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  1. Secret’s out: Blue Jays sign John Farrell to three-year contract

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

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    In announcing John Farrell as their new manager yesterday the Blue Jays refused to disclose the length of his contract, which as I noted at the time is both odd and pointless because eventually someone with the team will tell someone with the media and then the attempt at secrecy will seem even weirder. Turns…

  2. Cardinals make Dave Duncan the highest paid pitching coach

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    Not only did Dave Duncan talk the Cardinals into giving him a two-year contract when the rest of Tony La Russa’s coaching staff was offered only one-year deals, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be the highest paid pitching coach in baseball. According to Strauss he’ll get a base salary…

  3. Ruben Amaro is still spinning Jayson Werth’s impending departure

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:04 AM EST

    Alberto Gonzalez, Sam Perlozzo, Jayson Werth

    Yesterday we heard Ruben Amaro trying to spin things in such a way so that if Jayson Werth signs elsewhere, Amaro can claim that it wasn’t about the money.  Apparently he also tried to spin things in such a way so that he can also claim that Werth wasn’t necessarily worth it in the first…

  4. Great: the union is cool with adding playoff teams

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

    bad idea jeans

    I’ll take “Things to which I’m viscerally opposed for $500, Alex” The new head of the players’ union says his members are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven . . . There is sentiment among a substantial segment of the players to consider expanding…

  5. The Phillies’ plane had a close call on the way home last Friday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

    Airplane tower

    GEORGE: You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash?  If you think about it . . . 26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think eventually an entire team would get wiped out.  It’s only a matter of…

  6. The best World Series preview you’ll read all day

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EST

    crystal ball

    It’s from Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing, and he pretty much nails it: Both the Giants and Rangers are good teams. The Rangers are probably better by a tiny bit. If you re-played the World Series a million times, maybe 50-55% of the time the Rangers would be crowned as champions. This World Series will…

  7. If Cliff Lee’s wife is calling the shots, he’s staying in Texas

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:02 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Good story from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale this morning about Cliff Lee. After the familiar “holy crap, this guy is good” stuff, Nightengale talks to Lee’s wife Kristen. Now, every marriage is different and I don’t deign to suggest that Lee’s marriage is like mine, but I will say this much: if my wife and…

  8. Ron Washington sets Rangers’ rotation for World Series

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:35 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Not be outdone, Rangers manager Ron Washington just announced his team’s rotation for the World Series against the Giants. Cliff Lee will start Game 1 against Tim Lincecum on Wednesday, C.J. Wilson will pitch versus Matt Cain in Game 2 on Thursday and Colby Lewis will oppose Jonathan Sanchez in Game 3 on Saturday, reports…

  9. Bruce Bochy confirms Giants’ rotation for World Series

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:31 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy just confirmed his starting rotation for the World Series against the Rangers. Courtesy of Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury, Tim Lincecum will start Game 1 on Wednesday, while Matt Cain pitches Game 2 on Thursday and Jonathan Sanchez starts Game 3 on Saturday. Lincecum was a no-brainer to start…

  10. Josh Byrnes completes second interview for Mets’ GM job

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    Josh Byrnes

    Former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes came in for his second interview for the Mets’ general manager vacancy today. This time, Byrnes met with Mets owner Fred Wilpon, team president Saul Katz, and COO Jeff Wilpon. According to team’s Twitter feed, Jeff Wilpon released the following statement: “Out of respect for the candidates and the ongoing…

  11. Charles Nagy emerges as frontrunner to be D-Backs pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    Nagy

    According to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Republic, former major league pitcher Charles Nagy “has emerged as the leading candidate” to be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach. Nagy pitched 14 seasons in the major leagues, 13 of them with the Indians, but spent the final year of his career with the Padres in 2003. The general manager…

  12. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Andruw Jones

    This is the first article in a six-part series looking at this winter’s free agent class.  I’ve included players who might have their options picked up after the World Series, but left out the no-brainers like Adrian Gonzalez and Omar Infante.  Also omitted were the retiring Billy Wagner and Mike Lowell. Players are ranked based…

  13. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig says we’re in baseball’s golden era

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Bud didn’t say “costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher,” but he could have.

  14. Blue Jays keeping length of John Farrell’s contract a secret

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:16 PM EST

    john-farrell-blue-jays-presser

    This afternoon the Blue Jays officially introduced former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager, but neither Farrell nor general manager Alex Anthopoulos were willing to disclose the length of his contract. Anthopoulos told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that the secrecy is needed because knowing contract details “creates unneeded speculation and takes…

  15. Manny Ramirez had hernia surgery, would like to play for the Blue Jays

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:59 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    Enrique Rojas is all over the old guy beat today. First he had the Moyer news, and now he’s reporting that Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery two weeks ago. Apparently Ramirez had discomfort in his groin for most of the season, but waited until the year was over to have surgery. He’s supposed to be…

  16. Mark McGwire to stay on as Cardinals hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    As expected, Mark McGwire has signed a one-year contract to remain the Cardinals’ hitting coach. Earlier today the Cardinals announced a two-year deal to retain pitching coach Dave Duncan, but the rest of manager Tony La Russa’s coaching staff was offered one-year pacts. McGwire initially cast some doubt about whether he’d return for a second…

  17. “Bull Durham” creator putting together a baseball TV series

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    First and Ten

    Lazy observation: baseball, a sport that is best experienced in the form of multiple installments over the course of long period of time (i.e. a 162 game season) has never been portrayed in a good TV series. At the same time, it has had multiple excellent treatments on the silver screen. Football, in contrast, a…

  18. Don Baylor to be named the Dbacks’ new hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor — recently let go by the Rockies — has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks to take over as their hitting coach.  Baylor had hoped to be considered for a manager job, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  I imagine part of it is that he’s always been perceived as…

  19. Alberto Gonzalez is unhappy with role, delusional about ability

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    alberto-gonzalez-nationals

    Alberto Gonzalez started 71 games for the Nationals last season and hit just .265/.299/.351 in 316 total plate appearances, so this year they moved him into more of a bench role and he hit even worse, batting .247/.277/.301 in 198 plate appearances. Normally a 27-year-old with a career OPS of .623 and back-to-back terrible seasons…

  20. What does it matter when Pat Burrell answers your question?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petereburg Times has a column up about Pat Burrell today.  The headline: Pat Burrell, revived with San Francisco Giants, doesn’t want to address time spent with Tampa Bay Rays. An paragraph appearing early in the piece: Approached several times during the NLCS to talk more about what went wrong during…

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