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  1. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Tampa Bay Rays

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    The Best: There certainly isn’t much history to work with here.  You got this, you’ve got that and you’ve got the other. Well, “that” came in a model with sleeves too.  Anyway, I like “the other” best.  I can’t decide how I feel about the light blues they wear on Sunday.  While I’m predisposed to…

  2. Brewers “making progress” on re-signing Craig Counsell

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Craig Counsell, Ronny Cedeno

    General manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “making progress” toward re-signing veteran infielder Craig Counsell to a new contract. Counsell is a Wisconsin native and has signed or re-signed with the Brewers as a free agent on three different occasions, so it sounds like the 40-year-old…

  3. Things that don’t go together: Cleveland Indians Edition

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    Jake Westbrook

    Paul Hoynes offers a couple of tidbits in his latest article about the Indians. first: . . . the $2.53 million the Indians spent on big-league free agents last winter — $850,000 for Mike Redmond and $1.5 million for Russell Branyan — may look like a lavish spending spree compared to this winter. Then: Here’s…

  4. Yankees “have expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa as fallback option to Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Cliff Lee is obviously atop the Yankees’ offseason shopping list regardless of whether or not general manager Brian Cashman is “desperate” to sign him, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that they’ve also “expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is a left-handed starting pitcher, so it seems…

  5. The Cubs are asking the Illinois legislature for $200 million in Wrigley upgrades

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    Attention Tea Partying Cubs fans: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is asking the state of Illinois to help finance more than $200 million in renovations at Wrigley Field. In a letter to season ticket holders and Wrigleyville residents, Ricketts said the Illinois General Assembly will be considering a bill to preserve Wrigley Field. The plan will…

  6. Justin Morneau wants the fences brought in at Target Field

    Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    target-field-100407

    The Star-Tribune reports that Justin Morneau said that the team’s hitters “are very disappointed with the organization’s decision not to move in the fences at Target Field for next season.” In an email to the paper he said: “Right-center to left-center is ridiculous. [It’s] almost impossible for a righthanded hitter to [homer to the] opposite…

  7. Cashman: we’re not desperate for Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Here’s Brian Cashman, talking about the Yankees’ need for Cliff Lee: “I don’t feel like we are in a desperate situation here. I think we have a lot of quality players on this team that won 95 games and fell two games short of a World Series.” To the extent that you’re never “desperate” when…

  8. Hire Wally Backman! He tries to win!

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EST

    Wally Backman

    Interesting conversation in the comment thread to yesterday’s post about how much impact a manager has on team performance.  In response to a commenter who asked if I thought managers had absolutely no affect, I said, no, I thought that managers are ultimately limited on the top end by the talent on their team, but…

  9. The challenge of writing for a newspaper audience

    Nov 12, 2010, 6:33 AM EST

    Jeter error

    Marc Carig is the Yankees’ beat writer for the Newark Star-Ledger.  He’s easily my favorite Yankees’ beat guy going,* partially because he does great work, partially because he’s a nice, funny guy and partially because you can tell he takes his job seriously and thinks hard about his craft. That thinking is on display today…

  10. Uggla says long-term agreement with Marlins is ‘reachable’

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:54 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million contract extension proposal from the Marlins last week.  But he’s not done negotiating. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the arbitration-eligible second baseman told reporters Thursday that believes a long-term deal is “reachable” and that the two sides “can close the gap” before salary arbitration…

  11. UPDATE: D’Backs nearing two-year contract with Geoff Blum

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:29 PM EST

    blum with bat

    The Diamondbacks are about to get… older. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Arizona is close to agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Geoff Blum. The veteran Blum posted a poor .267/.321/.356 batting line, two home runs and 22 RBI in 202 at-bats for the Astros this year and they rewarded that effort by…

  12. Pujols tops Votto as MLB announces Silver Slugger Awards

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

    pujols with silv slug

    Major League Baseball revealed its 2010 Silver Slugger Award recipients this evening during a one-hour special on MLB Network.  It’s the kind of show that would be far better suited for the announcement of Gold Gloves — you know, with highlights of great plays and range breakdowns — but MLBN probably had better programming lined…

  13. Boras: Adrian Beltre already drawing major interest

    Nov 11, 2010, 6:51 PM EST

    beltre head up close

    Super-agent Scott Boras is making wild claims about one of his free agent clients.  Crazy, right? According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Boras told MLB Network Radio on Thursday afternoon that he has “never seen more interest in a player” than what he’s experiencing this fall with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.…

  14. Do managers matter?

    Nov 11, 2010, 5:36 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    There has been a lot of heated talk about whether Wally Backman will be the bestest choice for Mets manager ever or whether he’ll sink the entire Mets franchise.  I mean, I imagine it’s possible some people have taken the middle ground on this, but this is the Internet, so that’s practically impossible. Enter J.C.…

  15. Why did No. 9 pick Karsten Whitson turn down $2.1 million from the Padres?

    Nov 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    karson whitson

    Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports has an interesting article about Karsten Whitson, a right-handed pitcher who was the ninth overall pick in June’s draft and turned down a $2.1 million offer to sign with the Padres in order to attend the University of Florida. The short version is that Whitson questioned whether he was truly…

  16. Introducing the Jeff Francoeur autobiography

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:58 PM EST

    My daughter brought this book home from school today.  I’m assuming that “Eric Brown” is a pen name for Jeff Francoeur.  I’m also assuming that my daughter checking out books about baseball is a desperate plea for more time with her father, who has been taken from her by this accursed sport, but I’ll leave…

  17. Jermaine Dye wants to pull a Jim Edmonds

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Jermaine Dye

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Jermaine Dye — who spent 2010 playing golf, and my doesn’t he look rested — intends to play baseball again. Rosenthal says that Dye has been contacted by the Rays, Rockies and Phillies. He didn’t retire last year, he simply didn’t want to play for the kinds of low-dollar offers he…

  18. Marlins moving Chris Coghlan from left field to third base

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Chris Coghlan

    Chris Coghlan has played left field in all but one of his 219 career games, but according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “the Marlins plan on converting Coghlan from left field to third base” in 2011. It presumably won’t take much to convert him, because Coghlan was actually a full-time infielder in the minors before…

  19. The Phillies hire Juan Samuel to coach third base, move Perlozzo to first

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Juan Samuel

    Wow, ever write a blog post and realize that you didn’t need much more than the headline.  Yep, that pretty much says it all: Juan Samuel will be the third base coach, Sam Perlozzo moves to first. This pretty much negates everything I said about Samuel’s stolen base proficiency the other day, because it’s not…

  20. Carlos Beltran “would have to listen” if Mets approached him about trade or move to right field

    Nov 11, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the opening of a $6.5 million high school and baseball academy in his native Puerto Rico, but also gave some interesting answers to questions about his future with the Mets. Beltran made it very clear that he’d like to remain with the Mets and continue…

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