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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. "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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. The Jose Reyes-HGH doc thing actually reflects pretty well on the Mets' medical staff

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    As was reported over the weekend, Jose Reyes was questioned by the FBI about his association with a Canadian doctor who is under investigation for drug violations, including conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone into the United States from Canada. Unless Reyes was dumb enough to lie to the FBI he’s probably not in any…

  13. Tony Bernazard screwed up Mets hitters

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Remember that guy who left your office last year, and when they went and cleaned out his office they found all those files he’d been screwing up for the past couple of years without anyone really knowing it?  Yeah, the Mets had one of those dudes: Sources say [Tony] Bernazard, who oversaw minor-league development, was…

  14. How come there aren't any youngins in the Hall of Fame?

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The Merc’s Tim Kawakami thinks he sees something: Once Jeff Bagwell and Roberto Alomar (both born in 1968) get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next January, there will be a strange generation gap in Cooperstown . . . For multiple reasons, the players born from 1961-1967 will be markedly unrepresented in Cooperstown for at least…

  15. Ed Wade over-hypes Pedro Feliz

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Another rite of spring: puffing up the value of some new acquisition. Here’s Astros’ GM Ed Wade on what new third baseman Pedro Feliz brings to the table: Feliz started at third base in the past two World Series with Philadelphia, and also appeared in the 2002 Series with San Francisco. He’s played in 10…

  16. A's re-sign Tomko, add Jennings to pitching staff

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    The A’s added two veteran right-handers on Sunday, re-signing the rehabbing Brett Tomko and picking up Jason Jennings on a minor league contract. Tomko, who went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts for the A’s down the stretch last year, is still working his way back from an arm injury and isn’t expected…

  17. Lowe to start on Opening Day for Braves

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe, the pitcher the Braves were hoping to move in the offseason before parting with Javier Vazquez instead, was named the Opening Day starter by manager Bobby Cox on Sunday. “He was our winningest pitcher,” Cox said. “Last year against Philadelphia [Opening Day] he pitched eight shutout innings and gave up two hits. And…

  18. Yanks' Posada not thinking retirement

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada will turn 39 this season and has battled a multitude of injuries the past few season, but he’s not even considering retirement at this point. “I am going to make it tough, that’s the way I was brought up,” Posada told the New York Post on Saturday.  “I don’t want to go away.…

  19. Jose Reyes meets with FBI investigators

    Feb 28, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes met with FBI investigators on Friday about his involvement with known HGH distributor Anthony Galea.  The Mets shortstop claims he only used the doctor for his blood-spinning technique, and not human growth hormone. “They asked me if he injected with that (HGH), and I said no,” Reyes said.  “What we did there, basically,…

  20. Spring training questions: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 27, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Will Jair Jurrjens be OK for the start of the season after showing up to camp with a bum shoulder? Jurrjens, who finished third in the NL with a 2.60 ERA last season, reported…

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