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  1. UPDATE: Mets’ clubhouse manager suspended because of federal gambling probe

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:41 PM EST

    UPDATE: Well, we have an update now: Michael S. Schmidt of the New York times reports that Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was suspended — and will likely be fired — because he has been tied to a federal investigation into illegal gambling.  The gambling involves football, naturally.  And you thought the only crime that…

  2. “Tie goes to the runner, dude!” Or . . . maybe not

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Tie goes to the runner

    During one of the playoff live chats — I can’t remember which one — there was a lively argument about the old “tie goes to the runner” rule.  I can’t remember who was arguing, but I’m pretty sure it was some of you Phillies people, because I recall the argument being shrill and emotional. I…

  3. Picture of the Day: Pablo Sandoval celebrates with a sundae

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:21 PM EST

    Beats the hell out of a silly parade …

  4. Quote of the Day: Albert Pujols

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Normally “Quote of the Day” is for something someone said that is either funny, outrageous or thought provoking.” Not today. Today it’s for the bleedin’ obvious.

  5. Rangers sign manager Ron Washington to two-year contract

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    Ron Washington press conference

    Shortly after the World Series ended Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced that signing manager Ron Washington to a new contract was the team’s first offseason priority and sure enough the two sides agreed to a deal today. Washington gets a two-year contract after leading the Rangers to their first playoff appearance since 1999 and…

  6. The Dodgers sign Jay Gibbons

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    On the one hand, the Dodgers signing Jay Gibbons to a $400K + incentives deal to be a backup outfielder is so minor a move that it may not even be worth chronicling in these august pages. On the other hand, given that last year L.A.’s biggest offseason splash was snagging Jamey Carroll, it may…

  7. White Sox looking to sign John Danks to long-term deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    John Danks

    John Danks is already under team control in 2011 and 2012 as an arbitration eligible player, but Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports that the White Sox are interesting in signing the left-hander to a long-term contract that extends “at least through his first free agent year in 2013.” Danks earned $3.45 million this season and…

  8. Mariners cut loose arbitration eligible Casey Kotchman

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

    Last offseason the Mariners acquired Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox, settled on $3.5 million contract to avoid arbitration, and then watched as the first baseman hit .217 with a lowly .280 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 125 games to rank as one of the worst players in baseball. He remained under team…

  9. Must-Click Link: Why it doesn’t matter that the NFL beats baseball in the TV ratings

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

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    I’ve repeated it over and over: it doesn’t matter that the NFL beats baseball in the ratings. They’re apples and oranges given that baseball’s television economics are all about regular season games broadcast locally, while the NFL is like a national television show.  Comparing the two is like comparing the NBC nightly news with Channel…

  10. HBT Extra: Offseason Preview

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    Tiffany and I chat about free agents, trades, and who’s going where

  11. Pirates narrow manager search to Clint Hurdle, Jeff Banister

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

    clint-hurdle-rangers

    Pittsburgh put its manager search on hold until after the World Series in order to interview Texas hitting coach Clint Hurdle, and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are down to Hurdle and in-house candidate Jeff Banister as the finalists for the job. Banister has spent 25 years in…

  12. Sparky Anderson: 1934-2010

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    Sparky Anderson

    Sad but, in light of what we learned yesterday, not unexpected news: Sparky Anderson has died. Anderson won three world titles, five pennants and seven division titles. He won 2194 games with the Reds and Tigers. He was the first manager to win a World Series in both the NL and the AL. He was…

  13. Scott Podsednik opts out of Dodgers deal and becomes a free agent

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    scott-podsednik-dodgers-swinging

    When the Dodgers exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option earlier this week the assumption was that the speedy outfielder would soon do the same and accept a $2 million salary for 2011, but today Podsednik declined his half of the option and became a free agent. Podsednik earned $1.75 million this season and…

  14. The Red Sox exercise David Ortiz’s 2011 option

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Ortiz home run swing

    Most people would consider it awesome when someone gives them $12.5 million, but I wonder if David Ortiz will feel that way.  We’ll know soon, because the Red Sox just picked up his option for 2011.  This after comments in the press in which he made it clear that he’d prefer a multi-year deal. Of…

  15. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

  16. Peter Moylan: dippin’ down under

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves reliever Peter Moylan is from Australia. And we learn from his recently launched blog — which, if the history of these sorts of things holds, will go inactive in two weeks — that it’s not easy transitioning to the offseason when you’re from the land down under.  After he took a 24 hour flight…

  17. Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EST

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason. That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular…

  18. Report: Marlins offer Dan Uggla a four-year deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    The Marlins have been content to let Dan Uggla do the arbitration thing the past couple of years, actually going to arbitration before the 2009 season and signing a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal this past offseason. His consistently strong production, however, has led to the point where they have to go long term with him, it…

  19. Astros eliminate “advance scout” position to focus on video

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    brad-mills-astros

    In his first year as manager Brad Mills encouraged Astros players to rely extensively on video to scout opponents and analyze their own performance, and now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is eliminating the position of “advance scout” to focus even more on video work. The news isn’t quite as…

  20. The Cubs aren’t exactly aiming high on the free agent market

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:04 PM EST

    Nick Johnson

    Cubs fans envisioning Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn in the fold can put those thoughts to rest, it seems, because according to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry isn’t thinking that big: With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on…

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