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  1. Diamondbacks set all-time record for strikeouts in a season

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    Last night the Diamondbacks set a new MLB single-season record for most strikeouts by a team, with 1,403. Because they’re in last place I’m sure plenty of fans and media members will make a big deal out of all the strikeouts being a terrible thing, but it’s important to note that the Diamondbacks have scored…

  2. Jon Paul Morosi explains his awards voting criteria

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    I’ve taken some shots at Jon Paul Morosi’s recent writings on post season awards — specifically his choice of Miguel Cabrera over Josh Hamilton for MVP and CC Sabathia or David Price over Felix Hernandez — so I would be remiss in not linking to a post in which he explains how he reaches his…

  3. Nick Markakis makes doubles history with Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Last night Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons, joining a pair of Hall of Famers from the first half of the 20th century in Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick. Making the cutoff 43 doubles is obviously kind of arbitrary and in…

  4. Tyler Colvin was released from the hospital today

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Tyler Colvin was released from a Miami hospital this afternoon, three days after his chest was punctured by a broken bat. Colvin has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season and Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he may not even rejoin the Cubs for the final two weeks. For now he’s…

  5. No dimension changes for Citi Field

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    This stinks. I’m kind of partial to the Eighth Dimension. I think some good baseball could be played there: The toughest ballpark in which to hit home runs in the National League is not expected to have any dimension changes or altered wall heights for 2011, according to a source familiar with the plans of…

  6. Bryce Harper is quickly becoming the most unlikeable player in the game

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    You’re going to be shocked by this, but Bryce “120 percent” Harper’s sports rooting interests all happen to be the teams insufferable front runners with no geographic connection happen to root for: The Cowboys, the Yankees, the Lakers and Duke. Why do you like the Cowboys, Bryce? “Why do I like the Cowboys?” Harper repeated.…

  7. Jerry Dipoto resigns from Diamondbacks after losing GM job to Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    Passed over for the general manager job that officially went to Kevin Towers earlier this afternoon, former interim general manager Jerry Dipoto reportedly informed the Diamondbacks that he’s resigning. There was some speculation that Towers would ask Dipoto to stick around in the organization and perhaps he did just that, but it’s also understandable that…

  8. Not drawing any fans to the ballpark? Here's an option

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    You could always, I dunno, stretch giant pieces of vinyl with photos of fans on them over the seats to make it look like you have a full house. In a bid to improve the ambiance, make its games look better on TV, earn a little extra advertising revenue and save a little money on…

  9. Brewers hitting coach says Alcides Escobar "has to change his mechanics"

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Alcides Escobar was benched yesterday in the midst of 0-for-18 and 3-for-38 slumps, and Brewers hitting coach Dave Sveum told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the rookie shortstop has a flaw in his swing: He has to change his mechanics. What he’s doing won’t hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent…

  10. Heyman looks at this year's free agent class

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Jon Heyman’s latest column has him talking to some agents and executives and people in an effort to handicap this winter’s free agent class. Some tidbits: Carl Crawford will sign for $120 million over seven years, according to Heyman’s panel. I can see this, actually. Not saying it’s the best deal for any team —…

  11. Twins name Francisco Liriano the Game 1 starter for ALDS

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Here in Minnesota there’s been quite a bit of debate about who the Twins should place atop their playoff rotation for a Game 1 and possibly Game 5 start in the ALDS. Francisco Liriano is pretty clearly the Twins’ best starting pitcher, going 14-8 with a 3.44 ERA and posting arguably the best secondary numbers…

  12. Diamondbacks officially hire Kevin Towers as new GM

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    As expected the Diamondbacks made things official this afternoon, hiring Kevin Towers as their new general manager. Towers, who was the GM in San Diego from 1995 to 2009, beat out four candidates for the job, including interim GM Jerry Dipoto. He was viewed by many as the front-runner from the start of the process,…

  13. The Rockies will not trade for a starter

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Between Jason Hammel’s dead arm and some of their other pitchers faltering, there has been some talk in recent days that Rockies may try to pick up a starter for the last couple weeks of the season. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it’s not gonna happen. Esmil Rogers will likely get the call if Hammel…

  14. The Twins will trot out their hangover lineup shortly

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    The Twins sprayed beer and stuff all over themselves early this morning, so it’s no surprise that the lineup today is a tad different from the one they used last night: CF Denard Span SS Alexi Casilla DH Jason Kubel 3B Danny Valencia 1B Jose Morales 2B Matt Tolbert LF Ben Revere RF Jason Repko…

  15. Josh Hamilton hopes to return from fractured ribs next week

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Diagnosed with “a small fracture” in two ribs yesterday, Josh Hamilton told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he hopes to play four or five of the Rangers’ remaining 12 games. That means he’d have to rejoin the lineup by the middle of next week, which seems unlikely given that there’s no timetable yet for his…

  16. Why the Pirates lose

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    One of the only redeeming things about the Pirates’ abysmal season is that Dejan Kovacevic of the Post-Gazette has been on a roll lately. Rather than just trot out the tired old “the Pirates are really, really bad” columns, he’s been exploring why they’re bad, oftentimes in interesting ways. Today is a good example. Kovacevic…

  17. Dan Uggla wants a five-year, $58 million contract extension

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Dan Uggla has asked the Marlins for a five-year, $58 million contract extension, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Good luck with that. Uggla is already under team control for next season as an arbitration-eligible player, so the Marlins shouldn’t really feel a ton of pressure to lock him up long term. Beyond…

  18. Playoff weather in Minnesota: what are we dealing with here?

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    It took less than ten hours from the time the Twins clinched last night until I saw the first blogger make a joke about how funny it will be to see World Series games snowed out in Minnesota.  And really, we’ve been hearing that ever since the first roofless ballpark plans were drawn up for…

  19. Cubs formally interview Ryne Sandberg for manager opening

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that general manager Jim Hendry flew to Arizona yesterday to formally interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs’ managerial opening. Sandberg has spent the past four years managing in the minors and was recently named Pacific Coast League manager of the year for leading the Cubs’ Triple-A team to an 82-62…

  20. When did your favorite team get younger than you?

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Craig Robinson of the fantabulous Flip Flop Fly Ball turns 40 today. Happy Birthday, Craig! In honor of that occasion, he does what he does best: creates a fun graphic. This one is a chart illustrating how he has aged compared to the roster of the New York Yankees.  The first year in which a…

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