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  1. Shameless Self-Promotion: hear me talk on the phone at 2PM

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If you have always been dying to pair up the image of my bald head and pasty skin with an annoyingly nasly voice, by all means, head over to Hotstove.com at 2PM Eastern today to hear me hold forth on the Mets, Joe Mauer, the teams that did the most and the least to improve…

  2. Worst Opening Day Starters of All Time

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    In honor of Joe Torre starting Vicente Padilla on Opening Day (now official!), lar at Wezen-Ball gives us a list of the worst Opening Day starters of all time. Two thoughts: 1. I am absolutely tickled that Jack Morris makes the list. Take that Morris-for-the-Hall-of-Fame truthers! 2. I am happy to see that Rick Mahler…

  3. What kind of damage can Jason Heyward do as a 20-year-old rookie?

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Now that Jason Heyward has officially made the Braves it’s time to start thinking about what kind of rookie season he’s capable of putting together at age 20. Here are his projections from a few prominent sources: AVG OBP SLG OPS Baseball Prospectus .274 .345 .461 .806 Rotoworld Draft Guide .267 .343 .440 .783 Baseball…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Is suicide the only hope for Royals fans?

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: Kansas City, Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! The big question: Is suicide the only hope for Royals fans? Baseball is supposed…

  5. Quote of the Day: Elijah Dukes

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I really want to tell the fans of DC, Jim Bowden and Mike Rizzo thanks a lot for helping me out in many ways. I really grew up a lot because of those two guys. I also want to give a hug to Harolyn Cardozo and Willie Harris for the time that I needed people…

  6. Jonathan Papelbon doesn't think Yankees-Red Sox games are too long. He's wrong.

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    The Red Sox and Yankees average game times are the two longest in baseball, and when the two of them get together, forget it. Major League Baseball has asked the teams to try and move things along, but Jonathan Papelbon — asked about the issue by WEEI’s Rob Bradford — doesn’t understand why anyone thinks…

  7. Pujols in Royal blue, Mets pinstripes

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    This morning I talked about how much fun it would be to see Pujols photoshopped into Royals and Mets jerseys. Ask, and ye shall receive, courtesy of my friends at Tauntr. I like the Royals one. With the crooked hat it’s like Pujols went all thug after signing with K.C. He’s from there so maybe,…

  8. It's official: Jason Heyward will break camp with the Braves

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Great news for Braves fans and even better news for Jason Heyward: Bobby Cox told Heyward this morning that he has made the team.  He’ll presumably be the everyday right fielder. Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera and Nate McLouth can figure out center and left among themselves. Heyward was already the number one prospect in baseball…

  9. Braves minor leaguer caught in prostitution sting

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    When I saw the headline all I could do was to think “Please don’t be Jason Heyward! Please don’t be Jason Heyward!”  Then I remembered that it’s all but certain that Heyward will officially break camp with the big club, thus isn’t really a minor leaguer and everything was alright again.  Well, not for this…

  10. Jeter wants to be an owner

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The whole Jeter-as-owner thing is no longer the exclusive province of the New York tabloid writers. The Captain is totally into it. Except he does not simply want a chunk of non-controlling stock or something. He wants to do it Michael Jordan-style. Says Jeter: “The only interest I have in ownership is to be able…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone on the White Sox hit the ball over the fence?

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Ozzie Guillen Show The big question: Can anyone hit the ball over the fence? This is a pretty punchless…

  12. Pujols-Cardinals talks tabled until winter

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that “the possibility of extension for Pujols before ’10 season has evaporated,” with talks being tabled until after this season. This is not really Earth-shattering news. Talks hadn’t really even gotten going yet, and everyone was well-aware that Pujols had no desire to negotiate during the season.…

  13. Good morning!

    Mar 26, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Someone needs to sign this dude, stat.  They should probably sign the guy in the red jacket too.

  14. Angels GM: Locker to play baseball this summer

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    Since the Los Angeles Angels drafted University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker in the 10th round of the draft last summer, the assumption has been that the Angels were merely taking a gamble on the talented athlete in case a career in the NFL didn’t pan out. Locker was seen as a potential first round…

  15. Report: Giants ink closer Wilson to extension

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:32 AM EDT

    According to a report on CSNBayArea.com, the Giants have inked right-handed closer Brian Wilson to a contract extension. The report gives few details, but former MLB.com beat writer Mychael Urban heads the network’s online baseball coverage and he’s among the best in the business.  It’s probably safe to call this one legit.  Wilson, 28, had…

  16. A's Sheets roughed up by minor leaguers

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported that Ben Sheets got his world rocked again on Thursday, this time by some minor leaguers in a game in Phoenix. Oakland’s prized free-agent signee, who has struggled mightily this spring, allowed three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. His changeup was poor, and he allowed several hard-hit balls, including…

  17. Lee injured when chair folds like a Cub

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

    It’s not quite worthy of being added to this list of wacky baseball injuries, but Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee hurt his back in a freak accident on Wednesday, courtesy of some faulty furniture, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He was eating before the game and the chair just collapsed on him,” manager Lou…

  18. Burriss undergoes foot surgery, out 10 weeks

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss had a screw inserted into his left foot last weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina and is expected to sit idly for the next 10 weeks. “We determined this was the best route for Manny,” Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said Thursday. “Not just…

  19. Quote of the Day: Mike Krzyzewski

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking with the Chicago Tribune on the pressure of living up to his past success in the NCAA tournament: “For a while when I dated my wife, I had trouble living up to the expectations of her former boyfriend. Just judge people for who they are right now. We’re…

  20. Martin catches four innings of minor league game

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Russell Martin, slowed early in camp by a pulled groin, caught four innings of a minor league game on Thursday and reported no pain or discomfort, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez. The outing went so well, in fact, that he’s already slated to catch six innings of a Triple-A exhibition game on…

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