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  1. George Steinbrenner has died following a massive heart attack

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The Daily News is reporting that George Steinbrenner has died.  He was 80. We’ll be writing more about this shortly. In the meantime, thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner family, Yankees fans and, let’s face it, baseball fans everywhere. 9:25 A.M.: WABC in New York is now reporting that Steinbrenner had a “massive heart…

  2. Prince Fielder is looking for a Mark Teixeira deal

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Yesterday Tom Haudricourt said that, after his conversation with Scott Boras, he was never more convinced that Prince Fielder was going to leave Milwaukee via free agency.  Today we have the article explaining why, and it comes down to two words: Mark Teixeira. The quotes are all Boras: “When you have a player that performs…

  3. David Ortiz wants a multi-year deal

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    If delusion is a performance enhancing drug, David Ortiz’s Home Run Derby championship is explained.

  4. And That Happened: Classic

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special “Classic” version of “And That Happened.” The following originally ran on July 13, 1969

  5. Pitching's youth movement more trend than fluke

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — With four no-hitters, including two perfect games (and that’s not even counting Armando Galarraga’s perfecto robbery), this has definitely been the year of the pitcher. Not only have we seen dominant performances on the mound, we’ve witnessed an incredible rise of talented young arms. These guys can not only bring the heat,…

  6. HBT LiveBlog: David Ortiz wins the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    It took a while, but David Ortiz is your Home Run Derby winner.

  7. Hey! It's the Hardball Talk Home Run Derby contest!

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    The 2010 Home Run Derby is complete. And our contest has a winner.

  8. Will Ferrell's home run call: 'It's home run o'clock'

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols drew a huge crowd during media interviews on Monday. Ichiro Suzuki, followed by a host of Japanese reporters, had an even larger following. But both of them paled in comparison to Will Ferrell, the actor/comedian who showed up at the Home Run Derby. Ferrell drew quite a following, a group including All-Star officials,…

  9. Quote of the Day II: Verlander's priorities have changed

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    “That’s going to take a couple hours off my night.”- Detroit Tigers All-Star Justin Verlander, discussing how an increased role in the All-Star game will impact his social life. Verlander was joking, obviously, when asked to compare his first All-Star appearance in 2007, when he hardly expected to get into the game, versus his current…

  10. Arthur Rhodes' son will be 'right beside me'

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Arthur Rhodes has made the All-Star team for the first time at age 40. The veteran left-hander has been a starter and closer, but has spent most of his career as a middle/late reliever, making his accomplishment as unusual as it is impressive. In 19 seasons in the big leagues, Rhodes is…

  11. Five surprising first-half performers

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    I grew up listening to Operation Ivy. No, I’m not going to bore you with my one-time affinity for late 80′s ska-core, but there’s a line from “Knowledge” that always rings true in my head, especially as it relates to my experience as a baseball fan: “All I know is that I don’t know nothing.”…

  12. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel makes no damn sense, but we love him anyway

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Warning: even my Charlie Manuel-to-grifter translator was no match for this one.

  13. At least one person thinks there's no way Prince Fielder re-signs with the Brewers

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    When Boras starts citing “rare commodities,” hold on to your wallet.

  14. Rangers fans are now threatening court officials

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I’ve reported a bit of bad news regarding the Rangers sale over the past year, and when I did I was always surprised to read the hostile reactions of Rangers fans on various Rangers blogs. Hostility directed at me directly, not at the news. Killing the messenger is always tiresome, you know? But at least…

  15. The Nats haven't talked with Bryce Harper yet

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats haven’t spoken with Bryce Harper yet about a contract. Harper was drafted on June 7th. The deadline to sign him or lose him is August 15th.  No one should be particularly concerned about this, however, because as everyone knows, Scott Boras is the agent, and as everyone who…

  16. Orioles' forgotten man Brian Roberts finally begins rehabbing

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    After numerous setbacks and false starts recovering from his abdominal injury and subsequent back problems Brian Roberts finally began a rehab assignment today in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 3-for-3 while leading off and playing second base. Roberts said last week that he’s targeting an August 1 return, but president of baseball operations Andy…

  17. The Angels plan on going after Carl Crawford

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Is it too early for some winter hot stove? Nah, never too early. Ken Rosenthal has a new column up, and it’s got all kinds of random things in it. The thing that caught my eye was his discussion of the Angels’ potential moves this summer, which might include going after a first baseman. They…

  18. Why are the Twins, Braves and Angels smiling?

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Because they have some of the easiest second-half schedules among contenders.  That according to Buster Oleny who breaks it all down in his latest column. Really the Reds and Cardinals have the easiest schedules left, but considering they’re competing with each other for the NL Central title, the cake schedule doesn’t really give either of…

  19. On second thought, Michael Young may not replace Adrian Beltre in the All-Star game

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    During his press conference this afternoon All-Star manager Joe Girardi announced that Michael Young was picked to replace the injured Adrian Beltre on the AL roster, which was fine except … well, apparently no one told Beltre. Girardi was under the impression that Beltre was unavailable after injuring his hamstring yesterday, but the Red Sox’s…

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