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  1. Get on with it, will ya Mets?

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    I suppose a well-considered decision is better than an impulsive one, but it does seem like the Mets are taking their sweet time on this GM thing. The team just sent out an email to fans saying that they’re bringing back former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second round of interviews.…

  2. Underrated reliever Ryan Madson comes up big for Phillies

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

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    It’s probably time that Ryan Madson got some attention for being one of the best relievers in baseball. He’s appeared in four of five NLCS games, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, and went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 64/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings during the regular season. Since moving to…

  3. Quote of the Day II: Dirk Hayhurst on those big fat ugly necklaces

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    This passage about those silly necklaces everyone is wearing is from a series of tweets this afternoon from Dirk “The Garfoose” Hayhurst, Blue Jays minor leaguer and author of the most excellent “Bullpen Diaries Gospels”: If you’re wondering about the Phiten necklaces you see on your big league starlings these days, Phiten gives them to…

  4. Tim Lincecum could be available as a reliever in Game 6 and 7

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum threw 104 pitches in last night’s loss to the Phillies, but manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that the reigning back-to-back Cy Young winner could be available out of the bullpen in Game 6 or Game 7 of the NLCS: I wouldn’t say he’s finished for the series. If needed, it’s one of these…

  5. More bad baseball ratings!

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    old TV

    Well, they’re actually better than they have been — ratings for last night’s Game 5 were  up 12% from last year’s NLCS game 5 on TBS and up 12% from 2008’s — but they’re still not killing the world.  Indeed, last night baseball was beat by “Big Bang Theory,” “$#*! My Dad Says,” and “CSI:…

  6. Cliff Lee and the Yankees — too soon!

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:39 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    If you’re on the fence about who to root for tonight, this might help: The Yankees are hoping for two painful, but ultimately successful confrontations with Cliff Lee in the near future: One from 60 feet, six inches tomorrow night, the other across a negotiating table in about six weeks. If all goes perfectly for…

  7. Logan White to stay with Dodgers as Mets’ general manager search hits second phase

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Logan White, Zach Lee

    Logan White presumably didn’t make the cut as the Mets trimmed their list of general manager candidates following the first round of interviews, because Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he “will not be the Mets’ general manager and will remain with the Dodgers.” Of course, with just about everyone assuming that Sandy Alderson will…

  8. Manny Parra undergoes surgery on torn labrum in left hip

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:47 PM EST

    Manny Parra, Rick Peterson, Jonathan Lucroy

    Manny Parra underwent surgery yesterday to repair a small tear in the labrum of his left hip, but is expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training. Whether or not that spring training will come with the Brewers is another issue after Parra went 3-10 with a 5.02 ERA in 122 innings this…

  9. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    It’s a fact: if you have a media outlet, you are required by law to write a silly “how to fix/save baseball” post at least once a year. If you don’t, you risk losing funding and stuff. The latest: from Business Insider. I’m not going to dignify it with a blockquote, because every idea in…

  10. Lance Berkman bruised and bloodied, but ready for Game 6

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    New York Yankees' first baseman Lance Berkman falls while chasing a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Lance Berkman has had a rough week. First he gashed his left thumb while trying to cut up a credit card, telling reporters “I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off” and “it was gushing blood.” He’s been patching the wound with super-glue in the dugout during games. Then he took a hard fall…

  11. Must-click link: Demands for replay. In 1952.

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

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    Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man unearths a controversial call from 1952 that led to some familiar-sounding speculation: “Next Year for the World Series and perhaps for key games during the regular season, baseball may adopt an idea from horse racing and install a ‘photo finish’ camera at first base to double check…

  12. Pete Rose on the Hall of Fame: “Don’t wait till I’m dead”

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

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    Pete Rose sat down for another interview, and he has this to say about the Hall of Fame: I would hope that I’d get a second chance. Don’t wait till I’m dead. The Hall of Fame is for family and friends. I’d like to get up there in front of them. He also says, however,…

  13. John Gibbons removes himself from Pirates’ manager search

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    John Gibbons

    John Gibbons was one of seven candidates the Pirates interviewed to replace John Russell as manager, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s removed his name from consideration for the job and will remain the Royals’ bench coach. Gibbons was one of six finalists for the gig because the seventh candidate…

  14. The Yankees are going to bring back Joe Girardi

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, saying that Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Brian Cashman all like him and want him back. Heyman says that Girardi will get a raise too. Good move if true. Yeah, there’s been some beefing about the guy lately, but that’s all post-facto stuff from understandably frustrated fans and sports…

  15. Spandex-wearing Phillies fan sentenced to community service for running onto the field

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    Braves Phillies Baseball

    Remember the guy who ran onto the field in Philadelphia last month wearing a red, full body spandex suit and got tripped by Braves left fielder Matt Diaz? Well, his name is Sean Hagan, he’s 17 years old, and yesterday he was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. Now, if the judge involved had…

  16. HBT Daily: Can the Yankees force a Game 7?

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Who’s under more pressure? The Rangers or the Yankees?

  17. Agent: Ricky Nolasco and Marlins “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension talks

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension for months and agent Matt Sosnick said yesterday that the two sides have agreed to an acceptable number of years but are “about 20 percent” apart on the salaries. That may not seem like much of a gap, but it…

  18. Quote of the Day: Mike Lupica on A-Rod

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

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    Yay! A-Rod is one or two more poor games away from being thrown back in the October Choker pile!

  19. The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid. In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two…

  20. Jimmy Rollins’ message to Philly fans: “Let ‘em have it”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    Last night Jimmy Rollins gave Philly fans some instructions for Games 6 and 7: “Be out there. Let ‘em have it. Let. Them. Have. It. All of ‘em. For real.” Here’s the audio. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. (Thanks to Rhea for the audio clip)

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