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  1. Bud's committee considered radical realignment

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal took a stab at a radical realignment scheme a few weeks ago, and most people who think about the game have come up with their own plan from time to time, but this story from Tom Verducci is the first I’ve heard of someone with even quasi-authority mulling it over. The quasi-authority is…

  2. Twins join Cubs in hunt for reliever Jason Frasor

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Cubs were said to be interested in Jason Frasor, and now the Twins have reportedly joined the mix for the Blue Jays’ reliever following news that Joe Nathan likely needs season-ending Tommy John surgery. Frasor is a solid reliever coming off a career-year, but prior to posting a 2.50 ERA in…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 4

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Seeing as though I spent some time in the Twins’ clubhouse that morning, I figured I’d spend the postgame with St. Louis.  Helping me make this decision was the fact that MLB.com’s Matthew Leach and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold are two of my favorite writers going, and I wanted to tag along and…

  4. Nomar: "My tank is empty"

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Nomar is speaking right now.  He’s pretty emotional, but upbeat.  He said that he knew he was ready to retire when he was working out this offseason and realized that he had nothing left.  He recalled something one of his old teammates said when he retired: “I know my tank is empty.” I took this…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 3

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    The game itself was your standard spring training affair (I decided to go with a more inspiring pic).  Shaky pitching, shaky defense and a lot of guys you’ve never heard of in the late innings. Unlike the Mets-Nats game on Sunday, there weren’t a ton of exciting prospects on either team to look forward to,…

  6. The history of the batting helmet

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    lar at Wezen-Ball has it, and it’s more interesting than you might imagine. Call me crazy, but I think the polo helmets Connie Mack experimented with following Mickey Cochrane’s career-ending beaning look pretty spiffy. The big joke last year was about David Wright and that giant new helmet he wore a few times towards the…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 2

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    “I’m tellin’ ya, Mac. If you simply do what I did and say boring things all the time, those pesky reporters would leave ya alone. Now, what say you and me go beat up Gardenhire so I can get my team back?” I may have gotten that quote wrong. Can’t find my notes. A pity,…

  8. Nomar Garciaparra is retiring

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    I’m at the Red Sox camp today, and for the second straight day my timing is good.  As I got into the press box this morning they were setting up for a press conference. It won’t go down until later today, but the buzz in here is that the Red Sox are signing Nomar Garciaparra…

  9. Yankee executive arrested for DUI

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations was arrested for DUI on Monday night.  No blood alcohol level was available because Newman refused to blow the breathalyzer. Which is a pretty interesting area of the law if anyone cares about such things, but I’ll leave that for another day. You’ll recall —…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 1

    Mar 10, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    I woke up bright and early, had the worst cup of coffee you’ll ever get in the lobby of a major chain hotel, stopped at a 7-11 to get a better cup of coffee and then headed to the ballpark. Why a 7-11? Because the entire State of Florida appears to consist of densely-landscaped eight…

  11. Torii Hunter: black Dominican players are "imposters"

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    USA Today continues its five-part round table on improving the game, and today they take on a monster: race.  Torii Hunter throws a big freakin’ bomb:   Fans look down from their seats onto the baseball field, see dark-colored skin and might assume they are African-American players. But increasingly, the players instead hail from the…

  12. UPDATE: Reyes denies diagnosis on thyroid

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Update: Here’s a quote from the translated version, available on ESPN.com: “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I’m fine and that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test [taken to follow one conducted during his physical] showed that I’m fine. We just have to wait for…

  13. Cal Ripken thinking seriously about managing

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken tells Bloomberg that the managing itch is getting stronger, and as the years go by he’s more and more likely to scratch it. The Hall of Famer, who retired in 2001 after 21 years with the Orioles, has said before that he was interested in managing, but wanted to wait until his kids…

  14. Is Stephen Strasburg ready for the majors right now?

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It’s the obvious question following Stephen Strasburg’s debut on Tuesday. And, for now, manager Jim Riggleman is sticking pretty close to a “never say never” approach: “The consensus of this organization, top to bottom, is that the plan is to start him in the minor leagues,” said his manager, Jim Riggleman. “But I’m not saying…

  15. O's don't rule out outside help for second base

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    While acknowledging that the Orioles are confident Brian Roberts will be ready for the start of the season, team president Andy MacPhail concedes that he is beginning to worry about the pace of his recovery. “It’s getting to be something that’s on my radar screen, even though at the present time our athletic staff feels…

  16. Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to play 10 more years

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka spent seven years playing professional ball in Japan before inking a six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2007.  He owns a 4.00 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP and a 37-21 record over his first three major league seasons and is apparently loving every minute of his time in the…

  17. Former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis dies

    Mar 9, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Andrew Blankstein of the Los Angeles Times reports that 69-year-old former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis was found dead in his apartment this morning: Davis … became one of the Dodgers’ early stars after the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. Known for his offense, Davis played center field for the Dodgers…

  18. Blalock can opt out of 'convoluted' deal with Rays

    Mar 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Hank Blalock’s minor-league contract with the Rays includes an opt-out clause that allows him to request his release and become a free agent if not added to the 40-man roster by April 1. He can also choose to accept an assignment to the minors, which seems like it could be a decent option given that…

  19. The Yankees trade Edwar Ramirez to the Rangers

    Mar 9, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    When the Yankees got Chan Ho Park they needed roster room, so they DFA’d Edwar Ramirez. Today they unloaded him for cash to Texas. Ramirez has always struck out a ton of dudes, but he’s dinger-prone and walks a lot of guys. Still, he’s definitely someone that can help a bullpen — strikeouts from relievers…

  20. Jason Kendall involved in ugly custody battle

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    TMZ had it first and now the Kansas City Star has picked up on Jason Kendall’s appearance yesterday in a Los Angeles court, where the Royals catcher tried to get permission to bring his two children with him to Kansas City during the season. His ex-wife Chantel Kendall tried to block the move while appearing…

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