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  1. Rob Picciolo replaces Ron Roenicke as Angels’ bench coach

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Rob Picciolo

    Normally bench coach news isn’t one of our focuses, but since Joe Maddon and Ron Roenicke both landed manager gigs after serving as Mike Scioscia’s right-hand man it seems worth noting that Rob Picciolo has been named the new Angels bench coach. Picciolo has served as the Angels’ “roving infield instructor” for the past five…

  2. The Mets want a manager in place by the end of the month

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Sandy Alderson

    As we mentioned this morning, the Mets will be on to their second round of managerial interviews shortly. Yesterday, Sandy Alderson said that he wants this wrapped up by the end of the month at the latest: “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by the end of the month,” the…

  3. Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi eyeing move to MLB

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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    Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi is reportedly looking to sign with an MLB team and because the 32-year-old right-hander is a free agent he won’t require a “posting fee” to negotiate with like starter Hisashi Iwakuma and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Formerly a starter, Kobayashi moved to the bullpen this season and saved 29 games with a…

  4. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cincinnati Reds

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Big Red Machine Reds

    The Best: When I did this a couple of years ago I decided that the classic 70s and 80s uniforms were tops just because so much good baseball was played in them. I’ve changed my mind on this. While a team having its glory years in a given uniform is a plus in its column,…

  5. Braves sign independent league standout Beau Torbert

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Beau Torbert spent four seasons playing in Houston’s farm system after the Astros made him their 17th-round pick in 2004, but the 6-foot-4 outfielder hit just .250 with one homer and a .642 OPS in 93 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2007 and was cut. Since then he’s been playing for the independent league…

  6. Dave Trembley lands a job with the Braves

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EST

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    I never worry about what Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre are going to be doing next season, but I always wonder what happens to the lower-profile baseball lifers when they lose a job.  I even kind of worry about them a little bit, as irrational as it sounds. Maybe I’m just projecting here — I’m…

  7. Minnesota woman charged with stealing Grady Sizemore’s nude pictures

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    hacking for dummies

    Last offseason some not-safe-for-work pictures of Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore popped up on the internet, after which Sizemore’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to various websites that posted them. Sizemore later apologized for the photos becoming public, saying that he meant for them to be seen only by his girlfriend, former Playboy centerfold Brittany Binger.…

  8. Charlie Samuels screwed up the Mets’ clubhouse

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Charlie Samuels

    More dirt from the increasingly fascinating case of Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.  The Daily News reports that Samuels was essentially a clubhouse mole for the Wilpons for years, with both Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel believing that he was reporting on them — and passing along players’ gripes — to the front office.  He…

  9. Camden Yards is getting a face lift

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Camden Yards

    Camden Yards — the flagship of the new era of ballparks — has been undergoing some minor renovations over the past couple of years. The team announced the latest round yesterday: At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be…

  10. Report: The Yankees are flying to meet with Cliff Lee today

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

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    Bear season began in Arkansas on Tuesday (really).  The Yankees are on their way down there, loaded for it according to MLB Trade Rumors: The Yankees are flying into Arkansas personally today to meet with Cliff Lee Good scoop by MLBTR.  It’s pretty obvious that the Yankees won’t be denied. Or if they are to…

  11. What they’re saying about Jeter’s Gold Glove

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    Jeter error

    I haven’t seen an award decision that had such uniformity of negative opinion about it since Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy in 1988. Or maybe it was Taste of Honey beating Elvis Costello for Best New Artist in 1978.  To be honest, we should probably rename the Gold Glove the…

  12. Jorge Posada to have knee surgery today

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

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    The reason? Torn meniscus. Not a biggie, of course, but also not the sort of thing that will help him in his efforts to avoid being moved to the DH slot to make way for Jesus Montero. And it seems that, despite the efforts of some to set this up as a showdown, Posada is…

  13. The Mets are giving Wally Backman a second interview for some reason

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:22 AM EST

    backman walking on field

    That’s what Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record are reporting. And good for Backman, because it would seem that wowing ‘em in person is the only shot he has, what with his extraordinarily thin resume for the job. No, I’m not one of the Backman haters. I like a manager who’s fun.…

  14. Rumor: Phillies “could be interested” in Jason Varitek

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:31 PM EST

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    A source tells Boston-based writer Maureen Mullen that the Phillies could be interested in signing Jason Varitek as a backup catcher to Carlos Ruiz. How seriously should we take this one? Hard to say. Unless the Phillies find a taker for Brian Schneider’s $1.5 million contract for next season, it doesn’t sound like a very…

  15. Laynce Nix declares free agency

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

    Laynce Nix

    Laynce Nix declared himself a free agent today after clearing waivers and refusing an outright assignment, according to the Reds’ official Twitter feed. Nix, who turned 30 last month, batted .291/.350/.455 with four home runs, 18 RBI and an 805 OPS over 165 at-bats this past season. He sprained his left ankle on August 23…

  16. Trevor Hoffman keeping his eye on the Diamondbacks

    Nov 9, 2010, 7:38 PM EST

    Trevor Hoffman

    Just one day after we learned that Trevor Hoffman would return for another season if given a chance to close, the all-time saves leader tells Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that he sees a potential fit with the Diamondbacks. The chances of Hoffman finding another closing gig are slim, but he isn’t completely off base.…

  17. Mets to interview Ken Oberkfell for managerial opening

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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    It seemed like a no-brainer out of loyalty, if nothing else. Ken Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets’  Triple-A team for most of the last six years, will get a chance to interview for the opening with the big-league team. Oberkfell has certainly paid all of his dues.  He was Baseball America’s Minor League Manager…

  18. A final word on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    I started the day with Joe Morgan, so I’ll end the day with Joe Morgan. I think I’m in the distinct minority in not really celebrating his departure from ESPN. I can live with that. I belong to a lot of distinct minorities. People who like Dylan’s signing voice for its own sake. People who…

  19. The White Sox will have a chance to match any offers for Konerko

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

    Paul Konerko

    Doug Padilla has a story over at ESPN Chicago talking up the close relationship between Paul Konerko and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.  The upshot for our purposes: that relationship has made it so that Konerko has agreed to come back to Reinsdorf with whatever offers he gets while out on the market and will…

  20. Adrian Gonzalez continues to make it clear that he’s not stayin’ in San Diego

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    If the recent comments of his agent and his general manager weren’t enough, today Adrian Gonzalez himself put to rest the notion that he’d be giving anyone a hometown discount to stay with the Padres. Here he is on a radio show today: “In essence, if I take what you call a San Diego discount…

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