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  1. How are the Reds going to use Aroldis Chapman next year?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    Dusty Baker has one answer: “I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.  Because it’s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you haven’t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is…

  2. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    cliff-lee-game-1-towel

    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  3. Wait — did 2009 actually happen?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    I’m sorry to be fixated on Yankees stuff this afternoon, but apparently watching two teams that aren’t the Yankees play in the World Series is driving the New York writers crazy. Lupica’s column today is about how, for all the money the Yankees have spent in the past decade, they only have the one World…

  4. Bob Klapisch gets three more years in which to bury Joe Girardi

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    So Joe Girardi’s contract seems to be in order. Three more years, around $9 million dollars. Keep things running as-is, the Yankees are saying.  Is everyone happy? Nah, Bob Klapisch isn’t: Girardi gets three more years to wean himself off managing-by-numbers. Good luck. Not that ripping Girardi for actually playing the percentages is anything new…

  5. Kerry Wood “would be welcomed back to the Cubs”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Yankees declined their $11 million option on Kerry Wood for next season and today Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that he “would be welcomed back to the Cubs organization if general manager Jim Hendry has enough money in the offseason.” Wood was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1998 and spent the first decade…

  6. “Nobody sits in Vlad’s seat”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Interesting insight from Buster Olney on Vlad Guerrero today: Vladimir Guerrero is more than just the Rangers’ cleanup hitter. He is a centerpiece of respect and dignity and consistency, the wise old man of the group. He sits in the same seat on the team’s bus everyday, and if you happen to sit in his…

  7. Justin Maxwell out 4-6 months following Tommy John surgery

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Justin Maxwell

    For obvious reasons position players typically come back from Tommy John elbow surgery far more quickly than pitchers, but Nationals outfielder Justin Maxwell is still expected to be out of action for 4-6 months after undergoing the operation. Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports that Maxwell injured his elbow while making a diving catch in the…

  8. Breaking: someone was smokin’ weed in San Francisco last night

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EST

    “People hanging around in San Francisco smoking weed” is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but it was apparently pretty shocking for one newsman from Dallas reporting from the game last night. But don’t laugh too hard, Northern Californians. I got even money on a San Francisco reporter going crazy outside of the Ballpark at Arlington when…

  9. Adrian Beltre is selling his house in California for $19.8 million

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    adrian beltre house

    With free agency around the corner Adrian Beltre has put his 16,600-square foot home in California on the market for $19.8 million. According to Diane Tuman of Zillow.com the lavish mansion sits on a four-acre property and includes basketball and tennis courts, a pool, an exercise room, a putting green and two-hole golf course, and…

  10. Please, can we put an end to the “nobody believes in us!” nonsense?

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    Giants fans Believe

    A comment in the Cliff Lee thread from a reader named “feartherallythong”:   “All the Giants-haters are cracking me up (I’m looking at you, Mr. Calcaterra). Of all the posts post-Game 1, I see a bunch of “How could the Rangers lose?”, and “What happened to Cliff Lee?” posts and stories. Even the MSM is…

  11. Hisanori Takahashi switches agents before likely leaving Mets

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a clause in Hisanori Takahashi’s contract the Mets have until Sunday to agree to a new deal with the left-hander or they’re prohibited from signing him until May 15. In other words, he’ll either sign by Sunday or be playing for another team in 2011. Further complicating things is that Takahashi switched agents…

  12. O’Connor: Sandy Alderson needs to apologize for steroids

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor thinks Sandy Alderson may be a great GM choice for the Mets, but he thinks he needs to atone for past sins before taking the job: But when he steps to the microphone as Omar Minaya’s replacement, Alderson should take the time of offer an apology. He should say he’s…

  13. HBT Daily: I suppose we’ll talk about the World Series

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:31 AM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about the ugliness that was Game 1 and look ahead to C.J. Wilson’s task of not repeating Cliff Lee in Game 2

  14. Jon Daniels on report that he asked the Mets to wait for him: “Complete bull”

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Jon Daniels

    Last week Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Rangers general manager and New York native Jon Daniels had “communicated through back channels that he hoped the Mets would wait until after the World Series” to replace Omar Minaya as GM, leading to speculation that he was interested in hopping from Texas…

  15. McCovey Cove was . . . crowded

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:01 AM EST

    My favorite pic from last night’s game that did not involve Vlad Guerrero stumbling around like my Uncle Harry.

  16. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EST

    leo mazzone braves phone

    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  17. Sandy Alderson is getting the old band back together

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

    Sandy Alderson

    Joel Sherman reports that that new Mets GM Sandy Alderson wants to bring Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi on board. Both of these guys, you’ll recall, worked under Alderson in Oakland before going off on their own GM frolics.  Depodesta’s was, in hindsight anyway, pretty successful with the Dodgers, even if they still don’t realize…

  18. Joe Girardi, Yankees on verge of three-year, $9 million deal

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some additional details on the three-year contract extension for Joe Girardi that has been reported as a nearly done deal since early this week. According to Sherman he’ll get a total of $9 million, which is a raise of $500,000 per season over his previous contract and…

  19. Would you pay $7200 for a World Series ticket?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EST

    Either StubHub is lying or else there are going to be a couple of deluded, perspective-free people sitting in AT&T park tonight: Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets: StubHub hits new price highwater mark for World Series: pair of Dugout Club seats sold for tonight at $7,223 each. Demand overall still big. That’s a piece, not…

  20. What’s your favorite World Series memory?

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:31 AM EST

    DAVID JUSTICE

    After that abomination of a game last night I needed something to cleanse the palate.  Here’s something, from Baseball Prospectus: Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it’s Willie Mays’ catch, Bill Mazeroski’s home run, Brooks Robinson’s defense, Kirk Gibson’s limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November.…

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