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  1. Quote of the Day II: Bob McClure on Kyle Farnsworth

    Feb 26, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    “I’ll tell you what. Watching him throw a (bullpen workout) is almost like watching Zack (Greinke) throw one. He’s that accurate.” Royals pitching coach Bob McClure, commenting on Kyle Farnsworth’s pitching, apparently moments after taking a giant hit off a crack pipe.

  2. Leyland: Dontrelle Willis looks good

    Feb 26, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    A tweet from Tigers beat writer Jason Beck: Leyland on Dontrelle today: “Very, very impressed. Nice, smooth delivery. Good command overall. Very good. I’m very happy with what I saw.” Early spring training bullpen sessions are notoriously poor indicators of future performance, but if Willis can pitch a lick this year it would be wonderful…

  3. Rosenthal's radical realignment proposal

    Feb 26, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    FOX’s Ken Rosenthal thinks it’s time to realign the divisions to break up the Red Sox-Yankees hegemony.  You gotta go to the interactive map in the middle to see his actual idea for radical realignment, but it breaks down like this: AL Atlantic:  Yankees, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Blue Jays; AL Great Lakes: Reds, Indians, Tigers,…

  4. Baseball executives think Pujols will make $30 million a year. I think he could get more

    Feb 26, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    I did a Pujols post and an Heyman post, so now here’s Heyman on Pujols: Baseball executives agree on a couple things regarding superstar Albert Pujols, the Cardinals and their future together. 1. Pujols and the Cardinals have a very good chance to stay together beyond 2011, when his first nine-figure contract expires, and… 2.…

  5. Beltran and the Mets really haven't buried the hatchet

    Feb 26, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Heyman hears things: Carlos Beltran made nice when he got to Mets’ camp, saying that he got over the club’s hardball tactics in the wake of Beltran’s decision to have surgery after Mets doctor David Altcheck approved it but the Mets had yet to give written approval (Mets ownership has threatened to dock is pay…

  6. Pujols: don't call me "El Hombre"

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    We’re living in the dark ages of baseball nicknames. Most players don’t even have one, and most of those who do have dumb ones that rarely amount to more than adding a “y” or “ey” on to the end of their names.  In a sport that gave us “Oil Can,” “The Yankee Clipper,” and “Death…

  7. Ryan Braun's "life theories"

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy sat down with Ryan Braun who, despite entering his fourth season in the majors, sounds like he’s firmly ensconced in his sophomore year: “I’m really in the moment right now . . . I’ve learned to live in the moment. The quote I’ve heard is, ‘Be where you are when you’re there’”…

  8. Buhner's new bat

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Jay Buhner was in M’s camp today showing off a new bat he’s helping a Washington-based sporting goods company develop: It’s a new bat called the Axe, made of maple with a handle that’s shaped like, you guessed it, the handle of an axe . . . The idea, Trudeau said, is based on stories…

  9. Quote of the Day: Dan McNeil

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    This week’s “Twittergate” is just another exhibit of Ozzie Guillen’s burning desire to be the center of attention . . . One wonders, however, when Sox fans will reach their tipping point on Guillen’s antics. – Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune, sounding not unlike Principal Vernon from “The Breakfast Club” and likely unaware that…

  10. The Phillies should trade Ryan Howard

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Zoinks! It’s not me saying it. It’s Bill at Crashburn Alley. There’s math and caveats and stuff so you should probably read the whole thing rather than expect me to blockquote it, but the argument boils down to this: trading Howard would clear payroll space, allow the team to retain Jayson Werth, would help replenish…

  11. Major League Baseball needs more livestock on the field

    Feb 26, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Athletics’ prospect Michael Taylor spent the winter playing in Mexico. Sounds fun: “Animals on the field. Like chickens and stuff like that. People having barbecues in the stands. Just piling up firewood. The passion. They had bands, a lot of live music,” he said yesterday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. “It was just a different environment.…

  12. The Jason Heyward nets

    Feb 26, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    I’m a gigantic fanboy, but even I’m getting a little tired of the Jason Heyward hype. The latest: When manager Bobby Cox said that the Braves will probably install nets to protect cars from Jason Heyward’s prodigious batting-practice home runs, reporters thought he was kidding. He was not kidding. “I’m serious,” Cox said Thursday at…

  13. The bloody sock doctor is in big trouble

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    The doctor who performed the meatball surgery on Curt Schilling’s ankle in 2004 which led to the bloody sock has had his license suspended and is under investigation for . . . something. Unauthorized possession of stage blood?  Complicity to overacting? Accessory to second degree myth-making?

  14. Manny Ramirez has a new endorsement deal

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    But I’m not touching it with a ten foot pole. You can go read about it at FanHouse, which in this instance will serve as the mitts between this site and the oven that is the website for the product Manny Ramirez is now apparently endorsing. 

  15. I rip Jeff Francoeur because I want him to succeed

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    At least that’s the story I’m going with after reading this piece about Kevin Kouzmanoff: And when he was in the Indians’ system, at Triple-A Buffalo, someone told him he was a bad fielder. Well, he wasn’t told, exactly. “I read an article that said how poor my defense was,” he said. “I sort of…

  16. Great Moments in batting practice

    Feb 26, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    The last couple of days have seen hitters starting to take live batting practice from honest-to-goodness pitchers.  A lot of this kind of thing is happening: John Bowker took one in the back Wednesday from Jeremy Affeldt, who naturally blamed the hitter for the whole ugly incident. “It was a curveball. I told him it…

  17. Kevin Youkilis doesn't have much use for statistical analysis

    Feb 26, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Youkilis, a guy many people first heard about by virtue of him being prominently mentioned in “Moneyball” — and a guy who plays for arguably the most stat-savvy team in baseball — don’t need no stinkin’ sabermetrics: “I don’t go off all those UZRs . . . is it UZR?” Youkilis said. “I don’t even…

  18. The Twins are like kids out there

    Feb 26, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Really, they are.  LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune tweets from Twins spring training: A box of baseball cards is in the clubhouse, and players are ripping packs open to find their card. All Alexi Casilla wanted was the Joe Mauer with the big sideburns!

  19. A-Rod offered Damon free agency advice

    Feb 26, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    From MLB.com: Rodriguez, speaking publicly Thursday for the first time this spring, said he reached out to Damon this offseason to offer advice on free agency. “Johnny and I are very good friends, and we’ve always had a lot of dialogue, both in the offseason and the season,” Rodriguez said. “I was just trying to…

  20. The Red Sox don't need an insurance company; they ARE an insurance company

    Feb 26, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Interesting story about Red Sox owner John Henry’s approach to insurance on player contracts. Seems that back when he owned the Marlins Henry had a really bad experience dealing with an insurance company while trying to make a claim on an Alex Fernandez.  So he’s now eschewing insurance on player contracts and is doing two…

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