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  1. 2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Alex Rodriguez – 942 2. David Wright – 926 3. Evan Longoria – 913 4. Pablo Sandoval – 905 5. Chipper Jones – 897 6. Aramis Ramirez – 882 7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866 8. Mark Reynolds –…

  2. Heyward does real damage in batting practice

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was named Baseball America’s top prospect this morning, edging out 2009 No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg.  This afternoon, Heyward proved why.  According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Dave O’Brien, the 20-year-old went to town in batting practice today, denting a Coca-Cola truck and smashing a team executive’s sunroff with measuring-tape…

  3. Law school buys minor league ballpark naming rights

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Thomas M. Cooley Law School of Lansing, Michigan charges its many, many students something like $25-30K a year in tuition for what U.S. News routinely considers a fourth-tier legal education.*  And now their tuition dollars are going to the Lansing Lugnuts, Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays: The baseball park will be renamed…

  4. The McCourt trial is going to be delayed

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Only one time in my entire legal career did the date initially assigned to one of my cases as the trial date end up being the actual trial date, so I’m not exactly surprised by this: The question of who owns the Dodgers might not be resolved by the All-Star break, perhaps not by the…

  5. Quote of the Day II: Andruw Jones and Joey Cora

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    From Olney.  And an added “best shape of his life” too! Best line of the spring so far: Andrew Jones showed up in great shape, about 25 pounds lighter than last year. And he proclaimed to others, “I am the best CFer you guys have in camp.” To which Joey Cora replied, “You should be.…

  6. Mike Lowell is not a distraction

    Feb 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald tweeted this a couple of hours ago: For any doubters about the Mike Lowell situation being a distraction, I’ve got two words for you: Already is. Then he links the story he (apparently) wrote about Lowell in camp today.  If you can find anything that constitutes a “distraction” in…

  7. The Phillies sign Brad Wilkerson

    Feb 23, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    A minor league deal, of course. Rosenthal reports that Wilkerson is not invited to the major league camp. He’ll train with the minor leaguers. Unlike a lot of guys his age, he’s willing to play at AAA this year. While Wilkerson trained last year, he hasn’t played in a real game since 2008, when he…

  8. Sciambi on stats on TV: "VORP, EqA, WAR, and Robert Parish are not walking through that door"

    Feb 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jon Sciambi — one of the better and brighter baseball broadcasters you’re ever going to hear — wrote a guest column for Baseball Prospectus today.  It starts out with a great Chipper Jones anecdote and (accompanying pic), and segues into the challenges broadcasters face in bringing more advanced stats to baseball games on TV:…

  9. Breaking news: David Ortiz is not Ricky Martin

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, responding to a suggestion that he got into better shape during the offseason: You ought to see me naked. It’s pretty much part of the game when people worry about your body shape. I’m not going to look like Ricky Martin right now. My favorite part is Ortiz feeling the need to include…

  10. Heyward, Strasburg lead Baseball America's top 100 prospects

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Baseball America released its annual ranking of the game’s top 100 prospects today. While the scouting reports, analysis, and additional information are available only to subscribers–and as a longtime subscriber I can assure you it’s worth the money–the actual list is open to the public. Jason Heyward edged out Stephen Strasburg for the top spot…

  11. Mets looking for lefty reliever, targeting Beimel

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are looking to sign a second left-handed reliever to go alongside Pedro Feliciano and would be interested in Joe Beimel if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal for around $1 million. Beimel is 33 years old, but has drawn surprisingly little interest…

  12. Comment of the Day: Shin-Soo Choo's plight is no laughing matter

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Ron Rollins is probably my oldest commenter, having now followed me to three different blogs in the past three years.  He’s a baseball blogger himself. We often disagree with one another — he doesn’t much go for the steroids and other trivia in which I often delve, and his threshold for sabermetrics is not as…

  13. Quote of the Day: Bobby Cox

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    “I talked about retirement a little bit, but told them I’d be the same ol’ grumpy, pissed off guy.” – Bobby Cox, describing the spring training kickoff speech he gave to the Braves this morning.

  14. MRI exam on Holland's knee shows mild sprain

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Derek Holland injured his right knee during agility drills over the weekend, but an MRI exam taken yesterday revealed only a mild sprain. He’s slated to begin throwing again later this week and will merely wear a brace on the knee for a while. Or as assistant general manager Thad Levine put it: “He can…

  15. Is it time for Human Growth Hormone testing?

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    A U.K. rugby player tested positive for HGH recently and that fact has the New York Daily News and Buster Olney both arguing that it’s high time for baseball to implement a test of their own. If they do not, Olney says, “10 years from now they and the sport will be at risk for…

  16. Braves sign 18-year-old Dominican prospect for $1.6 million

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves and Dominican shortstop prospect Edward Salcedo have agreed to a deal worth $1.6 million. Salcedo has been on the prospect radar for several years and nearly signed with the Indians for a reported $2 million back in 2007, but O’Brien notes that “the deal…

  17. Dusty Baker, pitch counts and pitcher injuries

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Jeff Fletcher at AOL takes a closer look at the conventional wisdom that Dusty Baker is the angel of death when it comes to young starting pitchers: There is no way to prove conclusively why any pitcher gets injured, so the claims of pitcher abuse by Baker will forever be just theories. It is indisputable,…

  18. Matt Holliday calls in sick for first day of camp

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    I’m sure everyone can relate to what Matt Holliday went through this morning. After all, who among us hasn’t called in sick for the very first day of a new job that pays $17 million per year. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: Matt Holliday will not join the club in its…

  19. Aaron Boone retires

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Not that this is a major surprise — Bob Nightengale reported that it was likely last October — but Aaron Boone has officially retired. He’s joining ESPN’s Baseball Tonight show. Boone posted a career line of .263/.326/.425 with 126 homers in twelve seasons. He made the All-Star team once.  And of course, there’s this. He’s…

  20. The McCourt Divorce: you can't tell the players without a scorecard

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    The front page of this post from Business Insider has the basics of the McCourt divorce, most of which we’ve covered here already. But if you’re really, really going to follow this thing like a hardcore fan, you have to click the slide show down at the bottom of the page. Or you can ignore…

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