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  1. The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on…

  2. MLB teams have until Friday to bid on negotiating rights to star Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    GQ Men Of The Year 2009

    Two months ago Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was said to be interested in leaving the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for MLB and now the Kyoda News reports that he’s officially been “posted” as an available player. According to the report, MLB teams “will have until Friday to submit sealed bids and the highest paying club…

  3. HBT Daily: Easily my most embarrassing moment on video ever

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    There’s wrong, there’s really wrong, there’s really effing wrong, and then there’s me on the Giants last July

  4. Red Sox set to hire Curt Young as new pitching coach

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    Curt Young

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach. Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox…

  5. Ron Washington is going to get a new deal very soon

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington getting a contract extension after his great season at the helm of the Rangers is about as surprising as some tabloid columnist framing the Giants World Series victory in terms of Barry Bonds.  Yeah, that matters.  Anyway, here’s Jon Daniels on offseason priorities: “First things first, we’ll address our own free agents as…

  6. Read the scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    edgar renteria marlins

    Conor Glassey of Baseball America dug through the magazine’s archives and found their scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria from 1995, when he was the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins’ farm system and about six months from his big-league debut. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few particularly…

  7. Comment of the Day: Pat Burrell breathes a sigh of relief

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Levi Stahl and I had the exact same thought following Edgar Rentaria’s dinger: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any player more clearly relieved to have been taken off the hook than Pat Burrell after that home run. He just looked flat-out overjoyed and grateful–it was like Renteria had won the game just for…

  8. Hot stove time: What will be the biggest stories this offseason?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Hot stove

    The carpet of the visitor’s clubhouse down in Texas is still wet with bubbly and the Giants are still several hours from having their hangovers kick in, but it’s never too early to think about what’s next. That’s especially true this year with the free agency season getting into full swing so soon after the…

  9. Will the Rangers bring back Vladimir Guerrero for $9 million?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vladimir Guerrero’s poor postseason performance has people questioning if the Rangers should exercise their half of his $9 million mutual option for 2011, but the truth is that should have been in question well before the playoffs even began. Guerrero went 13-for-59 (.220) with zero homers and a measly .513 OPS in the playoffs, striking…

  10. Tigers decline Jhonny Peralta’s option for 2011, but may work out new deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Jhonny Peralta

    Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011. Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that…

  11. Should Cliff Lee have pitched to Renteria?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    It isn’t all hindsight. Before Cliff Lee gave up that home run to Edgar Renteria last night there were multiple people on my Twitter feed — lots of beat writers and bloggers and everyone — thinking that with first base open and the punchless Aaron Rowand on deck, Lee should have pitched around Renteria or…

  12. Sammy Sosa’s corked bat goes unsold at auction despite $14,000 bid

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Sammy Sosa’s former Cubs teammate Mike Remlinger somehow got his hands on the slugger’s corked bat from 2003 and put it up for auction, but Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that the item went unsold last night when the high bid of $14,407 did not meet Remlinger’s “reserve” price. Grant DePorter, who’s the…

  13. Great Moments in FOX graphics

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    Just before the Giants won the game last night, FOX tried to put their championship in perspective. Specifically, they explained to viewers that the world was a very different place in 1954, the last time the Giants won the World Series.  Here was the on-screen graphic they used: It was a different world! Indeed, it…

  14. Yorvit Torrealba opts out of contract and hits open market

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Torrealba dropping popup

    Yorvit Torrealba joined the free agent mix by declining his $3.5 million mutual option for 2011, which is somewhat surprising given that he was able to get just a one-year, $1.25 million deal as a free agent last offseason and didn’t have a particularly special year for the Padres. Torrealba played well in a part-time…

  15. 142 players became free agents last night

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

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    Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended.  The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the…

  16. Let’s count the “San Francisco Treat” headlines

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    You knew this was coming. You just didn’t know who would be the ones who couldn’t help themselves. The first one I saw was Tom Boswell in the Washington Post: If anyone finds other examples, please let us know in the comments.  Given that media has become nationalized with the Internet I’m guessing we won’t…

  17. Some thoughts on Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Given that we’re only 11 hours out from the Giants winning the World Series, it’s probably no surprise that there’s euphoria in the Giants’ front office. And there’s no surprise that the front office is telling the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly that they’re planning on extending the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.…

  18. Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher — like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” — but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs: Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI Chase Utley:…

  19. The post-World Series riots are totally tech-forward this year

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:22 AM EST

    Well, maybe “riot” is a bit strong — that’s a word that used to mean something — but there was certainly lots of numbskullery and minor property damage in San Francisco last night following the Giants victory. So much so that, as you can see in the video below, the, um, “numbskullery and minor property…

  20. And That Happened: Picture Tells a Thousand Words Edition

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:01 AM EST

    We have lots of posts telling you what went down last night. How about an image?

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