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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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?

  5. 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. 

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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!

  10. A-Rod offered Damon free agency advice

    Feb 26, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    From 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Carlos Silva is not an athlete

    Feb 26, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    People say you can’t trust the accuracy of Wikipedia, but I think its occasional lapses are more than compensated for by its often piercing insight: (Thanks to reader Trevor who pointed this out in yesterday’s Silva thread)

  13. Spring training questions: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Can Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer hold up at the top of the rotation? Sheets would seem to have the better chance of the two. He hasn’t put in a full season since 2004,…

  14. Without Greene, Rangers should trust German

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    When the Rangers moved Michael Young from shortstop to third base after his Gold Glove campaign in 2008, it was clear there was no going back. The Rangers knew Elvis Andrus had more range and they wanted Young to be able to settle into his new position, so they signed Omar Vizquel to serve as…

  15. Alex Rodriguez is more than "a very good player"

    Feb 25, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez sat for a press conference today. He didn’t say anything too terribly interesting.  Winning the World Series wasn’t getting a monkey off his back, “it was a humongous gorilla that came off my back.”  He’s happy. He wants to win more. He knows he’s come a long way since last winter.  Pretty conventional…

  16. And you thought he was good before…

    Feb 25, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Former Rocky Mountain News writer Jack Etkin has this unusual headline for us today on the InsideTheRockies blog: Cousin’s death gives Tulowitzki added incentive for 2010 I’m going to assume this is Etkin’s own doing. Newspaper writers are rarely responsible for the headlines to their articles, but we bloggers tend to have to deal with…

  17. Carlos Silva insists he's big boned

    Feb 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Tribune has a story about Carlos Silva and his weight. This is classic: “That was one of the (bad) things with Seattle. Here, they want to get me back on track in my pitching. They don’t worry about my size or my weight. In Seattle, they were worried more about my weight than anything…

  18. Yankees rejoice: Rays, Crawford end extension talks

    Feb 25, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    With no agreement in sight, the Rays and Carl Crawford have chosen to halt extension talks until the end of the season, agent Brian Peters told the St. Petersburg Times. “We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that…

  19. Baseball set a revenue record in 2009

    Feb 25, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    2009 saw the highest rate of men selling apples on street corners and people eating ketchup and sawdust for dinner since the the Great Depression — maybe; that’s the sense I got from reading recession-porn all year, anyway — but baseball didn’t feel the pinch one bit.  Take it away Maury Brown: The league reports…

  20. McGwire on his brother's book: "It's a sad, sad day for my family."

    Feb 25, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Things Mark McGwire said about his brother’s new book while looking meaningfully at Al Neri: “I took care of him for a number of years. I guess this is what I get for payback. It’s sort of sad. It’s a sad day for my family. I don’t know how a family member can do that…

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