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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 MLB.com: 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.”…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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:…

  10. 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…

  11. UPDATE: Pujols responds to the no-show claims

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sam Mellinger, who ran the original story this morning regarding Albert Pujols and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, received a response from Pujols’ foundation: Sam, Albert’s wife, Deidre is expecting their fourth child this week. She has been given “any minute” status from her doctor since last Monday. Albert has asked us not to…

  12. Byung-Hyun Kim signs with the Giants

    Feb 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick reports that Former Dbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim is coming out of retirement and has agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants. We last heard from Kim about a year ago, when he was unable to join up with his South Korean teammates for practice at the World Baseball Classic because he…

  13. The Rangers sale is a "trainwreck"

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    That’s the viewpoint of someone associated with the group of creditors meeting with prospective Rangers’ owners Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan in New York tomorrow in an attempt to iron out their differences regarding the team’s sale. It’s an ominous sign with respect to something that everyone is assuming is a done deal. As you’ll…

  14. Kevin Millar signs with the Cubs

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Cubs have signed a minor league deal with Kevin Millar. Or, as he’s known on MLBPA-licensed video games, “Guy Incognito.”

  15. Hudson deciding between Twins and Nationals?

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    It sounds like Orlando Hudson is close to deciding on his new team, although reports vary a bit on where he’s likely to end up. For instance, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported this morning that the “Twins appear to be serious in their pursuit of Orlando Hudson.” Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune agrees,

  16. Mariners sign Garko to platoon with Kotchman

    Feb 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Non-tendered by the Giants in December when he would have been in line for about $2 million via arbitration, Ryan Garko has signed a one-year deal with the Mariners worth $550,000 and another $525,000 in potential incentives. Garko isn’t much of a defender and his bat is mediocre against right-handers, but he crushes left-handers and…

  17. A's and Reds swap unwanted Taveras and Miles

    Feb 1, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports the A’s have acquired Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales from the Reds for Aaron Miles and a player to be named later or cash. Miles went from Chicago to Oakland in the December trade for Jake Fox because the Cubs wanted to dump his $2.7 million salary, but he lasted all…

  18. J.J. Putz: the Mets never really gave me a physical

    Feb 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz throws another couple of logs on the fire burning under the Mets’ medical staff: “When the trade went down last year, I never really had a physical with the Mets. I had the bone spur (in the right elbow). It was discovered the previous year in Seattle, and it never got checked out…

  19. Bob Gibson on steroids: "I think I would have been tempted"

    Feb 1, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Hey Bob Gibson! Would you have considered using steroids? “Absolutely. I’m just happy they weren’t available (when he played), because if I knew somebody else was doing it and appeared to be getting an edge, I think I have would have been tempted.” Gibson is also less than impressed with the Jack Clarks and Whitey…

  20. Why pitchers need to work more quickly

    Feb 1, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    I had no idea that former Royals catcher Brent Mayne even had a blog, but Buster Olney points it out this morning with a link to a great post.  Brent Mayne on why pitchers need to pick up the pace: Here’s a question for you. From 2003 to 2009, can you guess who the five…

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