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  1. Congratulations Adrian Beltre and Shane Victorino

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino is not with the Phillies today. Adrian Beltre is not with the Red Sox today. Why? Victorino’s wife had a baby last night and Beltre’s wife just went into labor this afternoon.  This almost certainly ends Beltre’s season. Victorino will obviously join the Phillies before the playoffs start. On behalf of the entire…

  2. Forget it: Omar and Jerry are still alive

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    So I guess Jon Heyman was just jumping the gun this morning: Andy Martino of the Daily News says that “multiple sources say Manuel and Minaya have been told nothing about their status,” and he insists that they will not be fired until at least Sunday. Why anyone is trying to scoop anyone else on…

  3. Wanna buy George Steinbrenner's mash notes?

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that love letters from a college-age George Steinbrenner would be just a notch below Vogon poetry on the hideousness scale, but I’d kinda like to see them anyway. And lucky for us, they’re being auctioned! Mary Jane Schriner met the future Yankees owner when she was 16 years old and he was entering…

  4. Deep Thoughts: The Blue Jays' home runs

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    A friend of mine emailed me a few minutes ago and asked — all of my previous objections to PED accusations of Jose Bautista notwithstanding — whether the fact that the Blue Jays had hit so many home runs this year still didn’t raise any suspicions in my mind. Specifically, he noted — correctly —…

  5. Must-click link: Rob McElhenney talks Phillies

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have upcoming guest appearances on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so Todd Zolecki of MLB.com talked to the show’s co-creator and co-star Rob McElhenney about the episode and his Phillies fandom. Zolecki: Rob McElhenney Talks Utley, Howard and Phillies If you’re a fan of the show you’ll love the interview,…

  6. Troy Tulowitzki isn't pleased with some of his teammates

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki isn’t one for (a) modern hairstyles; or (b) cliches about how the team tied its hardest but just fell short. He’s quite out front, in fact, in saying that he’s not happy with some of his teammates: “There are definitely some guys in this room that are at points in their career where…

  7. Adam Wainwright slams Jack Clark

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright was on ESPN Radio in St. Louis yesterday, and he went off on Jack Clark for saying that the Cardinals were quitters: Those were stupid comments. Hopefully he knows that anyways. You got a guy who likes to hear himself talk, that’s all it is. You notice in every big situation, whether it’s…

  8. Brewers owner gives general manager Doug Melvin a vote of confidence

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Despite back-to-back losing seasons Brewers owner Mark Attanasio gave general manager Doug Melvin a strong vote of confidence yesterday, saying: “He’s the guy next year.” Attanasio admitted to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Melvin had “a tough season” but added that “in my six seasons here this was his first tough season”…

  9. Jerry and Omar get the axe. I think.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya “will not return in their current roles next season.” I guess this means that this is official and that they’ve been told and stuff, but it’s not clear from Heyman’s tweet (which I couldn’t read in the first place, because he…

  10. HBT Daily: The Final Weekend is Here

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about just how badly the Padres are screwed right now.

  11. There goes the neighborhood: Twins and Timberwolves fight over 2,800-square foot billboard

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Despite being next-door neighbors in downtown Minneapolis and having the same corporate sponsorship for their venues the Twins and Timberwolves are having a squabble over the size and placement of a new advertisement. Target Center, which is home to the Timberwolves, is currently installing a 2,800-square foot billboard advertising local health care provider Sanford Health…

  12. Reader Dissent: Craig, you don't know jack about walk rates

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.

  13. Cliff Lee has posted the lowest walk rate in 77 years

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…

  14. Why did the Pirates fire Double-A manager of the year Matt Walbeck?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Pirates fired Double-A manager Matt Walbeck after he won the Eastern League championship and manager of the year award, which had many people scratching their heads. It still seems like an odd move given how successful Walbeck has been–winning four manager of the year awards and three championships in six seasons in the…

  15. Comment: why a challenge system for replay would be terrible

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there.  But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…

  16. Jose Bautista hits homers 53 and 54, including first opposite field blast of the season

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista broke out of a 0-for-20 slump in a big way last night, smacking his 53rd and 54th homers of the season. And remarkably No. 54 was the first homer all year he’s hit to the opposite field. Seriously, look at this mesmerizing MLB.com video showing Bautista’s first 52 homers in two minutes and…

  17. So, what are the Phillies going to do against the Braves this weekend?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?

  18. Rangers won't use Cliff Lee on short rest in ALDS

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Earlier this week Ron Washington said that Cliff Lee “could go” on short rest in the ALDS “if we think we need him” to allow the Rangers to use a three-man rotation, but yesterday the manager squashed those plans. Rather than start Lee in Game 1 and then in Game 4 on three days’ rest,…

  19. Bronson Arroyo expected to make Game 1 start for Reds in very unfavorable matchup with Phillies

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Astros last night in his final start of the season and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that after the game the veteran right-hander “talked like a guy counting on starting Game 1 of the NLDS”: It’s going to be in a hostile environment,…

  20. The Rays might start David Price on Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday.  Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …

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