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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Lincecum's velocity is down and it probably doesn't matter

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown has a feature on Tim Lincecum, the central part of which is Lincecum’s diminishing velocity, which has gone from mid-90s in his rookie year to a consistent 93 mph in 2008 and down to 91-92 last season, at least according to pitching coach Dave Righetti: “I’m aware my velocity wasn’t where it…

  6. My daughter pretty much nails the baseball card industry

    Feb 23, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    I’ve still got tens of thousands of baseball cards in my basement from back in the day, but I haven’t bought a new one in nearly 20 years. Just sort of lost interest, even if I still love my old ones. My mom showed up at my house today, however, with a box of those…

  7. Jesus Montero has a bit of power

    Feb 23, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero turned some heads in batting practice yesterday, nailing a home run off the “M” in the “George M. Steinbrenner Field” sign in centerfield. The Star Ledger’s Marc Carig called up Google Earth and determined that it’s 446 feet from home plate to the scoreboard.  That’s probably on-the-ground length. When you look at how…

  8. Your annual Eric Chavez is making a comeback story

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Tulips and crocuses.  Robins. Meaningful college basketball games.  All of these are classic harbingers of spring, but perhaps the surest sign that spring is here is the annual Eric Chavez comeback story. Hark! There it is! Mike Gallego has a fun challenge this spring: The A’s infield coach has to turn a Gold Glove third…

  9. Some critical Nyjer Morgan news

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT’s Bill Ladson on Twitter a moment ago: Nats CF Nyjer Morgan said he is planning to grow an afro. I’ll have more on Morgan later on Unless it’s about Elijah Dukes investigating a hi-top fade, I don’t want to hear it. In other news, there’s really not a lot going on at Nats’…

  10. Jayson Werth's days in Philly could be numbered

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Andy Martino writes that Jayson Werth’s Phuture is uncertain: The Phillies rightfielder arrived at spring training yesterday with long hair and a thick beard, entering the final season of a two-year, $10 million contract. With the Phillies saying they have limited payroll flexibility beyond the approximately $140 million currently committed, Werth might have priced himself…

  11. Hearsay quote of the day: Johan Santana

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    “[Koufax] told me one time that if he had my changeup back when he pitched, nobody would ever be able to hit him.” – Johan Santana, offering into evidence a statement, other than one made by the declarant, to prove the truth of the matter asserted.  But just because something is hearsay doesn’t mean it…

  12. Shin-Soo Choo might have to join the army

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many counties can’t…

  13. Phillies catcher arrested for DUI

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Pro-tip: when you’re a non-roster invitee, you probably don’t want to get busted for DUI during the first damn week of spring training: Clearwater police arrested Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha early Monday morning for allegedly driving under the influence. The Phillies said they are aware of the arrest, but declined comment. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s…

  14. Braden Looper is holding out for Damon money or something…

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Because he’s currently turning teams away. Bill Ladson of tweeted this morning that the veteran right-hander declined a deal with the Nationals, while Ken Gurnick of tells us this evening that the Dodgers aren’t willing to sign him at his current asking price. Of course, this probably all comes down to finding a…

  15. Diving into the depths: Chicago White Sox

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Chicago White Sox Rotation 1. Mark Buehrle 2. Jake Peavy 3. Gavin Floyd 4. John Danks 5. Freddy Garcia 6. Dan Hudson 7. Brandon Hynick 8. Carlos Torres 9. Lucas Harrell 10. Jeff Marquez The rotation is set,…

  16. Ex-Ranger Blalock still without a taker

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    With Russell Branyan joining the Indians and Carlos Delgado down following another hip surgery, the first base market is finally just about bare. Jermaine Dye would give the position a try if asked and Cuban defector Jose Julio Ruiz is getting some attention, but Hank Blalock is the one experienced viable major league regular left…

  17. Brian Roberts has a herniated disc

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    First Buster Olney reported that Brian Roberts had kidney stones. That was shot down by Orioles’ beat writer Brittany Ghiroli, who reported that no, it was back spasms. that Buster was wrong, and that Roberts doesn’t have kidney stones. Rather, he has back spasms. Now Ghiroli — who clearly has Olney beat on the Brian…

  18. John Kibler, former ump dies, gets lame sendoff by the AP

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    John Kibler was a Korean War veteran, a former New York State patrolman and a major league umpire for more than 25 years. In that capacity, he worked the World Series four times. He was married to Mrs. Kibler for more than 50 years and had a couple of sons who I assume are fine,…

  19. 2010 projected leaders: Second baseman OPS

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Chase Utley – 899 2. Robinson Cano – 860 3. Ian Kinsler – 846 4. Dustin Pedroia – 845 5. Ben Zobrist – 828 6. Dan Uggla – 822 7. Aaron Hill – 816 8. Howie Kendrick –…

  20. Hank Aaron on McGwire: "He's done everything he can do"

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron spoke about PEDs, apologies and Mark McGwire today: “I think baseball is cleaning up its act a little bit, I really do. I’ve said this and I’ll say it again, over and over again, this is the most forgiving country in the world. If you come through and tell the truth, then you’re…

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