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  1. The judge warns Frank and Jamie McCourt: shape up or I'll order the Dodgers sold

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Right after I got done reading that giant McCourts article posted below, I read Bill Shaikin’s article in the Los Angeles Times which reports the judge in the McCourts’ divorce case saying — contrary to what Frank McCourt has been insisting for months — that the Dodgers may have to go on the block: “The…

  2. Everything you ever wanted to know about the McCourt divorce but were afraid to ask

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine has a long but very interesting and very comprehensive article up about Frank and Jamie McCourt, their ownership of the Dodgers, their divorce and what it’s done and continues to do to the team.  It’s must-read material for Dodgers fans or anyone who is interested in the politics of…

  3. When I was a boy everyone was a Hall of Famer!

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    I’m thinking I need to come up with some award to bestow on columnists who play the “when I was a kid things were much better” card.  Maybe it should be the Golden Age Award or the Nostalgia Award or something, but whatever we call it, it should be given to those writers who use…

  4. What ever will the Red Sox do without Adrian Gonzalez

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Headline of Rob Bradford’s latest column at WEEI: “What becomes of the Red Sox without Adrian Gonzalez.” Only Red Sox Nation worries about what will happen if they lose the player they never had in the first place. And they wonder why the rest of the baseball world hates them. Headline and opening Adrian Gonzalez-coveting…

  5. And That Happened: Classic

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    One last morning without box scores gives us one more excuse to hop into the way-back machine. This time to 1956.

  6. Jake Peavy undergoes season-ending lat surgery

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Another bit of news from Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse on a slow night in the baseball world. White Sox starter Jake Peavy underwent surgery on Wednesday in Chicago to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle.  The procedure is already being called a success and the Sox are hopeful that he will work his way…

  7. Dodgers place George Sherrill on outright waivers

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    As first reported by Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Dodgers have placed left-handed reliever George Sherrill on outright waivers. The 29 other teams in Major League Baseball have until Friday to claim him, but it’s highly doubtful that any club will step forward. Sherrill, 33, posted a depressing 7.32 ERA and 2.24 WHIP in…

  8. Yunel Escobar-Alex Gonzalez swap a definite win for Toronto

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar for Alex Gonzalez certainly isn’t a deal anyone saw coming a year or two ago. Sure, the Braves had always had something of a love-hate relationship with their Cuban shortstop, but they had no shortage of opportunities to move him for promising players. To trade him now for an older, less-rangy shortstop having…

  9. The Union hates having the All-Star Game decide World Series home field advantage

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    I missed this yesterday, but MLBPA chief Michael Weiner said that there is “strong sentiment” among the union that using the All-Star Game to determine home field advantage for the World Series is a dumb idea. The players think that home field should be determined by regular-season record: Weiner said Tuesday that he expected to…

  10. All-Star game gets worst television ratings of all time

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Last night’s All-Star game was the lowest-rated in television history, with just 7.5 percent of the country tuning in to see the National League’s first win since way back in 1996. That represents a drop of 16 percent compared to last year’s game and is worse than the previous low of 8.1 percent from 2005.…

  11. Derrek Lee is warming up to the idea of being traded

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Most of the civilized baseball world is traveling home from Anaheim today, so there aren’t a ton of leaks and whispers out there.  As a result, those truly determined to get a news nugget are beating the bushes hard.  Take this latest one from Rosenthal and Morosi: Derrek Lee has remained noncommittal on the issue…

  12. John Sickels projects Rick 'Wild Thing' Vaughn's career stats

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I find stuff like this endlessly amusing. After no doubt watching Major League for the umpteenth time, prospect guru John Sickels decided to take a stab at projecting Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn’s career numbers, including transactions and injuries and all sorts of stats. Someone really needs to do this for every character in every baseball…

  13. Groan-inducing quote of the day: Jon Heyman on the Escobar trade

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Gotta love a gratuitous swipe at the sabermetic community and a bad pun all in one!

  14. UPDATE: OK, so maybe Joey Votto wasn't being rude

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upon a few hours of reflection I’m fairly certain I totally whiffed here. I haven’t seen video of Votto’s comments (I based my post on ESPN Chicago’s linked story), but logic suggests that Votto’s tone here probably mattered a hell of a lot and it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that Votto was goofing…

  15. Mariners promote last year's No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley to Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    It’s apparently “promote a former No. 2 overall pick to Triple-A” day. First the Royals moved 2007 second pick Mike Moustakas to Triple-A and now the Mariners have done the same with 2009 second pick Dustin Ackley. Moustakas pretty much forced the promotion by hitting .347 with 46 extra-base hits and a 1.100 OPS in…

  16. Jon Lester is not a Hanley Ramirez fan

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Fun little post-All-Star Game anecdote from FanHouse’s Josh Alper involving Jon Lester: Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez were once teammates in the Red Sox minor league system but were on opposite sides of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Lester retired Ramirez on a bouncer back to the mound and after the game he was…

  17. Jason Heyward hopes to come back tomorrow

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward hasn’t played in a game since June 25th due to a messed up thumb, but he took batting practice with the NL All-Stars yesterday and said he’s feeling good. Heyward is hitting .251/.366/.455 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI but was doing way better than that rate-wise before his thumb got injured…

  18. Asdrubal Cabrera close to returning from broken forearm

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list since mid-May with a fractured forearm that required surgery, Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-6 with a double in his first two rehab games at Single-A and is scheduled to move up to Double-A tonight. Cabrera is more or less right on schedule with the 8-10 week timetable he was given at the…

  19. So why was A-Rod kept out of the All-Star Game last night?

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    One of the biggest talking points after last night’s All-Star Game was the fact that Joe Girardi did not use Alex Rodriguez. Most notably, that he did not use him to pinch run for David Ortiz, who wound up getting thrown out at second base on a single to the outfield.  I’ve heard two retorts…

  20. Royals promote 21-year-old stud prospect Mike Moustakas to Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kansas City selected high school shortstop Mike Moustakas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft and he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects for both 2008 and 2009, but dropped to No. 80 in this year’s rankings after hitting just .250/.297/.421 with a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 129 games at high Single-A.…

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