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  1. What They're Saying About Ken Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    I like eulogies — for careers and lives — that are a little on the brutally yet respectfully honest side. Outside of Rob Neyer — who always delivers at times like these — I’m not guessing we’ll get a ton of that when it comes to the Kid, but I can live with it.  Here’s…

  2. The Jim Joyce call: video and postgame reactions

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    In the event that there was any doubt the Jim Joyce call was major, major news, Matt and Meredith did a big segment on it on the “Today Show” this morning. Watch the whole thing to get both Armando Galarraga’s reaction after the game as well as Jim Joyce’s colorful, emotional comments about his mistake.…

  3. Jim Joyce wasn't the only one who blew a call last night

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Question to all of you — and there are a lot of you — who want Bud Selig to step in, change Jim Joyce’s call and award Armando Galarraga a perfect game:  do you want Bud to change the outcome of the Mariners-Twins game too? Because that one ended on a blown call as well.…

  4. Was Griffey pushed into retirement?

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Last month Larry LaRue famously reported that the Mariners were either hoping or actually trying to get Ken Griffey to retire. People freaked out about that, mostly because of the sleeping-in-the-clubhouse stuff, but also over the mere suggestion that Ken Griffey Jr. should leave the game before he was good and ready to. Ken Rosenthal…

  5. Oh what a night! Let's regroup

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    All hell broke loose last night, and on the off-chance that you people have lives outside of baseball and weren’t glued to this blog, here’s a recap of our zone-flooding coverage: Ken Griffey Jr. retired. Was he overrated? Probably a bit, and he may have hung on too long, but he’s still a first-ballot Hall…

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 3, 2010, 6:16 AM EDT

    Tigers 3, Indians 0: So, did anything notable happen in this game? Mariners 2, Twins 1: Between a tornado warning (see the Cubs-Pirates recap at the bottom) and the Armando Galarraga stuff I was unable to pay any attention to Ken Griffey’s retirement before this game.  I will remedy that later today. Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks…

  7. Lost in the Joycean drama: Austin Jackson made an incredible catch

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    If it weren’t for the bad call by Jim Joyce we’d definitely be talking about this more: Austin Jackson made an absolutely incredible catch for the first out in the ninth inning of Armando Galarraga’s non-perfecto. Check out the video here.  Mark Grudzielanek smacked it to the deepest part of Comerica Park — left-center —…

  8. Jim Joyce will be living with this call forever

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce screwed up, no question.  But because there is no replay in Major League Baseball outside of home run calls, he is unable to have the benefit of a second set of eyes or a second chance that just about all of us have in our jobs.  He’s in the worst place possible, really.…

  9. Should Bud Selig reverse the call and award Galarraga the perfect game?

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    That’s the question a dozen people have asked me so far. People are tweeting about it. Even my wife — who knows nothing about any of this aside from the fact that I’m banging out copy about it at 10:00PM about — asked “why can’t they just fix the call?”  Let’s unpack: Can Bud reverse…

  10. Jim Joyce: "I cost that kid a perfect game"

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce speaks after the blown call: “I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career.” With that there can be no further objection to the implementation of instant replay.

  11. Instant. Replay. Now.

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    We’ve all seen it. We can’t un-see it. And because we’ve seen it — and because we’ll watch it over and over again for the next 48 hours or longer — we know it’s wrong. But baseball won’t see it. Not officially. Baseball has decided against the expansion of instant replay beyond home run calls.…

  12. Jim Joyce's bad call costs Armando Galarraga perfect game

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It would have been 27 up, 27 down for Armando Galarraga, the unprecedented third perfect game of the 2010 season. But Jim Joyce had something to say about that. The first-base umpire made a bad call on a bang-bang play that should have ended the game against the Indians, denying Galarraga a place in history.…

  13. Overrated, yet still great, Ken Griffey Jr. left a mark

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    A massive talent with a big smile he wore constantly, Ken Griffey Jr. burst onto the scene in 1989, hitting 16 homers and finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting despite playing the entire season at age 19. Griffey just made it look so easy. And there were times in his mid-20s…

  14. Quote of the Day II: Jose Canseco

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    I see myself in the future managing a team. I would love to start as a hitting instructor or a first base or third base coach and eventually when this whole steroid era blows over become a manager of a Major League Baseball organization. – Jose Canseco, not letting the lowlife scumbag jealous haters keep…

  15. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. opts for retirement

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Wednesday that Ken Griffey Jr. has opted to retire, effective immediately. Griffey, the 1997 AL MVP, was hitting just .184/.250/.204 and was homerless in 98 at-bats this season. He lost playing time to Mike Sweeney last month and saw his role decrease even further with Milton Bradley back from the…

  16. Messing around with early-season playoff odds

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The great folks at Baseball Prospectus are once again running playoff odds for all 30 MLB teams, using a formula that plays out the rest of the 2010 season 1,000,000 times.  With pretty much every division up for grabs through June 2, it’s at least a fun thing to look at. Not to spoil the…

  17. A-Rod and Seacrest, with their powers combined…

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    The HardballTalk audience is probably a little too manly for this next item, but we’re throwing it out there anyway.  Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez appeared on the L.A.-based Ryan Seacrest Show today and touched on a few things, like drilling Indians pitcher David Huff in the head last week, possibly being chosen as an All-Star…

  18. HardballTalk Extra: adventures in basement broadcasting

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    So this is the first edition of HardballTalk Extra, which is the name we’re giving this little video adventure. Today Tiffany Simons — who is a total pro and knows what she’s doing — and I — a complete amateur who literally filmed his half of this from his freakin’ basement — talk about Oliver…

  19. Strasburg's last minor league start to air on Versus tomorrow

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his last minor league start tomorrow. Cool thing about it: it will be nationally-televised, as Versus will have the broadcast.  The game — the first baseball game Versus has ever broadcast — will start at 1:05 P.M.  Strasburg takes on the Buffalo Bisons. May God have mercy on their souls. Here’s…

  20. Carlos Zambrano to be on pitch count in first start

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano is set to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation tomorrow against the Pirates and Lou Piniella revealed that he’ll be limited to about 90 pitches in his first start since April 20. Zambrano stretched out a bit with a 73-pitch simulated game last week, but he hasn’t thrown more than 35 pitches in a real…

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