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  1. It's official: Trembley gets the axe

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports what we all knew was coming: Dave Trembley has been fired and Juan Samuel is the new interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Given that Brian Roberts is still not back, Casey Kotchman would represent an upgrade at first base, almost everyone who was supposed to hit the…

  2. Casey Kotchman sets defensive record for first basemen

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it deserves its own post: last night Casey Kotchman set the record for most consecutive defensive chances at first base without an error.  He’s at 2,008 after last night’s game.  The previous mark was Kevin Youkilis’ 2,002.  Youkilis still has the consecutive games streak at 238.  Kotchman has…

  3. How you know when you're about to be fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but someone on Orioles Nation is already ready for Dave Trembley to be gone.  Witness third base coach Juan Samuel’s Wikipedia page from around 11PM last night, which reads: “On June 3, 2010, the Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley and announced Samuel as the new manager.” It has since…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Nationals 4: A walkoff two-run homer for Carlos Lee. The Nationals helped set it up, however, when Cristan Guzman lost a Lance Berkman liner in the lights and had it bounce in front of him allowing Michael Bourn to score. Braves 4, Dodgers 3: The best kept secret in baseball? Kris Medlen. The…

  5. Video goodness: Home run trot turns violent

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    The folks over at Wezen-Ball have been timing every MLB home run trot this season. It’s a fun and interesting feature, and if you haven’t already you should definitely go here to check it out. So far this season, David Ortiz holds six of the seven slowest trot times, while Adam Rosales has the three fastest…

  6. UPDATE: O's reportedly to fire manager Dave Trembley before tomorrow's game

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Trembley may have been fired this evening.  That wouldn’t be a shock, given that the media has known about his fate for close to eight hours now. 3:41pm:  The move has been rumored for a while now, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are…

  7. Rays place Jason Bartlett on the disabled list

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett suffered a mild strain of his right hamstring last Saturday in a game against the White Sox.  He was hoping to sit out a few days and rejoin the Rays’ lineup at some point this week.  Unfortunately the 30-year-old shortstop was unable to shake the discomfort and was placed on the disabled list…

  8. BPro: Mocking the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft

    Jun 3, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released his 2010 MLB Mock Draft this evening, and it’s free for everyone to read.  The No. 1 overall pick won’t come as a surprise to anyone — it’s Bryce Harper — but there’s plenty more talent to get acquainted with before the annual event kicks off on June 7.…

  9. Video: Detroit fans react to Joyce's blown call

    Jun 3, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Let’s spend just a few more minutes in Detroit, wrapping up umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call Wednesday evening on what would have been the last out of a perfect game for Tigers starter Armando Galarraga.  Great fans of Detroit, take it away…   Craig complied a ton of reactions from HardballTalk’s own commenters earlier today.

  10. "Jim Joyce is standing up like a man today"

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Here’s some pretty moving video of the exchange of lineup cards before the Tigers-Indians game today.  Jim Joyce takes the field and tears come to his eyes. He shakes Armando Galarraga’s hand and does his best to get to work.  The announcers laud him for “standing up like a man” in both coming out and…

  11. So, how was Jim Joyce's day behind the plate?

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I don’t know if this makes me a cynic, an optimist or what, but the first thing I thought today when I realized that Jim Joyce was going to be working behind the plate was “boy, I bet the Tigers get a wide strike zone today!”  I mean, I want to believe that people don’t…

  12. HBT Extra: Good call Bud, but give us replay!

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about instant replay and Bud’s decision to leave the Joyce call stand:  

  13. Stephen Strasburg throws five shutout innings in final Triple-A start

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    With his highly anticipated call-up to the Nationals scheduled for next week, Stephen Strasburg made his final Triple-A start this afternoon and fittingly tossed five shutout innings. Strasburg allowed three hits, struck out five, and walked one against the Mets’ affiliate and a lineup that included former big leaguers Mike Jacobs, Russ Adams, Justin Turner,…

  14. What you're saying about the Joyce-Galarraga call

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    The best thing about this blog are the comments. Sure, there are some knuckleheads that show up here from time to time, but find me any comments section of any major website that has as consistently high-quality conversation and argument as this one and I’ll eat my hat. And if any of you saw me…

  15. Selig to "examine" umpires, replay; declines to overturn Joyce call

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Bud Selig just released a statement on last night’s events. Short version: No word on overturning the call, which I think is a clear signal that he will not do so (UPDATE: Multiple reporters are now hearing that no, Selig will not overturn the decision); A decision to “review” umpiring systems and replay which, as…

  16. Mark Teahen out 4-6 weeks after finger surgery

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list yesterday with a fractured right middle finger, Mark Teahen underwent surgery this morning and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Omar Vizquel has filled in for Teahen at third base for the past two games and Jayson Nix also figures to see some action there in his absence.…

  17. "Please don't bother Mr. Zito. No autographs tonight."

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This is rich.  It was originally reported int the San Francisco Chronicle, but I can’t find it there so I’ll link to the L.A. Times version (last item): Giants pitcher Barry Zito was enjoying a drink at an upscale bar last week when a long-haired young man in scruffy attire approached and a restaurant staffer…

  18. Where does Ken Griffey Jr. rank among the great center fielders of all time?

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr. called it quits yesterday following a 22-season career in which he batted .284 with a .370 on-base percentage, .538 slugging percentage, 630 homers, 524 doubles, 2,781 hits, 184 steals, 1,312 walks, 1,662 runs, 1,836 RBIs, 13 trips to the All-Star game, 10 Gold Gloves, and one MVP. Those numbers and accomplishments speak…

  19. Comment of the Day: Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    Actually Griffey was thinking about retiring for a while now. He just took some time to sleep on it. – Reader D.J. Switzerland, offering what should be the first and final word on the subject over in the Griffey thread.

  20. Hey, at least Galarraga got a car

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga may not have gotten a perfect game, but he got a nice consolation prize: a cherry-red Corvette, given to him by General Motors just before the game today in recognition of his “excellence on the field and for his professionalism & sportsmanship.”  I have two questions: (1) Since the bailout, does this mean…

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