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  1. Chapman is awesome and everything, but are the radar guns juiced?

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    We’ve all been impressed with the Aroldis Chapman show recently. That 103.9 reading the other night was boffo, and it actually made that 105 reading from Louisville — which I had doubted but am maybe coming around to believe — seem more plausible. Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein has a great point, though: we should be…

  2. General manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell are on the hot seat in Pittsburgh

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    With the Pirates on a 109-loss pace in their 18th straight losing season and team president Frank Coonelly venting his frustration by saying things like “losing stinks” during an online chat with fans, it’s no surprise that general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell are on the hot seat. Bob Nightengale of USA Today…

  3. Morgan gets an eight game suspension for the Marlins brawl

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Heyman just tweeted it.*  Those eight games are in addition to the seven he got for his previous jackassery. As we learned a bit ago, his appeal will be heard next Friday. One would assume that appeals of both suspensions would be heard at the same time. Also suspended as a result of that game:…

  4. Rays manager is officially now Dr. Joe Maddon

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon received his honorary “doctor of letters” degree from Lafayette College yesterday, meaning the Rays’ manager is officially now a doctor. Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times notes that approximately 200 people attended the ceremony at the college Maddon dropped out of 35 years ago. Or as he joked: “I was on the…

  5. Nyjer Morgan's appeal pushed back; Pat Listach suspended

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan was supposed to have the appeal to his last suspension heard on Tuesday.  Bill Ladson is reporting that that Major League Baseball has bumped it back to next Friday, however. I guess the giant paddle with which they plan to spank him isn’t back from the woodworking shop yet. In other news, Morgan’s…

  6. The Irony of the McCourt case

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Yesterday on the witness stand, Frank McCourt repeated something he said Jamie McCourt would say over and over during their marriage: “You can make a billion. You can lose a billion. I don’t care. I just want my own nest egg.” This is supposed to be evidence that Jamie had no interest in the Dodgers…

  7. Albert Pujols won "NL player of the month" for August while the Cardinals went 11-15

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols has been named the National League’s player of the month for August, and rightfully so. He hit .379 and slugged .777 during the month, smacking 11 homers and eight doubles in 103 at-bats while posting a 1.230 OPS in 26 games. And the Cardinals went 11-15. All of which says two things, to…

  8. Jeff Wilpon visits Wally Backman

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    As Jerry Manuel continues to wonder what he’ll be doing next spring, Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that Jeff Wilpon — who, every time I think of him and his father, I think of these guys — went to a Brooklyn Cyclones game last night and met with Wally Backman in private. Martino…

  9. Ron Gardenhire has been ejected from a higher percentage of his games than all-time leader Bobby Cox

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire got himself ejected from last night’s game in the seventh inning for arguing one of several blown calls by the Joe West-led umpiring crew, which meant the Twins manager got to watch the extra-inning disaster on a clubhouse television rather than seeing it unfold live from the dugout. All things considered, he was…

  10. Great Moments in self-motivation: Matt Garza

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Baseball is better than football because, for the most part, players approach it like a job, not as if it were war or cockfighting or whatever. They try to do their best. They try to get better. With a few exceptions, however, they don’t generally get all rah-rah and imgonnakillyou about it.  One of those…

  11. Tyson Gillies hired the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan's son and pleaded "not guilty" to coke charge

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty yesterday to a felony charge of cocaine possession stemming from his August 20 arrest in Florida. According to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News the 21-year-old outfielder was walking along a service road at 3:00 a.m. and trying to flag down passing cars when police stopped and…

  12. Ryne Sandberg named PCL manager of the year

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Here’s one for the resume as the Cubs look for a new big league manager: Ryne Sandberg will be named Pacific Coast League manager of the year today, the Iowa Cubs confirmed Thursday. In Sandberg’s first season as Cubs manager, the team was a season-high 21 games over .500 entering Thursday’s contest at Albuquerque. The…

  13. Twins opt not to add pitching reinforcements on September 1 and pay the price

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Last night’s Twins-Tigers game was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, as the two teams combined for 13 innings of sloppy, mistake-filled play that included a seemingly endless array of botched double plays and blown leads. As a Twins fan there are approximately 100 different things I could complain about from the agonizing evening,…

  14. The Brewers look poised to trade Prince Fielder this winter

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    That according to Jayson Stark, who says that rival clubs who have spoken to the Brewers think Fielder will be moved in the offseason. This is not terribly surprising. They have someone who — maybe — can fill in at first base.  They’re likely nowhere in the same universe with Fielder when it comes to…

  15. Nyjer Morgan continues to own the heel role

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The job of whoever is assigned to defend Nyjer Morgan at his disciplinary appeal just got a bit harder.

  16. Jerry Manuel wants to know if he's coming back

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    I missed this yesterday — Manny and Francoeur obsessions make you blind to any number of things — but apparently Jerry Manuel “would love to know” whether the Mets plan on bringing him back next season.  He’s not going to ask now, however, because he doesn’t want to become a distraction. Show of hands America:…

  17. Your absolutely gobsmacking statistic of the day: Derek Jeter division

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    I know Jeter is having a bad year at the plate. I looked at his stat line as recently as yesterday. Still, seeing his season characterized thusly is the kind of thing that makes your brain seize up and your jaw go slack: let the record show that on Sept. 2, 2010 Yuniesky Betancourt (95…

  18. We're still using "Moneyball" reference to bash the A's? Really?

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    When you read stuff like this from the Daily News’ Bill Madden, you have to ask yourself two questions: (1) At what point will columnists stop using a now seven year-old book as a hook to write about the A’s? and (2) would Billy Beane have been better off if he had never provided Michael…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Phillies pick up a game on Atlanta and the Twins and Tigers play a wild one. Sadly, I missed all of it because I was watching football. Not that I’m proud of myself or anything.

  20. Johan Santana leaves Thursday start with pectoral strain

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

    From New York’s WFAN comes word that Mets left-hander Johan Santana was lifted from his Thursday start against the Braves due to a strained pectoral muscle. Santana threw only 65 pitches and lasted only five innings.  He was great while on the rubber, allowing just three hits and one earned run while racking up three…

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