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  1. So what’s up with those big fat ugly necklaces everyone is wearing?

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Watching the playoffs, I’ve been trying to figure out if those big necklaces a ton of the players are wearing are a fashion statement, a charity or public awareness thing or something else. ‘Duk over at Big League Stew has the whole story today. Turns out it’s snake oil. The necklaces are sold by some…

  2. Jose Bautista undergoes hernia surgery after playing through injury since May

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    Blue Jays Bautista rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Indians during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    As if Jose Bautista hitting 54 homers this season wasn’t an amazing enough feat, now it turns out he did most of that slugging with a hernia. Bautista underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia today and is expected to be out of commission for 4-6 weeks, leaving him plenty of time to get healthy…

  3. Yes, “they booed Santa Claus.” Here’s why.

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    There’s been so much lately on the nature of Philly fandom — hey look! It’s another “they booed Santa” screed! — but I feel at least one more thing needs to be said.  Not by me, though. By reader and Philadelphian TC Shillingford, who sent me a note yesterday explaining the Santa incident and so…

  4. Fired by Angels, Rally Monkey creator selling World Series ring

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:16 PM EST

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    Robert Castillo created the “Rally Monkey” in 2000 when he was the Angels’ production manager, but the team fired him in 2007 and he’s been out of work since. And now he’s trying to sell his World Series ring from 2002 for $19,000. Here’s what Castillo told Darren Rovell of CNBC: Having been out of…

  5. Baseball considering a concussions disabled list

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    UPDATE:  Rob Neyer responds and distills the responses I’ve heard from others on this. The upshot: there may be a lot of low-level concussions that occur that are sort of flying under the radar, and that by having a short DL option, teams may be more willing to call a concussion a concussion and put…

  6. Tigers sign Brandon Inge to two-year, $11.5 million deal with option for 2013

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

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    Last week general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge before he hit the open market five days after the World Series and sure enough the two sides have agreed to a deal. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’ll get $11 million for two years, with…

  7. Yankees send two prospects to Indians to complete Kerry Wood trade

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

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    Just prior to the July 31 trading deadline the Yankees acquired Kerry Wood from the Indians for what was believed to be a player to be named later or cash. Today the two sides completed the trade and it turns out Cleveland gets two players: Right-hander Andrew Shive and infielder Matt Cusick. Cusick was the…

  8. Why Kirk Gibson is selling his stuff

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    Remember how Kirk Gibson is selling a bunch of memorabilia, including the bat from the home run in the 1988 World Series? Today he tells the Detroit News why he’s doing it.  Part of it is charitable. Some of it seems like he would just like the money. But one part of it all resonates…

  9. The latest on the Dodgers and the McCourts

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

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    For those Dodgers fans who aren’t jumping on the Giants bandwagon — anyone? — Bill Shaikin of the Times has the latest. Among the interesting points: While Frank has taken over baseball operations from fired team President Dennis Mannion, a man named Geoff Wharton, whose background is in real estate, not sports, has taken over…

  10. Former top prospect Adam Miller is on the comeback trail

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    adam miller indians

    Once upon a time Indians right-hander Adam Miller was an elite pitching prospect, ranking as high as 16th on Baseball America‘s annual list in 2005 and cracking BA‘s top 100 in five different years. Unfortunately he’s missed all of the past two seasons while undergoing four different surgeries on his right middle finger and Miller…

  11. HBT Daily: Can the Phillies come back?

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Matt and I ponder whether the Phillies can join a pretty select group in coming back from a 3-1 deficit.

  12. Reds “probably will” exercise their $1.75 million option on Jonny Gomes for 2011

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:47 PM EST

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    Last season Jonny Gomes hit .267/.338/.541 with 20 homers in 314 plate appearances as a part-time player and the Reds non-tendered him prior to arbitration, re-signing him to a one-year, $800,000 deal with a team option for 2011. This season Gomes hit .266/.327/.431 with 18 homers in 571 plate appearances as a full-time player, watching…

  13. Are the Pirates waiting for Tony Pena?

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:32 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates haven’t interviewed anyone for their managerial vacancy in a week, and that they’re “considering additional interviews.” We’ve talked about the current candidates — John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha — but Biertempfel thinks Pittsburgh is waiting on Yankees…

  14. A’s re-hire Gerald Perry as hitting coach, add Joel Skinner to bench

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    In two seasons under Jim Skaalen the A’s offense ranked ninth and 11th among AL teams in runs scored and yesterday they fired him and hired Gerald Perry as their new hitting coach. Perry was previously Oakland’s hitting coach in 2006, which is the last time the A’s made the playoffs, but even while winning…

  15. It’s OK Philly fans. Even if your team loses, you’ll get used to it

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    Just embrace it. I did years ago.  There’s no shame at all in making the studied, counter-intuitive argument that your team is the best even if it somehow fails to do what’s expected of it given the talent level.  Just be steadfast in your belief that division titles are a better test of a baseball…

  16. Tips for being a San Francisco Giants bandwagon jumper

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:32 AM EST

    Actually, this advice is suitable for fans of just about every team, all of whom have bandwagon jumpers from time to time. Or am I just forgetting those sellouts in New York in the early 90s and in Philly any time before Citizens Bank Park opened?

  17. Who are the heftiest shortstops of all time?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

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    After watching Juan Uribe throw a rocket from deep in the hole at shortstop to nail Ross Gload at first base in the top of the ninth inning last night I wondered via Twitter: “Best throw by a fat shortstop in playoff history?” In retrospect “fat” is probably too harsh of a term. Pablo Sandoval…

  18. Are the Phillies choking, or are they just gettin’ beat?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:36 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Oswalt walks off the field after Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Ask that question three times and you’re likely to get three different answers.

  19. Brian Butterfield is the fourth finalist for Blue Jays job

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported yesterday that the Blue Jays had narrowed their manager search down to Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, but today he writes that there’s a fourth finalist: Toronto third base coach Brian Butterfield. It makes some…

  20. More bench coach news: Alan Trammell to get the gig in Arizona

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:08 AM EST

    I think we’re going to go with nothing but bench coach news until the game starts tonight. Ya with me?  From Arizona: Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell, who has been the Cubs bench coach the past four seasons, is said to be a leading candidate to become the bench coach. Trammell had that one shot…

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