing all the time"

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Sent from Pittsburgh to Arizona in a five-player deal at the trading deadline, D.J. Carrasco said yesterday that the Pirates didn’t take losing “seriously enough” while he was on the team: You would think there’s a lot of negative energy from losing all the time, but in my opinion, when I was there, the guys…

  16. Joe Torre has made up his mind . . . and its probably to leave L.A.

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez reports that Joe Torre has “said he has decided what he’ll do next year,” and that he has told his wife and Dodgers’ GM Ned Colletti. He’s just not telling the public what it is yet. Query: did Torre have an open invitation to come back that would allow him…

  17. Luis Castillo doesn't expect to be back with the Mets next year

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Luis Castillo has one year and $6 million left on his contract, but told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he doesn’t expect to be back with the Mets next season after losing his starting job at second base to 20-year-old rookie Ruben Tejada. I feel this offseason they can work out something.…

  18. Quote of the Day: Adam Jones woke up happy

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Adam Jones probably had a better morning than you did.

  19. White Sox planning to have Chris Sale in the rotation next year

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Now that the White Sox’s playoff hopes have vanished they can begin looking forward to next season and general manager Ken Williams said yesterday that Chris Sale will get an opportunity to claim a rotation spot out of spring training. Sale breezed through the minors after being drafted 13th overall in June, moving to the…

  20. About that four-game sweep by the Mets . . .

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    In this morning’s recaps I expressed surprise that the Mets four-game sweep of the Pirates was the first time they had swept a four-game series in four years. Reader The Dangerous Mabry tells me that I shouldn’t have been so shocked: The four game sweep thing only seems like a meaningful stat.  The mighty New…

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