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  1. Mauer and Twins still talking despite yesterday's report of a done deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    The latest news on Joe Mauer is that there really isn’t any news. Mark Rosen of WCCO television in Minnesota reported yesterday afternoon that Mauer and the Twins had agreed to a 10-year contract extension, which naturally got Twins fans incredibly excited. Unfortunately it turns out that Rosen’s report seems to be somewhere between premature…

  2. Happy Birthday, National League

    Feb 2, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    A tweet from ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reminds us that today is the National League’s 134th birthday.  The league was founded in New York by William Hulbert, the owner of the Chicago White Stockings, and the owners of the Philadelphia Athletics, the Boston Red Stockings, the Hartford Dark Blues, the Mutual of New York, the St.…

  3. Dodgers sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson and the Dodgers have officially agreed to a one-year deal worth $800,000 plus another $250,000 in potential incentives. Between a part-time role and fractured foot Johnson played just 65 games for the Cubs last season, hitting .255/.330/.412 to basically match his .282/.344/.411 career mark. That production and the ability to handle all three…

  4. Ruben Amaro: "I'm not a Dummy"

    Feb 2, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Despite pulling off the Halladay trade and extension, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro has continued to get flak for not keeping Cliff Lee too and shooting for the moon in 2010.  He responded yesterday: “I was talking to some people the other day,” Amaro recalled, “and I said, ‘I’m not a dummy. I know what…

  5. Joaquin Benoit is making a comeback

    Feb 2, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that Joaquin Benoit is making a comeback after sitting out all of last season following shoulder surgery. Benoit pitched eight seasons in Texas after signing with the Rangers out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager, but he’s now a free agent and Morosi notes a “handful of teams” are…

  6. Jon Miller wins the Frick Award

    Feb 2, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    I somehow missed this yesterday, but Giants/ESPN announcer Jon Miller was selected as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which is given annually to recognize excellence in baseball broadcasting. First, a digression: There is no “broadcaster’s wing” in the Hall of Fame. Indeed, broadcasters — even Frick Award winners — are not considered…

  7. The Brewers have already sold a million tickets

    Feb 2, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    I mentioned this morning that Brewers fans were some of the better fans I’ve seen — a point some of you have disputed in the comments.  Fair enough, as my assessment of them is based on anecdotal “man, I’m sure having fun at this ballgame with all these Brewers fans” stuff. By some more objective…

  8. Bill Buckner: comedian

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Reading this, you get the sense that Bill Buckner is tired of telling the same damn story for past 23 years and tries to jazz it up. Here he is at a banquet the other night talking about Game 6: “My first thought when it happened was, ‘Wow, I get to play in a seventh…

  9. Major League Baseball sues Upper Deck

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The league’s marketing arm, Major League Baseball Properties, has sued card manufacturer Upper Deck for trademark infringement, claiming that they’ve  for using team logos on baseball cards without permission.  Last year baseball granted Topps the sole right to use logos and stuff, presumably forcing Upper Deck to hire the guys that used to airbrush the…

  10. Are the Mariners still trying to sign people?

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday Rob Neyer wondered whether the Mariners — who have had what most agree to be the most successful offseason of anyone — have added too many good players: I’m wondering if maybe it’s time for Jack Zduriencik to call off his little off-season shopping spree. Sure, he’s picked up Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins…

  11. The Cardinal fans' response to McGwire

    Feb 2, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an interesting story in the New York Times today about how The Greatest Fans in the World* are taking to the McGwire stuff.  As you might expect, there are some people who care a lot and some who kind of don’t.  I found the quote from a long time Cardinals fan that kicks the…

  12. Morosi: baseball should ban alcohol in the clubhouse

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi thinks it’s time for the 15 or so teams that continue to provide alcohol to players in the clubhouse after the game to ban the practice: A universal ban on alcohol in major league clubhouses is long overdue. Until every team removes beer from the working quarters of its employees, each…

  13. Reyes runs without pain, is 'ready to play baseball'

    Feb 1, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes is back, and he wants Mets fans to know he’s healthy and ready for spring training. From Reyes took a significant step (to returning to action) Monday, running five 90-foot sprints and subsequently declaring himself ready for Spring Training. “That’s how I do it,” Reyes told SNY. “I’m ready to play baseball.”…

  14. BoSox ink reliever Nelson

    Feb 1, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    The Red Sox on Monday inked 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. It’ll be the second stint in the organization for Nelson, who received a World Series ring after pitching in three games and allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings in 2004. The oft-injured reliever…

  15. Diving into the depths: New York Mets

    Feb 1, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. New York Mets Rotation 1. Johan Santana 2. John Maine 3. Mike Pelfrey 4. Oliver Perez 5. Fernando Nieve 6. Jon Niese 7. Pat Misch 8. Nelson Figueroa 9. Tobi Stoner 10. Josh Fogg 11. Bobby Parnell 12.…

  16. The guy who canceled his Yankees season tickets speaks

    Feb 1, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    You recall on Friday we linked to an angry email sent by a Yankees fan, canceling his season tickets because he thought the team had “lost its focus on winning” this offseason.  Today he speaks, courtesy of an interview with the New Stadium Insider. For what it’s worth he comes off far more lucid and…

  17. Peter Moylan is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Today is the first day of the Atlanta Braves’ voluntary pitching camp at Turner Field. The AJC’s David O’Brien reports on a meme getting tuned upside-down: Pete Moylan packed on a little winter weight during his 3 months back in Australia. “Meat pies,” he said of the diet staple in his homeland. Of course Aussies…

  18. Ranking the nicknames

    Feb 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Not player nicknames — everyone knows “Death to Flying Things” wins that hands down — but team nicknames.  The Hardball Times’ Chris Jaffe runs them down in order of coolness-to-lameness. He likes the Mariners best — it’s unique, it’s region-appropriate — and he hates the Sox, both Red and White. I agree with his take…

  19. Boras works on pushing Damon to Detroit

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Seemingly just about out of alternatives, agent Scott Boras is trying to get the Tigers to bite on free agent Johnny Damon. Boras told the Detroit News on Monday that Damon indicated in December that he wanted to become a Tiger, and he’s turning to statistics to show that it would be a good fit:…

  20. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Twins and Mauer have not yet reached a preliminary agreement

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster Olney tweets that the Twins are calling the WCCO report “not accurate” and that while they remain optimistic that a deal will be done, it’s not done yet. Not that I’m going to delete the analysis of the deal I started drafting or anything. 4:16 P.M.:: WCCO TV is reporting that Mauer and…

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