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  1. John Sickels projects Rick 'Wild Thing' Vaughn's career stats

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I find stuff like this endlessly amusing. After no doubt watching Major League for the umpteenth time, prospect guru John Sickels decided to take a stab at projecting Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn’s career numbers, including transactions and injuries and all sorts of stats. Someone really needs to do this for every character in every baseball…

  2. Groan-inducing quote of the day: Jon Heyman on the Escobar trade

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Gotta love a gratuitous swipe at the sabermetic community and a bad pun all in one!

  3. UPDATE: OK, so maybe Joey Votto wasn't being rude

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upon a few hours of reflection I’m fairly certain I totally whiffed here. I haven’t seen video of Votto’s comments (I based my post on ESPN Chicago’s linked story), but logic suggests that Votto’s tone here probably mattered a hell of a lot and it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that Votto was goofing…

  4. Mariners promote last year's No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley to Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    It’s apparently “promote a former No. 2 overall pick to Triple-A” day. First the Royals moved 2007 second pick Mike Moustakas to Triple-A and now the Mariners have done the same with 2009 second pick Dustin Ackley. Moustakas pretty much forced the promotion by hitting .347 with 46 extra-base hits and a 1.100 OPS in…

  5. Jon Lester is not a Hanley Ramirez fan

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Fun little post-All-Star Game anecdote from FanHouse’s Josh Alper involving Jon Lester: Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez were once teammates in the Red Sox minor league system but were on opposite sides of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Lester retired Ramirez on a bouncer back to the mound and after the game he was…

  6. Jason Heyward hopes to come back tomorrow

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward hasn’t played in a game since June 25th due to a messed up thumb, but he took batting practice with the NL All-Stars yesterday and said he’s feeling good. Heyward is hitting .251/.366/.455 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI but was doing way better than that rate-wise before his thumb got injured…

  7. Asdrubal Cabrera close to returning from broken forearm

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list since mid-May with a fractured forearm that required surgery, Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-6 with a double in his first two rehab games at Single-A and is scheduled to move up to Double-A tonight. Cabrera is more or less right on schedule with the 8-10 week timetable he was given at the…

  8. So why was A-Rod kept out of the All-Star Game last night?

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    One of the biggest talking points after last night’s All-Star Game was the fact that Joe Girardi did not use Alex Rodriguez. Most notably, that he did not use him to pinch run for David Ortiz, who wound up getting thrown out at second base on a single to the outfield.  I’ve heard two retorts…

  9. Royals promote 21-year-old stud prospect Mike Moustakas to Triple-A

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kansas City selected high school shortstop Mike Moustakas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft and he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects for both 2008 and 2009, but dropped to No. 80 in this year’s rankings after hitting just .250/.297/.421 with a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 129 games at high Single-A.…

  10. Brandon Phillips Interview: the director's cut

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Why does Dusty Baker wear sweat bands? Brandon Phillips tells Tiffany Simons.

  11. Scott Boras is suddenly tired of anonymous sources

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Buster Olney was talking about Prince Fielder yesterday, and in doing so he quoted some unnamed executives who were waxing pessimistic on Fielder’s defense and body type.  That got Fielder’s agent — Scott Boras — angry. He emailed Tom Haudricourt about it. In addition to taking issue with the assertions about Fielder on the merits,…

  12. Picture of the Day: Will Ferrell invades your work space

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    MLB.com Brewers beat reporter Adam McCalvy snapped a picture of MLB.com Cardinals beat reporter Matthew Leach trying to get some work done while Will Ferrell invaded the press box at the Home Run Derby: I’m a big fan of Ferrell and also of Leach, so I find the photo endlessly amusing.

  13. The Braves trade Yunel Escobar to the Jays for Alex Gonzalez

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    The Braves have finally had enough of Yunel Escobar

  14. Bryce Harper wins prestigious 'Golden Spikes Award'

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    In news agent Scott Boras will surely bring up in contract negotiations next month, No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper has been named the “Golden Spikes Award” winner as the country’s top amateur player. Harper is an unconventional choice because he left high school early and enrolled in junior college, batting .443 with 31 homers…

  15. The Rangers auction is now set for August 4th

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    My immediate interest in the Rangers’ sale has waned in the past week because (1) the fact that they traded for Cliff Lee means that they’ve made their big on-the-field move and thus getting the sale done before the trade deadline isn’t as pressing for baseball purposes as it seemed before; and (2) with all…

  16. Torii Hunter had an exhausting All-Star weekend

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter drank a lot of “Pepsi” this week.

  17. Pedro Martinez won't be re-signing with the Phillies and may not pitch at all this season

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since Pedro Martinez signed with the Phillies after sitting out the first half, but don’t expect a similar scenario for the future Hall of Famer this season. In speaking yesterday to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., agent Fernando Cuza revealed that Martinez has yet to even begin throwing…

  18. Steinbrenner: business savvy even in death

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Say what you want about George Steinbrenner, but he was a hell of a businessman. From turning a tiny initial investment in the Yankees into a billion-dollar franchise, to starting his own regional sports network, rarely did the man make a business mistake.  The pattern continued even until his death: By dying in 2010, the…

  19. The Brewers are asking a lot for Corey Hart

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Doug Melvin has a funny way of not “actively shopping” Corey Hart. The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman: Heard this: Giants and Brewers talked turkey on Hart, and Milwaukee asked for Sanchez or Bumgarner. Sabean is not eager to trade eith I don’t know how you can possibly trade good young pitching like Sanchez or Bumgarner for…

  20. The Braves are interested in Cody Ross

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that the Braves “continue to have interest” in Cody Ross of the Marlins. Which, considering there hadn’t been any previous reports that I know of in which the Braves expressed interest in the first place is rather odd, but hey, why not? Ross is hitting 282/.332/.415 with seven homers and 46 RBI. …

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