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  1. The fan who grabbed that foul ball from Jayson Werth speaks out

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Well, he was interviewed, anyway.  His story — which you can read here — is that he was just trying to protect his kid from the foul ball raining down from the sky.  Some of you took that position when it happened.  As a father I kind of doubted it — your first impulse is…

  2. Join us tonight for an All-Star Game Live Chat

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The way I see it, you have a choice: you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to yourself tonight, or you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to a group of like-minded people.  No contest, really, which is why you should show up here tonight for HardballTalk’s All-Star Game Live Chat.…

  3. Scott Boras is right to compare Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday agent Scott Boras compared impending free agent Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira, a fellow client and slugging first baseman who got an eight-year, $180 million contract from the Yankees as a free agent two offseasons ago. Boras did his usual hyperbolic thing, talking up Fielder as a future Hall of Famer and suggesting 20…

  4. Comment of the Day: You wish Steinbrenner owned your team

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    You may have hated him while he ran the Yankees, but what would you have given for your team’s owner to be as passionate and committed to winning as Steinbrenner was?

  5. Multiple teams are interested in Corey Hart

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Corey Hart fizzled in the second round of the Home Run Derby last night, but he’s still sizzling as a trade commodity.  Today John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants — who we’ve known are interested for a while now — the Rays and the Padres are all interested in the…

  6. Troy Tulowitzki ahead of schedule, could return this month

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki was initially given a six-week recovery timetable after an Alex Burnett fastball broke his left wrist on June 17, but the All-Star shortstop said yesterday that he’s ahead of schedule and could return as soon as two weeks from now. Tulowitzki has been throwing and fielding ground balls for two weeks already and…

  7. Quote of the Day: George Steinbrenner edition

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Boss had a few things to say in his life.

  8. Adam Dunn is getting close to writing off the Nats

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn was really enthused about signing a contract extension with the Nats earlier this year, but that enthusiasm has waned, Buster Olney reports, as the Nats have been less eager and trade speculation has risen. On that count, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has said that it would take “an extraordinary deal” to trade Dunn.…

  9. Cliff Lee: 'I'm going to do everything I can' to have a no-trade clause in next contract

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been traded four times, including three moves in the past 12 months, so with free agency around the corner he naturally wants to negotiate a no-trade clause into his next contract. I’m going to do everything I can to have that in there. I want to have some control of my life.…

  10. George Steinbrenner: 1930-2010

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Look out, boys: Baseball Valhalla is about to get interesting.

  11. George Steinbrenner has died following a massive heart attack

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The Daily News is reporting that George Steinbrenner has died.  He was 80. We’ll be writing more about this shortly. In the meantime, thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner family, Yankees fans and, let’s face it, baseball fans everywhere. 9:25 A.M.: WABC in New York is now reporting that Steinbrenner had a “massive heart…

  12. Prince Fielder is looking for a Mark Teixeira deal

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Yesterday Tom Haudricourt said that, after his conversation with Scott Boras, he was never more convinced that Prince Fielder was going to leave Milwaukee via free agency.  Today we have the article explaining why, and it comes down to two words: Mark Teixeira. The quotes are all Boras: “When you have a player that performs…

  13. David Ortiz wants a multi-year deal

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    If delusion is a performance enhancing drug, David Ortiz’s Home Run Derby championship is explained.

  14. And That Happened: Classic

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special “Classic” version of “And That Happened.” The following originally ran on July 13, 1969

  15. Pitching's youth movement more trend than fluke

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — With four no-hitters, including two perfect games (and that’s not even counting Armando Galarraga’s perfecto robbery), this has definitely been the year of the pitcher. Not only have we seen dominant performances on the mound, we’ve witnessed an incredible rise of talented young arms. These guys can not only bring the heat,…

  16. HBT LiveBlog: David Ortiz wins the Home Run Derby

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    It took a while, but David Ortiz is your Home Run Derby winner.

  17. Hey! It's the Hardball Talk Home Run Derby contest!

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    The 2010 Home Run Derby is complete. And our contest has a winner.

  18. Will Ferrell's home run call: 'It's home run o'clock'

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols drew a huge crowd during media interviews on Monday. Ichiro Suzuki, followed by a host of Japanese reporters, had an even larger following. But both of them paled in comparison to Will Ferrell, the actor/comedian who showed up at the Home Run Derby. Ferrell drew quite a following, a group including All-Star officials,…

  19. Quote of the Day II: Verlander's priorities have changed

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    “That’s going to take a couple hours off my night.”- Detroit Tigers All-Star Justin Verlander, discussing how an increased role in the All-Star game will impact his social life. Verlander was joking, obviously, when asked to compare his first All-Star appearance in 2007, when he hardly expected to get into the game, versus his current…

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