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  1. SABR announces Chadwick Award winners

    Mar 1, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR as it is best known, on Monday announced the creation of the Henry Chadwick Award and its initial winners. The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz terms it “the Baseball Historian Hall of Fame.” Lee Allen Bob Davids Bill James Peter Morris David Neft Peter Palmer Lawrence Ritter…

  2. Red Sox still need a taker for Lowell

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Already almost dealt in December, Mike Lowell is a man auditioning for work this spring, though he’ll do so with the comfort of a $12 million salary and a no-trade clause that gives him some control over his destiny. Lowell took batting practice Monday for the first time since the thumb surgery that scuttled the…

  3. John Smoltz is not running for Congress

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Weird story over the weekend as someone in the Republican party was telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political reporter that the GOP intended to approach John Smoltz about filling the soon-to-be vacant Congressional seat currently held by John Linder.  Smoltz immediately shot down the idea saying that he had no interest in elective office. It’s a…

  4. Sandy Koufax: Double agent?

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Last week Sandy Koufax checked into Mets camp, helping out Oliver Perez. This week he’s in Arizona with the Dodgers: Torre said Koufax is in Arizona to visit family, but he’s expected to soon appear at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, as he did last year, and no doubt will watch Kershaw at work, as he did two…

  5. Barry Zito: "I want to be a top-of-the-rotation guy again"

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Many people have chalked up Barry Zito’s post-gajillion dollar contract struggles to complacency, comfort, wealth or poor character.  If you believe what he told MLB.com recently, however, his competitive fire still burn: Barry Zito used to be the main man on the Giants’ starting staff. Despite four years remaining on his seven-year, $126 million contract,…

  6. Which "Wire" character is Omar Minaya?

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    You can get straight-up baseball analysis anywhere, but only a handful of websites ask the things I really want to know. Questions like, “if Omar Minaya were a character from ‘The Wire,’ who would he be?” You know who I think it is, it’s Pryzbylewski. Prezbo is clearly a guy, like Omar as a GM,…

  7. Cubs likely to let Derrek Lee hit the open market

    Mar 1, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee is entering the final season of a five-year, $65 million contract and has made it clear that he’d like to remain with the Cubs, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that “there will be no negotiations this spring and probably not any during the season.” Here’s what Lee had to say…

  8. A-Rod gets sucked into the Dr. Galea investigation

    Mar 1, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez is being pulled into the Tony Galea-HGH mini-scandal that ensnared Jose Reyes last week. Rodriguez acknowledged a few minutes ago that the feds want to talk to him and that he intends to cooperate with their investigation. While this suggests that A-Rod went up to Canada to have his blood spun Reyes-style last…

  9. Glaus is 'back to normal' after shoulder surgery

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Troy Glaus said yesterday that he’s “back to normal” and has “no limitations” after shoulder surgery limited him to just 14 games last season: There’s no doubt that it feels better than it did in September. I was able to have a full winter of working out and getting in shape. During the last offseason…

  10. Willie Mays: serial cheater

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Joe Posnanski got off the phone with the Royals’ ticket office and banged out a hell of an essay this morning on Willie Mays, greenies and cheating that flows quite nicely with what some of us were discussing in the Hall of Fame thread this morning: Baseball in Willie Mays time, like baseball in every…

  11. Shoulder injury latest setback for Josh Hamilton

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    After missing 73 games last season with back, groin, and rib injuries Josh Hamilton hurt his left shoulder last week when he fell during a pop-up drill at the Rangers’ first official workout of spring training. X-rays showed no major damage and Hamilton was hoping to shake off the injury, but instead he skipped batting…

  12. "Opening day is a month away, and the Mets are already falling apart"

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Signs. Portents. An irresistible opportunity for me to get in my recommended daily allowance of Mets bashing: Opening day is a month away, and the Mets are already falling apart. A giant piece of the marquee Citi Field sign came crashing down on Jan. 25 — more evidence for beleaguered Met fans that the sky…

  13. Will the Reds have room for Alonso and Votto?

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Yonder Alonso was the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft and has since emerged as Cincinnati’s best prospect by hitting .293/.378/.459 in the minors, but now that he’s nearing the majors the Reds are starting to wonder where they’ll eventually play him. Alonso has been exclusively a first baseman in the minors, but the…

  14. Would you rather have Matt Cain over Tim Lincecum for the next six years?

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski starts out his latest column — a transcript of the ramblings of some scout he knows — by saying “Call him Scout X. Big league lifer. One of the best in the business. Has forgotten more about baseball than you and I will ever know.”  Of course, Wojciechowski’s writing suggests he doesn’t…

  15. Here's something you don't see every day

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Having Adam Dunn practice bunting is like having a navy captain practice scuttling a ship. I mean, sure, it’s probably useful that he knows how to do it, but if you ever see him actually using the skill, you’re pretty much screwed anyway.

  16. Derrick Turnbow and the 'exploding' big toe

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Derrick Turnbow is so determined to win a spot on the Marlins’ pitching staff that the big toe on his left foot being “a bloody mess” yesterday didn’t stop him from throwing a bullpen session: “My toenail jammed up in my shoe about a week ago and it caused it to swell up,” Turnbow said.…

  17. Great Moments in Strategy: Jim Tracy

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy is sneaky: Fifth starter Jason Hammel will pitch in the team’s Cactus League opener Thursday, facing the Diamondbacks. Opening-day starter Ubaldo Jimenez will make his first start Friday against the Angels rather than pitch against the Giants that same day. “That is by design,” Tracy said, not wanting to give San…

  18. Chan Ho Park: "Philadelphia was the No. 1 choice"

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Almost immediately after it was announced that the Yankees had signed Chan Ho Park for $1.2 million, Phillies fans went crazy, wondering why one of the only truly effective relievers they had last year was able to get away so cheaply and easily. Park says it was all on the Phillies: “I had a wish…

  19. Looking at the early season schedule

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down the early season schedules for the AL East today, trying to figure out who may get out to a fast start, who may falter early and all of that.  Interesting enough, but his premise doesn’t do much for me: Last year, you could look at the early-season schedules and make a…

  20. Your latest Kansas City Royals Fail

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joe Posnanski’s latest tweet: I have been hold on for 10 minutes minutes while trying to BUY KC Royals’ season tickets. Seriously, how pathetic is my life? I’m not sayin’ that Joe Posnanski should get special treatment just because he’s a big famous Kansas City-based sportswriter, but that’s not the kind of publicity the Royals…

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