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  1. Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008. Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles…

  2. Is Sandy Alderson the right man for the Mets' GM job?

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Now that it appears as though Sandy Alderson is the front runner for the Mets’ GM job, Andy Martino of the Daily News has some questions for the guy.  He couches them in “hey, Alderson may be the best man for the job, I’m just askin’” language, but you can tell that he’s a bit concerned…

  3. Twins likely to give Ron Gardenhire a contract extension

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    I co-hosted the postgame call-in show on 1500-ESPN here in Minnesota following the Twins’ season-ending loss to the Yankees on Saturday night and many of the callers wanted Ron Gardenhire fired, but not surprisingly the manager is in absolutely no danger of actually being let go. Gardenhire is under contract through next season and Twins…

  4. Pat Listach no longer in mix to become Cubs' new manager

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Nationals third base coach Pat Listach was on the short list to become the Cubs’ new manager, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the former Rookie of the Year is no longer in the running for the job. Ladson notes that Listach “is still respected by the organization” from his days managing in the…

  5. Quote of the day: Moe Szyslak on managing

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I still think Moe’s best-ever line was about how he was going to take his date out for a steak “as big as a toilet seat,” but this is easily his best baseball-related line.

  6. Selig to the Rays: don't improve Tropicana Field

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Bud Selig has instructed Rays management “not to make significant financial investments in the area until attendance indicators improve, suggesting the team could be investing in potential relocation sites.” I’m assuming that means stadium improvements and the like. I’d normally say something critical here, but it’s probably smart for…

  7. Joe Maddon told Evan Longoria "to guard that leg" with injury

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria’s quadriceps injury hasn’t hurt his hitting any, as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles in the Rays’ win yesterday, but he was clearly running at significantly less than full strength on his home run trot. “I kind of felt like Kirk Gibson going around the bases a little bit,” Longoria…

  8. Bobby Valentine is the Marlins' "leading candidate"

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    When last the Marlins and Bobby Valentine spoke, it was in anger. Serious anger, with Bobby V. fuming over the unprofessional manner in which he was informed he was not a candidate to replace Fredi Gonzalez in the middle of the season.  I guess we need to stop livin’ in the past, man, because the…

  9. Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies gets cocaine charges dropped

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Last month Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession charges stemming from a June arrest in Florida and now the Kamloops Daily News reports that the state attorney’s office has dropped all charges against the 21-year-old outfield prospect acquired by the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade. Here’s what Gillies said about the charges…

  10. The Brewers freeze ticket prices for 2011

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Brewers have frozen ticket prices for 2011. This goes for all tickets: season tickets, packages, single-gamers, and everything.  Brewers owner Mark Attanasio issued a statement explaining the reasoning: All of us here at the Milwaukee Brewers sympathize with all of you hit so hard by these trying economic times. In order to help you,…

  11. Tim Wallach has a spot on Don Mattingly's coaching staff

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tim Wallach was passed over for the Dodgers’ managerial opening in favor of Don Mattingly, but Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that “he will be a part of the Dodgers’ major league staff in 2011, either as bench coach or third-base coach.” Assuming, of course, that Wallach isn’t hired to managed elsewhere. According to Jackson…

  12. Mark Cuban and Jim Crane want to get paid for losing out on the Rangers

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Hey, if you don’t ask for it, you’re never going to get it, right?  SportsBusiness Journal reporting: Mark Cuban and Jim Crane want payment of $2.65 million in legal fees and other expenses stemming from their failed bankruptcy bid for the Texas Rangers in August . . . Cuban and Crane argue that had they…

  13. Roy Oswalt photo-bombs pitching coach Rich Dubee

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Via our friends at The Fightins comes this screen shot of Roy Oswalt photo-bombing Rich Dubee during the Phillies pitching coach’s in-game interview with TBS. Click here for the video, which is even more amusing. After finishing off the Reds yesterday the Phillies now have five days off before the NLCS begins and Oswalt will…

  14. The Rays are making 5,000 more seats available for Game 5

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times says that the Rays are going to remove those blue tarps many of you have been mistaking for thousands of unsold seats and making the seats under the tarps available for Tuesday’s Game 5.  That will mean room for 5,000 more fans, whom the Rays will charge $30…

  15. Johnny Damon would love to go back to the Yankees

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Oh jeez. Can’t we even wait until the World Series is over to start this stuff again? Johnny Damon will be wearing a new hat next season and he is very open to it having NY on the front of it. “I would love to have that as an option,” Damon told The Post when…

  16. Instant replay isn't going to happen on Frank Robinson's watch

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    An instant replay drama in the form of a one act play.

  17. Nice win and all, but the Phillies may want to take extra batting practice

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    History shows that you can win a World Series with dominant pitching. But life is always better if you can hit the ball too. Which the Phillies didn’t really do in their three games against the Reds: They hit .212/.301/.273. with only four extra base hits in the whole series. That’s certainly better than the…

  18. Champagne showers after the Division Series? Really?

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Given that a loss in the LCS would constitute a failed season for the Phillies and the Yankees, why were they spraying the bubbly after their Division Series wins?

  19. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    You all are lucky I even managed to pull myself out of bed this morning after last night’s Braves game. But I’m a pro, see, and that’s what pros do. Now — where are the anti-depressants?

  20. Cole Hamels shuts out Reds as Phillies complete sweep

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

    Yes, Game 2 was in their hands and they lost it, but with the results from Games 1 and 3, it doesn’t seem like the Reds ever really had a chance to win this series. The Phillies got their second dominant pitching performance in three games, this one from Cole Hamels, in beating Cincinnati 2-0…

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